Before & After: Modern Nautical Transformation
Bryan, originally a California transplant, sold his single family home in the West Metro through Fox Homes in exchange for a low maintenance townhouse. Truly making it easy to leave at a moment's notice for warmer weather and sandy beaches as Minnesota winters can get pretty frigid.
It's always exciting to work with someone who has their own vision. It pushes you as the designer to think outside the confines of your personal staples and gets to the bottom of what the client really wants. Bryan shared his inspiration with us and we got to work.
Originally, the entire space was stuck in the 90's. The beige walls, maple woodwork and brass fireplace were holding it back from its full potential. Going into the project, Bryan knew that he wanted to invest some cash to make his home a cozy oasis.
After our initial meeting where Fox Homes helped sourced paint colors, hardware, tile and contractors to complete all the work, Bryan chose to coordinate the trades himself. He personally took on the project of updating his faux marble and brass fireplace to a simple matte black, instantly transforming his living room! New beachy cool brown flooring, the whole space was painted a lovely warm grey and trim white, white shades were fitted and hung, and lighting were also professionally installed throughout.
When pulling this project together piece by piece, our goal was to get to the heart of Bryan's vision. It's important to gather items from different vendors creating a unique vibe. The best way to achieve this is by including a mix of old and new pieces. Examples in this project of vintage gems are the ores, rope curtain tie backs, brass anchor bookends, and charming Nova Scotia salt and pepper shakers. This gives the space an authentic homey feel.
Before shopping for accessories, we took a peek at Bryan's library and realized that not only did he love all things nautical, he more broadly loved travel! We decided this was an important layer to add.
The dining room was a focal point from all angles of the home. We needed to make it a splash! The mix of metal, glass and wood with pops of unique accessories, created simple yet strong visual interested throughout the space. What do you think?