It’s a little overdue, but I finally got out to Hallbrook to shoot some afters of a really fun house makeover we did last summer. These clients were moving back from California so much of the project’s decisions were made via email and phone calls. A little tougher than a good ole job site visit where we’re all in one place, but hey! We made it work!

condition of the original kitchen cabinets

A quick little tour around the existing kitchen and it was clear that this kitchen was a perfect candidate for a gut…Granite tile countertops…An awkward shaped dual-level island…Jammed broken appliance garage door…Cabinetry that had seen better days….

Needless to say, they opted for a new kitchen!

hallbrook kitchen with new custom cabinetry, countertops and appliances

And new kitchen they got!

before and after of dated hallbrook kitchen with new cabinets, hardwoods and paint

kitchen island details including wine cubby storage

The new island was topped off with a gorgeous slab of walnut from  Elmwood Reclaimed Timber. Our painter and our client’s son (!) actually distressed the top together before staining it. Pretty fun to let him be involved!

elmwood reclaimed timber walnut island countertop

Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is a nice sized breakfast room overlooking their backyard and paved deck. The walls were all textured and outfitted with some pretty dated window treatments.

Though the client opted to keep the texture on the walls, we wanted to reduce the appearance by painting everything a much lighter color – in this case – Sherwin Williams’ Atrium White. Trim throughout the entire house was painted with Decorator’s White. And white plantation shutters were installed on the bottom 2/3 of these windows.

before and after of breakfast room with new paint and window treatments

As a young family, they wanted to freshen up the entire house with a “new traditional” aesthetic. One way in which they accomplished that was by replacing the carpet throughout the living and dining room with new hardwoods. Nothing says dated like old carpet throughout much of the first floor! The existing hardwoods in the kitchen area received sanding and new stain.

And look how gorgeous this stairway ended up! Yes to patterned carpet runners on the stairs! Yes. Yes. Yes.

before and after of new stair runner with refinished hardwood floors

Not only did we darken the floors, but our painter glazed the handrails and exposed treads to match the new floor stain. What’s not blatently obvious in the picture below is that we also rebuilt several of the treads that had awkwardly shallow depths and frequently tripped people up.

And hello gorgeous powder bath! This is the second time we’ve used that wallpaper in the last 7 or 8 years and both of our clients LOVE it.

wallpaper in the powder bath

Moving upstairs, the kids’ bedrooms got a brand new paint job, new carpet, lighting and even a little bit of Clarke and Clarke Dahlia wallpaper!

before and after of a tween girl's bedroom

before and after of a tween boy's bedroom

The master turned out beautifully…

master bedroom before and after with new athena paint

Essentially, the house looks incredible now! It’s fresh. It’s neutral. It’s elegant and classic. And yet it feels young and vibrant.

living room with plantation shutters and nell hills swivel chairs



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