Displaying posts labeled "Renovation"

A moody remodeled home in Portland

Posted on Mon, 8 Jul 2019 by KiM

continues to rock my world with every space she gets her talented hands on. This one is no exception. This was an extensive remodel of a Portland house built in 1907, which had been subdivided into several apartments at one point in its history. Although the house had been restored to a single family dwelling by the time our clients purchased it, there were still clear signs of its former incarnation. Our first step was to reimagine the circulation throughout the house, which required removing the back stair, opening up the kitchen to the dining room, and adding a master bath where a balcony used to be. In addition to this, we layered on architectural elements like coffered ceilings, columns and ceiling rosettes to dress up a house that lacked a lot of the charm and character that we typically associate with older homes.  A comfy built-in sofa occupies the family room for movie nights and lazy lounging, while a large curved sofa in the living room is the perfect place for dressier get-togethers. Our aesthetic direction for the house was to create “an ode to the Pacific Northwest.” The palette is moody, green, lush, mossy and heavy on the western walnut while the decorative lighting and furnishings are markedly modern and playful, which suits the youthful, forward thinking character of our clients and their kids. In the kitchen JHID designer Mira Eng-Goetz hand-painted a mural of sword ferns across all of the walls as a way to create a garden view in a room with windows that look out onto the facade of a neighboring apartment building.  The tiles even continue over the built-in fridge to achieve a seamless fern-scape throughout the room.

(Photos: Aaron Leitz)

A California Swiss chalet

Posted on Tue, 18 Jun 2019 by KiM

Prepare to be amazed at how funky a Swiss style chalet can get.  was commissioned to renovate and restore a 3,500 square-foot Southern Californian estate built by Myron Hunt in 1906. The two-story, single-family dwelling sits on approximately two acres and was one of only fifteen Swiss chalet designed houses built in California during that period. The design concept pays homage to the property’s history, taking notes from the client’s personalities with accents of soft pinks, greens and burgundies. A rich assortment of furniture, textiles and objects strongly influenced by fashion and fantasy completed the character of this home. Photos: Shade Degges

Beáta and her husband have lovingly remodeled and restored this absolutely beautiful 1900s mansion in Hungary. Beáta is an interior decorator and her husband is a contractor so most of what you see was done over the past 10 years by themselves (they even fabricated the iron doors and lamps!). The exposed brick and beams and flooring choices really stand out in this home. Wonderful job Beáta and thank you for sharing with us!

A family home filled with personality

Posted on Fri, 17 May 2019 by KiM

Another project by I wanted to share is this downtown Charlottesville farmhouse that was renovated down to the studs to open it up and make it more family-friendly. Love the energy in this stylish and comfortable home.

After that last post, I thought you might like to see the home of James Veal and Christine Stucker of  – another incredible renovation of theirs. Built in 1901, the 2,100 square foot brownstone was purchased by James and Christine in 2017, with the intent of gut renovating the entire home. The biggest challenge was the designers’ tight timeline, as they only had two months to complete the entire design, construction, and renovation process. Stewart-Schafer repainted the fireplace, refinished all of the flooring, created custom light fixtures and built custom millwork closets throughout the home. The stairs and railings were refinished by hand and all the spindles were repainted. To restore the home’s original details, the designers added molding to match the home’s original plaster molding. The entire master bathroom was completely gut renovated and ripped down to its studs. In the master bedroom, the plumbing was moved to reconfigure the layout, and Stewart-Schafer salvaged the original clawfoot tub and had it re-enameled. Stewart-Schafer creatively opened the space by adding a skylight above the vanity to make the space feel brighter. The entire bathroom was retiled and a custom vanity and mirror were made to add visual interest and a contemporary feel throughout the space.

Photos from the website of Stewart-Schafer and



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