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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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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Decorating a Guest Retreat

I’ve been busy rebranding my decorating and organizing business in Atlanta. Be sure to check out the new Julie Montgomery Interiors logo and the Simply Savvy blog!

I’m so happy to be in Atlanta and work with clients in this area. If you can’t have me in your house my e-Design services may be a perfect option for you- and there are some flexible a-la-carte options too! Check them out here and reserve your spot.

Getting ready for guest? Here’s a serene retreat.

 

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Let me help you feel good about your home and Love the Space You’re In! Email Julie@JulieMontgomeryInteriors.com

 

 

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Outdoor Spaces

I’m so drawn to outdoor spaces that are an extension of our indoor living. Comfortable chairs, a touch of color, and simple décor can really jazz up a patio, porch, or balcony. We now live in Atlanta where outdoor time is possible much of the year. As we shop for our new home we’ve had visions like this in our heads–actually, a covered veranda with a pool is in my head; however, this is partially there too!

 

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Have you given your outdoor space some TLC? Share. Love the space you’re in!

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Decorate with Inspiration and Patience

Decorating our homes and getting our spaces where we want them is not an instant fix–though I do love sharing fast fix tips! The process of creating a new interior style takes time. As a professional, I spend a lot of time just searching for the items, materials, and colors to help clients determine the style and feeling they want in a space. If you are not sure of where to begin, try this:

 

Find a piece of furniture or accessory item that you love. What is it that you love about it? Is it the color, the shape, the texture, the finish, the clean lines… If this is the feel or style you want in your space then take a picture and keep it with you when you shop for your space.  Be patient when pulling your space together and you’ll be happy with your decisions.

 

Lotus Bar Cabinet by Century Furniture

 

This fabulous cabinet is a launching point for a clients bathroom – but – it’s a bar. They’ll get the look they love with the function they need because the idea and the style has now been defined. I’m researching options that will work for them but keeping this look in mind.

 

Patience and inspiration goes a long way when working on house projects or designing a space. Do your research and Love the Space You’re In!

 

There is a lot of great value in hiring a professional. See juliemontgomeryinteriors.com for all services (in-home or e-Design options available for both organizing and interior styling).

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