Urban Chic…before and after

Before starting any project, you need your inspiration! For this downtown condo, the owner had some photos of pieces and rooms he liked. He was leaning toward an industrial, urban style…oh how I love that! Being a new challenge, I was so excited to get started and I knew it was going to be a great time pulling it all together.  The project included the open living room and kitchen. We started with the kitchen.


kitchen before
Before, the kitchen was dark with the drop ceiling and painted cabinets. It had a pointless bulkhead, dingy tiled floors and awkward bi-fold doors next to the fridge that housed a stackable washer/dryer.


kitchen after
WHAT…is this the same kitchen! To give us more height, we removed the drop ceiling and bulkhead and added recessed lighting. The owner had his eye on zebrawood cabinetry and they served as our inspiration for the entire space. The washer/dryer was moved to another part of the condo and that allowed us room for a custom-made pantry.  I had the trim around the bar area painted the same color as the walls for a cleaner look (Sherwin Williams Intellectual Gray) and added new forged iron brackets.  We choose a gorgeous horizontal tiled backsplash and covered the tile floor with engineered acacia wood in a tobacco color. We switched the glass pendants to an industrial style from Restoration Hardware. We didn’t change the footprint, counters or the appliances.

KITCHEN SINKkitchen stovehorse
LR before
The living room served multiple purposes as an office, media area and the occasional place to sleep. The owner had window treatments made and tried to spruce things up with art and accents. Not too bad for a young guy. However, it wasn’t the look he wanted.
dining area before
Again too much furniture, mismatched walls and trim and different styles didn’t make this room connect.
LR before 2
Yes, another couch.


After moving out all the unnecessary furniture, we brought in only what was needed.  This room has so much interest now because of the mix of different elements and textures:  the leather and nail-head sofa and chair, the faux snake skin coffee table, the metal-crank accent table, the shag rug, the wood writing desk and one of my favorite installations…the 150-year old slate roof tiles used above the sofa.  We included a print and an original piece for some added interest.  I also added black-out shades for those occasional naps or nights on the couch.  Oh, and every room needs a little greenery!
dining area 1 writing desk

Since the condo has bar seating, I didn’t feel the need for a dining area.  I used the owner’s entry table as a work space instead.  I ran the flooring through-out the entire condo for a cohesive feel.  The overhead lighting is from Hubbardton Forge.


tv wall
The TV wall adds more to the industrial style as well.  The shelves are home to vintage and antique accents along with the owner’s collectibles.


Although not part of the original project, we tackled the entry and hallway as well. The hallway has low ceilings and 6 doors. So instead of fighting it, we embraced it. I had the entire space including ceilings, walls, doors and trim painted a moody gray (SW Anonymous Gray). Now all of the doors don’t stand out so much. The owner had three beautiful Hubbardton Forge sconces already purchased. We bought a couple more to really set off the walls.

This project was so much fun to work on because of the obvious changes that took place.   What a transformation this downtown high rise went through!  It started back in May and took the summer to transform it from an over-sized furniture filled, yellow-walled, hodge-podge styled space to the urban chic bachelor pad it is now.

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