Segreto and I are taking on a whole new venture. Working out of my home office for the last 17 years, we've been renting one space for the art gallery and furniture refinishing and another for book storage. I decided it was time to own rather than rent, and I wanted to put the entire team under one roof. Looking at warehouses and commercially rated houses, I purchased this home in December with the plan to renovate and add a warehouse to the back in which to refinish furniture.
Not far from my own home, this 1950s ranch is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood across from a private Catholic boys school. I currently live across from its sister girls school so I thought it was fate! Since we work mostly on residential projects, I loved the idea of having Segreto’ s office and design studio in a house to show what paint can do for a home environment.
At 2000 square feet, this house had low ceilings, lots of choppy rooms, and had been untouched since it was built. Hope you enjoy this walk-through with me! I couldn't even show my husband the inside of the home until we were well into the renovation process - he has no imagination and would have said "ARE YOU KIDDING ME!"
Here was the existing kitchen right off the entrance.
As you walk through the kitchen to the back of the house, you reach this den. Accustomed to selling multi-million dollar homes, sweet realtor Pama Abercrombie with Greenwood King helped me with the purchase. Her husband, Andie Abercrombie, is an incredible builder whom I have been privileged to work with throughout the years. You can tell we bought in December - Pama has her coat on. Neither the heat nor the air were working in this house. Ha-ha... nor the electrical, gas or plumbing!!
Looking back to the front of the house, a doorway leads to a converted garage...
which has been lined with shelves and used for storage.
This hallway leads to the 3 bedrooms, or offices as they've been using them. Look at how narrow it is!!
The formal powder is the first stop to the right. Love the tile!!
This room, after the renovation, will serve as a reception and storage for approved samples as well as a display space for some wonderful new home accessories that we will carry when the space opens.
Here is my office that I will share with Little Leslie, one of my design assistants! There is one more room across the hall that Karen and Isai will use.
Love our second bathroom!!
You can see I needed some help - there's lots of work to do!!! We brought on Steve Goodchild and Juan of Goodchild Builders, well-known for building and remodeling some amazing homes. As my neighbors at the old space (our furniture refinishing studio and art gallery), they agreed to help. And to create the plans, I hired building designer Rudy Colby with whom I had just finished a wonderful project. Team intact, we got started!!!
Well, when we began the renovation and took down the yellow siding, which was in bad shape, look what was underneath! I made the decision to completely gut the home and start from scratch. The front part of the house was originally the garage where you saw the storage racks.
Here, it's on its way to a big transformation as we are lifting the ceilings! This will be my new conference room and design center, filled with samples of our work.
Here is a sneak peak!!! We plastered the walls and ceilings in a textured finish. The trim is painted in BM OC-19 to blend with the slightly darker walls as you can see. The window, painted in SW 7018, was a find! Knowing that I'm on a budget, sweet builder Steve suggested that I look at Home for Habitat, a nonprofit that builders donate their leftover or reclaimed materials to, and The Door Clearance Center. I purchased the front door and this one at the Door Clearance Center which had gorgeous doors at great prices! We wrapped the ceiling's support beams in inexpensive plywood and then distressed and glazed them. This was a big cost saver, and they look great!
Here is the beam before!!
I had Del of Gunnells Concrete Designs stain and wax the floors. I have been impressed with Del's work and his fair prices for a long time, and he's such a nice guy to work with!!! He did amazing work on the garage floor slab from the 1950s! He also builds counters and sinks!!
This is the room behind the old garage. Previously the kitchen and a separate living room with 8 foot ceilings, you can see on the floor where the walls used to be. We incorporated a small 4 foot porch that was part of the slab into the space, and then opened it up, raised the ceilings, and closed-in the two side windows.
After a visit to Olympus Marble and Granite, I picked a quartzite, which is harder than granite, for the counters. I loved the colors so we designed the entire color scheme around that!!!
Wanting a small kitchen that blends old world and contemporary, I did open shelving. Rather than laying tile, we are using one of my favorite stencils behind the kitchen area.
To balance the fur down which was necessary to get air-conditioning into the previous garage, I built a niche into the room. It's the perfect place to show off some of our mural work!!!
Karen, my go-to gal at Segreto, was looking a little doubtful about her new office. Accustomed to working out of my home, she's hoping her new space will be just as nice.
Well, this is a start! I built custom cabinets for her and used the same chicken wire doors from her office at my home. She likes a little color, so we plastered the walls and ceiling with a sleek finish in the palest of aqua. Just wait though! She's going to have silver leafing on the cabinets and a design painted on her floor!! I love the little light I bought from Circa Lighting!
For the front office where the reception will be, I used my dining room shutters to create a cabinet that will house approved samples for clients. We are going to finish them to look like age-old shutters. It is amazing how many elements that you already own can be used instead of buying new!!
I love them and the design that we painted on the floors as well!!!
I was the most excited about my wood plank ceiling! We painted the ceiling black first, and then Goodchild builders put up inexpensive pine wood. Using a plaster technique, we gave the pine a worn finish. It has the look of reclaimed wood at a fraction of the price! Notice that I replaced all the windows. Henry, Steve’s foreman on my job, bought all the windows in a bronze finish at Home Depot. Because we used standard sizes, they were very reasonable, and we could pick them up the same day!! Thanks, Henry, you have saved me on so many occasions!!!
The inspiration for my little bathroom came from a mirror that I had gotten at Joyce Horn Antiques and some 200 year-old columns that a good friend had given me. Goodchild Builders did a great job building columns into the vanity. I emulated the mirror's finish on the piece and then added a hand-painted mural as the final touch!!! I loved both the colors and the price point of this tile from Home Depot too. Next, we'll be plastering the shower and walls in a waterproof plaster. TOO cool!!
I hope you are enjoying my journey in creating a new office space! A big thanks to the Goodchild Builders' team who did a fantastic job every step of the way!!! Stay tuned for more updates on the progress and final reveall!!! Hip hip horray--we are moving in this week!! Have a great week!! xo Leslie
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