When my longtime client approached me in September of 2021 and asked if I would help her renovate a townhome she had just purchased I was delighted. She said,” it’s time to downsize I am selling the big house.”

A woman who works 12 hours a day – she knows what she wants. “I want all the walls down, I want a completely open concept with a peninsula to serve buffet dinners on Friday nights with friends & family. I want all new floors, Built-ins everywhere, and all new doors and hardware. By the way – I love blue and want a fresh vibe on the interiors. She allowed me to figure it all out!

I put the team together and we got to work. Determining how to structurally finesse these ideas along with the overall design concepts. Working with a completely open floor plan is tricky – but I had an idea.

I would use color as a tool to seamlessly tie the spaces together. I broke up her 30-year-old dining room furniture set. I reimagined the Queen Ann chairs by painting them a light color. We ordered a new dining table in a traditional form and reused her classic 18th century style sideboard. The beaded blue chandelier adds whimsy, color, and drama.

Barely the size of a closet was a bar, by opening that area up, it was a game changer – giving full view of the entire first floor it really tells a great story. Styling open shelves with glass inserts, and painting the base cabinets blue, is a bit of glue that holds the open concept together.

We gutted the powder room removing the wainscoting and using dramatic materials such as a navy blue grasscloth wallcovering, all new lighting, flooring and a full stone vanity. We took a more traditional mirror and refinished it in a silver wash.

I really felt like I hit the lottery when I discovered the 14 renderings of famous architectural buildings featuring downtown Trenton, NJ. City Hall, The Old Barracks, and Trenton Public Library to name a few. They had been gifted to her and were sentimental. They all had been matted in a dull dark color so I had them completely redone to fit the new scheme.

Vintage Chinese Double happiness Wedding jars, from the homeowner’s collection, are showcased on the sideboard.

From the get-go we decided to upgrade the floors to white oak floorboards stained a rich walnut color.

During the kitchen planning, I presented the “Tile” which we all fell in love with. I thought that it would be successful in the new bar and in the kitchen, creating a cohesive moment via use of the material. Combining sleek lighting fixtures and hardware with classic white cabinetry, I was able to maintain the style of the mix. Classic and fresh living in harmony.

Using a simple but beautiful single-mount faucet on the island kept it feeling uncluttered and clean.

In the background is an old tin-type photo of the homeowner’s Grandmother and Great Aunt – what a treasure!

The stairs were redone by taking out an awkward angle at the base and pulling them back taking away a tripping hazard. I was able to reuse a flip top card table to perfectly fill the corner nestled between the stairs, bar and dining area. A final pop of blue in accessories complete the vignette.

All of the doors were switched to solid core and door hardware to a custom design with polished nickel knobs and hinges.

2nd floor guest bath. It was completely gutted and given a facelift with new tile, vanity, lighting, tub & fixtures. Guests can enjoy this bathroom in style.