How to renovate your home with timeless style
Smart renovations mix functionality with personal elements that never go out of style.
Practical must-haves and a modern touch gave this bathroom renovation a timeless look.
From color schemes to light fixtures, design trends can date an era, but designers and their clients are in search of timeless features. In today’s HGTV-inspired world of concepts and crazes that come and go, smart renovations mix functionality with personal elements that never go out of style.
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Master suite in south Tulsa:
In the Jack Arnold-designed home where Kelly Ferrell and her family have lived for the past 10 years, she and husband Cannen have incorporated renovations one project at a time. In October, they embarked on a master suite remodel with help from Dana Day of Day Build and Design.
The Ferrells envisioned a more modern look for the 709-square-foot space and also wanted to eliminate minor mold issues in the bathroom. Kelly’s must-haves were practical, including replacing the Jacuzzi tub with a more efficient self-standing model and adding cabinets, functional counter space and a makeup vanity.
Starting from scratch can be intimidating, says Kelly, who knew her style would be difficult to articulate. “I have a unique taste and like things that are different that you don’t see everywhere else,” she says.
Day’s expertise made the design process easier for Kelly, who wanted a warm and inviting space reflective of the family’s Colorado vacations. She browsed photos online for inspiration and often made decisions based on options presented by Day. With the Ferrells’ permission, Day kept many of the finishes a surprise until the reveal.
“The bathroom is extremely elegant, classy and rich with marble and high-end finishes,” Day says. “The bedroom is more rustic with an outdoor feel that is Colorado classy.”
Day’s picks included a custom-built headboard made from Colorado pine beetle wood along with updated stained glass and granite around the fireplace. “I wanted something that was welcoming and comforting, not stark,” Kelly says.
The master closet features a chandelier, island, corner turnabout to maximize space and a sliding barn door to Kelly’s bathroom, which is nothing short of glam.
Floor-to-ceiling marble tiles wrap around five walls of the space, which has black cabinets, chrome hardware and fixtures, quartz countertops, and tan and white porcelain tile floors. “We spent more money on the marble walls as a focal point and less on the floor tile,” Kelly says.
A crystal chandelier hangs over the tub, and a seamless glass shower with double heads provides another bathing option. A hidden door of beveled mirrors and wood trim smartly disguises the toilet.
The renovation was completed by Christmas, and Kelly says she is pleased with the stunning results. “I would never have been able to do it myself. It’s exciting.”
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Kitchen and master bath in midtown:
Mary and John Stutsman purchased their ranch-style home in the Warrenton addition of midtown in 2007, but Mary says the kitchen never met her cooking needs. The Stutsmans enlisted the help of Lynn Knight Jessee from Kitchen Concepts to remodel their kitchen, dining and master bath areas. For Mary, who loves to cook and host family, the project’s must-haves were practical. “We didn’t have space, and the appliances were old,” she says. “Storage was my main thing.”
Structural changes included knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and removing a wet bar area the Stutsmans never used.
“She has a cooking area, a prep area and a cleaning area so family can be doing different things and not be all over each other,” Jessee says.
Large black-and-white floor tiles were replaced with hickory wood planks. Custom cabinets were installed in a light gray color to complement yellow and gray floral wallpaper. A large island, painted a soft yellow, showcases quartz countertops of brown, gray and black tones. The quartz ties in with Mary’s dark ceramic tile backsplash in the color “leather.” She chose stainless-steel appliances, including a double oven and microwave drawer built into the island.
“I wanted to set the stage to make everything as neutral as possible so it doesn’t lock her into something she doesn’t want later in life,” Jessee says.
A large white farm sink and sliding antique barn door to the pantry are classic touches that appeal to the homeowners. Jessee improved the ergonomic design by adding as many drawers as possible for kitchen basics such as spices, pots and pans. Can lights, large pendant lights above the island, and brushed nickel hardware and fixtures reflect style choices the two made together.
“She knows what she’s doing, and she’s so easy to work with,” Mary says, reflecting on Jessee’s 40 years of experience in home design. “I told her what I wanted, and I got what I wanted.”
The dining room’s shared space with Mary’s functional kitchen left room for a small nook and chair, adding an extra level of comfort to the room. The color scheme continues in the Stutsmans’ entryway with an accent wall of gray and yellow stripes.
In the master bath, Mary chose a similar pattern of gray and yellow wallpaper and Carrera marble floors. Jessee added a wall between the tub and walk-in shower, also made of marble. Gray quartz countertops and brushed nickel fixtures are featured in a double vanity, and skylights were kept from the original design for natural lighting. One of Mary’s favorite bathroom features is the full-size washer and dryer added to the master closet. Other fun elements include a sliding barn door with frosted glass to close off the space from the bedroom.
The renovation not only created a new look for the Stutsman home but also complements the homeowners; Jessee says the choice of yellow and the spacious kitchen show off Mary’s happy and friendly personality. “Her style is eclectic. It’s the essence of her and her family.”
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Kitchen and master bath in Bixby:
As designers for GHD Interiors, Gina Miller and Brenda Rice believe in the philosophy that matching space and amenities with daily use is key to an effective renovation project.
“It has to fit a majority of all the ways you live a majority of the time, not every once in a while,” Miller says. “It’s what makes you happy.”
When the owners of a one-story ranch home on 5 acres in rural Bixby reached out to the design duo, they requested a rustic contemporary renovation conducive to entertainment and heavy cooking.
The property was purchased almost exclusively for its ridge-top location and brought to life by a remodel that showcases the home’s breathtaking panoramic view. Miller and Rice added a family room with 11-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, spanning 30 feet across the home’s eastern view. The open concept space is tied to a roomy kitchen with a large farmhouse-style table and massive granite island. Brown tones combined with modern finishes complement the home’s nod to nature and the rural location.
“What’s interesting is that the somewhat eclectic combination really lends itself to timelessness,” Rice says. “Five to ten years from now, this space will still feel relevant because of the attention we paid to these little elements.”
Installed vertically in a linear pattern to the ceiling, the backsplash mosaic tile is a honed cream and taupe travertine that offers a contemporary look. Perimeter cabinets, made of clear alder and stained to a soft, medium chestnut, are paired with honed black granite countertops and 24-inch square, honed travertine floors for what Miller calls a masculine, stoic backdrop to stainless-steel KitchenAid appliances.
In contrast to the black granite, pendant lights set off the island’s 126-inch-long seamless slab of cream-colored granite with black and smoky topaz veins. Miller and Rice mixed the kitchen’s hearty character with statement features that give the space character and honor the client’s family history.
“The décor for the space was built around vintage black-and-white items of a diner owned by the family in the 1940s and 50s,” Miller says.
Nostalgic, custom-framed diner photos are incorporated among open shelving and upper cabinets with reeded glass doors for privacy. Other elements include a wet bar with a built-in wine cooler, a stainless-steel warming shelf and mid-century swinging doors that open into the adjoining butler’s pantry.
The home’s nine-month renovation also involved the master bathroom inspired by classic finishes with an edge. The space was reconfigured to replace a nonfunctional, oversized tub with one that is minimal and freestanding. Marble is the star of the shower and countertops as well as the flooring that features a herringbone pattern. The vanity’s rift-cut oak is stained a dark walnut and matched with geometric mirrors. Bamboo-inspired 1950s and 1960s light fixtures above the tub are combined with more traditional lighting above the vanity and contemporary LED can lights. Polished chrome hardware, original art pieces and a calming neutral paint color round out the design.
“It’s going to fit the way they live on a daily basis, not just special occasions,” Miller says. “The space was built on finishes and styling that must stand the test of time.”
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