"Darlene is a designer who is able to gear a room or whole home design to the personality of the owner."
-Susan Oneid, Maximum Realty
A tired, home-made stained glass on the sidelight was replaced with a gauzy sheer for updated, light-allowing privacy. Hardwood is never a great idea for a front entrance in our climate. So, it was replaced by easy-to-maintain porcelain tile with a detailed insert giving this small entrance some style.
Although a very attractive entrance, the clients wanted it to feel less overwhelming and more welcoming. This was done with a beautiful rug, and an entrance table and chairs that offered a place to put keys and to sit when arriving and departing. The stairway was also very nice, but lacked presence with its plastic railing. Hiring a talented decorative artist to give the bannister a wood look immediately gave a more polished impression.
Visitors to this home had full view of the living room, which was annoying to the owner. Moving the closet over to this side provided privacy, but also added space to the kitchen. Freeing up that corner now allows for more living room seating as well.
An upper hall overlooking a family room had two issues—no privacy, and the bannisters were not to code. Additionally, the busy knotty pine floor was open to birch flooring below which felt uncohesive. Carpeting throughout upstairs brings more unity to the overall space and half-walls with glass-block inserts provide privacy and light. Finally, new paint colours and a more stylish to-code square-spindled bannister makes for a more modern look.
Sometimes too much wood just doesn’t do a stairway justice. By staining the bannister and post as per the new dark flooring and painting the spindles for contrast; the dark wood now looks even more rich. A refreshing floral-patterned carpet finishes the look—its graceful swirls giving this space a feeling of unmatched sophistication.