The kitchen. This was a huge change for us…having so much space and light. Perhaps what I love most is the direct access to our terrace.
What did we do? The butcher block top on the center island had to go. So we replaced it with dark granite. Then we installed subway tile all around the counter tops; but each tile has a bit of a bevel edge which makes it unique and more interesting. We also put that same tile all around the inset window over the sink.

We used three colors in the kitchen: two yellows and one gray. The ceiling is SW “Glad Yellow”; walls in eating area are SW “Quilt Gold”; gray walls in kitchen are SW “Gray Matters”.

To read more about the kitchen see here and here and here.
One of the best parts of redoing the living area…which is open to the front hall area and stairs…was our use of Ben Moore “Iron Mountain”. What a wonderful color! I used the gloss on the entire fireplace and mantle, then tied it into the front hall area and redid the entire bannister.
So here is the “Before”
And the “After”
Read more about it here and here


This hallway leads from the front hall to the kitchen, with stops along the way to the lavatory and laundry/pantry. Boring white became a fun and colorful “Copper Harbor” from Sherwin Williams!
Just recently I painted that front hall closet with the same color.
Love it!
See more about Copper Harbor here


We used BM “Palladian Blue” on the walls of this very sunny guest room. It faces South and West so pretty much has direct sun all day.
The mahogany twin beds are something I have always wanted in a guest room! Yes, we have had some guests complain (very subtly) that it was strange to be in a single bed again and why didn’t we have a double or queen. I really like the look of the very traditional twin beds (these were made for my in-laws in the 1920’s!) with a simple round bed table between them.