Living Room Refresh in Redfield

Living Room Refresh in Redfield

It was about a year ago that I chatted to Jaime about the idea for this blog.  I remember it vividly… we were out in the yard and she was picking up her son after he had come over for a play date (we do a lot of play dates around here!).  The boys were going crazy on the trampoline and as always us moms were nattering away (that’s English speak for chatting) then she mentioned that she was about to begin a big renovation on her basement.  I briefly mentioned to her the idea for this blog and she instantly jumped on board.  Seriously this girl has a gift for encouraging!  It still took me a year to actually put my idea into action, but you better believe that she was one of the first people I called to say “hey it’s happening!”

The Russo’s are still working on final touches for their basement renovation but they also redid their family room too so I thought we would go ahead and show that first.  To me the most amazing renovations are when people make the best use of the space available to them.  Whether that involves, removing walls or working within the existing floor plan one thing is for certain, what you put into the room, and colors used, can transform any room.

The Russo’s worked with Kelly Bressler with Resource Design & Build to help them make the space work.  Kelly shared that the great room at the Russo home was a lovely bright and airy addition that the previous owners had constructed.  However the furniture was not to scale and the overall tone of the space was a muted gold and brown that no longer worked with their vision for the interior. Here is what the room looked like before the renovation:

Kelly said that the biggest challenge was the huge area that they had to fill with large enough furniture while still maintaining a cozy space for the family to relax and entertain.  Take a look at what they came up with:

They selected an oversized medium grey sectional sofa and a fun deep accent chair to pop some cobalt blue into the newly painted space.  A huge coffee table and a custom bound rug anchor the room, while a long media console fills the large wall under the television set.   Cobalt and cream became their accent colors by adding accessories and fun pillows, while a fun overhead chandelier adds just a touch of rustic warmth with wood and iron.

Kelly Bressler is the owner and designed at Resource Design & Build which is a full service boutique renovation company dedicated to unique design, exemplary customer service and quality project coordination. They love to build your dream! Click here to see Kelly’s contact information in the directory.

Bathroom Renovation in the Branches

Bathroom Renovation in the Branches

There’s nothing quite like calling your friend to say “Hey can I please come use your bathroom… for my website?” But you’d better believe that I did, and thankfully Mary Stewart was happy to let me come admire their latest renovation on their new home.

When you think about adding value to a home, an updated bathroom should certainly be on the list of must dos. I like to think about it from the perspective that a bathroom is an importance place in your house. It’s where you start and finish your day, so it may as well be a place that you enjoy being.

Not only is this blog about providing contacts and resources to our neighborhoods, but it is also about showing you how people have made the most of the space that they have to fit their needs. Mary Stewart’s bathroom was a great example of this: they needed to create a full bathroom on the main level of the house for her dad who has limited mobility. Thankfully for them they already had a room that could be used as a bedroom and they were able to do a relatively simple change to the half bath to make it a full bathroom. Here is the before picture:

BEFORE: Half Bath, Main Level

The door on the right was actually a closet that they took out in order to add an accessible shower and larger vanity. Look what they ended up with:

It looks so much bigger with the closet taken out. Of course, not all of us have an extra closet in the bathroom, but maybe you do and this might give you an idea. If not, then take a look at the finishes and dream!

Some advice from your neighbors after doing this renovation was to research and pick colors before you hire the contractor so that decisions are not needing to be made in a rush. Thanks for letting us into your bathroom friend!

Welcome to Dunwoody Dreaming!

Welcome to Dunwoody Dreaming!

 It’s launch day here at Dunwoody Dreaming and we could not be more excited! Our goal is to provide an online directory for Dunwoody, and surrounding areas, of service providers such as contractors, plumbers, electricians, gutter cleaners and basically anyone who helps to keep our houses functional.  But that is not all! What makes this site stand out from others out there is that we aim to link each of those service providers to a blog post featuring their work showing before and after pictures, that way our readers can see for themselves what the company is capable of and decide whether to choose to use them or not.  The benefit for you is that we will only feature service providers who have come recommended by your neighbors. 

 

The best part about this blog is that it is for anyone and everyone.  For the family who isn’t yet ready to pull the plug on renovating their house: come, look, and see the potential of your home and dream about what could possibly be.  For the family ready to do the big renovation: we will eventually provide a list of people who you can call to get quotes and who come recommended by your neighbors.  For real estate agents: use this site to show your clients what they could do with their new home to make it fit their needs.  For service providers: we hope that your business will increase as a result of featuring your work with Dunwoody homeowners on this site.  We want to help our community become connected and share the inside of homes so that you can see what is possible.  We will feature everything from big to small renovations, from plumbing jobs, to gutter cleaning, from landscape architects to tree companies. 

If you see a need and it isn’t covered, give us time and we will hopefully add it soon!  If you have recently worked with a service provider that you love, let us know!  The directory will take time to build and develop, so in the meantime enjoy living vicariously through your neighbors and take a peek inside their homes through us.  We would love to feature your home to help others when they have a similar need.  Please share this website with your neighbors so they can benefit from it.  After all, our goal is to connect neighbors one home project at a time.  It is a team effort – Enjoy!