As someone who lives in an apartment with a lack-of-light problem, I feel particularly appreciative of this modern and bright renovation by Canadian-based design consultant Kirsten Marshall. Kirsten achieved an incredible level of light in each room; blended black, white and color beautifully; and brought in some great unexpected details, like that amazing light bulb display in the kitchen. Great job, Kirsten! — Kate
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Read more about Kirsten’s chic home renovation after the jump!
Time: 3 months
Cost: $150k for entire home
Basic Steps: We re-imagined the main floor space to suit the needs of the family. We wanted the kitchen open to the living space and took the traditional living room and made it a formal dining room. We added a third master bath en-suite on the 2nd floor and a main floor powder room (in a closet!) to increase the resale value of the house. As we were trying to do a lot on a limited budget, the client (my partner, Allison Granovsky) was happy with an Ikea kitchen. We liked the detail but painted it all white, keeping the architectural elements of the century home. This also allowed us to integrate a very contemporary kitchen into the house without it standing out. Adding the dark oiled floor makes the space look consistent, as we opened the wall between the kitchen and the living room.
My advice is to make your decisions and stick with them. Allison and I know what we like, so once we made the decisions, we didn’t double back and question ourselves. The result was that we tackled the project in a very short time period, which helped keep the budget down. Take chances! I suggested the black ceiling, which is quite risque, but Allison loved the idea, and it is a wonderful design element in the house. We also painted all of the interior doors black, which looks fantastic! Lastly, think outside of the box when it comes to storage and millwork. We moved a wall in the kitchen so we could incorporate a custom bookshelf around the existing Ikea pieces. This makes the kitchen look custom for a limited amount of money. — Kirsten