THE NEXT CHAPTER
A home can witness its share of changes. Children leave...rooms get repurposed...tastes and lifestyles move in different directions.
While some people move or downsize, others take a fresh look at their family home and tackle projects to modernize and age in place. This is the case of a couple on a lovely lake - views all around - and their desire to rejuvenate, redecorate and remain.
Throughout the home, architectural details had been muted until they were almost washed away. Katherine Elizabeth Designs played up the curves of the archways, the inset elliptical dining room ceiling, columns and fireplaces. They brought in a palette of purple, spring green, cranberry and soft metallic in gorgeous fabrics and window treatments.
A gallery wall was created with mirrors and metallic frames around paintings to reflect the light from the immense two-story windows that overlook the lake. New lighting played an important role - from the lanterns in the front hall to new sconces to the curvilinear trilogy of fixtures in the dining room.
The designers took care to repurpose existing pieces with new finishes and fabrics. A custom hand-planked elliptical dining room table was wire brushed with a silver glaze. New wing chairs on each end were added to complement the owners favorite dining room side chairs. Dramatic purple garnet paint gives the room new life while a bronzed cork wallpaper inset graces the ceiling. Silvered orchids in acrylic frames adorn the walls.
Perhaps the favorite new room - for the husband at least - is the multi-purpose octagonal study and den. Katherine Elizabeth Designs re-stained the honey-colored paneling to a rich walnut and added wide-plank walnut floors and French doors. Comfortable club chairs in faux leather and animal print, tufted ottomans and a round walnut table create a cozy nook for the couple. With its beautiful travertine fireplace, television and built-in desk, this room has it all.
By renovating and redecorating an existing family home, the owners discovered something for everyone. With its mix of glamour and comfort, blend of old favorites and new designs, they have the unique opportunity to wake up in the morning and go to sleep each night in a place that's both fresh and familiar.
A new chapter - a new adventure.