Project Binns- Family Room

Happy Thursday friends, 
I’ve got a goodie for you today. Project Binns family room reveal is live…and It’s good. It’s just so good. 
We started out with a space that felt dated but really it was the color pallet that dated the space. Much like the hallway it is a huge space but the homeowners were having a hard time figureing out the furniture layout. 
Here’s what we came up with: 
So clearly the built in cabinets take center stage here. It provides closed storage for a family of three boys, open shelving for all the pretty, and it gave us a focal point for our furniture set up. 
We added in a cozy Sofa, 2 armchairs, concrete looking side tables, and a marble topped coffee table to tie in the homeowners existing counter tops. All from Saturday Afternoons In Aurora. 

Because there are a ton of cabinets in this space we needed to soften things up…. que the fabric. Drapes and Roman blinds add softness, light control, and privacy in this space. The rug adds a nice softness under foot and helps divide the room. Pillows and luxurious faux fur throws complete the cozy look. 

I love to mix new objects and homeowners treasured knick knacks when styling bookshelves. People are always surprised at the amount of books needed to style a shelf. Lots. Lots and lots and lots.  

We kept the built ins linear to keep the look fresh and current and added matte black pulls. We updated the kitchen with the same pulls so everything was unified. I’ll reveal her tomorrow so stay tuned. 

In between the family room and kitchen we added a new dining table and bright red masters chairs to give us a little jolt of color. 

These gear mirrors have been a huge hit and really finish off the space. 

Check back in tomorrow for the kitchen reveal. 

Happy Decorating folks 
Xo
Michelle 


Vision board I gave the client: 




Before pictures: 



Project Binns- Front Hall

Oh hi. Hi there. It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been and it’s both amazing and exhausting. Amazing because I never dreamed of being in the position of having this many people want me involved in their home projects an…

Project Binns- Front Hall

Oh hi. Hi there. It’s been a while hasn’t it? 

I’ve been the busiest I’ve ever been and it’s both amazing and exhausting. Amazing because I never dreamed of being in the position of having this many people want me involved in their home projects and exhausting because I’m just one person and have started to outsource everything I can but I think expanding my team will be in the very near future. The good news is I have so many fun projects that are going to be ready to share with you very soon. 
Today I’m revealing project binns. This is a unique project because the before and after shots are incredibly dramatic but we did not rip out the kitchen, take down any walls, change the floor plans, etc. We painted. And sprayed, and re stained, and added some built ins and new tile. 
The homeowners had bought this house for its large size and great location… But they never felt it reflected their taste. They told me most of the furniture were hand me downs or things they had from college or their first home and for two professionals with beautiful careers and a beautiful family of 5, it no longer was the right fit. 
This house has a huge beautiful entryway with a double staircase. Like that’s fancy. Super fancy in my opinion. Let’s take advantage of that. 
Here’s what we came up with: 

First on the chopping block was the floors. Bye bye dated tile and hello to beautiful hemlock hardwood that we put in to try and mimic the hardwood in the other rooms. It was then all sanded down and to unify the floors. I won’t lie. These floors were super high maintenance. It took several go’s to get the right stain color. I’m remembering back to walking into a site visit to see floors that looked like they spilled grey paint randomly and tried to blend it in.  After seeing that we made the executive decision to go dark. We just went dark and it was the answer to our prayers. Then the sealing process… the family had to move out the smell was so bad into a hotel. It seemed to be a never ending process. But. Look. How. Beautiful. They. Are. Now!!! 

We decided to inlay a beautiful marble mosaic into the front entryway for an added punch. The family does not use this as their primary entryway so it’s really only for guests. It’s just stunning and 10 feet long so it makes a big impact in the space. 
We added a new large geometric lantern style light fixture and some art and accessories to warm things up. The wainscotting was existing but we had it painted all the way up the same color as the wall to modernize it. 

This is s stunning original painting the homeowners picked up while on vacation mid Reno. We accented it with a reclaimed wood desk/console table and added a fun little fox umbrella holder. Books and florals complete the look. These two adjoining rooms are next up on the chopping block. Phase 2 if you will do stay tuned. 


The stairs were also a big transformation.  New pickets and posts go a long way. 
Quick designer tip. Pay attention to the scale. Details are ok on pickets but if you have two massive staircase to add those details every other picket would start to look busy. Here we added the round detail every 5 pickets which I think was the perfect mix. 
We painted the risers and stained the treads to match the new hardwood. It’s slick, and classic, and cool and it feels warm and inviting. 
I hope you love this space as much as I do and I’ll be back tom true revealing the family room and kitchen reveal. 
Happy Decorating design lovers
Xoxo
Michelle 
Vision board I gave the client: 


Before pictures: 




Project Dorchester- Staircase Transformation

Happy Saturday Design lovers: I don’t normally post a blog on a Saturday mornings because… well… Saturdays are for relaxing and spending time with family but this one is a quickie so enjoy with your morning coffee ☕️We are talking staircases t…

Project Dorchester- Staircase Transformation

Happy Saturday Design lovers: 
I don’t normally post a blog on a Saturday mornings because… well… Saturdays are for relaxing and spending time with family but this one is a quickie so enjoy with your morning coffee ☕️
We are talking staircases today. If you scroll down to the before pic I’m sure it is not an unfamiliar sight. I see tons of these in many homes I walk into. All orange all the time. That orange builders wood really dates a space. I believe they call it a “natural” stain but it’s not. It’s a ursthan that goes makes the wood look orange almost immediately. 
To improve this, There are several tricks. If you are tight on budget maybe simply paint the risers and pickets white. It takes time but if you can do it yourself the paint using too expensive. At minimum that breaks up some of that wood. At Project Dorchester we really went for it. The treads were sanded down and stained dark to match the new hardwood. Risers and sides painted white. A new railing and wrought iron pickets finish off the look. Oh and our big beautiful lantern. How fab is that? 
All of those changes along with painting out the whole main floor and upper hallway white gives us that fresh, hot off the pages of style at home magazine kind of look we were after. 
Have a great weekend all
And as always 
Happy Decorating 
Xo
Michelle 

Vision board: 
Before picture: 

Project Dorchester- Kitchen

Happy Fri-yay design lovers, I am thrilled to be sharing the kitchen reveal today with you from Project Dorchester. The homeowners had lived with their old orange wood kitchen for far too long. They were dreaming of bright and white. The man of th…

Project Dorchester- Kitchen

Happy Fri-yay design lovers, I am thrilled to be sharing the kitchen reveal today with you from Project Dorchester. The homeowners had lived with their old orange wood kitchen for far too long. They were dreaming of bright and white. The man of th…

Project Dorchester- Dining Room

Happy Thursday Design lovers, I’m still recovering from the aftermath of a 5 year olds birthday party last night. Anyone who has planned a kids birthday party before will understand….it’s exhausting. Everyone had a great time so that’s all that …

Project Dorchester- Dining Room

Happy Thursday Design lovers, 
I’m still recovering from the aftermath of a 5 year olds birthday party last night. Anyone who has planned a kids birthday party before will understand….it’s exhausting. Everyone had a great time so that’s all that matters. Especially the birthday girl. 
We are moving right along to the dining room reveal at Project Dorchester….So there’s a thing that happens when you have young kids and everyone says “I’m not going to do that” and everyone eventually gives in and does it. What I’m referring to is making an entire room on your main floor (usually it’s the dining room) a playroom. You are in a stage where relaxed adult dinner parties are a distant memory and play dates between the hours of 9-5 are your jam. You fight it for a while but then when you have 2 kids under 2 and need to make dinner and have contact with them you throw in the towel and make your life easier. You turn that big beautiful dining room into a playroom. 
So that’s where this room started. A toy room. That being said there is this magical time as a parent when your kids are past diapers, and bottles, abd cribs, and you no longer wear shirts with breastmilk stains, and you have time to shower again. The culmination of making it through those early years is that you get to high five your partner and reclaim some of that adult space back. You have made it. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy this time before the tween and teen years hit because from what I hear they are a doozy. 
I give you Project Dorchester’s dining room: 

These homeowners already owned this dining set and wanted to keep it for now with the idea that we would swap out the end chairs for some nice upholstered captains chairs. We simply removed the top glassed in piece from the hutch and replaced it with an art print and a set of silver lamps. It modernized it a bit and again the goal was the break up the set and layer in some different textures. 
This rug is an indoor/outdoor rug and can literally be hosed down when spilled upon. Notice that I didn’t say if. Spills are going to happen in a space meant for eating so I always go with something durable underfoot in a dining room. 


The chrome chandelier sets the tone for the lighting throughout the main floor. Little hits of silver and chrome are sprinkled throughout to create a little interest against the white walls. 

We framed out these windows with some beautiful custom drapes that have a hint of our bluey/green accent color that’s carried through the family room and kitchen. 


The carpet was replaced with rich hand scraped dark hardwood, the ceilings were scraped, and fresh paint was applied to the walls. 




This dining room provides a formal yet relaxed elegant spot for the homeowners to entertain family and friends on special occasions. It’s also the first room you see when you walk in the house so we had to bring in the pretty. 

Stay tuned for the kitchen reveal tomorrow and folks it’s quite the before and after transformation 👍🏼

Happy decorating 
Xo
Michelle 
Vision board: 

Before picture: 



Project Dorchester- Dining Room

Happy Thursday Design lovers, 
I’m still recovering from the aftermath of a 5 year olds birthday party last night. Anyone who has planned a kids birthday party before will understand….it’s exhausting. Everyone had a great time so that’s all that matters. Especially the birthday girl. 
We are moving right along to the dining room reveal at Project Dorchester….So there’s a thing that happens when you have young kids and everyone says “I’m not going to do that” and everyone eventually gives in and does it. What I’m referring to is making an entire room on your main floor (usually it’s the dining room) a playroom. You are in a stage where relaxed adult dinner parties are a distant memory and play dates between the hours of 9-5 are your jam. You fight it for a while but then when you have 2 kids under 2 and need to make dinner and have contact with them you throw in the towel and make your life easier. You turn that big beautiful dining room into a playroom. 
So that’s where this room started. A toy room. That being said there is this magical time as a parent when your kids are past diapers, and bottles, abd cribs, and you no longer wear shirts with breastmilk stains, and you have time to shower again. The culmination of making it through those early years is that you get to high five your partner and reclaim some of that adult space back. You have made it. Pat yourself on the back and enjoy this time before the tween and teen years hit because from what I hear they are a doozy. 
I give you Project Dorchester’s dining room: 

These homeowners already owned this dining set and wanted to keep it for now with the idea that we would swap out the end chairs for some nice upholstered captains chairs. We simply removed the top glassed in piece from the hutch and replaced it with an art print and a set of silver lamps. It modernized it a bit and again the goal was the break up the set and layer in some different textures. 
This rug is an indoor/outdoor rug and can literally be hosed down when spilled upon. Notice that I didn’t say if. Spills are going to happen in a space meant for eating so I always go with something durable underfoot in a dining room. 


The chrome chandelier sets the tone for the lighting throughout the main floor. Little hits of silver and chrome are sprinkled throughout to create a little interest against the white walls. 

We framed out these windows with some beautiful custom drapes that have a hint of our bluey/green accent color that’s carried through the family room and kitchen. 


The carpet was replaced with rich hand scraped dark hardwood, the ceilings were scraped, and fresh paint was applied to the walls. 




This dining room provides a formal yet relaxed elegant spot for the homeowners to entertain family and friends on special occasions. It’s also the first room you see when you walk in the house so we had to bring in the pretty. 

Stay tuned for the kitchen reveal tomorrow and folks it’s quite the before and after transformation 👍🏼

Happy decorating 
Xo
Michelle 
Vision board: 

Before picture: