One of my projects this fall has been consulting on the new facade of this 1980s home in Highland Park. The home's floorplan is wonderful. And it sits on a great little street close to the school. But the finish out was stuck in the early 80s - dark cabinets, yellow floral wallpaper - you get the picture.
Over the past few months, chintz wallpaper has given way to clean, crisp walls; and the kitchen and baths are now completed in Carrara. Now it was time to tackle the exterior. Here's a picture of the home in its former 1982 glory.
And the drive-up today....
Clearly painting the brick made a HUGE difference. We tried at least eight samples of white before we settled on the perfect shade. Glass-front double doors, a simple pediment, shiny new windows, Pennsylvania bluestone on porch and gas lanterns from Bevelo complete the look. Isn't it gorgeous?!! The only thing missing is a pair of these planters from Napa Home, which have been backordered for months. Can't you just see boxwoods on the porch in these pretties?
This client had a vision when they bought this home. They didn't let the dull brown brick, fruit-motif bordered wallpaper, or ugly dark cabinets scare them off. They looked at what's important - location, floor plan and basic construction - and over time are restoring it into a beautiful home.
In other news, I'm off to Scott's in Atlanta this week on a "business trip." Stay tuned for pictures of new goods coming to the shop! I'm now officially addicted to Instagram so follow me here (@lindleyarthur) to see photos of client projects and my findings out and about.