A 125-Year-Old Home Gets An Unbelievable Makeover
Inside I Spy DIY's Jenni Radosevich's stunning flip project!
Published Jul 21, 2017 6:00 AM
What was the primary inspiration behind the decor of the home?The house is over 125-years-old, but it was neglected and sadly, it did not have any original character. We ended up having to gut the entire space, in order to have a blank canvas to work with. The home is on the smaller side, so we raised and vaulted the ceiling to make it feel more spacious.
Where there any challenges involved in the design process?
We allowed space for an oversized dining table that would be perfect for dinner parties – this table was made from the 125+ beams we salvaged from the upstairs!
We added industrial touches, like the custom wrought iron handrails in the entry and the copper kitchen lights, to modernize the home.
What led to the decision to keep the base of the decor on the neutral side?
CreditsDean Leather Chairs | Mudcloth Pillows | DIY Live Edge Coffee Table | West Elm Industrial Storage Console | Minted Weathered Barn Art | Paint: HGTV HOME by Sherwin Williams – Desert Lake
What is your favorite spot in the home and why?
It’s a toss-up between the kitchen and master bedroom. The house was originally listed as a 4-bedroom, but when we saw the said 4th bedroom, we found that it was a tiny space off one of the other larger bedrooms. Originally, we decided to use it as walk-in closet for the master bedroom but, after opting to tear down all the walls of the home, we had a little more room to reconfigure the layout.
The master bedroom is rather large, relative to the size of the house and the vaulted ceilings make it feel even more spacious. I love how the light fixture emphasizes the tall ceiling.
We love the bathroom! Tell us more about what went into its design.
The bathrooms definitely needed to be gutted and redone. When we reconfigured the upstairs, I decided to create a landing and have the bathroom open to both the bedrooms, instead of making an en suite for the master bedroom.
Our tile budget was tight, so instead of more statement patterned tile, I picked a classic oversizedsubway tile
and laid it out in a crosshatch pattern with a dark grout for a graphic impact. The abundance of plants added a little life to the tiled space.
I originally wanted a double vanity, but we ended up carving out a corner of the bathroom so the washer and dryer could be on the second floor. Even though we lost a few feet in the bathroom, everyone who saw the house loved the second floor laundry. I found the door for the laundry nook for $5 at ReStore, and knew it would be perfect to hide the stackable washer/dryer.