Updating an older home with contemporary design can be a challenging prospect. ML Interiors Group rose to the occasion with a home that paid homage to the existing architecture but took bold steps forward.
Formal living room, kitchen, kitchen eat-in, family room, coffee bar, powder room
As a modern homeowner living in a heavily traditional, old world style house, it can be difficult to marry the desire of new world style with pre-existing architecture. Savvy budgeting and clever use of paint promoted the kind of fluidity this space was needing - which was especially imperative to support the client’s love of entertaining.
What was once a butler’s pantry, soon became an updated coffee bar with a built-in Miele coffee maker. Muted grays and warm nods to modern rustic vibes with encaustic tile backsplash allows the gold accessories to stand out handsomely. Modern appliances provide a polished appearance that tie in with the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen around the corner.
With open shelving, tons of cabinetry, bright finishes and two immense islands at the center of this grand kitchen, even an amateur chef would feel like a professional. Designed with purpose, each island can be utilized for entertaining - from food preparation to cocktail arrangements. The blend between modern and traditional can be seen in the gray millwork of the cabinetry and the longer-sized subway tile backsplash. Quartz countertops and Brizo fixtures create a clean look, coupled with a custom exhaust hood and wood floating shelves as a nod to the more natural tones found within the living room.
To provide more openness within the main living space, natural light was invited by expanding the windows and reducing the footprint of the fireplace. This added an extra challenge, as symmetry was now essential to maintain the design vision. Attentive details were curated within this space as the fireplace was reconstructed with clean lines, and a firebox that is thoughtfully cornered in a way that encourages the eye to be drawn to the center of the room. This clever use of angles is what makes this particular design a standout - as balance is manufactured and achieved in a room that previously had none. This is also where the client’s speaker system was seamlessly incorporated into the design, with a custom drop ceiling creating the perfect acoustics for karaoke music and dance parties whenever desired.
The bonus powder room contains a striking atmosphere with the black penny tile that is carried onto the floor. Paired with the black and white wallpaper and Brizo appliances, this bathroom will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.
Design elements included small hints of wood and quartz, as well as a blend of organic neutral colors such as gold, tan, and ivory blended to elevate this design to a level of sophistication suitable for the surrounding environment. Filled with linear features and charming finesse, the outcome of this design provides upgraded functionality while promoting a flow from room to room that fits the homeowner’s lifestyle every day of the week.
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