Tuesday, September 18, 2012

1950's Ranch Style Home Gets A Masterful Renovation with French Country Flair

Gorgeous single-story Ranch gets a masterful renovation highlighted by an open floor plan w/ a fabulous flow for entertaining.
When you walk in the front door, you will be in awe of the fine finishes and attention to details. The 19' x 15' living room features floor-to-ceiling double pane/Low E windows, cast stone mantle, refinished hardwood floors, recessed and art lights.
The well-illuminated dining room (15' x 13') has a dramatic ceiling treatment with a magnificent skylight and a custom built-in wall hutch with glass cabinets and drawers. There is also a bar area with a Subzero wine refrigerator and more storage.
The kitchen (17' x 12') is the masterpiece of this stunning residence. Sleek "New Sanctuary" marble countertops. Wolf six-burner gas range, oven, vent hood, SubZero refrigerator/freezer, stainless under mount sink and new fixtures.
The sunny and delightful breakfast room (10' x 7') has pretty views to the lush landscaping of the over-sized backyard. Charming chandelier, perfectly placed windows with custom fitted Roman shades, walk-in pantry and new baseboard moldings everywhere.
The spacious and light filled family room (17' x 15') is accented by a vaulted ceiling, French doors to the back deck & gardens, energy efficient windows, slate floors, built-in bookcase (east wall) and cased openings to living room and the kitchen.
The exquisite master bedroom (14' x 13') is ideally located on the SE back corner of the house. There are three large windows with peaceful garden views. Art lighting. Gigantic master closet (12' x 9') with specialty built-ins for shoes, etc...
What an exquisitely appointed master bathroom (10' x 7')! "New Sanctuary" marble vanities and frame-less shower, custom cabinetry and drawers with new hardware, 'Grohe' plumbing fixtures, Toto commode, framed mirrors, new moldings and a nice window!
The second bedroom (14' x 14') is positioned on the hallway between the master and the third bedroom. Additional notes: Recessed lights throughout the house are on dimmer switches. Recent HVAC system with new compressor, condensing unit + ducts.
The third bedroom (14' x 13') faces north and has lovely views to the wooded block featuring an arched canopy of trees down the lane. Ceiling fans are located in all of the bedrooms. Also, cellulose insulation (18 inches) was blown into the attic.
The secondary bath (9' x 7') was tastefully renovated with "Dark Emperador" marble - vanity, tub/shower surround & wall tiles. Built-in travertine framed mirror, custom cabinetry, 'Grohe' fixtures, appealing wall sconces, towel hook and Toto commode.
The study (18' x 6') with recessed lighting, a large window and slate floors was cleverly added to the house. Note: the cabinet under the built-in shelves is movable. Washer and dryer connections are located on the opposite side of the room.
This photo was taken from the family room. It shows the gorgeous backyard deck.
The exterior of this exceptional residence has been recently painted. New blossoming plants have been added for a pop of color in the yards. Exterior electrical outlets were added for seasonal lights. New security system with many special features.
Cement board (hardy-plank) siding on the perimeter; HVAC condensing unit; Extensive and fresh landscaping; Concrete driveway and walkway to entrance; Sprinkler system including new RainBird panel box.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Trash to Treasure Furniture Pieces for the Perfect Shabby Chic Charm

Three Little Known Facts About Shabby Chic Style

Shabby chic is an interior design style that incorporates worn, antique furniture and vintage accessories to create a design that is both elegant and popular. Items are chosen for their worn appearance and are often heavily painted throughout the years, with many layers showing through. Fabrics are usually cotton or linen, also showing wear and tear. Neutral colors, and often soft pastels such as pink, blue, and green are the trademark of this unique style.
History:   Although the shabby chic style has become very popular over the last 35 years, its roots actually began in the early 1900's when in Great Britain, many large, stately country homes and their contents were left to fade and age due to financial difficulties of the home owners. It wasn't until the 1980's, however, that this popular style got its name. During this time, many people had a desire to express how much class and taste they had. By incorporating the 'chic' interior style into their homes, they were able to boast classically vintage furniture that had a history.
Fact:   Not As Old As You Think Shabby chic furniture is not always old or antique. Many new pieces are distressed (made to look old) to give them a vintage, antique look. By applying white glaze and paint, and then scrubbing and sanding the top layers, especially around the edges, furniture can be transformed from something new and modern to something shabby chic.

In addition to transforming new furniture, many people buy used furniture at thrift stores and garage sales to create beautiful shabby chic furnishings for their homes. The style is all about simple elegance and incorporating a variety of pieces to create a look that is unique.

Versatility:    One of the best things about decorating your home in the shabby chic style is it does not have to be expensive. It is very easy to mix and match several different pieces to create a fresh look for your home without spending a lot of money. 
Because it is so versatile, it works well in almost every room of your home, including the kitchen and bathroom. From vintage armoires, to a dining table and chairs, the shabby chic style of decorating adds elegance to your home that is inexpensive and attractive.

The shabby chic style of interior decorating is here to stay for quite some time. Trends show that the style has increased in popularity over the last 35 years, and continues to do so. 
Whether it is a single piece of furniture, an entire room, or a house-wide theme, the shabby interior design style with its deeply rooted history, will surely make a statement in your home.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Add Glamour to Your Shabby Chic Style with Mirrored Furniture Accent Pieces

Decorating the Bedroom With Mirrored Furniture

 When choosing furniture for a bedroom, you should certainly explore the many pieces of mirrored furniture available. A piece of furniture with a mirrored front can visually expand the appearance of any size bedroom. Sunlight reflecting on a mirror brightens a room. And, by including some candles in your decor, you can create a relaxing atmosphere in a room with mirrored furniture. The flicker of candlelight reflecting in a mirror is the ultimate in romantic design.
Depending on your personal preference, you can include one single piece of mirrored furniture in your bedroom or you can incorporate several different pieces into the design plan. An armoire with a mirror on its front door is a stunning addition to any bedroom. Not only will it add beauty to the room, it will also provide a good amount of additional storage space for clothes or linens.
The styles of dressers with mirrors is almost limitless. Your choices range from antique white dressers to ultra modern espresso colored dressers. A vanity table is a wonderful addition to a bedroom. Their styles vary as does the style of mirrors that accompany them. A mirrored vanity table is an absolutely elegant addition to a master bedroom or guest room. The reflective quality of the entire table creates a stunning focal point for the bedroom.
In addition to the usual dresser and mirror combination, an armoire, or a vanity, there are mirrored accent tables that can also be included in your bedroom design. A mirrored writing desk would add elegance to your bedroom decor. A mirrored side table or accent table could be placed beside of a chair in your bedroom to create a reading or relaxation area.
A bedside table or night stand with a mirrored surface would add shimmering beauty to a modern style bedroom. A combination of chrome furniture with mirrors added gives a bedroom a very open, spacious quality. A floor length dressing mirror is a wonderful and useful addition to your bedroom. You can find these mirrors in styles that will look appropriate with any decorating style. Leonie writes numerous articles about interior design, particularly [http://mirroredbedroomfurniture.org]mirror bedroom furniture and about using [http://mirroredbedroomfurniture.org/mirrored-bedroom-furniture/]mirrored bedroom furniture to enhance the home. Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?Decorating-the-Bedroom-With-Mirrored-Furniture&id=3990728] Decorating the Bedroom With Mirrored Furniture