Sharon, one of my lovely True Colour Experts, recently finished a renovation and complete redecoration of a dated 1990’s home. The project turned out so special and beautiful that I asked her if I could share it with you and she generously agreed.
Sharon is a talented decorating enthusiast who took my Specify Colour with Confidence course in 2016 after completing a consultation with me for her previous home.
She added her new found colour confidence from the course, to her natural flair for decorating, to create a truly beautiful and unique home.
Wisely, she began with some inspiration. A fresh take on Chinoiserie by designer Mark D. Sikes (below).
It’s important to have a starting point
Using her inspiration and love of decorating, and armed with my system and colour boards, she took her home from a dated before, to an enviable after.
Having inspiration for the look you want to create with decorating at the outset of a project is powerful.
Committing to a vision makes all the decisions you will have to make in a renovation project so much easier. Because you are guided by a clear direction.
Here’s her dated 90s generic kitchen before:
Sharon’s kitchen before
And here is the stunning after! You can see how her inspiration informed her choice of colours and details in her beautiful new kitchen below.
I think we should pause for a moment to gaze at this fabulous kitchen that should be somewhere in a magazine!
After The cabinets and walls are BM White Dove | Blue cabinets: Provence with white wash and white wax
Here’s another view
A truly unique kitchen
It really is hard to believe that it’s the same kitchen as the before picture isn’t it?
Her new kitchen is so full of personality and interesting details. And because she had a look and a feel she wanted to create in mind, she could fearlessly commit to the punchy colours and whimsical chinoiserie details in the cabinetry and the beautiful coral lanterns.
You can see that she’s repeated the coral in the hall for flow as well.
And the ornate bookshelf attached to the island feels so custom and special, and repeats the antique feel of the art.
It’s clever how she incorporated her bamboo trellis cabinets, which she had before the renovation, into her kitchen cabinetry. In order to find the colour that matched them best, she used my large colour boards.
Here is the living and dining area (below), you can see that the coral and blues are nicely repeated and the Chinoiserie theme is carried through. There a lots of interesting and pretty details for the eye to enjoy, which is what creates a cozy layered and pulled together look.
Here is what the living room looked like before (below).
Sharon’s dated 90s living room before
Sharon’s lovely living room
A vignette in the dining room
The master bathroom creates beautiful flow from the kitchen
Her master bathroom renovation has a similar look and feel which really creates flow in this house:
After Walls: Gray Owl | Cabinets : White Diamond
Here’s the before and after again:
Gorgeous work Sharon! Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.
This is what Sharon said about the workshop:
Finding Maria’s blog was the beginning of a journey. Finally there were answers. Finally someone was demystifying the secrets of color that I couldn’t decode.
When an interior designer’s work is shown in a magazine, you are rarely told why they did what they did. It is very frustrating for a non professional.
I took Maria’s course to find out why some colors don’t work together and others do. I finally got it.
The confidence of being able to figure out what the colors should be allowed me to dive into my renovation project would not have been possible without her course.
Like Maria says, once you see it, you can’t unsee it. I have always loved color, and want to get it right. With Maria’s course you’ll get it right.
My Toronto course is totally SOLD OUT, but you can register here for Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston or New Jersey.
I also wanted to share that my home was recently featured in Luxe Lifestyle Magazine, here is the article:
You can flip through the magazine here. This story starts on page 56
Hope it’s Spring where you are! It only arrived for us on the weekend!