1. Traditional, Revisited


    Today we are sharing a before and after of a clients’ furnishings, largely traditional in style, and how they were given a second life to blend into a beautiful new custom home. This “new traditional” now reflects the clients in the best way possible – preserving what they had loved for years but reinventing it for the next chapter of their lives.  If you follow us on Instagram @katemarkerinteriors, we’ve tagged this our #estateonthelake project!




    -The New Look: Family Room- 












    This room was given a soft, classic palette and the furnishings are nearly all previously owned pieces, just reupholstered (exceptions are the twin  blue chest of drawers flanking the fireplace). The solid fabrics in beige and blue balance the warm gold tones of the existing coffee table and mirrors, a blend of  classic and sparkle!



    -The New Look: Dining Room- 



    We love how this room turned out!  The herringbone floor adds a beautiful detail and the bold window treatments brings such a freshness to a stately room!  The rug, table and side chairs, light fixture and mirror were all brought in from the clients’ previous home.

    -Steps for Transitioning-

    We took several steps to give these furnishings a facelift while successfully blending them with new surroundings and pieces.  Here’s how:

    1.  Update color palettes

    Fabrics in peach and red were replaced with neutral fabrics – creams, beiges, and soft blues in the family room.  The gray grasscloth wall covering in the dining room grounds the space.  The wall color selected for this new construction custom home is very light – Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore, seen below.




    2.  Update patterns

    The navy and cream herringbone fabric on the side chairs and wingback end chairs in the dining room introduce a small-scale pattern in a classic palette.  Herringbone, while enjoying a surge of popularity, is always in style.

    A bold choice was made for selecting the window treatments in the dining room. The large-scale floral Schumacher pattern of cream and navy, seen below, give the space a great dash of energy while still pulling in the same navy from the classic Persian rug that the clients already owned.

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    3. Purchase new pieces to complement the existing

    A few new pieces (even accessories!) can instantly complement existing furnishings – whether it’s with color, shape or functionality.  As mentioned above, the two chests in the family room were new, adding  clean lines and their unique blue color to the overall scheme.  Modern lighting choices are always a great add for minimal space commitment but a large impact.  In the case of the family room, the popular Morris Lantern by Visual Comfort adds a geometric element.  The credenza in the dining room is both functional for storage and transitional in looks.

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    4. Mix Metals

    Mixing up to three metals in a space keeps it from being too “matchy” and adds depth that straddles different design trends.  In the dining room below, we’ve mixed bronze, antique brass, and gold.




    We hope this provides a bit of inspiration for you to reconsider a piece of well-loved furniture that you were contemplating replacing because it’s original beauty has faded a bit!


    Check out our website soon for more pictures of this comprehensive project!



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