1. An abandoned swallows nest on the kitchen window sill.
2. Incredible limestone tile throughout and including the countertops (chosen by Brooke & Steve Gianetti from Velvet & Linen during a trip to LA)
Such a great way of working with all the ORANGE wood, providing a break from it as well as creating a balance of warm and cool.
3. Pendant Lighting
They have a sexier pendant light fixture coming from LA for above the island, but we liked the look of the existing pendants for the rest of the kitchen (with new round bulbs).
Recessed lighting would just be too modern looking in a log home, not to mention many designers don’t believe in actually choosing to create swiss cheese for the ceiling.
4. A fabulous, custom, countrified island with a grayed wood top to relate to the trendy dining table from Restoration Hardware.
Their question for me here was,”Should we repeat the distressed look of the bottom of the island on the perimeter cabinets when they get the door fronts made?” and I said yes, if we keep it the same colour (BM White Down) which is what I would recommend.
Also the open shelving in the corner is temporary while they get this kind of piece designed for the corner.
5. An antique cabinet painted a custom colour.
We talked a lot about this colour and if it should be changed, primarily because the homeowners moved into this house with (coincidentally) this exact blue/green all over the walls including the pink (look closely at the ceilings in the second image above) and were totally turned off by the 80’s shade.
I liked it as is and suggested a change once they chose an accent colour in the adjoining great room. After all, the old green on the rest of the walls was going away.
6. An Herb Garden in the window.
I’m not sure this vignette could get any better. I had no improvements to suggest here, haha.
7. The perfect, vintage fruit/vegetable vessel placed on the middle of the island.
8. The Perfect Wall Colour
The wife laughed and said “My husband likes to paint but he only likes to do it once”.
The colour we chose for most of the walls in this log home was BM AF-65 Fossil or SW 7042 or Cloverdale CA031.
And you know how we chose it? We propped up my large colour sample against some drywall that has been painted white from the steps on the way to the second floor and then stood on the first floor to see how well it related to the limestone tile. We would NEVER have been able to see that without being able to stand back and look at it from the first floor. I wish I would have snapped a picture at that point.
It was just pale enough to work with the orange (but not so pale that it looked too white, modern and washed out) and related perfectly with the fabulous, slightly pinky/yellow/grey limestone floors (and linen drapes on 4 windows in the great room) which were totally the piece de resistance in this on-going labour of love for my new clients.
A gorgeous couple who are, room by room, piece by piece, turning this log home into something to be photographed and seen in a magazine near you.
I was there to answer a myriad of questions from wood flooring colour in the master bedroom to coordinating tones in bathroom fixtures. Without answers, decisions were not being made with regards to moving forward with the restoration/renovation of this lovely log home overlooking Hayward Lake in Maple Ridge.
Consultations like these are so much fun for me because they are like a jigsaw puzzle as we walk through the house from room to room pulling everything together.
Also it’s not often that I meet a couple who BOTH have the same aesthetic. Both equally as committed to sourcing the correct and perfect item that will complete each stage of the process.
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