An Unforgettable Before + After

I've been working in the design industry for over 8 years and have done more projects than I can count. Each project brings me great satisfaction and professional fulfillment, but there are always those special gems that stick with you that you simply can't forget. This client was amazing, the transformation was unforgettable, and the design process was personally gratifying. These are the type of projects that designer dreams are made of!

This home is a midcentury modern house that is nestled on a corner lot in one of the most charming neighborhoods in south Spokane. The original architecture was completely custom to the previous owner and had a few quirky details. One of my favorites was this carpet conversational pit (see below) in the middle of the living room upon entering the home which we ultimately ended up filling in and matching the hardwood floor.


Other original features that were worth preserving: the wood ceiling and the two sided fireplace centrally located in the middle of the living space. These two elements ended up guiding the overall design, process of the project; and turned out to be two of the most grand focal points of the main floor.


Originally, the kitchen was an alley layout closed off to the dining + living room. The family desired an open space that would support their entertaining + gatherings with loved ones. The photos below show the original layout and some very vintage appliances (would you look at that refrigerator!)


We demoed the two white walls in the photo above opening the kitchen to the grand fireplace + main living space. It was amazing how you actually noticed the stunning wood ceiling once those walls were gone. Oh! And the daylight that flooded the entire living space was incredible.


Removing the walls that terminated into the wood ceiling was a bit tricky - we had to patch/stain/match those areas and leave a column to support the structure; we cladded it with blackened steel to coordinate with the new doors at the front entry.


The aesthetic of the finishes + design was simple, modern, and a nod to the midcentury modern architecture of the home. That was something the client respectively wanted to maintain.


The custom cabinetry is painted in a soft gray with marble-like Zodiaq quartz countertops. The backsplash was a simple white 1" hexagon by Ann Sacks. A touch of warmth was added to the elevation with floating wood shelves above the sink in a similar stain to the existing ceiling. These small touches collectively made a rich + inviting environment for the family.



The lighting selection was one of the features that we wanted to sparkle. We even found these gems on Allmodern.com. Knowing that the lighting needed to be understated and compliment the simplicity of the aesthetic while adding a strong focal point to each space.




The three pendants centered over the island are a geometric shape and have a jewel-like quality to them. They're an excellent addition to the space and add an unique character to the overall feel of the kitchen. The two light fixtures over the dining and at the main entry are both industrial + elegant coordinating with the blackened steel finish of the column and the doors at the main entry.


Although the main floor is an open living space; each space has it's own unique feature + quality that makes the transition between the living to dining thoughtful and elegant.


If you questions regarding the design, products used or just want to chat please reach out to aileen@ollieandmaeve.com


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