Not every home requires a heavy renovation to look and feel completely transformed. Sometimes, all you need is a fresh, new color palette, beautifully cohesive furnishings, and show-stopping lighting. Case in point: the spaces I’m sharing with you today from the newly completed Crystal Creek Project.
I also want to mention that even though we specialize in a Vibrant Coastal design aesthetic, not all of our clients come to us with a high tolerance for vibrant color. This was true for these clients, and their finished home is a great example of how you can add tasteful, enjoyable color without it feeling over the top. Come take a look…
Meet the Family & Their Home
Who is behind this home refresh? Our clients are an active family that had recently purchased a beautiful 5,800 square-foot home in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Built in 2012, it was in great condition and full of traditional character and charm that they love.
Before: Dining Room in East Greenwich
Their home was — is — full of classic details, like molding, wainscoting, and ceiling millwork. It also embraced color in a few places (though not quite the right hues) and boasts ample windows for natural light. The family knew some simple updates and new furnishings would be enough to create modern-day comfort and freshness. They were spot on.
Although a few cosmetic updates lay in store, it was mainly a furnishing project for the home’s first level, which included designing the entryway, living room, dining room, and powder room. Of course, we would then bring the design to life through our polished process of procurement and installation. (You know we love nailing every little detail!)
We started by making a Space Plan for the first floor…
…along with Schematic Design Boards for several of the rooms we would create. But I’ll save those for your room-by-room tour. Are you ready to see how these spaces turned out? Then, follow me through the front door and into the entryway…
The Crystal Creek Project: Entryway
Our clients’ home came with a stunning black and white checkered floor, which creates a dramatic statement from the first step. We created some variation of a blue-green color palette for each space in the home, and in the entryway, we decided to express color through simple accents to let the bold flooring shine — literally and figuratively.
Completed, it’s simple yet stunning! When we discovered our clients already owned this handsome credenza, it became the perfect grounding piece to hold its own against the bold check. We sourced accessories and a simple rug, and styled the credenza with these lovely lamps in sea foam.
The Crystal Creek Project: Living Room
For the living room, the clients desired a more muted, serene take on the blue-green color palette, favoring neutrals, layered textiles, and touches of organic materials.
Finished, we now have loads of comfortable seating options, soft drapery, and well-placed greenery to help the eye notice the outdoors.
The result is a space that feels open, bright, and ready for the whole family to cozy up and spend time together — even their dogs, thanks to performance fabrics!
The Crystal Creek Project: Dining Room
Our clients took a step out of their comfort zone for a bolder color palette in the dining room. With such a light and airy living room, we knew that richer colors would create a delightful alternative for vibrant family meals and conversation. Setting aside their initial reservations, our clients jumped on board with our vision and were thrilled with the result…
Now that’s a dining room! This stunning, textured wallpaper adds depth to the room while making it feel inviting and cozy. We also designed these custom Roman shades and layered in an area rug, dining table, custom upholstered chairs, accent host chairs, a transitional chandelier, and faux Banana Palms. Despite feeling upscale and elegant, there’s a wild streak in here, don’t you think?
Facing the windows, we have this navy sideboard that supports easy storage and hosting while helping blend the room with the adjacent checkerboard entryway. Of course, we also layered in accessories, art, and lighting for the perfect marriage of fresh meets traditional.
In another space opposite the dining room, we have our clients’ home office and this view, where we used an equally intricate wallpaper. “What? You can use two bold wallpapers in adjacent areas?” I know. Scandalous. But it works because the color palette and scale of each don’t compete. Now you know!
The Crystal Creek Project: Powder Room
The powder room’s sink, vanity, and hardware stayed the same and is a perfect illustration of how small changes can create big impact. We added a new light fixture, powder blue wallpaper with some movement, a fun mirror, and warmed it all up with a rug, art, and accessories. Just like new.
Well, that is the final room in our tour of The Crystal Creek Project, but I can’t leave you without sharing a touching review our clients left for us:
I hope you are saving your favorite spaces for inspiration, and you can be confident I’ll be back with more as we continue to wrap up projects and share tips designed to help you live vibrantly. Until next time…