One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 2

It’s been a busy week for the DM crew.  We completely emptied the old kitchen down to the studs and now Dad the boys are starting to put things back together.  But what are they building?  What is the plan?  That’s my job.  And I love this part of the job!

To recap, in WEEK 1 I showed you the old kitchen, told you about my clients and their needs for the new space.

ORC kitchen Before

petite kitchen existing conditions

Once we measured the space, I began to map out new potential floor plans.  At 8’7 x 14’8, this is a very small room, yet there are still many potential layouts.  One of my client’s big requests was to make the space brighter.   The obvious solution to me was to take down the wall between the dining room and kitchen, but when I brought this up in the design meeting, they rejected the idea.

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One Room Challenge Linking Event: Naomi’s Bedroom

Hey guys!  Nutjob Naomi, here yet again.  Two days in a row of blogging?  Is the apocalypse near?  Nope, just a double renovation instead.  I thought it would be “Fun” to renovate my bedroom and share it Thursdays for Linda’s One Room Challenge Linking Event.  As you know, I’m already renovating a client’s kitchen and sharing with it you every Wednesday for the Official One Room Challenge.  Big Reveal November 5th.  Why would I take on a 2nd renovation?  Lordy Lordy… either the timing worked out right or I’m just flat crazy.  Maybe it will be fun?

Linda can contest that I take the ORC very seriously.  High expectations, high stress and the complete desire to create The. Best. Room. Ever. is the only way I know how to play the game.  For the bedroom, I’m planning to be less of a perfectionist (HA!) and just rolling it.  So you can expect quickish posts and the potential that I might not finish everything in 6 weeks.  I’ll try… but I’m at the mercy of breaks in our construction schedule.  Plus, I haven’t planned ahead AT ALL.

SO LET’S TALK THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE… MY BEDROOM.

It looked like this when I bought my cottage two years ago…

master 2

And then I made it over for the One Room Challenge a year and a half ago….

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…AND PRETTY MUCH HATED IT 5 MINUTES LATER.

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 1

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Welcome to the One Room Challenge!  Hellooo old and new friends.  I’m Naomi and I am pumped to be back again for the 6 week decorating extravaganza.  This season features the 20 superstar design bloggers you see above.  We will each transform a room from start to finish and update you every Wednesday on our progress.  You can also count on sneak peeks and mini-updates from me on instagram (designmanifest) under the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.

This is my 4th time doing the ORC.   (Thank you Linda for organizing this event and inviting me back yet again!  I fancy myself a regular in this series.) The first time around I did my own bedroom, and then a client’s living room and dining room (lovingly dubbed the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad,) and last time I transformed my attic into a lounge.  This time I’m taking you behind the scenes with Dad and the construction crew  of Design Manifest…

We are gutting and renovating a kitchen.  

In 6 weeks.  No Big Deal.  

I hope.

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The Textile Selection Process {Malvern Reno}

One of the biggest elements when pulling a room together is the textiles.  Sometimes developing the textile scheme is quick and easy.  The vision is clear, favorites are chosen and we move on.  Other times it needs to develop organically and evolve over time.   The latter has been the situation one of our current projects, Malvern Reno.

For those who follow DM on instagram, you may recognize the hashtag #malvern reno.  This has been a big construction and decorating project the boys and I have worked on for several months.   We first tackled a big master bathroom and dressing room reconfiguration and renovation and then I began the process of redecorating the bedroom.

We started completely from scratch in the master bedroom with my client wanting to take a departure from her typical style.  (Typical style being elegant, traditional and mostly neutral with green.)  I always welcome the chance to take clients out of their comfort zone, but when decorating a single room its important to not go too crazy.  Afterall, the bedroom has to tie into the rest of the house.  You don’t want to walk into this space and feel like it belongs to someone else.

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Blue was chosen as a driving color for the room.  We chose a wallpaper with blue in the water closet and decided to paint the dressing room walls a rich blue, so it was a logical choice to continue it into the bedroom.  Green pairs so well with blue and is used throughout the house, so we agreed that would be our secondary color.  The room wanted to feel soothing and elegant, but also hip, collected and fresh.  Other than that, I was free to suggest what I liked.  Color was fair game, as was pattern, but overall it needed to tie into the neutral feel of the house.  And with that, I began playing with textiles and developing the scheme.

The first thing I did was choose a wallpaper behind the bed.  My dream paper:  Nakai by Pierre Frey.  We would go bold on the back wall and keep the rest pretty quiet.  The tobacco colorway of Nakai has so many great colors- blue, green, coral.  We could easily pull from those to select fabrics for the chairs, bench, pillow, bedding.

nakai repeat in bedroom(our inspiration: Nakai on the walls of a bedroom designed by Chloe Redmond Warner) 

We were ready to place the order for the paper and then I ordered a memo sample from the mill to see the current stock.  And let me tell you …. it was ALL wrong.  The colors were totally different.  There was purple where it should be white and neither myself nor my client loved it anymore.  And we made the command decision to scrap the paper and start all over again.

Yikes, right?

I told my client this was a sign from the decorating gods that we were meant to go in a different direction.  I asked her to trust me and promised her she would love the result.  We would find a way to incorporate the colors she loved with the paper only in a whole new translation.

I started with fabric samples I had in my studio, pulling blues, greens and a few pinks…

scheme 1

And then I went to the design center and pulled more fabrics and wallpapers.

scheme 2

 

As we began to finalize the details of the bed- an commanding steel canopy bed with a curved upholstered headboard- it became clear to me that the bed should be the star of the wall and that we didn’t need a patterned paper behind it.  What we needed instead was to spread out the interest to other corners of the room.  We needed statement curtains to flank the bed and highlight the front wall.  Once I got my client on board  (it took a little coaxing as patterned curtains made her nervous,) we went in hot pursuit to find the perfect curtain fabric.  A trip to Chairloom led be down the rabbit hole of gorgeous, gorgeous fabrics…

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Hello, dream fabrics.  But what happened to the green?  And was this my client, or was this more Naomi?  Every room I design is going to have some Naomi by nature (isn’t that why you hire me?) but it also needs to reflect YOU and the rest of your home.

We decided we needed to make a few key decisions and let the room come together from there.  My client trusted me with the statement curtains and we ordered a gorgeous blue magnolia pattern from Lauren Liess Textiles.  We also selected a subtle shimmery natural linen for the headboard and a green woven textured fabric for the chairs.  The curtains were installed a few weeks ago and they are so fabulous!

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And the canopy bed went in.  Here is a peek of the curved headboard in shimmery linen.

malvern reno headboard

We these elements installed we were able to finalize our scheme and order the rest of our furnishings, pillows and bedding.  Here is where we are now.  Note… all the pink is gone.  We may work it back in with chair pillows, or in art.  Or perhaps we don’t need it after all!  This is definitely feeling like my client now.   It’s pushing her limits and having some fun, but still “her.”

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So that is the long story of how one room’s textile scheme came together.  We are waiting on our final pieces to come in, but I cannot wait to see this room completed!!  I hope you guys enjoy these process posts.  My job is a lot of pretty afters, but mostly it’s figuring out how to get there first.

Bathroom Renovating- Planning a full gut job versus a partial remodel

When we do bathroom remodels we typically do gut jobs.  Most are over 20 years old and we remove everything: the tile, fixtures, plumbing, cabinetry.  With the room completely empty we are able to renew the mechanicals, improve the layout and built a completely new bathroom with no limitations.  Occasionally though, we are faced with the challenge of the partial bathroom remodel.  Such was the case with our recent project, Berwyn Bath.

Our clients originally called us in to install floor heat.  The thought was to tile right over the existing tile and leave the rest alone.  And then we began discussing the bathroom and it’s function and look.  The original bath was nice- large, unoffensive with a scheme of white a blue.  There was a door at the end of the bath that connected to a second bathroom.  My client actually liked this door as she used it as her route to the laundry room.

berwyn bathroom from frontView of the original bathroom looking at the door to the 2nd connecting bathroom.

One major CON for me was the shower size.  Itty bitty for a bath so big.

berwyn bath original shower

Another problem was the under-used vanity area…

vanity makeup

The two sink bases were OK, but the corian tops were a little tired.  As for the cabinetry, the white color wasn’t a problem, but the big sink cabinets and lack of drawers weren’t very functional.  Also, the tri-plex medicine cabinets, while full of storage, were creating seams in all the wrong places.

original bathroom vanity

After reviewing the PROS and CONS of the bathroom we explored SEVERAL different layout options.  In some versions we kept the cabinetry, in some we changed it.  We looked at expanding the shower, removing the tub, and even building a whole linen armoire.  We really kicked the tires to explore our options and provided cost estimates to our clients’ to help them decide which plan was best for them.

berwyn bath original floor plan

THE ORIGINAL FLOOR PLAN

large tub, small shower, toilet and bidet, door to 2nd bathroom

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berwyn bath plan 1

OPTION 1: EXTREME MAKEOVER

Large shower, close off door to 2nd bathroom,

2 new vanities (1 in new location under window,)

built-in linen cabinetry.  remove tub

privatize water closet with toilet and bidet.

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berwyn bath plan 2

OPTION 2: MEDIUM MAKEOVER

Large shower, close off door to 2nd bathroom,

keep sink vanities as they are and replace countertops

built-in linen cabinetry.  remove tub and replace with make-up vanity desk

Keep toilet and bidet in original locations.

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berwyn bath plan 3

OPTION 3: SOME BIG CHANGES, SOME THINGS THE SAME

Large shower in new location, Keep door to 2nd bathroom,

keep sink vanities in their locations but update cabinetry and countertops

Keep tub.  Built-in Linen cabinet in location of old shower

Remove Bidet

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We had several discussions with our clients to determine what was really best for them and what they needed.  Ultimately we came to a few big decisions… 1. The door to the 2nd bathroom could go, but the bidet needed to stay.  2.  The expense of removing the tub and replacing it with something else wasn’t valuable to them, so the tub would stay.  3.  Built-in linen cabinetry was beautiful, but more than they wanted to spend at this time, so we would do a furniture armoire instead.  4.  Vanity cabinetry would be updated and tailored to their specific storage needs.

This is the final plan…

berwyn final floor plan

With the space planning figured out, we were able to finalize the fun stuff: tile, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, hardware and paint colors.  Then I handed over the reigns to the construction team and dad and the boys went to work turning our plans into reality…

Day 1

berwyn bath day 1

2nd week

shower framed

3rd Week

shower tile begins

4th Week

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The bathroom is done now and let me tell you it is fabulous!

But we couldn’t have gotten there without figuring out the floor plan first.

Full Reveal Coming Soon!