Updating the exterior of a home

The design approach was to transform the spaces, that once served a family, into a clean minimalistic environment, that will suit the parents today, infuse it with a more contemporary touch and serve as a personal gallery to display their photographs.

By removing as many of the walls as possible, integrating the inner patio and moving the powder room, a more open and welcoming experience was created in which the couple can showcase their art as a prelude to the spaces to come.

We are going to try to do it on a budget as much as possible, so I’m not sure that there will be any tearing out the kitchen cabinets or any of that, but new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom will happen eventually. David, her handy husband, will be doing much of the work as they move through the house. We will start with the inside of the house and hopefully move to the outside to give it some updates too. Back to the foyer and hallway, now we’ll head to the formal living room. It’s very nice wood, so we are going to work with it and recover the chair seats. She would love to rip out the carpet in the living room and dining room and continue with the oak flooring all in here too. There are mirrors in several locations around the house, one here in the dining room. Not a great pic, but this is a really pretty china cabinet. We are thinking that her hubby will build a banquette seat in the window in that corner. Lots of things to decide on, but she’d like to keep these cabinets since they are all wood. These appliances are all original and she’s going to replace those as well, the oven and cooktop.1950’s finest! So, they got busy and bought the paint I suggested, Revere Pewter, by Ben Moore and got it all painted out, brick and all. We’ll add a rug back in here eventually when we get colors figured out. Revere Pewter is such a gorgeous color, now I want to use it somewhere. There’s also a nice pool in the backyard right outside these windows, so that’s an extra bonus.

We’ll see how this goes as we work through, room by room! The exterior is traditional red brick and they are on a lovely street off the Marietta square. Excuse my photos, I didn’t have my tripod with me, so they aren’t the clearest, but you can get an idea of the layout of the house. She would love to open up the wall behind the sofa into the family room behind it. I’m sure that’s a load bearing wall, but it would really give more of a spacious feel if it was opened up. The family room is right behind the formal living room and the kitchen is through that door to the right. We are going to reupholster some of her furniture and I’ll help her shop for new pieces later on. I’m trying to figure out how to update the doors, maybe adding some molding. Not sure what we will do with this desk area, may keep it or do something different. Can you imagine how much lighter and brighter it will feel? She already got rid of a lot of stuff in here and we aren’t finished decorating yet. I’ll keep you posted along the way as Andrea and David update this home and make it a beautiful space to live. I'm Rhoda, from Atlanta, GA and I love decorating and DIY projects.

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It will completely change the look of this room when that happens. I'm here to inspire and encourage other women to find their own inner creativity.

She bought it from her mother and has never made it her own.

She got married 6 years ago to David and now she has a partner to help her with updates to this charming house.

A glass banister was put in place of the bent steel baluster that separated the seating area and the entryway, to create a clearer bond between the two.

Further up the stairs is the work space that also doubles as a guest bedroom when the grandchildren come to visit.

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