Santa Teresita Before & Afters – Part 2
Living Room, Dining Room, and Guest Bathroom
I’m back to share the second part of Madison Nicole Design’s Santa Teresita project! Today I’ll be showing you the before and afters of the Living Room, Dining Room, and the remodeled Guest Bathroom.
Make sure you see the first part of the Santa Teresita project on the blog here where I share all the details of the Entry, Kitchen and Family Room.
The Living Room
If you read Part 1, you’ll remember how formal this French Country home felt. Even though this room was a bit stuffy before we came in, it does have great features to work with. The beautiful built-ins frame the fireplace perfectly and the french doors bring in tons of light.
All of the light fixtures in the home were pretty over-the-top, and almost half the rooms were covered in bold, patterned wallpapers. (See the before picture of the bathroom below.)
The french doors lead out to the back patio, with that sweeping view over Santa Barbara. The only problem was that they weren’t centered, and the existing draperies called even more attention to it.
Our goal was to bring a more casual feel to a space that originally felt very formal. One of the first changes we make in a home are the light fixtures. Besides a fresh coat of paint, stunning (and functional) lighting is the most transformative. You don’t typically think of light fixtures as a main focal point, but you should! This more open, simple light fixture gave the room space to breathe, making it feel more spacious. I love that it has a rustic yet sophisticated look.
The owners of the home have a large, mixed family. While not everyone is there all the time, it’s important to have spaces that can accommodate all seven kids, their spouses & significant others, and grandchildren. It was really important to make sure that the pieces that were selected would be durable and comfortable, but still eloquent.
We mixed in rustic elements like the coffee table, with more polished pieces like the nesting tables with the spindle legs and brass inlay tops.
We left several areas in the home untouched, like this remarkable carved marble fireplace. The previous owner said that they found it while traveling in France, and you know me — I love pieces with a story behind them! There’s a similar one in the Dining Room across the way.
The Dining Room
Again, not the most offensive of spaces, but not the style we were trying to achieve. We kept the crystal chandelier, the arched mirrors and that gorgeous fireplace I had mentioned earlier. We removed the sconces above the fireplace, (because who installs sconces like that in the first place?!) and relocated them near the entry.
We selected a beautiful rug with a slight sheen and some hints of blue. The caned back chairs from Essentials for Living are probably one of my favorite pieces in here… maybe tied with those aged brass buffets on the sides of the fireplace.
The Essentials for Living dining table extends to accommodate the entire family, and really makes a statement in the room.
Powder Room Turned Full Guest Bath
Remember that wallpaper I had mentioned? Here’s the start of it, and just wait until next week when we get to the bedrooms upstairs! We know wallpaper is making a comeback, and we’re all for it… but don’t be fooled; this kind is not!
One of the biggest projects in this house was adding a shower to this powder room, and creating a true guest bath for visitors. We took up some of the closet space in the adjacent bedroom to extend the back wall of the bathroom out further to accommodate the shower.
My client and I started peeling wallpaper off on our very first visit to the house! We knew it had to go right when we walked in. The vanity and that weirdly sized copper sink were next, followed by the Game of Thrones torches… I mean sconces 😉
We were originally going to keep the French limestone floor in here, as it carried throughout the entire entryway, but ended up having to replace it after all. We tried to match what was existing for continuity. The walls were tiled in beautiful marble, with a basket weave inset on the floor of the shower. New vanity, and updated sink + lighting fixtures, and you’re good to go! The client found the hand painted artwork at a vintage store, so we got it framed and it looks so great in the space!
Did you miss the first post of the Madison Nicole Design Santa Teresita project? Click here to check out this home’s beautiful entry, kitchen and family room.
And be sure to be watching for the final Santa Teresita Before & Afters where we highlight the upstairs bedrooms and the playroom you’re going to wish you had growing up!
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