Here’s another look at my design assistant’s classic and timeless home renovation. She and her husband took a chance on a dated 70s ranch and completely renovated it, both inside and out, and transformed it into a modern family bungalow. Get all the before and after details in this post!
I’ve written a few posts about Kelly’s (our design assistant on maternity leave) homes (this is her second home renovation reveal since she started working for us). Kelly’s dad and two brothers are renovators so when her parents saw this listing in a neighbourhood close to where they lived, Kelly and her husband Mike decided to take on this 70s, completely untouched rancher (including the landscaping which was completely overgrown and looked like a scene from Grey Gardens) and turn it into their forever home.
Virtual Landscape design by MaryAnne White | Exterior Colours by Maria Killam
Classic and Timeless Bungalow Renovation
I encouraged Kelly to consult with my good friend Jan Romanuk (who is a kitchen/bathroom designer and project manager), since they wanted to open up the kitchen and living room area. I’m the colour expert/decorator, but if you need a new kitchen footprint designed or you need to remove walls, she would be the best designer for that.
There’s a conversation out there about open layouts being OUT, so I wanted to make sure that they were making the best decision. Turns out it they were.
And as Kelly said:
“Mike is really good at space planning and layouts for home renovations where as I struggle with that. I couldn’t visualize his plans for the house. I knew this home would be our forever home and wanted to make sure we were doing it right. I’ve never worked with an interior designer before and didn’t know what to expect. Jan walked through the house and in a matter of 15 minutes she knew exactly what to do and explained the why. Mike was happy because his visions aligned with Jans and now I was on board too and didn’t continue to question each decision going forward.”
Since Kelly worked with us four years before her baby, she learned a lot about classic and timeless colour and design and she did a beautiful job on the decorating, with help from me along the way. Notice there isn’t a stitch of grey in her floors. As it should be.
Kelly and Mike had vision. Here are the awesome befores:
Modern Bungalow Living and Dining Areas
The windows were so much prettier uncovered! Kelly had pale wood floors installed (without a stitch of grey, which would already be dated).
Kelly had this furniture in her last house, so when I arrived shortly after she had moved in to help add the styling layers, I thought it would be fun to see the progress from here:
When Kelly came out to see us for lunch with Luke two weeks after the photoshoot, she commented that after I placed and styled her home for photos, it never moved again 🙂
To create flow from the living room, I suggested tweaking the blue paint in the dining room to teal. The blue chairs in the dining room repeat the blue in the carpet, art and accessories from the living room.
After (Paint colour SW Heron Plume)
Here’s her sweet, happy baby Luke!
Styling by Maria Killam
Modern Bungalow Family Room
And here’s a look at the family room before:
After (so much better with the fireplace white)
Kelly has become an expert at hanging art, she did this without any help from me 🙂
Modern Bungalow Kitchen Renovation
My favourite feature in Kelly’s kitchen is the window that sits at counter height!
Also love the sweet teal lamp in the corner of the kitchen!
Shop this kitchen:
How to Get the Modern Bungalow Kitchen Look
And a glimpse of Kelly’s hallways with more beautifully hung artwork!
Modern Bungalow Outdoor Living Space
Let’s check out the before & after of the exterior again shall we?
They had so many overgrown, huge trees, some that were a hazard, I love the way MaryAnne designed curvey beds so they connect.
Landscape designers do not draw circles underneath trees like the average person would.
Photos by Macy Yap Photography
My sister Elizabeth came along with me the day we photographed Kelly’s house, and we couldn’t put baby Luke down!
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