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A Transitional Update to a 1980s House

Bobbie & Marty had been in their home since the early 1980’s and decided it was time for some updates. We took on the kitchen, two bathrooms and a powder room.

The layout in the kitchen was functional for them, so we kept that pretty much as is.

Here are a couple of before shots of the kitchen.


The soffit and the pantry really closed in the space, so we removed both of those. We encountered a couple of surprises in the pantry wall, but after a few stressful moments, we figured out a plan to relocate those items. We also eliminated a desk area which now houses a “drop zone” for mail and additional storage.

Bobbie wanted a contemporary-leaning transitional look — nice clean lines with a gray and white palette. Light gray cabinets with a slightly darker gray subway tile keep the northern exposure light and airy. 

transitional gray kitchen remodeltransitional kitchen design in grayBobbie and Marty also purchased some new furniture for their breakfast room and adjoining family room, so the whole space looks completely styled and new! The light fixtures are staggered and give a nice rhythm to the otherwise serene feel. Goodbye linoleum, hello 2018!
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Here’s the little powder room off the kitchen that we also remodeled. They were not 100% sold on the flooring choice when I first showed it, but now they think it is one of the most interesting features of the design and I agree! I always try to “push” my clients a little bit because that’s when things can get really fun and this is what  you are paying for after all, ideas that you may not come up with on your own.

   Gray Powder Room Great Tile


We also worked on the two upstairs bathrooms. We started first on the hall bath which was basically just in need of a facelift. The floor is porcelain tile made to look like carrera marble. The vanity is white Shaker doors fitted with a white quartz top. We re-glazed the cast iron tub which was a bit of an adventure as the first time the “new guy” from the re-glazing company stored the materials in his truck overnight in the cold causing the finish to bubble after it was applied. Company number two to the rescue and 2nd time’s a charm – now we were looking at what we were expecting.

Simple white bathroom design    white tile shower tub combo


Last but not least, we remodeled the master bath which was a tub to shower conversion. We used a wood look porcelain plank on the main floor along with a Kohler Tailored vanity. The custom shower has a barn door shower door, and vinyl wallpaper in the sink area gives a rich textured look to the space. Overall, we think this looks pretty sophisticated for its smaller fooprint, don’t you?

Small Master Bath Design    Small Master Bath picture

Dining room table and chairs by:  Michele Ranalletta, Interior Designer, Toms-Price

Remastered Master in Glen Ellyn

Kyle and Mindy moved into their house two years ago “in spite of the bathrooms”, intent on remodeling them sometime in the near future. The house is lovely a midcentury ranch set on a sprawling lot. Mindy had saved some photos to Pinterest as inspiration so we set out to put all those pieces together. 

Here are a couple of before picture. Notice all the wasted space in the hallway by the closet? Well, we decided to incorporate that area into the bathroom itself so that we could have extra room for cabinets as well as the light and view from the window to the great outdoors.


Here is a shot of the final space showing how we incorporated the space in the hall.

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We mixed metals — chrome fixtures and lighting and black hardware and mirrors. We kept the rest of the materials neutral since it’s a smaller space. Mindy and Kyle have this bed (Rejuvenation walnut Perkins bed) so we found a wood that tied in nicely. We originally wanted walnut to match but found this cherry was a better value and a close enough match.

Mindy and Kyle needed storage, so we did a double vanity with a linen cabinet at one end. We installed an acrylic tub with simple white subway tile and a storage niche for shampoo. I think the end result is fresh, clean and functional, don’t you? 

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