ML Interiors Group helped navigate challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic to create a fun, fresh style in this Keller home.
Primary bedroom, whiskey room, gym conversion, outdoor patio
With the world at a standstill due to the spread of Covid 19, house renovation was no exception. For this particular project, obstacles emerged as the pandemic proved to interfere with scheduling, deadlines, labor and cost. Learning how to navigate these challenges is no easy feat, and yet ML Interiors Group rose to the occasion.
As entertainers, the home owners felt that the space was not being utilized to its fullest potential, as dated styling set this home back rather than forward. Color, wallpaper, and an eclectic mix of industrial elements were thoughtfully employed to update the home and reflect the client’s personality. Working through communication barriers and the added challenge of weaving in design elements that appear natural to the original foundation encouraged patience and creativity to make this client’s dream design a reality.
Metal and brass fixtures were carried into the whiskey room to maintain that modern feel, while aztec neutrals and hints of pink continued to make an appearance to suggest a small Southwestern feeling that was personal to the client's childhood. A custom bar gave the room that classically clean elegance of a speakeasy, while coupled with deliberate molding and trim on the gallery wall elevated this space to a level of refinement in alignment with the overall vision. This added texture also created depth to the space that allowed the rich blue tones to contrast nicely with the brighter colored furnishings in the room.
To remain efficient, the gym was the first space to be completed as it was out of the way of the client’s work space. The focal brick wall of the gym was truly a collaboration between designer and artist, from sketch to execution to reality. Megan designed the brick layout, and the artist added plaster to the wall and hand painted until a vintage feel emerged and the brick appeared to have always been a part of the home. The natural landscape surrounding the home was also factored into the gym room design to both accent the green in the wallpaper as well as highlight the greens that were visible in the backyard. Fuchsia and neon pink added pops of color to complement the vibrancy of the wallpaper in contrast to the black and grays used throughout, providing balance in the spaces these colors were used.
The patio space left much to be desired, which led to a complete transformation to create more cohesion and finesse. The fireplace was completely removed, and a pass-through bar window was created - this not only made the space feel more open but also allowed for an increase in countertop space for the outdoor kitchen. A chic fire pit was placed in the center of the sitting area to encourage conversations around the warmth. The outside walls underwent a major facelift by covering what was once red brick with stucco, as well as a jazzy tile behind the grilling station. Faux wood flooring and new furnishings provided the finishing touches to this amazing metamorphosis.
The outcome of this design was a positively emotional response from the client, allowing them to actually connect with their new space rather than just appreciate it for the functionality. The result was a more accurate expression of the client’s taste and style, matching the client in who they are now while leaving room for growth and continued exploration in the future.
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