elegant Transitional Style Remodel

You guys.... This project. 

It's been all over my Instagram account and basically my obsession for the past few months. What a delightfully satisfying process to watch this home go from a 90's palace, complete with honey oak cabinets and floors, faux roman columns, dated light fixtures, boxy unnessary walls, tired dated paint colors and old tile, to a bright, elegant, and thoughtful home for this sweet family of 5. The Thomson's recently moved to Colorado from Montreal, Canada and settled here in the suburbs of Denver with their 3 little ones. The home they purchased in Superior had a lot going for it;  build on a large lot, in a cul-de-sac, ample square footage, and lots of windows, natural light and tall ceilings. Definitely "good bones".

Due to the tired, dated interior, the project list was quite lengthy though, to get the house to where they wanted it. The projects that we tackled were: Relocating the main floor guest bath and creating a laundry room on the main floor where the office was, gutting and redesigning the kitchen, opening up all the walls between the kitchen, family room, dining room and garage entrance to create an open floor plan, repurposing the existing laundry room to a mud room with lockers off the garage entrance, replacing all the fixtures and finishes in the basement, replacing and updating the fireplace including creating a hearth and mantle, adding plantation shutters throughout, replacing all the interior and exterior doors and hardware, updating all the flooring, trim and moldings, tile, paint, and light fixtures throughout the house, new appliances, kitchen and bath cabinets, new countertops and giving the large curved stairway a gorgeous makeover.  

Yeah. It was a big list, to say the least. 

And, before I get too far into this post, the biggest shout-out goes to Buck Scarbrough of Scarbrough Contracting and his team. He was able to successfully take this design and vision and bring it to reality! He and his team are skilled craftsman and absolutely do beautiful work. 

Here are a few of the before shots of the kitchen, dining, stairway, fireplace and entry. 


Like every project, creating an interior that reflected their design style and addressed the needs of their family was paramount in the design process.
— Bella Native Interiors

So, with their dream project list in hand, and Buck, our contractor lined up, I set out to begin the planning phase of this project. As with all interior projects, creating a finish mood board to begin visually nailing down the overall look and style they wanted was key. To my delight, my client had organized dropbox folders and Pinterest boards with images of interior spaces she loved, so I could really direct them to getting a finished look that they would be happy with.  Like every project, creating an interior that reflected their design style and addressed the needs of their family was paramount in the design process. 

Here are just a few details about the project. 

KITCHEN: The Thomson's vision for their kitchen was pretty clear; light and bright with a transitional design. We had quite a bit of reconfiguring we needed to do to bring the refrigerator into the main work triangle, add pantry storage, increase the island size, optimized the layout for as much storage as we could find. So we were able configure the space to bring the refrigerator over by the stove, widen the opening to dining room, removed all the walls where the pantry and coat closet were, and enlarged the island footprint.  For the design we selected gorgeous white painted Showplace cabinets with the Pendleton craftsman door style. We removed the existing oversized soffit, so we were able to install cabinets all the way to the ceiling and top them with crown moulding. This made the kitchen space feel so much larger and more open. Contrasting dark gray paint on the island cabinets, beautiful Pental Icelake slab quartz countertops, elegant chrome cabinet pulls and polished 1x4" Carrara marble herringbone backsplash pulled this look together beautifully.  We selected large brushed gold cage pendants for above the island that gave a touch of warmth to all the soft gray and white tones and lovely chrome swing arm sconces to flank the oversized window about the farm sink. Honestly, this kitchen is the stuff dreams are made of! 

BATH / LAUNDRY: We decided to completely relocate both the main floor powder bath, and the laundry room and combine them into one space. Since there was no need for the main floor office, we designed a dual powder bath and laundry room into that space separated by a wall with a barn door. While a little unconventional, it turned out brilliantly! We were able to expand the size of both the powder bath and the laundry room by designing them into the office space and the laundry room now had direct access to the back yard with a sliding door.  Relocating the laundry also allowed for us to design a functional mud room with lockers and lots of storage at the garage entrance.  We selected lovely navy cabinets by Showplace in the laundry room with large countertops, a utility sink, gorgeous brushed gold cabinet pulls, and a Carrara marble tile floor laid in a herringbone pattern. The powder bath was finished with a simple 36" gray vanity and marble countertop with a champagne gold faucet. 

DINING ROOM: The original dining room was partially enclosed with a tall 2 story high wall and flanked with large faux decorative columns. To give the house a open floor plan feel, we removed the wall at the entrance of the the dining room (along with the columns) and completely opened up the space. Creating a large walkway to the kitchen also made the dining room feel much more spacious. We added 6' tall craftsman wainscoting around the perimeter of the space to add a bit of formal elegance. The addition of the extra large 24 light crystal chandelier really made the space pop and draws the eye immediately when you walk in the house.

FLOORING: One of the big decisions was whether or not to rip out the existing 2" honey oak flooring and replace it with something more large scale and "grand". We knew we wanted to update the trim around the house to a lovely 5 1/4" tall craftsman style trim, so we settled on a gorgeous 6" wide plank white oak flooring with a custom natural and gray stain. It absolutely makes the home look rich and luxurious! Hands down, it was one of my favorite design elements in the home. 

PAINT/DOORS/TRIM: Paint was simple; we knew we wanted a soft neutral gray with white trim and doors. We selected Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams for the walls, and Alabaster white for the new 5 1/4" tall craftsman trim and craftsman doors. The front door was replaced with a lovely craftsman door with windows, and painted a dark saturated gray called Night Club by Behr. All door hardware was replaced with Halifax style lock sets by Kwikset. Replacing the doors and hardware really pulled this whole design together throughout the house. 

STAIRS: The existing curved staircase, while beautiful, really needed a makeover. We replaced every element of the stair case, except the actual stairs themselves. We selected black rod iron balusterss, a stained white oak banister and matching stair treads, and painted white trim and stair risers. We also added beautiful large white craftsman newels at the base of the staircase to give an elegant and substantial look to the staircase. It turned out amazing! 

FIREPLACE: The living room fireplace was very understated to start with. Just a simple tile surround, no hearth or mantle. After some testing, we determined that the fireplace itself needed to be replaced due to age, so we replaced it with a lovely modern fireplace and created a design for a craftsman style mantle and hearth.  We selected a beautiful white split face quartz stack stone tile for the fireplace surround, and a gorgeous dark gray quartz remnant piece for the top for the hearth.  It turned out just stunning, and added a much needed focal point to the family room. 

There were many many  more projects we tackled; such as rerouting a lot of the HVAC  throughout to adjust for the amount of walls we took out on the main floor, installing a large structural beam, replacing all the lighting fixtures throughout the house, creating a coat closet on the main floor, redoing all the flooring, doors, paint, trim and lighting upstairs, updating all the finishes in the basement, and some outdoor projects.  

It was a fantastic transformation and I am just in love with this house. 

Enjoy a few of these after photos!