Virginia Highlands Townhouse

Kitchen & Breakfast Rooms

Design Rationales:

-Dark grey painted cabinetry added color & drama while saving the cost of installing new.
-We selected light-colored marble countertops to contrast with the rich, dark color of the cabinetry and coordinate with the backsplash tile. Selecting slabs and determining layout is one of the most exciting parts of the process. Each slab is a unique “slice of earth,” and no two are the same…
-The use of glass emphasized glamour and light, so we chose a glass countertop at the bar as well as glass pulls on all the doors and drawers.
Ron: “The countertops do not disappoint—a real show-stopper!”
Susan: “ The pictures just can’t capture the effect they portray. Everyone will love it!”
– Mirrored pendants created a luminous focal point that dovetailed with the slivered look of the backsplash tile. This kitchen was featured in the Worlds Away 2013 furniture & lighting catalog. [links to press page or to worlds away home page. www.worlds-away.com]
-Barstools with nickel nailhead by Lillian August brought the tailored look of the adjacent living area right up to the bar.
-We added a custom banquette at the breakfast area, which made for a cozy dining alternative. The glass table here allows light to pass through as well as the color of the upholstery fabric behind it.

Living Room

Design Rationales:

-The sectional trimmed in nickel nailhead made the most of seating options in the space.
-The white cocktail ottoman created a high-contrast moment against the dark espresso of the floors. High-contrast combinations naturally transmit a feel of glamour. [link takes us to design rationales page, which is the same as about chic abode page]
-Metallic finishes and beaded accent pillows crystallize focal points that keep the sectional from dominating, which otherwise may have caused the room to feel like a “sea of upholstery”.

Dining Room

Susan & Ron’s dining chandelier looks fantastic for several reasons: it has a light visual weight that prevents it from looking too heavy; it has turquoise glass beads that establish the pop of color used throughout the first level as well as communicating a glamorous yet playful feel; and its high wattage illuminates an otherwise dark area of the house. When the client asked for reassurance on the selection of this chandelier, we were able to say why it would look amazing in advance. It turned out to be a key inspirational piece that defined the rest of the choices we made for the house, not to mention a source of endless pleasure for the homeowners.

Master Bath:

We selected every piece of material here to exude luxury and a “calgon-take-me-away” type of appeal. The soaking tub gave an architectural feel, while allowing us to implement a frameless glass shower. The vanity cabinet was expertly reworked from the original piece by our master carpenter. Then we layered an aluminum substrate on top of it before adding exquisite glass countertops that give the illusion that the vessel sinks are floating. We created the oversized backsplash tile to anchor the major vanity wall while layering crystal sconces and mirrors on top. [show before and after here and link to the bath remodel page]. The floor and shower tile consist of different shapes and sizes of marble with radiant floors cleverly hidden underneath. We finished it with the crystal chandelier, which, though exquisite to look at, actually is quite affordable in cost.