Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My first guest blogger for this series is the one and only Christine DaCosta who is a talented Interior Decorator aka GlamaMama on twitter.  She recently launched her own informative online decorating show Decorating Big with GlamaMama where you can get a sense of her fun personality!  Welcome Christine. 
Today I’m honoured that my good friend Vanessa asked me to be the first guest blogger for her new series called “Work in Progress Wednesdays" where a designer/design blogger can showcase a project they are currently working on.  The project I have chosen is a client’s Kitchen Reno and I am very excited to share it with you all!
My client lives in an older bungalow and wanted to update her home which included a total ‘gutting’ of her basement bathroom (a future blog posting) and her kitchen. Her needs for the kitchen reno were the following:
· Lots of storage
· Simple lines for cupboards
· The colour green to factor into the kitchen in some way
· Overall, the design plan objective was to design an upscale but functional kitchen....with a touch of glam!!
Take a look below at some of the before pictures:
CDkitchen before 1
Because the square footage of the kitchen was only approximately 240 sq. feet – including the eating area, I couldn’t really stray too far from the initial footprint of the kitchen. But we did reconfigure a few things: the stove would be relocated to the outside wall of the house to allow for a built-in microwave fan over the stove and breakfast bar/prep area where the stove used to be. And of course, we gave her lots of cabinets and drawers with creative storage solutions to maximize her small kitchen.
Below is my floor plan for the kitchen. I recommended to my client that we use the far wall opposite the stove to install a custom made banquette – which would also allow for easy traffic flow from the kitchen entrance to the new sliding doors with access to the exterior of the home.
I also like doing 3D floor plans for my clients which should give you a better idea of what I was going for!
At the time the client was still undecided whether she wanted a full upholstered wall panel or just toss cushions with a large piece of art above. So for her floor plan I just showed a banquette with a cushion and decorative pillows and a frame above so she could see visually what the new eating area could look like.
However, when I showed my client the following inspiration photo of this absolutely gorgeous banquette designed by Tobi Fairley....and told her that I could design a similar wall panel for her kitchen wall – that was it!! Decision made! Her banquette was going to be the wow factor of this kitchen....we were going to go for the glam but yet make it functional as this was her family’s only eating area in the whole house. So it was going to serve as her eat-in area AND her dining room! So we needed function AND Glamour!
Design by Tobi Fairley
Once the final kitchen design was approved by the client, I brought many different samples of counter tops, cabinet styles, flooring for kitchen and hallway leading from main entrance into kitchen, hardware, wall colour for her review and approval. Below is just a quick summary of some of the materials chosen.
Imagine my excitement a couple of months later when I walked into her house to see the kitchen cabinets and the base of the banquette installed....I was on cloud 9 to see my vision come to life. My client was equally as excited and thrilled with the results. Take a look!
You’ll notice that we took her upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling since the ceiling height was only 8 feet high and we wanted to maximize her storage capabilities. It’s a much cleaner look....and no more dust bunnies or god-awful tins to display up there anymore!!
Now I know it looks naked because the walls aren’t painted, the granite isn’t in and of course, the stainless steel appliances are missing....but WOW...what a huge difference!! And can you imagine how huge the banquette is going to be??  The back upholstered wall panel – or huge headboard – measures 120 3/8” W by 74 3/8 H, along with a 3” high seat cushion. And the wall panel will be diamond tufted ---- SO GLAM!
For the fabric we chose to go with a faux leather ostrich texture in creamy white. It cleans easily with a quick wipe and the seat cushion can be unzipped and put into the washing machine – on a delicate cycle of course.
Pictures never do fabric justice...but here is a photo of the fabric we chose for the banquette:
And voila: a custom Decor by Christine banquette was created. The wall panel and seat cushion are wrapped in plastic ready to be delivered to my client, so again, the pictures don’t do it justice. Are you ready to see the ‘piece de resistance”?
So what do you think...are you as excited as I am to see this baby installed, along with the granite, backsplash, wall colour and appliances?? And I haven’t even gotten into details about the table or chandelier which in my book equals more glamour!!
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing this client project with you...and I hope you will stay tuned to see the final unveiling on my blog in the next few weeks!! Thanks Vanessa for inviting me to share my design adventure here at your blog today! It was a total blast!!
Thanks so much Christine for sharing this project with my readers.  What can I say about the banquette?  It’s the perfect solution for the space and I can see why your clients are beyond happy.  I will post the After here once you have done so on your blog.  Thanks again for being so generous with your time and sharing the “behind the scenes” of a kitchen reno.
Next week, Lisa Ferguson will be sharing a kitchen and dining room reno.


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