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Interior Design – Before and After

Who doesn’t love Before & After pictures of an Interior Design transformation?

In our previous blog post, Full Service Design (posted 3/16/17), we shared one of our full service design projects in Potomac, MD.

The Interior Design Project Included:

  1. A move from one home to another
  2. A kitchen renovation from floor to ceiling (and everything in between)
  3. Space planning for the clients’ existing furniture as well as newly acquired pieces
  4. Project management of the entire job

Project management included, but was not limited to:

  • Complete coordination with kitchen designer
  • Overall selection of furniture, fabrics, window treatments, tile, countertops, lighting, wall finishes, etc.
  • Color and finish selections
  • Complete lighting plan and coordination of implementation
  • Timing of all project and design elements
  • Design and coordination of all custom cabinetry

As a followup to our previous post, we would like to share some of the Before and After Interior Design pictures from this project. First, we’ll begin in the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Kitchen

The original kitchen design included both an island and a peninsula. The cabinets were a medium maple finish and the counter was a basic granite. In order to accommodate the exhaust fan, a soffit had been built above the cabinetry, and a shelf was constructed above that. This was an awkward design that shortened the tall ceilings.

AFTER…

kichen after

The new design moved the stainless steel refrigerator to the left of the range which created the perfect area for a tall pantry. The peninsula was removed from the design which opened up the kitchen and made room for a large island. The awkward shelf above the cabinets was removed which allowed for taller wall cabinets. Lighting in the crown moulding of the cabinetry was installed which creates visual interest that draws your eye up to the tall ceiling. The new cabinets feature a custom painted finish while the center island is contrasted in a rich walnut stain. Complimentary granite countertops and backsplash tile complete the updated look.

Next, we’ll move on to the breakfast area of the kitchen.

BEFORE…

Breakfast Room Before

The original breakfast area lacked continuity. The shelf near the ceiling seems to chop up the room, while oversized lighting, heavy draperies on the windows leave the room feeling heavy. The furniture is all in the same basic wood tone which leaves much room for improvement.

AFTER…

Breakfast Area After

The old tile floors were removed and replaced with medium tone hardwood floors throughout the kitchen and breakfast area. The cabinets and countertop continue into the breakfast area to create a beverage center with storage for glasses, drinks, and a hidden refrigerator for cold beverages. The cabinets are made to feel lighter with glass doors and interior lighting. We used a glass table top with a metal base and all-weather woven chairs with vinyl seat cushions to add interest to the eating area. The heavy draperies were removed and the windows were covered with custom shutters that match the window trim. Shutters are perfect for providing a clean look while allowing maximum light control. The heavy light above the table was replaced with a scale-appropriate contemporary light fixture more suited for the space. This is another view of the space…

Breakfast area after 2

Next we move to the dining room.

BEFORE…

Potomac dining room before

The original dining room felt heavy with a wood table, wood trimmed chairs, a wood buffet, wood framed mirror and wood floors. The lighting was too large and ornate for the space and the two-toned walls gave the room a chopped up appearance.

AFTER…

Dining Room After

A view of the dining room from the living room shows a lighter and more dramatic space. The floors were darkened a bit which adds to the warmth of the space. Although we used a round wood table, the all upholstered chairs and open console table give the room a more open look.  The chandelier is more scale-appropriate for the room. The chair rail was removed and the walls received a warm and inviting decorative paint finish. The finishing touch is the artwork framed in finish similar to the light fixture that graces the wall above the console table.

Lastly, we move on to the master bedroom.

BEFORE…

Master Bedroom Before

The master bedroom was very neutral and once again, heavy draperies weighed down the room.

AFTER…

Master Bedroom After

Although the new master bedroom is also neutral in color overall, the pillows, bed scarf, side tables and lamps help to provide contrast. The mid-century modern chairs provide a little seating area for the couple. The small overhead light was replaced with a contemporary ceiling fan. The draperies have been simplified to allow natural light into the room and to provide a cleaner lined look. The paint scheme shows off the tray ceiling.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our Before & After transformation!

 

 

 

 

 

Full Service Design

Full Service Design – Interior Design from A to Z

Projects that provide opportunities for interior design and renovation are among the most challenging and rewarding for us. We recently had a full service design project of this nature photographed.

They say that the heart of the home is the kitchen, and let’s just say this transitional kitchen makes our hearts skip a beat!  The redesign and renovation of this kitchen began with us bringing in Jack Rosen Kitchens to come up with an overall plan for the room. Some of the things we were looking to achieve:

  1. Better overall layout of the space
  2. Keep the existing breakfast area, but make it more a part of the kitchen
  3. Provide maximum storage
  4. Provide maximum surface area
  5. Create a beverage area near the table space

Kitchen Bar Cabinetry

Since the kitchen opened up into the family room, we also had to make sure that the two rooms worked together and coordinated with one another.  Some other features that were worked into the space:

  1. Large center island
  2. 2 diswashers
  3. 2 sinks
  4. Cabinet to hide small appliances
  5. A lighting plan that incorporates overhead lighting, under cabinet lighting, ambient lighting in the crown moulding, and decorative lighting in the breakfast area.

Breakfast Area

Kitchen Island and Backsplash Tile

On a regular basis, the family room seats two people, but the clients entertain often and were looking to seat at least six people comfortably.  We worked on blending the clients’ existing furniture while adding new pieces that coordinated. The fireplace in the family room received a total makeover that gave it a more transitional look. One of the best additions to the family room was this custom entertainment center designed by us and built by Michael James Furniture. The piece provides a place for the TV along with display, storage and housing for two custom metal benches.

Custom Cabinetry
The clients’ dining room provides comfortable and elegant seating for eight. The walls and moldings were given a custom paint finish by Billet Collins Studio. The windows were treated with working drapery panels made from a striped silk fabric. An arched “window” in the dining room was outfitted with glass shelves that proudly display a collection of crystal heirlooms. The clients’ artwork adorns one of the walls of the space. A beautiful chandelier bathes the room in a warm glow.

Transitional Dining Room

The master bedroom was another space in this overall project that received our interior design work. We worked with the clients’ style to procure an upholstered bed, two oval night tables with storage, a dresser for storage, workable draperies and bedding and carpet. The client provided two existing mid-century modern chairs and a wood slatted bench for the end of the bed.  Overall the spacious bedroom provides a restful backdrop for pleasant dreams and a goodnight’s sleep. Just off the bedroom is a lady’s study with a double-sided fireplace.

Transitional Master Bedroom

Lady's Study

Contemporary Design Transformation

We’d like to share one of our contemporary projects with you. But first, what makes a room or project “contemporary”?

Key Elements to Contemporary Design

1. Open floor plan
2. Natural light
3. Similar wood tones
4. Airiness to furniture
5. Overall neutral colors with color accents
6. Metal accents
7. Use of natural materials

When it was time for a contemporary design change after 25 years, the couple living in this traditional Chevy Chase home called upon Danziger Design to help them through the many hurdles of their renovation project. The game plan involved turning the entire first floor from traditional closed off kitchen, dining room and family room to a contemporary design with an open floor plan.

Contemporary Design

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Since the homeowners were previous clients of Danziger Design, we were initially called in to review the architect’s plans for the space. These plans were tweaked based upon our knowledge of the client and from there, the project took off. Many decisions had to be made throughout the project. Selections such as floors, cabinets, counter materials and other finishes were made at the beginning and once construction began, the fun part began. We worked with the client to decide upon rugs, furniture and accessories.

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Family Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Family Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Some of the features that make this an engaging space are the tall cherry cabinets and bookshelves throughout that provide more than ample areas for storage and display. The dining room and family room placement were switched to allow for less formal entertaining.

Dining Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Dining Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

Angles throughout make the first floor more appealing – from the angled island in the kitchen to the angled wall that serves as a room divider between the dining room and kitchen.

Breakfast Room - Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

Breakfast Room – Interior Design, Chevy Chase, MD

 

 

*Photography by John Cole Photography

 

 

Danziger Design Wins Best Of Bethesda 2017

 

We Won The Best Of Bethesda Reader's Pick: Best Builder for 2017

What an exciting way to begin 2017!

 

We have officially won Bethesda Magazine’s

2017 Best of Bethesda Readers’ Pick for Best Interior Designer.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for us.

 

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Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator

Often times, the professional terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used synonymously, however, they are very different. Let’s begin with Decorator.

What Does An Interior Decorator Do?

An Interior Decorator works at adorning and embellishing a space. They may deal with paints and wall-coverings, and window-treatments. They also may deal with, rugs, furniture, and other textiles and accessories. Formal education is not required for an Interior Decorator.

What Does An Interior Designer Do?

An Interior Designer has a combination of education and experience that prepares them for creating functional spaces. They do everything an Interior Decorator does , but they also need to have an understanding of people’s behaviors within a space. Often times, licensing is required for an Interior Designer to work in particular states.

What Type Of Licensing And Education Are Required?

There are several professional organizations associated with Interior Design. Some examples are ASID or the American Society of Interior Designers, NKBA or the National Kitchen and Bath Associations, and IIDA or the International Interior Design Association. These associations are work to promote Interior Design and educate the profession and those looking to hire professionals.

Interior Designers work to solve problems while adhering to codes to create safe and healthy livable spaces. Interior Designers are required to stay current in their field through Continuing Education Courses (CEUs).

Designers are experts with space planning and may use Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to create floor plans, elevations, and other drawings to communicate to their clients. They work with architects, contractors and other professionals to create spaces that are functional and beautiful.

In Conclusion

According to NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification), Interior Designers may decorate, but Interior Decorators do not design.

As you can see, there is a difference between the two terms and professions. It is important to be aware of these differences when you have a project in mind as you want to make sure that you are hiring someone who can handle all aspects of your project.

Interior Designer

An Interior Designer is adept at space planning and can provide floor plans and elevations for your project.