When my new clients contacted me, they had just purchased a new home. They knew it needed updating, but like many homeowners had no idea how to make that happen. The first phase was to tackle the outdated interior. We modernized the paint colors to a more contemporary style and replaced the floors with a low maintenance option.
Next we had to address the oversized fireplace. Living along the MS Gulf Coast, it just doesn’t get cold enough to need such a huge wood burning fireplace. We swapped it out for a more modern electric fireplace. (I love these because you can turn it on without using heat. You still get the warm, cozy feel of December, even if it happens to be 80 outside!)
My client also wanted a more mature space, so no TV in here. Instead, we had a local artist paint a custom piece as a better focal point. Casey Jones is out of Hattiesburg, MS and she is amazing!
To help with the awkward layout, we added built-in bookcases on the exterior side. This really helped to define the living room area and make it separate from the game table/second dining option. The bookcases also added some much needed storage.
The columns, which are about ⅓ of the way into the room, are structural. We opted not to remove them, but this left an impractical space in the corner. Making the best use, we turned this into a dining/gaming nook. It's the perfect spot for this busy family to reconnect on the weekends!
The kitchen update is in the future, but I did create a new custom kitchen table for them. (I just love the design pattern on the top!)
If you have recently purchased a new home and are not 100% sure how to make it your own, let’s chat! You can schedule your First Steps design consultation here.