For many of us, the idea of living in a historic home has strong appeal. We dream about Craftsman Bungalows with beautiful woodwork or large Victorians with wrap-around porches, gorgeous moldings and sky-high ceilings. The reality of updating these homes to support our 21st century lifestyles can sometimes be daunting. Partnering with a savvy interior designer can help you enjoy the renovation process almost as much as the end result.
The designers at Salt Lake City based Alice Lane Home love to take on these types of challenges. Founder Jessica Bennett has boundless passion and a vision that led her to create a brand which includes not only design services, but also a home collection and blog. She describes her team’s excitement about taking on the renovation of a downtown condo:
“When a client comes to you and says they want to remodel their historic 20th century condominium in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, you jump at the opportunity! We learned that the cliché saying of ‘they don’t make ’em like they used to’ was true when we first visited this home, with its large ornate moldings, arched doorways, and paned glass windows. Our client’s main request was to keep the original charm and historic elements of the condo intact, while modernizing the space with better design and function.
“We kept most of the original finish work in the home – because how could we not! From the vintage tiles on the fireplace surround to the beautifully aged oak floors, this little flat had a lot going for it. But we must say…the updated furnishings will certainly make you fall in love with the space even more.”
Color is used sparingly for maximum impact and to highlight historic elements of the space. A neutral background is accented with saturated paint colors on select walls in the dining space, office and bedroom. A mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings help the home feel modern and honor its history.
In the living room, a light wall color was selected to enhance the high ceilings and gorgeous moldings. A jewel tone velvet sofa is an unexpected and luxurious touch.
Calm, pretty artwork and metallic finishes add a feminine feeling to the space.
Small spaces like this entry can be the perfect place to add drama. This bold floral wall covering is a great choice.
A moody, masculine paint is softened by more feminine, curved furniture and an airy chandelier to create a warm, balanced dining space.
White upper cabinets and countertops are grounded by sleek, dark lower cabinets.
The office is full-out glam with a gorgeous shell mirror, sculptural lighting and an edgier upholstered, plexiglass stool.
A tip from Alice Lane designer Kim on the Alice Lane blog:
“Painting is one of the most fun ways to add something new to an existing space! Make sure you choose a color that matches with the warmth or coolness of what is already in your space.
“To avoid pulling the wrong colors in your room, Kim says it’s important to have a good understanding of both warm and cool colors. Warm colors are generally made with yellows, oranges and reds; cool colors are generally made with greens, blues and purples.
“Make sure you choose a color that matches with the warmth or coolness of what is already in your space.”
We believe your home should be your favorite place on earth. Alice Lane Home
The Alice Lane Home team created a space full of effortless charm, historic details and fresh, modern updates.
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