1.23.2015

Refreshing a Vintage Bungalow in Alameda, California

Terry from La Dolfina introduced me to her friend, Kathy from her Alameda neighborhood. Alameda is cool little town on an island in the East Bay.  The first time Terry (love that girl) and I were at Kathy's house, there was whirlwind of arranging furniture.  

Afterwards, I told Kathy that I would get back to her with a detailed plan to update her living and dining rooms using much of her existing furniture. 

Here is where we are now.

We purchased these custom Lee Industries chairs.


The seating was moved a bit.  New floor lamps were purchased (which are a good idea when you have high arms on a sofa). 

Then, last Tuesday, we decorated with things that she already owns (to save time, she had her accessories compiled for me in the study before I arrived).  Wish my photos were better as it does look prettier in person.

Kathy bought this beautiful cart at a Serena and Lily warehouse sale.  I love it.   


Eventually, I think Kathy will cave for some new designer sofa pillows. But she is enjoying the new chairs and coffee table styling for now.


And on to her dining room...
We moved the table perpendicularly and exchanged the painting for a  mirror from a consignment store.  There is a new crystal and iron chandelier from Restoration Hardware (the iron blends with other iron accents in Kathy's home and the crystal add some glam).
Better than this, right?

The new paint color is Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan.
Coming soon:   linen curtains on an iron rod to soften the windows.

One of my favorite updates about this project are the newly recovered dining chair seats...
This is a beautiful neutral linen print:  Schumacher Jakarta in Greige.

The painting was moved over here.  Kathy styled this table vignette herself.  Nice job!

Her existing vintage lamps were given new black shades from Restoration Hardware.


Kathy emailed me volunteering to write a review for me for Houzz.  Sweet.  Just got this client satisfaction award again thanks to clients like her (and some of you)!
PARTICIPATING IN BEST OF THE NEST!

25 comments:

  1. I love how you have brightened up the whole room with the paint color and fabulous new fabrics.

    xo - Ciao

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  2. Gorgeous work, as always!! I love the new Lee Industries chairs. A big congrats to you on the Houzz recognition, too! :) Have a great weekend, Mary Ann.

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  3. Excellent choices Mary Ann! I love using the new with her existing pieces and the plan for future purchases to round out your design ideas. The table with blue and white is so beautiful!
    Oh PS I love Terry as well!
    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  4. Wow ! What a difference ! Great job.

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  5. I love those Lee chairs and I love the leopard pillows on them!! When you talk her into the pillows the room will be fabulous!! You are the bomb!!

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  6. Such a big, beautiful difference! Your updates are perfect!!

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  7. Wonderful transformation! I really enjoy your blog and following you on Instagram! :)

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  8. It looks fabulous, she must be over the moon with how great it turned out. She had some wonderful pieces to work with and with your magic touch, they really stand out now. Once again...great job!

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  9. Is that aqua chair from Lee, also? (Is it really aqua in person?) Love it!

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    1. it's vintage and recovered in teal velvet.

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  10. Gorgeous! She must be thrilled with how it all turned out!
    Shelley

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  11. So pretty. You really always do such a great job updating and sprucing up a space. I love that you often use the client's treasures without having to buy all new items. It makes the room look personal and loved.
    Have a great weekend.
    Karen

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  12. So pretty....you are great at these before and afters, always a winner!

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  13. Lovley! Some easy changes and new placement of furniture and it's almost like a new house without the hassle of moving! You have the magic touch, and your clients are lucky to have you!
    Sharon
    The House of Hampton

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    1. That is true, Sharon…sometimes it's easy like new furniture placement.

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  14. It's amazing what your changes did. LOVE IT!

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  15. Love this!! Love the kalanchoe plants on the buffet in that very cool vessel. Not sure what it is, but it looks gorgeous! You deserve that award! You're the best!

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  16. This is my favorite kind of makeover....using mostly what she has and adding some key elements! Love every detail of this home and I especially love that turquoise chair in the LR.....great job my friend!

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  17. Great work as always! I love to see your continued mission to help people refresh and restyle using stuff they already own!

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  18. It looks great Maryann!
    Thanks so much for helping her out!

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  19. I love it! The transformation is brilliant! :) Some simple changes, but the whole picture is completely different :)
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  20. Love what you did in these two rooms using what she already had and adding a few new touches. The Lee chairs with the nailhead trim are so pretty and the chandelier is gorgeous!

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