Sometimes a home is oozing with the potential to become a beautiful, welcoming space, but it may need a little help getting there. That was the case with a 1980s-era Carmichael home that designer Ricki Stevens recently transformed for a client.
“The style of the home prior to us working on it was more formal. There were lots of dark hunter greens, burgundies, golds; it all had a heavier feel,” says Stevens. “We wanted to lighten it up, to create a functional space that was inviting and had a light, airy feel.”
The challenge, however, was that the house had a deficit of natural light. “We had to figure out how to lighten up the space without making any major structural changes,” says Stevens. By strategically expanding the size of some windows, covering the dark walls in white paint and selecting finishes and fabrics in lighter hues, Stevens brightened up nearly every corner of the home while introducing a calm, soothing mood to the space.
The designer was mindful of making choices that reflected the personal tastes of the homeowner, a single woman with adult children. “This particular client wanted a refined feel and for things to not be too casual or to feel too immature,” explains Stevens. “She loves original art and already had a great collection. By using it throughout the home, the space feels very personal. After all, we want it to feel like home to them, not like a stuffy showroom.”
Stevens also utilized some of the client’s existing furniture, light fixtures and area rugs in the makeover. “At some point they chose those items because they love them, right? Sometimes we can breathe new life into them by surrounding them with new elements.”
INTERIOR DESIGN: Ricki Stevens Design
CONTRACTOR: A.Z. Custom Construction