Monday, February 3, 2014

Tour Tuesday - Cool House, Cooler Couple

I am SO excited to share today's tour. Chris and Kimmy just moved back to Utah from New York and they truly are the most adorable hipster couple you will ever meet. They knew they wanted a home in Provo and Chris was hoping to find a mid-century modern they could make their own. We found this home in their dream neighborhood and I knew they would work some magic on it.


The house was built in 1969 and all the original finishes were still intact. Most buyers wouldn't be able to see past the dated carpet, popcorn ceilings and cramped kitchen. But where other people would see outdated, Kimmy and Chris saw potential.

As you walk in the front door of this house there is an area to the left of the door the sellers were using as a dining room. Here is what it looked like when we first saw the house:



The room is now transformed into a great home office.



Isn't it amazing? And functional? And all the things you want it to be?

As you entered the house you looked straight into this large, long living room. I think the super cool marble fireplace and paneled wall may be what sold Chris on this house. The seller used this living room as one big space, which made the seating a little awkward.



Chris and Kimmy made the whole room super functional by creating two separate seating areas. 








There is so much in this room I love I am not sure where to begin. Chris and Kimmy pulled out the old carpet and had wood laminate installed, a great option that is really popular in all price ranges. They had the popcorn ceilings removed and had can lighting installed. The furniture and accents are what I absolutely love in this room. Kimmy's mom is Sue Harman from Harman-Wilde Design and she and her business partner, Jason, are amazing! Harman-Wilde usually work in high end homes (they did several rooms for one of my clients - the tour is coming soon and you will love it!) so Kimmy worked with them to come up with a plan and then searched to find pieces that would fit the plan AND her budget. The two chairs in front of the fireplace are from a consignment shop and the table is from everyone's favorite store - Target. The white table behind the couch is an Ikea hack - Kimmy spray painted the legs and pulls gold. When I saw it in person I was sure it was a piece she had splurged on. 

(I had Harman-Wilde Design do a walk through of my house and give me suggestions on how to move forward. I just wish I had done it sooner! I really believe spending a little money to come up with a plan you can follow saves you so much money down the road - buying the wrong couch is an expensive mistake!)

Here is a shot of the living room from the office, so that you can see how the rooms fit together. Kimmy told me they had a karaoke party in these rooms the weekend before we took these photos. I could totally picture it.

(This room is so great it has already been featured in a photo shoot over at Freshly Picked)


I have saved the most important room for last. The kitchen. Like most homes built in the 60s this house had a small, dark kitchen. There is a large room off the kitchen which the seller used as both a dining area and a small sitting room.


Are you ready for the after?



Did you see those lights above the bar?!? The open shelving?!? The floating bar?

During the remodel Kimmy told me she was doing gold fixtures and hardware and I was both excited and scared. I grew up in the 80s when brass reigned supreme and I was a little nervous that it would have that 80s faux classy feel. Of course, it looks fabulous and hip, just like its new owners. 

The backsplash is white penny tile that goes all the way to the ceiling around the stove. I think it just beat out subway tile as my new favorite backsplash.


Here is the eating area, with the other side of the fireplace from the living room.



Chris and Kimmy did the big remodel in the rooms that would get the most use but they wanted to update the hallway bath without spending more money. Look what a little ingenuity and gold paint did.



I think it is the perfect mini-remodel!

I hope you enjoyed this tour. You can have a little of Kimmy's great taste in your house. She is the genius behind these genealogy charts that I have hanging in my family room. You can get yours at i-chart-you.




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