Pictured below are before and after photos of each area (click on photo to enlarge)
This area upstairs lead to the master bedroom entrance and had these crazy arched openings looking down to the living room. My client thought they would never sit in the hall and hated the space (me too!). We were able to close the arches and relocate the master door so this is now part of the master suite, creating a wonderful private sitting alcove (they love it!)
In the main entry the stairs have beautiful shape, but the carpet had to go! We were able to match the original bleached walnut floors adding to the sculptural shape, in fact we replaced all the existing carpet with the same walnut floors throughout the main level.
In the family room area the wall with the fireplace and TV was a little confused. To much going on, the TV did not fit the niche and the equipment was a mess, even with the storage doors below. We were able to rework the niches to better show the clients collection of sculpture. We choose not to hang art over the fireplace but used an important sculpture on the hearth as A focal point.
At this side entry alcove the closet door was seen also from the main entry and was not a very good focal point. Because there is another guest coat closet around the corner we choose to eliminate the closet and create an art niche. Now there is a strong focal point from the main entry and also directly across from the powder room.
In this gallery hall our client wanted to feature a favorite sculpture, we removed the shallow arched niche so not to conflict with the strong vertical sculpture. The area was also visually enlarged by removing the french doors on the left and extending the wood floor.
The existing limestone mantel was not in the budget to replace, but felt heavy and not cohesive with the surrounding materials. We chose to repaint all the walls a soft muslin color which helped soften the area. Then we hung a large scale 40" sculpture over the mantel visually correcting the scale of the wall.
The view from the kitchen through this existing courtyard area was lack luster, and the client wanted to create better flow from room to room. We were able to enclose the courtyard which was a very unattractive exterior space, basically it was a leaf collector! The result is a wonderful view through to the living room.
The main living room had a very poor space plan and felt isolated from the rest of the home, the client asked for an intimate seating area to encourage conversation in front of the fireplace. This is the room you see from the kitchen pictured before. Besides replacing the french doors with deep set openings we were able to create art niches for some prized sculpture.
What a wonderful opportunity it is to help create a home.