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Fireplace Update

Now that the weather is starting to get chilly, it’s time to think about your fireplace. Many people have fireplaces that simply do not reflect their style and surroundings in their home. The good thing is that you don’t have to live with the outdated fireplace that you currently have. Whether your fireplace is gas or wood burning, there are many options to give it a more updated look.

Before we continue, let’s take a quick look at the parts of a fireplace.

Sharp- Nicholson FIreplace Dining room Chaddsford-Layout3

We frequently get requests to change the look of existing fireplaces. We’d like to share one of these projects with you. This client lived in her home for a number of years and wanted a fireplace that reflected her more contemporary tastes. We had designed her living room several years back with a transitional style rug and furniture. The fireplace and living room are some of the first things you see when you enter the house. The original fireplace mantel was painted white and was a Federal style with an urn and acanthus leaf detail, fluted pilasters and traditional moulding. The surround and hearth were white marble with gray veining. Since fireplaces are often the focal point of a room, this formal and traditional focal point was not conveying what the rest of the room was. So she sought our help to change the look. This shows the existing fireplace…

traditional fireplace

The updated mantel couldn’t be more different in style and fits in so much better with the feel of the room. First we drew the mantel and had it custom built by Michael James Furniture out of cherry wood that was stained in a rich walnut finish. The look hints at modern design with its simple angled configuration and clean lines. The existing marble surround and was replaced with large scale light textural tone on tone porcelain tiles to further the updated look. The hearth is made from the same color tiles but without texture.

The first step was demolition of the existing fireplace surround…

demolition

These pictures show the new mantel being installed…

New Fireplace

New Fireplace

The simple and yet dramatic result gives the room a warmth even when the fireplace isn’t on. We completed the overall look with a custom metal fireplace screen in an Olympic Grey finish – also by Michael James Furniture. It’s diagonal lines play off the horizonal and vertical lines of the fireplace.

Fireplace Screen

And the final product…

transitional fireplace

What should you do if you are thinking of updating your fireplace?

  1. Look through magazines, internet sources, etc. to get an idea of what you like
  2. Hire professionals – this is not your typical do-it-yourself kind of project – an Interior Designer can assist with the final look, budget, purchase of materials, selection of vendors, management of the project, etc.
  3. Schedule the work to be done
  4. Sit back and enjoy your new surroundings!

Custom Furniture Design

Custom Furniture – Uniquely You

When you are looking for furniture that is uniquely you and made especially for your home, consider custom furniture. We recently worked with a client to provide storage and a custom look around her fireplace and TV. We began with a concept and tweaked it until we got to the final drawing that looked like this…

custom furniture

When considering custom furniture, the client wanted to increase her storage space and have a place to display pictures and trinkets. As is usually the case, the space had its challenges. The main challenge of this project was that left side of the fireplace was wider than the right side because we had to allow for a door to swing into the room from the balcony.

We then decided to finish the piece in a glazed gesso finish in cream with olive accents. The cabinet tops would be olive green. We had the pieces custom painted by Billet Collins Studio. To further customize the pieces we procured large birch twigs that were used to create the brackets for the display shelves. In keeping with the “woodsy theme” we selected pinecone knobs in an antique brass finish.

Our furniture vision was brought to life by Michael James Furniture.

pinecone knob

We specified a square tulip leg like the one below…

leg

We always get excited about installation day! It’s when all of the idea generating, sketching, and planning comes to 3D reality. Here, the pieces are being installed…

Custom Cabinets

Custom Cabinets installed

When working with an Interior Designer to create custom furniture here are some things to consider:

  1. The Space – where the custom furniture will go
  2. The Look – options here are almost endless – we will work with you to determine your style
  3. Your Needs – storage? display? drawers? doors?
  4. Your Budget – give us an idea of your budget and we can design something that incorporates your needs and wants

Lastly, a look at the finished product…

custom cabinet base

Custom shelves

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