lighter and brighter in Jersey

I guess 9 times out of 10 Anisa and I are bringing more light into a space instead of the opposite (We went really dark in our new home, though…in some rooms.  I’ll post soon!).

We love new, larger windows, white tongue-and-groove ceilings, sconces & table lamps & chandeliers galore, and, at times, a new coat of lighter paint on kitchen cabinets and exterior siding.

Such was the case with our clients in New Jersey.  We have tackled their home, room-by-room, over the years.  Recently, the kitchen and the exterior got a face-lift:

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Their neighborhood is fairly traditional, so they wanted to keep it classic.  What we went with?  Well, a good cream of course.

New simple sconces flanking the door…and the paint colors are BM Swiss coffee (body), BM Iron Mountain (shutters & garage door), and Farrow & Ball light blue for the door  (respectively below)

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photo-101This is their “six-year home”, they said, so they went for a cosmetic upgrade to their kitchen instead of their desired complete gut.

The choices for the kitchen?  gray cabinets (BM Fieldstone–thank you, Sally Wheat :), antique brass 8″ pulls for hardware, Carrera marble tops, polished nickel Rohl faucets and a fireclay farmhouse sink.  They both declared the hood had to go, so we replaced it altogether with a clean-lined, industrial one.  The walls and ceiling were all given a bath in Swiss coffee like the exterior, and oyster gray grout proved to be a perfect contrast to the subway tile.   Oh, and don’t forget the honkin’ brass pendant!

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new shade for texture:

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New breakfast nook….

 

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I have never met this family, but I feel I know them so well!

 

Want to share another family’s home with you.  My grad school friend is selling their suburban Atlanta home (in Marietta).  I think you’ll like it.  I wish them the best on their new adventures in Colorado!

Her home has a website below:

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Here’s a peek:

 

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house for webHOUSE VIEW

 

There are more pictures as well as Mandy’s contact info on the site if you like!

 

xo,

 

Julie

 

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Comments

  1. Great colors!

  2. Awesome!!!!

  3. Wishing you and your families a happy healthy holiday season and wonderful New Year!

  4. Can I be your next intern PRETTY PLEEEEEEEEEAASE?!?! ;-)

  5. Love the kitchen! Could you tell me where the dining chairs are from? Thanks!

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