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Project Reveal: Crisp Transitional Interior Design

Transitional interior design is all about the clean-lined aesthetic of soft contemporary with some more traditional elements to reveal a highly livable — and always beautiful — look.

Last week, I shared part of my project reveal, bespoke, bright transitional design in a Dallas home renovation. This week, part two. My team and I were called in to refresh a dull and dated ranch-style house. The owner is a widow who has made many wonderful memories there but wasn’t thrilled with the floorplan or older interior vibe. She loves to cook and entertain, especially family, and the house just wasn’t cutting it! This was particularly true of the kitchen, a closed-off galley space without good flow or function (see my “before” photos below for proof!).

Our solution? Take down the wall between the living room and kitchen and build a peninsula with seating and storage on both sides. We took some square footage from her oversized laundry room to create a butler’s pantry and the new kitchen is so much more conducive to hosting gatherings and being able to visit with people in the living room while preparing meals.

One aspect of this design stands out in my mind and I’m proud of our solution to a vexing problem. The family room ceiling is vaulted, so when we took out the wall dividing it from the kitchen, we had a real problem butting in a vent. Had we used a standard one that hung from the ceiling, it would have been off center. So with research and diligence, we found a ceiling vent from Best Hoods that draws up smoke and odors amazingly well — props to Thaddeus from Thaddeus Drew Remodeling who scouted the hood and did a wonderful job during this project.

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The oversized breakfast bar created seating for four. In the ceiling, you can see the overhead vent hood, which works beautifully. Such great technology! The fabric on the bar chairs is from Crypton and is stain-, odor-, and moisture-resistant.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Storage is the name of the game in this Dallas kitchen redesign! The owner wanted more of it everywhere and we delivered. The countertops are quartz, which I love for durability and look.

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Even with a bay window, the old kitchen was dark. No more! This breakfast area shows how sophisticated and bright the space has become. That beautiful light fixture is from Arteriors Dallas. The table is by Stanley Furniture, the chairs are by Vanguard, and the centerpiece bowl is from Global Views.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

The Presidio encaustic tile backsplash carries into this built-in cabinetry to the right of the breakfast table. We took about two to three feet from the oversized laundry room next to the kitchen to create this area.

The old kitchen was cramped and dark with limited seating.

That wallpaper and window dressing had to go!

Sometimes a home office looks like an afterthought. Not the case here! We put a lot of care into carrying transitional interior design into this room to make it both functional and fabulous.

In the psychology of color, blue colors tend to be soothing, like other earth colors — this is the color of the sky. Blues make people feel calm. Darker blue, like this are also linked to creativity and intelligence. For a home office, this will keep tempers steady, mood happy, and thinking sharp.

Throughout the house, we’ve used custom upholstered furnishings to create a luxury look. In the office, we did a sitting area with comfortable chair and side table.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

In the psychology of color, the deeper the hue, the great the effect. This saturated blue will make the office a relaxing space for our homeowner. That sunburst mirror is designed by Global Views.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

The wall art is from Global Views.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Custom upholstery graces this club chair from Vanguard in the home office. Custom art is from La Montage and the side table is designed by Bernhardt Furniture Company.

Now onto the master bedroom, one of the most relaxing and posh spots in the house. This blue will not only promote relaxation, but also calm and clarity. Blue slows heart rate and breathing, perfect to promote meditation or relaxation.

In this room, we mixed several patterns, something that makes a lot of people break out in a cold sweat when they try to do it themselves. With consideration of pattern scale, saturation, and personality, we made it look cohesive and complementary.

A problem we encountered in this room was a large window in the middle of the wall behind the bed. We took fabric and had it “paper-backed” so it could be hung like wallpaper, an option not many people know about. Our window treatment fabricator made a custom shade and matched its pattern layout perfectly with the wall’s fabric. Now when the shade is pulled down you can’t even tell there is a window at all!

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

The bedroom used to be so dark (see the photo below). Now it feels like a peaceful retreat. What appears to be wallpaper behind the bed is actually fabric from Robert Allen. For the walls, we had it paper-backed and the Roman shades are custom. The bed linens are customized from different vendors.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Using blue in the bedroom promotes serenity and relaxation. The light fixture is from Made Goods and fabric on the left window is by Kravet.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

A detail from the master bedroom with a side table from Caracole and a lamp from Robert Abbey.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

A custom upholstered sitting chair and gallery wall sit in the corner of the master bedroom. The frames from West Elm.

The master bathroom redesign created a soothing spa-like room for a client who loves to take long, hot baths. As you can see from the “before” photo below, it just looked blah. But the cabinets were in great shape and provided plenty of storage so we repainted them a light cream color, put on new pulls and knobs, and installed recessed lights to brighten up the whole room.

The corner jetted tub was also in great condition, so we kept that and redid the tile surround in a soothing light blue glass tile. On the wall leading up to the tub, you can really see the large-format beige tile we chose for other areas. We also totally reimagined the shower, adding a new glass enclosure, tile, and fixtures to create a flawless, serene look.

New marble countertops, contemporary light fixtures, art prints with mother of pearl frames, and a sliding barn door for the entrance finished off the look.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

We kept the cabinets in this master bathroom renovation, repainting them a cream color and using a sliding door for its entrance.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

We kept corner jetted tub and retiled the surround and wall leading up to it. The walk-in shower got a new glass enclosure and tile, as well as fixtures.

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

Good lighting is important everywhere, but especially in the bathroom!

Project Reveal: Bespoke and Bright Transitional Design | Dallas Interior Designer | Barbara Gilbert Interiors

What do you think about our transitional interior design plan for this Dallas house? We had so much fun with this project! Please leave us a comment here or over on Facebook or Twitter.

 

We’ve got years of experience creating inspired, gorgeous interiors — contact Barbara today at 214-641-7897 or via the website contact form. We offer DFW interior design services in Dallas, Preston Hollow, the Park Cities, Frisco, McKinney, Southlake, Westlake, and many more parts of North Texas — please see the list of the areas we serve.

 

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2 thoughts on “Project Reveal: Crisp Transitional Interior Design”

  1. carolyn says:

    Wow What a Difference. The before photos look so dull and dank in comparison

    1. BGI admin says:

      Thanks, Carolyn, I am glad you like it and appreciate your kind words.

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