2 - 07 - 2011

Swedish Twist: Part Four

Another picture if the installed beams. The center one is enormous and perfect scale for this grand “great room!”

No one likes to look at the ugly returns in the ceiling, but I love how they transformed theirs into another beautiful feature.

And old door frame, now perfectly placed for the refrigerator surround.

A close up of a section of the kitchen cabinets. Old construction meets new.

The cook top and ovens are in!

Your first peek into the bathroom off the kitchen, I love the new onyx slab on this antique cabinet.

A close up of how they put the onyx slab in the antique cabinet, so it’s flush with the beautiful old wood, “old meets new.”

I love this “head knocker,” a fun old cabinet above the toilet.

Laundry room, where the sink will go

Above the sink, cabinets on either side, such unique details!

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The beautiful English boxwoods have been planted; I love the kale plants juxtaposed next to the formal lines of the shrubs.

Working away on the kitchen, this is a picture of the frame the trim carpenters are building refrigerator surround. Beautiful details on this project to come!

The vent hood is hung, I have a feeling it will look much different when it’s complete.

A close up of the beautiful beams.

These doors are amazingly beautiful and enormous! It will be so interesting to see how they are transformed into to doors for the refrigerator.

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2 - 07 - 2011

Swedish Twist: Part Two

The work is progressing, and the transformation is really starting to take form.

A view of the front of the house: notice the English boxwoods that are about to be planted. There is nothing that makes such a statement than a grouping of boxwoods. Notice that most of the stucco is complete. I love the color of the stucco contrasting with the dark green in the boxwoods.

The back porch, and the beginning of its dramatic transformation. Notice how there is only one set of French doors now, but there will be more to come! This is a good view of the “before” of the columns and ceiling, before the paint.

Dry wall, brick and almost completed stucco. This is a good view of all the stages of the transformation.

Photograph taken in the great room, the kitchen will be to the right.

The beginning of the kitchen cabinetry, some will be left alone, a lot will be changed.

The range hood, before

Cabinetry next to the range, before

Check out this giant beam, so big it won’t fit even in the backyard!

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Have you ever imagined purchasing a home, and transforming it exactly the way you dreamed? After walking into the foyer of this magnificent home, you feel an instant gratification of grandeur and fantasy. Every corner is detailed with artistic perfection, and no square foot is left behind, this house is a perfect Jewel Box. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to document the transformation, enjoy the pictures below:

The entry-hall and grand stair case: the paneling was added to add some drama and detail.

Formal living fire-place was simple cast stone, now upgraded with intricate wood paneling, enhanced with the Swedish color palate.

I can’t wait to see where this goes…


The bar…

This bar is made from a black forest antique hutch, some of it is original antique, and some is brand new. Can you tell which is which? I can’t….

I can get lost in all the details, one of the characteristics I love about European antiques.



The study doors, first coat.


Pantry doors.


Wine fridge surround: they took terra cotta pipe, and transformed it into wine storage!


Refrigerator surround, just the bones.

Kitchen

A peak of some of the kitchen cabinet doors: steel doors from French pastry tables.

Ceiling detail in powder bath.

Powder bath sink.

Cabinet in powder bath, this piece reminds me of a fairy tale.

These rosettes on the drawers are just another example of the endless details.

Not your average laundry room.



More paint coats to come.


Doors to Master Suite.


Ceiling in Master Suite.

Master Suite continued. 



The detail takes hours, but worth every minute. 


“His” vanity in master bath. 

“Her” vanity. 

"Her" medicine cabinet.


A view of the kitchen from the family room.

Upstairs guest, there wasn’t room for side tables, so they just built this beautiful surround, so Swedish!

A close up of the upstairs surround.

An upstairs bath vanity.

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