When I was a little girl I used to fall asleep at night thinking about how I would redecorate and remodel my parents’ very small and humble 100 year old A frame farmhouse. As I drifted off I would imagine completely different floor plans, room additions, and what kind of furniture I would choose if I had an unlimited budget. My parents had a lot of wonderful things to be grateful for in their blessed lives but money wasn’t one of them. I grew up wearing second hand clothes and had the free meal plan at school. Farming is a tough life. I didn’t know we were poor, because in rural North Dakota in the 1980’s, everyone was in the same humble boat. So imagining a fancy home was just my way of fantasizing as a kid.
Little did I know at the time that some day people would pay me to make their dreams for their own homes come true, and that my dreaming was actually the seeds of a passion for interior decorating and design I would hone as an adult.
I started officially freelance designing for clients late last year and met the very sweet owner of the Timberline flip house in February. Long story short, she commissioned me to write the design plan for the main rooms of her 5,000 square foot flip. The transformation is nearing completion and will be hitting the market the beginning of October. I’d love to take you on a before and after tour, walk you through the finishes I chose, the changes I made and how this sprawling beauty has been elevated back to its original allure when it was built in 1996.
Let’s begin in the foyer with a few before photos to set the tone. Here she is in all her 1996 stunning glory.
Clearly, this home was gorgeous to begin with, dated, yes – but the grand scale of the sweeping staircase, high ceiling and two story windows still stunned all who walked through that massive front door. After incorporating my design, here is what now greets you upon entering:
The high contrast of the stairwell in my design is definitely what you notice first. The black and white now draws the eye to this incredible architectural feature. I also recommended an all new main floor wood floor upgrade with a wide plank, hand scraped varied color patina in cool wood tones. On a scale this large, these small details will make a space seem warmer and more welcoming. Originally, the investor had chosen a dark solid shiny wood flooring. I am grateful she followed my advice and sent it back, this flooring really makes this grand space feel more homey. I also chose all of the main light fixtures for the home and this beaded wood globe from Shades of Light also achieves the goal of adding texture to make the space feel warm. (The patina also compliments the wood flooring.) Carrie Brusven from Gathered. Rentals & Events Boutique did all of the home staging. She chose the nubby rug for the foyer to compliment the light fixture as well as the woven texture of the lamp shade (sourced from Burlap Rustic Chic Boutique) to add texture and further warm up the two story foyer. (Excellent choices, Carrie!)
The formal sitting room & dining areas just off the foyer also received quite the face lift. Here a few before shots of these spaces:
After new paint in a soft neutral grey color pallet, bright white trim, new flooring and fixtures these spaces really came to life.
And now, my most favorite transition in the home: the kitchen and two story great room around the corner in the rear of the home. Here are the before photos, hold on to your hats:
Are you ready? Ta da!
Go ahead. Flip back and forth between the before and after photos. Yes, these are the same rooms. I know! THIS WAS SO FUN! Here are some more after photos for your viewing pleasure of these incredible spaces:
Ok, who’s going to pool their money with me and buy this house? We can take turns living on the main floor. Any takers? I promise I am a very neat roommate!
Isn’t the transformation just incredible? Here are the main elements of my design plan for this space: I brought the fireplace facade all the way up to the tippy top of that incredible ceiling, incorporated symmetry with shelving and cabinets flanking the fireplace, and added a double mantel and board and batten to the facade to build upon the traditional style of the original build present in the stairwell spindles. The investor also had a gas insert installed to make chilly winters cozy with the flip of a switch.
In the kitchen, we stuck to the original lay out but added a corner pantry, installed all new cabinets (Ira’s Cabinets did a great job!) in the color scheme of my design plan (bright white shakers with a contrasting black island, also staying true and consistent to the style established in the high contrast foyer), enlarged the island and brought in a gas stove, quartz countertops, and cabinets to hide the appliances. It’s just incredible, isn’t it? Let’s ooh and ahh one last time, shall we?
I chose all the light fixtures from Shades of Light, and again that incredible wood floor pulls it all together.
The last two rooms on the main floor I want to show you are the powder room and mudroom. Get ready, it’s another jaw dropping, “Say what?!?!?” moment:
My design planned for bold wow factors in this space – little rooms are the ones where you should always go as high end as possible. I added Italian porcelain tile to the floor in a bold and trending pattern, board and batten to the walls, bubble glass chrome sconces and a Pottery Barn mirror with a scalloped edge that compliments the floor design. Yeah, I love it, too! Coincidentally, On Point Construction (owned by my better half, Matthew Mehl) installed the tile. Didn’t he do a fantastic job?
Before we top off this tour with the master bed and bath on the second floor, I have one last main floor room to show you – the mudroom and laundry. Here are the before and after shots:
The reason this is such a shocking transformation is because originally there was a closet in this space that essentially took up half the room. You can see the back of it in the before photo. Once that closet was removed, my design plan called for a drop zone/locker style cabinet. I co-designed it with Matthew and it was built and installed by On Point Construction. We combined three different design elements from Pinterest photos to create a drop zone custom built for this space that brought the high contrast traditional elements from my original design into this room. I also had On Point Construction install a subway tile back splash with dark grout above the laundry area and had the folding table and drop zone bench stained to match the stairwell, office french doors and kitchen island. Having the design of a home flow and connect is what truly ties a house together.
Are you ready to go upstairs? Here we go again with a shocking before and after:
From dated, to spa. Who wants to curl up with a good book in this tub for a couple hours? My design outlined the half wall glass shower stall, a soaking tub angled in the corner and the addition of wallpaper to tie into the traditional style in the rest of the home.
As the homeowner chose more contemporary cabinetry for this space than I had originally recommended (which is absolutely fine! The beauty of design is there really is no wrong choice, if you love it, that’s all that matters) it was important to choose elements that married it with the traditional style in the rest of the home seamlessly. I honestly love it when people deviate a bit from my design, we all have a creative spark and I love seeing people put theirs in motion. The wallpaper I chose is from Serena and Lilly, the light fixtures are from Shades of Light and the mirrors are from Pottery Barn.
In the master, I brought the same wallpaper in on an accent wall there as well and chose a light fixture that was both traditional and contemporary with the chandelier inside of the brushed nickel globe.
In the master, I suggested a wood element be added to the ceiling to highlight the peaks. When Carrie was staging, I suggested the bed be placed in the nook of the windows overlooking the large back yard. This created a truly “wow factor” focal point and incorporates symmetry as the bed is now more centered in the space. (Thanks, Carrie!)
Who wouldn’t want to wake up in this room every morning?
The home was photographed for the October issue of Design & Living so pick up a copy to learn more about the process, meet the investor as well as the stager, and see even more incredible photos of this magnificent home in an established neighborhood. With six bedrooms, a fully finished basement, and three and a half baths this house has everything a growing family will require.
When this beauty hits the market in just a few days, I predict it will not be available for long. Typically, people love these established neighborhoods but don’t want to tackle an expensive and lengthy remodel, but the alternative is a new build in a windswept treeless field on the prairie on display to all your neighbors. Not everyone’s cup of tea.
But this house? This house is different. It has a story, happy memories within its walls, and a new chapter for a new family is about to unfold, and that story is just beginning.
It clearly is ready to say once again, welcome home.
Peace, Joy & Blessings!
Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places.