Shannon Berrey

A traditional remodel: J and J Design Group

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

So many folks complain about the lack of architectural details in their cookie cutter homes.
 A huge common problem in those cookie cutter houses seems to be the 'built-ins beside the fireplace situation'. In a builders basic home, I just don't think a lot of thought gets put into this enormous detail. Which is really too bad because it is, usually, the focal point of a room or even a house, and yet, a lot of times, when you look at one you are left scratching your head.   

Before:


I love what the designers of J and J Design Group achieved with this makeover. They covered all of that built-in silliness up! Doors outfitted with beautiful moldings, trims and hardware make such a huge impact in the look of this room. It is now timeless and beautifully fresh. 
 
After:


And in the same clients house, they were blessed with another fireplace in a different room. Unfortunately, it was covered in the same tile as the floors and a rather dated mantle which really left it lacking warmth.
 
Before:


What a difference adding painted wood, trim, a rustic mantle and simple stacked stone can do! Of course the gorgeous lighting, furniture, drapery and rug takes the look over the top! 

After:


To the right of the fireplace, you get a glimpse into the master. But, you want to see more than just a glimpse, right?



So pretty. But let's look at the challenges in this room. There are a number of different ways to tackle these windows, but I love what they did. The windows that flank the bed aren't so tall, and they are low. The rods were hung high to draw your eye up. The bed side tables were pulled away from the wall a bit to accommodate panels that fall to the floor behind them. The right window is also so close to the corner that the drapery rods were connected in the corner. This allows the drapery to function seamlessly with the 'door wall' windows.  



What they ended up with is a room that is very traditional and updated even though there is a lack of any windows moldings. Not easy to do!

  And the other side of the room.



I am still a lover of neutral homes and this just proves that neutral doesn't have to be boring. I love it all!


 all images via John Woodcock Photography 






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