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Spotlight on King

Built in 1949, this hidden gem right off of King Street was in need of some sprucing up. A long time client wished to update the whole first floor in order to create a cohesive feel between the mix of additions over the past 20 years.


In order to start the transition, the narrow Entry was brightened with pale teal/green tones and silver accents found in the wallpaper, lighting, and mirror.

On one side of the Entry is a comfortable Sitting Area and Office space. Working with the existing drapery, light, neutral furnishings and a touch of strong teal were used to give the room a tailored serenity. On the other side, a vibrant red Living Room with soft seating in teal and parchment encourages conversation.

The Entry leads to a relaxed Dining Room. The existing fireplace wall received a new, contemporary mantle and slate surround. Red paint and glass shelves updated the built-ins, and recovered antique chairs and new, jewel toned draperies offset the soft, teal walls. Double chandeliers and track lighting highlight the client's art collection, displaying oil paintings of the old Kerrison's building.

The existing Kitchen was a large, gloomy room split by a peninsula with tall, dark cabinets. Starting from scratch, the room was reconfigured into a spacious, open layout to take advantage of natural light from the Kitchen window as well as the adjacent Sun Room. A center island was designed to accommodate cabinetry and appliances on three sides, and seating on the fourth. The L-shaped cabinetry forms the work area, with additional storage on the opposite wall. Using a mix of light wood, two tones of paint, glass door fronts, and a tone-on-tone blue, green, and gray tiled back splash, the room is now airy and bright.

The Kitchen opens into a Sun Room with custom-mixed, pale-green whitewashed plank walls. The furnishings were recovered and new sheers were added to provide a friendly, family environment that is in tune with the outdoors.

On the opposite end of the house, the Master Bedroom and Bathroom were redesigned and enlarged. The bedroom was completely redone with new furniture and a few existing pieces were recovered. Custom drapery was designed and is now the focal point. The new fabrics give this space a sense of romanticism and femininity.

The Master Bathroom features a deep soaking tub and an enlarged, glass-enclosed shower. The custom tile design in the shower pulls the tub together, making the combo. appear as one unit. New glass surrounds, shelving, and mirrors create a feeling of spaciousness to this small bath.

Design: Jane Jilich, ASID

Photography: Jim Somerset

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