A kitchen/family room and upstairs master suite is added to make the original house more family friendly—and give Mom and Dad a space of their own. Attention to wood details, tile, and lighting make for a seamless blend between old and new.
This 1919 home was originally built as a model to demonstrate the possibilities of electricity. The owners wanted to update the home for everyday life with busy boys, yet retain the charm and vintage feel of the original house. Retro lighting, oversized subway tiles, and lots of marble keep the house in touch with the past.
A complete kitchen remodel is at the heart of this home makeover. The owners wanted to transform their classic "old house" kitchen into a functional, elegant space with plenty of family seating. The rest of the house gets a face-lift with historical paint colors, by reupholstering a few family favorites, and grouping art for maximum impact.
The problem: a young family outgrows their house, but not their neighborhood with their kids' school within walking distance. Solution: build a new house on the footprint of the old with plenty of bedrooms with attached baths, a generous second floor laundry area, and an open, informal kitchen that's perfect for neighborhood gatherings.
Taking cues from its wooded setting, this 1960's rambler is brought back to life for a fun-loving family. Warm wood tones, mosaic tiles, neutral paint colors and vintage pieces come together to create a modern, inviting home.
A 1920's center hall colonial is given a modern twist by opening up small, dark rooms on the first floor, and adding a large master suite upstairs. A combination of classic, modern furnishings and colorful accessories keep the house from showing its age.
In May of 2009, Better Homes and Gardens magazine took over my house for an article that ran in November, 2010. Even though the shoot was a few years ago, and a few things in the house have changed, I still love these photos.