As an interior decorator, there’s nothing quite as challenging or rewarding as helping a client reimagine their home from the walls in.  The journey from studs to stunning is an exercise in creativity, careful planning, and collaboration.  Of course, any home renovation also requires a generous dose of patience along the way.  From start to finish, this project took almost a year to complete.  But I think you’ll agree, the end result is well worth it!

Let us share a glimpse of one of our most recent projects, where every decision was infused with our passion for perfection and attention to detail.

A Vision

This Roselle, IL home renovation project started with a blank canvas—literally. The homeowners, a wonderful young family (whom we’d worked with before) were clear about their desire: a more functional and stylish space that reflected their personality as well as current trends.

Their two-story, 2,100 sq. ft home, built in 1973, was typical of that era.  The choppy and segmented floor plan left much to be desired, especially by today’s modern, open-concept standards.  The couple had begun working with a contractor to redesign the entire first floor.  They wanted to make it more usable for their family while working within the existing “shell.”

After the demolition had started and with a rough idea of the project’s scope, we were invited to join the process.  While our expertise is more in the area of fixtures and finishes, rather than structural, we were asked to offer input on the plans and how they would affect our design choices later in the project.

FAMILY ROOM & KITCHEN BEFORE

FAMILY ROOM & KITCHEN BEFORE

KITCHEN AND DINING AREA BEFORE

LIVING ROOM BEFORE

KITCHEN DINING AREA BEFORE

Planning and Conceptualization

Anyone who’s renovated or built a home knows just how many choices have to be made.  For most homeowners, this part alone can be overwhelming.  The initial phase involved several consultations with the homeowners, their contractors, and various vendors.  We discussed their current lifestyle, preferences, and must-haves.  The couple loved modern design but wanted to incorporate some more rustic elements to keep the spaces warm and inviting.

Collaboration with Contractors

Communication is key during every phase of the renovations to ensure that the structural aspects align with the design vision. Collaborating with the owners and contractor, we discussed everything including structural changes, relocating the kitchen, removing walls and an under-utilized fireplace, expanding the laundry and powder rooms, lighting layouts, etc…  Addressing potential challenges early on was essential to avoid costly changes down the line.

Selecting Materials and Finishes

One of the most exciting parts of the project was helping select materials and finishes.  For the flooring, we decided to refinish the home’s existing oak floor with a natural, matte finish, giving the home a timeless look.  The homeowners wanted a larger, more functional kitchen.  Their contractor suggested moving the kitchen to the opposite side of the home, into the space occupied by the original dining room. Taking down the wall dividing the original family and dining rooms, as well as the wall between the original living and family rooms, opened up the entire back of the home as much as structurally possible.  This allowed for a more spacious kitchen complete with a large island.  The kitchen (visible from every area of the first floor) would feature off-white cabinetry, a contrasting island, quartz countertops, gorgeous gun-metal colored appliances and a subtle tile backsplash for texture and personality. New front and interior doors and hardware were also added.  After the messy part was done, we chose a single , off-white paint color for the entire first floor to keep the space light and bright and minimize choppiness in the new open-concept spaces.

Bringing It All Together: Furniture and Décor

Once painting was complete, it was time to bring the space to life with furniture and décor. While we had helped decorate the home previously, the newly updated look really asked for new furnishings as well.  Although we were able to repurpose a few things, all the furniture was replaced to better suit the updated, new spaces.  A casual living room, off the foyer, was furnished with a sofa, chairs, leather ottoman, and a media cabinet (tv to follow).  In the space originally occupied by the fireplace, we created a family room/conversation area with four leather swivel bucket chairs and table.  The area by the sliding door to the deck was perfect for a pub table, chairs, and a beautiful bar cabinet.  Without the need for a formal dining room, the large kitchen eating area and island fill that need.

Final Touches and Reveal

The final touches included layering in textiles like rugs, draperies and throw pillows adding warmth and texture.  Lighting played a crucial role, with a combination of pendant lights, and recessed lighting to create the perfect ambiance.

New art, accessories, greenery, rugs, and lamps were thoughtfully integrated to make the house feel truly like home. We focused on creating minimally styled, yet cozy spaces, ensuring every corner of the home was both functional and inviting.

The reveal was a heartwarming.  Seeing the homeowners’ faces light up as they walked through their completed spaces was incredibly rewarding.  Even though it was a long journey, their dream had been transformed into reality.  The space was now a perfect blend of modern aesthetics and rustic charm and so much more functional for living and entertaining.

FOYER

KITCHEN

FOYER

LIVING ROOM

FAMILY ROOM

DINING ROOM

LIVING ROOM

VIEW FROM KITCHEN

COFFEE BAR

VIEW FROM HALLWAY

POWDER ROOM

MUDROOM/LAUNDRY

Summing it up

Every home renovation project is unique, with its own set of challenges and triumphs.  This particular project was a beautiful reminder of why we love what we do.  Transforming a house from studs to a beautifully updated home is more than just a job—it’s about creating spaces where families can make lasting memories.

As an interior decorator, being able to translate a client’s vision into a tangible reality is a privilege.  The journey from studs to completion is a complex, intricate process, but the end result—happy, satisfied clients in a space they love—makes it all worthwhile.

Happy Renovating from Decor Designs. 815-245-2433