So I have a little before & after treat for you today. One of my favorite designers and blogger, Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home, recently finished remodeling her home and I want to share with you the crazy good results. Lauren and her family lived here a little less than a year and I’m astonished by the amount of work they’ve accomplished in such a short time. The house is a suburban Cape Cod Revival built in the 80s, with charm and potential galore so naturally I was intrigued. Luckily for her readers, Lauren shared on her blog the entire renovation process together with before and after photos. Not only that, but she generously agreed I share along as well. Yaay! Thanks Lauren.
( Brick patio and a front yard vegetable garden – could life get better than this? )
Now, one of the things I admire about Lauren’s work (aside from her talent) is the amount of thought + research that go into her projects – this home is a good example. Her design vision was to embrace the Cape Cod architecture and pare it down to look more of an original Cape than a 1980s replica and all the design decisions were dictated by that. This is how the house looked like in September 2015….
…and here it is now, totally changed!!! The exterior got a fresh coat of white paint and the shutters were removed. New square garage and front door were painted black and the result is a beautiful classic exterior, clean and simple.
The foyer before…
…and the foyer after. As for the interiors, Lauren replaced all the trim with 1x4s and in general simplified all the Revival detailing. Painting the floors (and trim) Farrow & Ball’s Ivory white seriously lightened up the space. I’m not sure how practical it is but it sure looks stunning!
The living room before was connected to the library and was lacking a focal point.
The living room after, view from the foyer.
In the absence of a fireplace or any other focal point, Lauren created one by hanging a 17th century tapestry of Jesus flanked by two niches. Displayed artwork, layered antique Turkish rug on seagrass and oh, how I’m loving that odd chair!
The cypress tree found by Lauren’s dad has been beautifully displayed in all of Lauren’s homes.
The dining room before.
The dining room after, view from the foyer.
Most of the furniture is from Lauren’s previous home but it all works great in this space. Love, love, love!
At the back of the house, the kitchen (before) felt dark and was lacking drama.
Here it is now, feeling bright and spacious! The recessed lighting was replaced with Barn Light Electric lights. Lots, and lots of them! A custom hood, exposed copper pots, cutting boards and veggie baskets bring in warmth.
As it happens, the house is currently on the market and I have no doubt some very lucky folks will live here happily ever after. I know I would. While Lauren and her family are ready to embark on a new real estate adventure, I’m happy that she invites her readers along for the ride. If you’d like to know more about Lauren and her work, check out her blog – Pure Style Home.
Have a great end of the week!