128 S Potomac

This house is probably one of my favorites to date!  It’s located steps away from beautiful Patterson Park near Canton in Baltimore city.  We put a two story roof deck on for maximum city views and hosting party pleasure.  And there’s 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a beautiful kitchen with lots of storage and a large island!  Plus it’s a historical renovation so we kept all the beautiful window transoms, some original tile and original hardware floors.  Everything new we added to have the same period feel of this 100+ year old row-home.  It’s a gorgeous transformation and I just love seeing my visions come to fruition.  Someone is going to be really happy in this home for hopefully a long time!  Here’s some before and after pictures:

Exterior:  Left is before picture, right is after custom door, tore down the old bay window siding and installed custom picture frame molding, replaced light, house numbers and mailbox.

Kitchen: All new cabinets, contrast island painted in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy, brass hardware, globe pendants, chevron back-splash, quartz countertops, refinished hardwood floors and new appliances.

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Bathrooms (2 of 3 shown): The upstairs had one very stinky, very dated bathroom, we tore it out and in it’s “place” put in two beautiful bathrooms so that the master bedroom would have an en suite and then there would be a bathroom in the hallway too.

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Living room/dining room: We refinished hardwood floors, took out awful drop ceiling and installed gorgeous tray ceilings, exposed and cleaned up brick and painted Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.

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Master Bedroom: Insane transformation – pictures show it all!

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Thanks for reading – until the new project 🙂

Is it Summer yet

Here in Maryland we’ve had a lot of rain through-out April, May and June so now that summer is here we can finally go outside!  Our screened in porch is an area we use a lot, we entertain, we have drinks, snacks and meals, we play and snuggle.  I updated it some this year with some new accessories and I thought I’d share some sources in case anyone is looking for affordable updates for their outdoor space.

Pillows – Target & Homegoods

Rug, plant stand, beverage tub (aqua), and outdoor candle holder – Target

White end table and latern – Homegoods

Teak server with galvanized top – Pottery Barn

Plant stand/end table – Pier 1

Sectional, coffee table and rocker – Home decorators collection

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And because this is a renovation blog, here’s a reminder of what it looked like when we bought the house:

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Have a great summer!

N Potomac St.

Guys, these transformations never get old!  Anyone else love a good before and after story?  I’m sharing our latest project, a whole house renovation in the Patterson Park neighborhood of Baltimore city.  What this house lacks in square footage it has in charm!  The exterior is gorgeous – we had to remove the awnings, take down the form stone, the brick underneath was repointed, we replaced the windows, replaced the door and painted it Bold Blue by Benjamin Moore, updated the light fixture and repaired the corbel.  See before and after pics:

The rest of the house was transformed as well, hardwood floors refinished, more brick repointed, new stairs and railings, drywall, light fixtures, new interior windows, new kitchen, granite counters, new bathrooms (3 full baths).  Check out all the before and after pics here side by side so you get a real feel for the transformed spaces:

Since this wasn’t a large house I used the same paint color through-out, Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams and trim is White Dove by Benjamin Moore.  Floor stain is dark walnut.  Here are some bathroom pictures:

Ready to tackle the next project, thanks for stopping by!

416 Lehigh

This week we wrapped up a gorgeous row home on South Lehigh Street in the great city of Baltimore.  This house is such a labor of love that I will be almost sad to see it go but excited for whomever ends up buying this beauty.  The condition of this house when we purchased it was bad to say the least, it was run-down, partly torn down and abandoned…and we swooped in and restored it!  We took down so much plaster and re-pointed the brick and it turned out so nice, the brick almost looks brand-new.  The kitchen is huge, especially for a small row-house in the city with a 7′ island!  I could go on because of course I love everything we designed and built but instead I’ll share some of the amazing before and after pictures with you:

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Here are a few more pictures of this renovated home, for sale in Baltimore.  If you want to check out this house listing or any of our upcoming listings visit our website http://www.klrdevelopment.com.

317 S Lehigh St.

Here’s a recent renovation property we flipped, it’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath rowhome in Baltimore.  Originally only a 2 bedroom and one bath home so we added a full bath as well as a third bathroom.  This house had gorgeous pine floors that just needed to be touched up and refinished, it also had pretty exposed beams that we decided to leave exposed.  Keeping with those finishes, we decided to do a decorative tin ceiling in the kitchen which I think turned out gorgeous and we used a tile flooring in the kitchen that looks like rustic wood.  Overall, the home has a modern-industrial feel and I just love the way it turned out.

Kitchen prior to renovation but was already gutted by the time I got the picture:

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Kitchen now:

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Living/Dining space before:

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Living/Dining space now:

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Here’s the only bathroom the house had prior to renovation:

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And here’s that bathroom now as well as the additional master bath that was added:

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Paint colors-Living room, dining room and bedrooms (not pictured) are all Sherwin Williams Light French Gray.  Bathrooms and kitchen are Benjamin Moore Smoke.  All the trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove.  Front door is Sherwin Williams Stolen Kiss.

Thanks for reading, our next flip should be completed by the first of the year!

Happy Holidays!

Paint

I’ve had a few questions lately on my paint color choices so I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite colors for you.  Generally, I lean towards Benjamin Moore because they have such an extensive selection and I happen to love all the blue/green/grays (in a way that makes it harder to just choose one).  These colors are considered the new neutral because they work so well with all tones of wood and many fabrics and accent colors.  So here you go, some of my favorites:

Coventry Gray HC-169

I love this deep shade of gray, for a house that has a lot of light it looks rich and gorgeous without being too dark.  If you have less light, I would go up a shade to Stonington Gray Gray HC-170.

Living Room painted in Chelsea Gray

Woodlawn Blue HC-147

This blue/green color is a beautiful option for a bathroom or bedroom.  Pairs nicely with tans or grays.

Master bathroom in Woodlawn Blue

Edgecomb Gray

This warm shade I would say is more tan than gray, but is a great neutral color.

Bedroom in Edgecomb Gray

Dining room/kitchen in Edgecomb Gray

Gray Owl OC-52

I really like this gray, there is a little tan undertone to it so it can be paired with warm or cool finishes. It’s a perfect choice to use with a kitchen that has stainless steel appliances.

Kitchen with Gray Owl

Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore

Wedgewood Gray HC-146

This is one of my personal favorites and is used in 2 rooms in my home, it’s a gorgeous, rich combination of blue, gray and green.  It’s part of Benjamin Moore’s historical collection so I like to think of it as a classic color, always in style.

Living room painted in Wedgewood Gray

Dining Room in Wedgewood Gray

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Another beautiful paint color I love and have in my home is Smoke, it’s a perfect blend of blue and gray, there is also a lighter version Pale Smoke 1584 which is a great option for any room in your home.

Bathroom in Smoke

Bedroom in Smoke

Happy painting!  Painting a room can change it dramatically and it’s an easy and affordable option.

 

Baltimore Reno-Tolna St.

Our most recent completed row home flip in charming Greektown.  Hardwood floors through-out, finished basement, 3 bedrooms, 1 and a half baths and a gorgeous kitchen!  Here’s a little of what it looked like “before” the renovation:

And now the completed renovation pics:

This one is still for sale but won’t last long!  If you’re interested in more about this property or any others check out KLRdevelopment.com.

Baltimore row house reno – Lehigh

Another completed project!  This row home has so much natural light and is quite spacious considering some Baltimore row homes can be narrow.  I love how open this house is and how large the kitchen is!  The room off the back is an added bonus for a mudroom.  Here’s some of the before and after photos on this gorgeous row home.

Before (obviously):

And now completed and under contract:

Next chapter

What do home renovation enthusiasts do when there aren’t any projects left to do on their home?  Well I guess we could move, but we’re just not ready for that yet so we took the plunge and started a company!  The official company website is klrdevelopment.com however I figured what better place to show the actual rehab before and after photos than my blog.  So without further delay, here’s a gorgeous home that recently sold in less than a week and took about a year to complete.  I am equally obsessed with this kitchen – the size, the island, all those cabinets! – as well as the master bath – the shiplap, that huge walk in shower, the tiles, the vanity space!  I also staged the home to define the spaces, given it’s such an open floor plan.

It is a large, rancher-style home, very dated and very dark.  The rooms were small and closed off and our plan was to open it up and lighten it up to really showcase how big this house is and how much beautiful potential it has.  So here you go, in no certain order because there are so many before pictures…

And here’s how it looks now completed and beautiful…

For paint colors we used Benjamin Moore gray owl and white dove. The lighting all came from Wayfair, and we used quartz in the kitchen for countertops.  Now on to the next project!

That’s a wrap.

For now our home is complete, there’s always something to redecorate and we’re thinking of moving the boys into the same room shortly so I’ll have fun with that but for now I think it’s a wrap on renovation projects.  I thought I’d conclude with a photo gallery of where we are now, almost 3 years into this house.

Now, we can focus on renovation projects outside of our personal home…stay tuned!

Completing our home

After 2 years in this house there isn’t much left to do, one of the most recent projects my husband completed is adding to the front of our home a small roof over the front door giving the house some dimension and providing us a covered entrance-way (perfect for those rainy days when I’m carrying in two kids and all their stuff after school).  Here’s the before and after pictures of our home-and here’s the original post on transforming the exterior of this once run-down home. Thanks for following us on this journey!

When we first purchased the house:

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After adding shutters, painting front door and garage door, and adding landscaping:

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Achieving curb appeal

In one of my very first blog posts (read it here) I talked about the lack of curb appeal our home had when we bought it.  We had quite the to-do list and we’re finally wrapping it up.  We’ve added shutters, painted the front door, overhauled the landscaping, changed out the light sconces and the mailbox and painted the garage.  Still on the list is get a new storm door with a full panel glass insert, update the trim/moldings around the front door and widen the driveway.

For the front door, I painted it Charlotte Slate by Benjamin Moore.  I wanted something that would stand out while still coordinate with black shutters and red brick that also had a traditional feel.

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like when we bought it:

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And here’s what it looks like now:

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Rustic Dining

I think our dining room is my favorite room in our home!  Our old dining room set was a counter height 60″ square table with an espresso finish.  In our old house it fit perfectly in our square dining room but when we bought this house I knew it wouldn’t work in our very long (20 foot) dining room so we sold it on Craigslist.

Side bar: how great is Craigslist?! We actually ended up selling quite a few furniture items before we moved and every one of our buyers was awesome, just really friendly, cool people.  I’m glad our gently used furniture could go to great homes!

I get most of our furniture from Gardiners Furniture and I had been eyeing up this particular farmhouse style rustic table for a few months.  I thought it would tie in well with our farmhouse sink and the sort of rustic/coastal/calming vibe I am trying to create in our home.  Chairs were a tougher decision.  Gavin wanted to go with wood because they wouldn’t stain easily (we do have an almost 2-yr old son) but I wanted to go with linen.   Even though the Parson’s chairs weren’t Gavin’s first pick, I think he would agree they nicely compliment the table.  I also purchased the flat-weave striped rug at Gardiners, the chandelier (a bit of a splurge but totally worth it!) and the mirror are from Pottery Barn.  The antique map print was picked up at Su Casa and then custom-framed at Michaels.  We choose to paint our dining room Wedgewood Gray by Benjamin Moore and I really like it even though it’s a little more blue than I originally anticipated.

Since our kitchen is on the smaller side, we really needed some extra storage space.  We also wanted a server or some type of buffet in the dining room so we decided to do custom built-ins across the back wall.  The cabinet part is completed and came out beautifully, Gavin built-in a spot for our wine fridge and used butcher’s block top from Ikea to create our “buffet”.   Doors will be added to hide all our junk at some point but right now I’m just happy to have the additional storage space!  Gavin also removed a door and created an open doorway between our kitchen and dining room.

Here’s the before pictures:

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Here’s our current dining room:

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In this shot you can see the full room with the built-in cabinetry.  At this point, without the doors, it looks really busy since you can see all of our stuff in there but once the doors are on it will be gorgeous:

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New Kitchen

When trying to figure out the new lay-out for our kitchen, we didn’t have many options.  The old kitchen was small and only had a few cabinets, a fridge & a stove so we knew we’d need to expand.  The kitchen is situated between our dining room, our living room, and at the end of our entrance hallway.  We have a door that leads from our kitchen onto a covered porch…I dream of that porch becoming a screened in porch one day so I didn’t want to knock out that back wall and lose any of the porch.  If we knocked out any of the wall that the kitchen shares with the living room, we’d lose the main long wall that our chaise sofa is currently up against and we wouldn’t have been able to fit that in there.  Then the wall that’s being shared with the dining room is load-bearing.  We also have a door, and two windows to contest with along with a radiator that we couldn’t cover up.  So we settled on a galley style kitchen that’s a little on the small side but we love it!

Gavin removed the doorway between the hallway and the kitchen (there was a door that closed there and made the kitchen feel very small), he also opened up the the entrance between the kitchen and the dining room so the kitchen felt more open and spacious.   We went with white cabinets so that it wouldn’t feel crowded in there (and because I love them!) and decided to use Carrara marble for our countertops.   We added recessed lighting and crown molding as well.  The faucet we choose has an antique feel and works well with the farmhouse sink.  Stainless steel appliances and glass tile backsplash with some marble accenting completes the look.  Since the rest of the house has wood floors that we were refinishing anyway, we decided to run new wood floors in the kitchen too and have them all stained to match.  The color we choose for the kitchen is Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue.

Here’s some before and after pictures:

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