Kitchens and Bathrooms: Design Details

Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important design decisions you will make when you build or renovate a home. These fixed elements can define much of your trim/woodwork color throughout your space. It is imperative that you decide on these spaces in the early stages of your project. Custom cabinetry takes time (in our case 10 weeks) and needs to be designed and ordered early on.

I’ve decided on a white kitchen and a white master bath. White is timeless, classic, fresh, and soothing and will flow well with the adjoining rooms.

First, here’s a reminder of the previous kitchen. Isn’t it FANTASTIC! We’ve removed walls and now have a large kitchen, walk-in pantry, breakfast nook and desk area that is all open to the family room. So exciting. (These BEFORE pictures were taken by the local super talented Photographer Christina Wedge)

 

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

BEFORE: Julie Montgomery Interiors

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I’m now deciding on the perfect white for the marble bathroom as well as the cabinet white and countertop options for the kitchen- marble yes or marble no?? A lot is happening as you can see. Be sure to keep following here and on Instagram @JulieMInteriors #followmyrenovation.

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Design and Renovate: A Serene Study

Design and renovate your small space without overthinking decorating ‘rules’.  A space that is already small is an opportunity! I can’t make the space bigger but I can make it scrumptious and cozy. The home we are renovating has a formal living room that we  made smaller in order to increase the master closet (girl needs a closet!).

I’m considering a deep navy space with white trim and white ceiling.

 

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Thoughts? Would you surround yourself in blue?

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Design and Renovate: A Lighting Plan

As we design and renovate our home it is essential that I stay a step ahead of the builder’s schedule. One of the most time consuming areas to consider in the design process is the lighting plan. You need to determine the locations and numbers of recessed lights, sconces, mounted lights, switches, outlets, dimmers…so that the electrician can get to work before the walls or ceilings are closed up. Determining the lighting plan is not easy and it ‘s not fun.

Sourcing the exact style of lighting could come later but I’ve already begun to play–and made a few decisions. I’m more of a I like it lets do this now type of person.

I am staying with the same finish in the main living spaces-polished nickel. You can see these areas from other rooms; therefor, I am mindful of the relationship they should have in order to get the look I want in the space. Here’s where I’m heading:

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These are the jewels of the home! #followmyrenovation on Instagram (JulieMInteriors) too!

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Design and Renovate: Making this House Our Home

Renovating and designing our house means making big changes to the floor plan.  This 1970′s house has some nice features; such as, 10ft ceilings and a wide hallway on the first floor; however, there is much not working for us. The existing house has two master bedrooms, a two story family room, and too many walls for our way of life.

We made a big decision to close the second story of the family room and create a playroom/media room. The upstairs master is now going to become two boy bedrooms and baths. No small reno project here!

See if you can make out the plan in these images (not great).

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The formal living room (typical in a 70′s house) is going to shift to make room for my (hers) master closet. We’re also adding a hallway guest powder bath, moved the guest bedroom bath, and raised all headers with wider openings too.

The first floor will be opened up with a larger kitchen, new mudroom with bath, and expanded laundry room. Active boys get dirty fast so having a stop, drop, and wash location was a must!

Big changes will make this house our home.

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Design and Renovate: My House Decision Time

It’s major design and renovate decision time. Our house renovation is not a year-long  project (good gosh I hope not!) so we have to be steps ahead of the builder with our choices ready to order and ready to install. For instance, I’ve selected all the faucets for the bathrooms ( in my head) and need to order. The real reason for knowing this detail is because the plumber needs to know what values, left or right drain, …. while the new walls get framed. More on this thought process later.

Today, I’m thinking of the whole house aesthetic. Again, the entire design picture should be determined in order to pick out the fixed finishes and details that create a consistent feel throughout the house.

I want our home to be fresh with a neutral backdrop and infused with color moments. I love white. I love dark, contrasting flooring with white. I love the fun you can have with white.

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House Beautiful recently shared their White Room Designs post and it just confirms why I love white.

So now you know that I love white and you can assume that is the direction I’m going in my home. Not sterile and cold white but fresh, classic, warm, and layered whites–and grays!

Tell me what you think about white. I’d love your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

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A Bathroom Design That’s Timeless

A bathroom design that is classic, timeless, and so very luxurious.

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Designing and Renovating My Home: Update

Designing and renovating a home takes patience. We haven’t even started de-constructing and I’m already talking about patience! If you’ve ever renovated (big or small) then you know exactly what I mean when I say just getting started can drive you nuts.

First, we went back and forth with the Architect on the floor plan to make the current home work better for us. During this process we were researching products, sources, styles, and interviewing builders.

We have our plans, our builder, and are now ready for permitting. But wait, the city needs a few edits on the design to meet their requirements for the plan to be permitted. So, back and forth we go.

In the meantime, I need a tent at the house as I spend much of my time their meeting trades to get quotes. I’d actually prefer a tape recorder of me explaining what we are needing so that I can stop repeating myself. It would be something like this:

Dear mister window man,

Welcome to my home. Now, if you don’t mind please press play and you’ll hear all you need to know about the out-of-square windows that need help and the type of grills I’m wanting. Thank you.

Getting several quotes is smart but also tiring when you’re doing that for many areas in need. I’ll press on!

While we play the waiting game I’m very busy deciding on the styles and fixed items for bathrooms, kitchen, and lighting. It’s important for budgeting that the big picture is clear but you also need to have an idea of the entire look and feel of the home. {Don’t pick out tile without knowing the color of your cabinets, flooring, or continuity between spaces… ya know.}

This house is loaded with fixed items that need clear thought, strong vision, and  major change!

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We’ve thought a lot about how to update the entrance of the house. Raising the headers and widening room entrances will make a big impact. We have approximately 10′ ceilings on the first floor but the 8′ headers squash it. So, up and out they go. An arched doorway and added interest to entry ceiling are now in the mix of ideas. ( Special thanks to Christina Wedge for taking before pictures and having fun with me in one of them!)

 by Photographer Christina Wedge

by Photographer Christina Wedge

 

Next time I’ll share a bit on the floor plan. Have you renovated? What advice can you share with others?

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Style Refresh with West Elm

Take your space from dark and lacking personality to lively and energetic with a few style changes. Start with color changes, play with patterns, accents, textures, or update an entire style. Play with what you already have and fill in new items to enhance and update your look.

My time playing today was with West Elm and some of their items. Design boards are a great way to play with your style and visualize your space. So, style away! I used Olioboard below. You can follow my boards here.

I offer e-Design services if you’d like my help refreshing your space a little or a lot! See service details here or email me at Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

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My Home Renovation: The Exterior Entrance

Last week I shared the news about our new home and new renovation project. Not much has gone on this week. I think this part of the process will be the most frustrating for me. Waiting for builder bids, waiting for permitting, and more and more quotes. I just want to get this party started!

We are keeping very busy with the design plan, meetings, and educating ourselves on local vendors, products, and a lot of time inspiration browsing.

I’ll show you a glimpse of the exterior of the home because this is where my Architect has provided a few options and it’s now on us to decide.

Have you heard of weeping mortar? I now have. I’m definitely painting the brick after seeing what this can look like painted. Very pretty.

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It’s important that exterior changes and/or additions look as if they have always been part of the house. We are not trying to change the style of the house.   We are creating an updated look with improved interest and visual focus. Clean and classic.

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The home has a hip roof and when I look at the house I see the roof. Adding a gable, dormers, and a beautiful new entrance will make a huge difference with this house. Not exactly like this image but similar direction. I love a curved entrance but continuing it with a curved door.

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As we finalize the exterior design I’ll share what we are thinking. I’m ready to demo this baby! First, an organized project to start with is a must.

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A huge step forward with the final design plans and permitting should begin next! Follow the journey here too: Instagram.com/JulieMInteriors

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My Home Renovation

I’m very excited and a bit overwhelmed. After a year of living in Atlanta we finally closed on a home (excited)- and a big renovation project (excited + overwhelmed)!

This 1970′s home has original fixtures, details, and lots of ‘wow’ paper and finishes. (Taken with my Iphone)

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This is going to be a big transformation that was very worthy of professional before pictures. The very talented and lovely Photographer  Christina Wedge  has taken before pictures that you won’t want to miss.

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We’re just getting started. I’ll be sharing the journey, selections, considerations, aggravations, and updates on a weekly blog post.  I’ll also share more frequently on Instagram.com/JulieMInteriors

You’ll see more spaces each week as we begin to make decisions. Right now we are finishing the plans with the Architect and I am loving it! Home Sweet Home.

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