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An awkward pony wall separating the front door from the rest of the living room was an original feature of this 1960 ranch home. The wall was one of the first things removed, and now its path is marked by a pair of tall table lamps.
Custom linen sofa, reclaimed wood coffee table: Blackband Design
The living room bar gets the type of use that a kitchen island would in other homes. "We didn't have the space in the kitchen to do an island since it's technically not wide enough," Michelle says. "Plus, I like the kitchen being open because I cook a lot and we entertain a lot."
Bar countertops: Caesarstone in Mocha
Functional furniture for entertaining includes a coffee table and console made of reclaimed wood for extra storage. Custom swivel chairs rotate to face either the sofa, TV or bar.
"I feel like we're using all the space the house has to offer," says Michelle. "I like accessories, but not so many that it's cluttered. We really like the open feel of the whole house."
Previously, uninsulated floor-to-ceiling glass panels made the formal dining room hot and unattractive. Blinds became dust collectors, and skylights provided even more unnecessary light. The team at Blackband Design drywalled the windows at the top and put in transoms and French doors to match the original style of the home.
Host and hostess chairs reupholstered in a light blue fabric break up the wood dining set and complement the turquoise bead chandelier.
"I absolutely love the chandelier with the curtains. Paired together, they're two of my favorite things," says Michelle. "I love the pops of red with a little bit of yellow. Everyone walks in and goes crazy over the chandelier. It all mixes and matches together."
Chandelier: Blackband Design
To make space for the living room entertainment bar, which was at the top of the homeowners' must-have list, the couple had to remove a hallway closet. The bar sits at a height that allows the kids to do their homework there too. It also features customized cabinetry that contains a hidden minifridge and media controls.
Framed prints of antique linens: Blackband Design; wall paint: On the walls: Revere Pewter, Benjamin Moore; trim paint: White (DEW 380), Dunn-Edwards
The existing cherry cabinets in the kitchen got a coat of glossy white paint as a budget-friendly alternative to replacing them altogether. The new paint also highlights the stainless steel appliances. Blackband added the subway tile Calacatta marble backsplash in a bricklayer pattern.
Countertops: Slab Caesarstone in Cinder; cabinet paint color: White (DEW 380), Dunn-Edwards
Placing chunky jute rugs over the hardwood floors kept remodeling costs down. Other cost-savers include custom stationary draperies in the family room and dining room. "They look like working drapery, but they don't open and close," Blackband says.
"We're just about relaxed, family-friendly comfort, but with style too," Michelle says. "I like a mix of a little bit coastal, a little bit Asian, eclectic and a little bit traditional."