Port Dalhousie

Louise worked with the client from start to finish through their restoration of this 1912 home. They kept the bones of this beautiful home, but updated the interior to suit the clients’ style.

Restorations provide unique challenges for even the most seasoned designers, but Louise worked with her clients from start to finish to create a seamless, modern-farmhouse look that brought this 1912 home into the new millennium.

The first stop when you come into this gorgeous restoration is a built-in closet near the door, stylized with beautiful decorated glass doors, which were also used in the kitchen to create a consistent, put together look that carries through the house.

In the kitchen, those glass doors make an impact and bring in the modern farmhouse look, complemented by the glass uppers with flemish glass inserts, and lighting to showcase the clients’ beautiful decor and glassware. The shaker doors add a modern element, and it’s all tied together by the granite stone countertops. Another key feature in this gorgeous kitchen is the built in cooktop and oven, the latter of which protrudes slightly and has a lovely decorative baseboard kick. The fridge and the dishwasher are also customized with panels that create a seamless look.

The island is a masterpiece, using Benjamin Moore’s Smoke (2122-40) as a contrast to the White Dove (BM 0C17) used elsewhere in the kitchen. The island also boasts classic legs that create a seating area while simultaneously carrying the farmhouse theme through the room.

The challenge in this kitchen came from some of the architectural details, like tight spaces that are difficult to find use for. To solve this problem, Louise put her thinking cap on and found a solution for a space where cabinets wouldn’t fit, utilizing a shiplap backsplash and a maple stained set of shelves to match with the beautiful floating staircase the clients put in.

One of the goals for the laundry room was to create a functional space in a room with architectural challenges. Despite the low ceilings, adding storage and shelving turned this space into something beautiful.

Natural stone was used throughout the house, whether in the kitchen, laundry room, or the bathrooms, which gives the designs consistency and theme through the whole house. Another element that makes everything feel consistent is the hardware in all these rooms, all having a modern farmhouse look that is stylish and functional. Additionally, the vanities in the bathrooms were given four-leg details to match the feeling of the kitchen.

In addition to the challenges posed by restoring an old home, this project was also stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing delays that were completely unforeseen. Louise managed to keep the project moving forward and on track, and ultimately it came together beautifully.




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