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A House Full Of Memories

We recently had the pleasure of working with these clients to transform their traditional style home into an open farmhouse design. Their existing floor plan was closed off, with a small kitchen, breakfast nook, and a formal dining room (utilized as a multipurpose room). Their furniture and décor were very traditional with jewel tones that they had simply outgrown. It was time for change! So together we came up with a plan to open up the spaces and to add more personality and functionality!

Immediately, we tore down the dining room wall to open up the kitchen and reconfigure the cabinet layout! This enabled us to add a bar and suit it with these Charleston leather and wood stools.  Next, we installed Ganasche granite for the countertops, wood cage pendants over the bar, and a basketweave pattern stone for the backsplash to showcase natural elements.  We chose a two-tone scheme for the cabinets, painting the base cabinets Dorian Gray to warm up the space, and wall cabinets Elder White to keep it classic.

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Then we filled the kitchen with farmhouse charm including a cast iron apron sink, wooden utensils, and a rustic alder beam. Finally, for a personalized touch we utilized our clients’ collection of ceramic bunnies, reminiscent of her beloved pet, Sebastian.

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We also added a personal touch to the new dining space with this map hand painted on wood by Jay at Black Dog Art Studios.  Our clients live near Lake Lanier where the enjoy fishing and boating.

With the additional bar seating and open plan into the dining room, our client no longer needed a breakfast room. So we took advantage of the open windows and transformed it into a peaceful little keeping room. We added interest to the room with  trellis fabric and pretty maritime blues, while keeping it calm with Mindful Gray walls and a soft edged lamp.  The plump swivel chairs and little side table invite you in. Come sip your tea and bathe in the sunlight. Overlook the beautiful terrace and watch the deer graze in the blueberry bushes.

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Because the garage door opens to the kitchen and keeping room, we thoughtfully added a few pieces to function as a makeshift mudroom. We hung a uniquely crafted wood and wire framed key holder and rolled in a tidy galvanized tin bar cart.  Wire and wicker baskets are perfect for storing away sunglasses and mail to keep the entryway free of clutter.

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Welcome to our world!

Hey there-

So glad that you took the time to stop in to visit our world.  We have just entered the world of blogging and are excited that you are joining us.  Just to let you know a little about us……..  Jay & I have been married for 27 wonderful years and have worked together for 20 of those years.  Jay is a furniture craftsman and artist & I am an interior decorator.  We realized early on in our careers, that there were not enough American made  and unique handcrafted products out there for our clients.  So we started designing them ourselves.  This venture has led us to meet some amazing wonderful clients!  We love bringing the past to the present and working with family heirlooms or vintage pieces.  Quite often we will combine such treasures to create a new life for old pieces.    Whether starting from scratch or using vintage items, we love creating unique pieces that our clients will enjoy for years.  On our blog pages, you will find some of these creations along with tips to create on your own and maybe a few other things thrown in.  Hope you enjoy and visit often 🙂

MJ & Jay

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The NEW white kitchen

Check out one of our more drastic kitchen remodels in Suwanee. An update was long overdue for this 80’s kitchen. Keep scrolling, it gets better I promise!cindi-1

We closed up the door to the garage to improve the flow and add a little more counter space. We pulled up all the dated linoleum square flooring and put in engineered hardwood for a warmer, natural look.

There were encapsulated raised panel cabinets that were very traditional and a little cheesy looking. The melamine (plastic) had to go! We opted for a more transitional look but kept the classic white with these solid wood shakers. To soften the white we adorned these cabinets with antique burnished brass cup pulls.  The aged metal adds some character, while adding warmth and contrast to the doors.

Next, we removed the Tiffany style stained glass pendant and ceiling fan and replaced it with two industrial utilitarian pendants, just above the farm table, grounding the room and bringing focus to the center of the kitchen. This makes the kitchen more inviting and social. It’s no longer for cooking, it’s for eating too! I just imagine that if I were in this kitchen chopping vegetables at the perimeter, my kids would be gathered around the table, telling me about their day while finishing some school work or chowing down on an afternoon snack. Who wouldn’t want to sit around this gorgeous farm table paired with a rustic custom built bench and wicker rattan chairs? We especially loved tying this table into the design because of it’s history. This table was originally a desk in a science lab that our customer’s father had salvaged and given to her. We refinished the top, freshened up the paint, and gave it a new home.

And don’t overlook the clever chalkboard refrigerator side panel! It’s great for dinner recipes or menus.

It’s hard to miss all those pretty stainless steel appliances, especially the hood above the oven. Going with a clean finish makes the hood more of a statement, it becomes an aesthetic rather than just a practicality. And those metal letters with the invitation to eat just below it is a fun addition!

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One of my favorite details of this kitchen is the countertop! The Kensho Silestone is simply beautiful. It’s the look of a concrete to mesh with an industrial or rustic style, but with all the perks of quartz! Quartz is heat and stain resistant, and like concrete, very durable, but less likely to crack than concrete.

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It’s a little more expensive than granite, but definitely worth the investment!

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I adore this 1950s inspired swing arm wall sconce. Just perfect for a little light over the kitchen sink. Over a farmhouse cast iron sink nonetheless! This piece is timeless, the curves and the soft white of the enamel will always be in style. And the depth make it so easy to clean large pans. Pair it with an elegant high arch faucet and washing the dishes is no longer a chore, it’s a delight!

An easy way to add color to the kitchen without cluttering it with nick nacks is to decorate with some greenery (fresh herbs) and bright colored fruit. You’ll be reaching for these ingredient anyhow, you might as well put them on display!

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This refinished cabinet also brings in some energy with it’s playful yellow trussle and whimsical glass knobs. It was originally a secretary desk, but with a little creativity, it’s repurposed for the kitchen with a hidden charging station.

So there it is, proof that you can breathe life back into an drab kitchen! Hope this gave you some vision–and even if it didn’t– our designers can help you find your style and create a space that you love!