Sunday, January 30, 2011

before and after | vista butte great room

The Vista Butte great room has endured the greatest design transformation of any space in the home.  Step one:  RIP OUT THAT FIREPLACE!  What is that thing?  Once the huge conglomeration of stone, the carved mantel from India, and flanking cabinetry were gone, we had a starting point.  And that starting point led to a beautiful and comfortable den equipped with a new fireplace and mantel, kilim ottoman, large scale sofa and four swivel chairs for warm and cozy conversations by the fire.

great room before

great room after

Friday, January 28, 2011

before and after | vista butte bedrooms

The bedrooms at Vista Butte were originally very spacious, so the client was thrilled to fit king-sized beds in every guest room as well as the master.  The renovation involved a fresh coat of paint, new carpet, custom drapery and new furnishings.  All with a goal of rustic and elegant comfort.

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

guest bedroom #1

guest bedroom #2

guest bedroom #3

Thursday, January 27, 2011

before and after | vista butte game room

The Vista Butte upper living room & game room started out with an awkward window that restricted air flow and view.  The first item on the renovation agenda was to open up the space by enlarging that window into an open balcony with sliding barn door.  The barn door was created from local reclaimed barn wood dating back over one hundred years.  The sliding feature allows it to be open for view/circulation, or closed for privacy while gaming or movie watching.  A television viewing area and game table fit perfectly in the space and it is utilized as a secondary living room.

outside wall @ game room before

outside wall @ game room after
(enlarged balcony with sliding barn door)

 game room before

game room after

 game room before

 game room after

view from game table

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

before and after | vista butte dining room

The dining room at Vista Butte sits directly next to the breakfast nook, creating a dual dining experience.  Smaller groups can dine intimately at the 4-top table, larger groups can dine at the 10-top table, and the room accommodates 14 for a full house.  A large iron chandelier that resembles twigs creates a natural theme in the space, and the rustic dining chairs with burlap seats bring a touch of color.  One flanking wall is decorated with an antique Chinese console and Black Forest-esque antler mounts on the wall above.  The opposite wall is home to an antique shoe-makers rack that is gradually filling up with the late night guest book... empty wine bottles signed by guests of Vista Butte!

dining room before

dining room after

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

before and after | vista butte breakfast nook

Today we cover the breakfast nook at Vista Butte.  It is located directly off the kitchen and (as you can see) was previously an unappetizing space.  JMI painted over the gold walls, removed the odd tile at the back door, and replaced the carpet with hickory flooring to match the existing in adjacent rooms.  The "Good Times" tobacco label wall decor created a focal point, and the axis deer antler chandelier helped bring the space down to an appropriate scale.  Farm table is by Zentique, and the wicker chairs are by Artesia.  Chair seat cushions and lumbar pillows were custom covered in Duralee fabrics.

breakfast nook before

breakfast nook after

Monday, January 24, 2011

before and after | vista butte entry

Vista Butte's entry previously welcomed guests with a stale mustard paint color... throughout the entire entry and great room!  Manchester Tan to the rescue, along with some great pieces of art and furniture.

The new entry is adorned with a faux-bois demilune table, rustic bovine oil painting, antique keys, and table lamp by Aidan Gray.  Large scale floor finials and new wall sconces flank the front doors.  Trim and doors are painted Benjamin Moore Bear Creek for a warm touch.

The foyer design is centered around the large scale landscape painting.  Aidan Gray wall sconces frame the art, and a rustic sideboard sits beneath for storage.  Antler candelabras, a cowhide rug and a custom guest book enhance the warm welcome.

entry before

entry after

entry before

 entry after

foyer before

foyer after

Sunday, January 23, 2011

before and after | vista butte kitchen

This week's posts will feature before and after shots of the recently completed Vista Butte vacation home.  This beautiful home in Crested Butte, Colorado began with an uncoordinated interior, and has come a LONG way.

Red walls...  no, POPPY walls... created an odd atmosphere in the kitchen.  It was randomly combined with a blue Viking range and a distracting mosaic backsplash that was made worse with a shaky installation.  We started with a fresh coat of neutral paint (Benjamin Moore's Manchester Tan, painted throughout the house) and set the tone for a modern mountain look.  We kept the range and used it to tie in a pop of color.  Updated mercury glass pendants glisten and bring out the new stainless backsplash at the stovetop.  Soapstone countertops, natural roman shades, burlap barstools, an oak hutch, and a fresh stain on the home's original hickory floors complete the look.





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