A full year after getting the initial phonecall for our first out-of-state residential project, I am SO thrilled to be revealing our home tour of the Virginia Remodel we’ve been working on. This client found us through Instagram and was such a pleasure to work with right from our first breakfast meeting. She reached out to us after she and her growing family bought a house in Virginia that needed a serious face lift. The bones of the home were absolutely beautiful, including a double-height entryway and family room, and sun-drenched bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms throughout.
We always strive to customize our designs for each unique client so that the home really represents the people who will be using it. For this project, we wanted to create a space that had classic details to tie in to the neighborhood and existing home structure, but modern elements to reflect the client’s own style.
The kitchen was situated in a way that set itself up for such an amazing layout but the original setup felt undersized and more compartmentalized. Our first priority was to enlarge the kitchen layout by maximizing the space for storage and creating a space more efficient for this family’s needs. We removed the diamond-shaped island and introduced a much longer island, where we located the sink which had originally been tucked in the corner by the window, and we tucked in counter seating on the backside. Next, we removed the walk-in pantry and tucked in paneled Sub-Zero refrigerators so that they were completely out of the way and round out the kitchen layout. We relocated the pantry to a full-height cabinet area where there had originally been a built-in desk.
One we determined the best layout for the space, it was time to introduce the new finishes. Everything in this house originally was yellow. It felt completely outdated and needed a cooler palette to help modernize it and balance things out. We starting building the palette with dark, French Oak floors from Divine Flooring. The rich, chocolaty tones in the wood pulled in the perfect level of sophistication and warmth for the home. On top of that, we layered shades of warm grays marble textures and brass and black metal accents. The kitchen cabinets are a creamy, light gray along the perimeter with a shaker profile and a darker gray island with a waterfall quartz countertop. Brass hardware softens the palette and adds a feminine touch. We integrated all of the appliances but let the Wolf range be a focal point at the back of the kitchen with a clean, wrapped hood above it. For the backsplash, we chose a modern tile that pulls in a wood texture and adds some depth and texture to the room.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a double-height family room that truly ties the whole house together. To enhance the space, we introduced a custom stone fireplace from Paris Ceramics and carried a matching tile up to the ceiling.
THE FIRST IMPRESSION
My favorite part of this house is how everything connects the moment you walk in the front door. We kept the entryway simple but paneled the wall beneath the stairs to add some texture and to tie into the elegant dining room we designed immediately next to it. In the dining room, we paneled all of the walls and painted them a rich, warm grey tone. We integrated sparkling sconces into the wall and installed a dripping chandelier above the table. Simplicity was key in this room. We wanted to add elegance without clutter and let each feature stand out on its own. The table is around ebony wood with a black mirror top, continuing the illusion of the dripping lights. To complete the room, black velvet dining chairs surround the table and add some height to the room.
The existing bathrooms were never anything special. Each one continued the builder-grade theme and warm, yellow palette which had to go. We kept the new design cohesive with the rest of the house, grounding the spaces with neutral grays and rich textures, but adding contrast with black and brass metals. We focused on bringing in sculptural light fixtures to add sparkle to the rooms and soften them.
I hope you enjoyed this tour half as much as I enjoyed working on this project! Nothing makes me happier than a client who loves their new home and a design that fully represents them. This one will always be special to me.