We’re so excited to share some before and after shots of our Short Hills project! (Please excuse our iPhone snaps! We’ll share styled professional photos later.)
Some details about the project:
The client’s home is a seven bedroom classic center hall colonial that was built in 2006. The house has large rooms, high ceilings and detailed millwork but also some very outdated features that were not exactly our client’s style. Our goal was to update the spaces with some light renovation and create a cohesive decorating scheme that is both comfortable and elegant. The family had lived abroad in Asia and had several pieces of art and collectibles that they wanted to incorporate into the design.
DINING ROOM BEFORE
The dining room had an uneven and unsightly oval cove that instantly dated the room. The chandelier and other furniture were in need of freshening and the walls were a boring beige. Luckily, the client had this gorgeous vintage mid-century modern dining room set passed down from family that had lovely lines and caning but just needed new fabric and refinishing. The client wanted this room to feel light and a little bit glamorous.
DINING ROOM AFTER!
We removed the oval cove and replaced it with a clean lined rectangular coffer. A beautiful chinoiserie mural was installed as well as an elegant beaded chandelier. We removed the top cabinet from the credenza so that the furniture is not so matchy-matchy. Now there is space for these stunning deep blue ceramic lamps and a round antiqued mirror to reflect the light from the chandelier during dinner parties. Our master furniture refinisher repaired and refinished the dining room table and chairs. Finally we recovered the chair cushions with a luxurious cut velvet fabric that was treated to resist stains from the inevitable wine spills.
Linen draperies with a custom embroidered border complete the space, and a peony pink velvet window seat cushion adds a jolt of color.
POWDER ROOM BEFORE
The powder room had a very dark and heavy wood vanity cabinet with black marble top, outdated sconces and a blah mirror. There also were awkward alcoves that did not serve as functional storage. Our client wanted this to be a whimsical and fun room for her guests to use, and also wanted to make better use of the space.
POWDER ROOM AFTER!
We removed the vanity cabinet and replaced it with a console style sink with chrome legs, white quartz countertop and custom designed decorative backsplash. Pretty sconces with crystal details and a bright blue lacquered mirror create a fresh and modern look. Hand printed birds and butterflies wallpaper add the perfect amount of whimsy! The alcoves were closed to create closets with shelving and now provide functional storage. A new linen shade with blue grosgrain ribbon to match the mirror ties it all together.