Downsizing seems to be a current buzz word. This client decided to simplify life and downsize from 8,000 square feet to 3,000 square feet. Occasionally there are times in life when you know that things are so right for you. That is how it was with my client. She walked into this ranch on a lake and fell in love with the view, and the serenity and easy lifestyle that this home would provide. As her designer, I, too, was taken with this charming property with a beautiful view.
The challenge of this home was how to mix a variety of styles and ultimately end up with a collected look that felt integrated since all of the rooms were open to each other. We kept a few of the existing Asian pieces of furniture for accent pieces (such as the cabinet in the dining room) and then mixed both contemporary and cottage pieces throughout. Color was the integrating force. Black-and-cream with marigold and accents of red pulled together the public spaces that literally spilled from one room to the next. Throughout the process, we began to build her art collection, which also added to the charm and warmth of the home.
Initially, we did some construction and opened up the room entrances even more, casing the openings. We also took an existing hidden laundry room behind doors off the dining room and turned it into a fun wet bar with painted and glazed cabinets and amber and black tiles. We created a built-in under the TV area by the fireplace for additional storage and audio-video equipment. Retrofitting the existing island was easy, adding some bead board with a honed black granite counter. The existing natural maple floors were kept, adding the same flooring to other areas of the home. Double doors with glass inserts gave the entrance to the master bedroom some drama. Then it was paint, paint, paint along with new lighting.
When it came to the upholstery, we opted for spring down cushions with details on the cushions like the flange trim on the great room sofa and the contrast welt on the TV room sofa. Plaids, prints, checks, stripes and soft chenilles were carefully placed throughout the space. An argyle-patterned wool rug was designed for the TV room, while the dining room rug repeated two of the colors with the third color repeated on the painted walls. We added banquets at the ends of the distressed black dining table and opted for a chandelier with an organic feeling, which repeated a similar design in the nearby great room cocktail table. The unique gray chest in the great room is made from reclaimed barn wood adding unexpected texture. The glazed marigold-toned sofa table and round end table were the perfect scale for this home. Scale was very important in this space with vaulted ceilings. The end table to the sofa was actually a 29”-high game table. It worked perfectly with the style and scale of the sofa. These were the details that were well-thought-out to make this simple, restful ranch unforgettable.
The master bedroom was completely redone. Its new furnishings include the very comfortable upholstered bed and unique night tables with lamps accented in leather. We opted for a neutral palette in this room with a lot of textures and interesting art. The art is actually sculpture on canvas. In the guest bedroom, we went all-out cottage and purchased vintage furnishings. We selected a cream-and-white palette. The interesting light over the bed gives the room a focal point and artistic charm.