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Paola & Michelle

Paola is the rock of her family, a hardworking single mother of two whose home is the hub for every get-together. After Paola’s cancer diagnosis a year ago, and recent news of remission, she and daughter Michelle decided to prepare her forever home for the next years of extra-special celebrations. We reconfigured Paola’s main floor to create an open living space, and threw in a surprise refresh of her master bedroom as a gift to this amazing woman.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company Product Code/Sku
1 Main Floor Flooring Hardwood Flooring - Aberdeen Hardwood Flooring - Aberdeen CRAFT Artisan Wood Floors N/A
2 Main Floor Building Materials Vent Cover - Aria OG Vent Cover - Aria OG Aria Vents N/A
3 Main Floor Pot Lights HLB4LED HLB4LED HALO HLB4 LED
4 Hallway Lighting Artcraft Eastwick Brushed Silver Semi Flush Mount Artcraft Eastwick Brushed Silver Semi Flush Mount Lights Canada SC13042BN
5 Living Room Sectional Gena 2-Piece Linen-Look Sectional Gena 2-Piece Linen-Look Sectional The Brick GENACOSL
6 Living Room TV Stand Toluca 62" TV Stand Toluca 62" TV Stand The Brick TOL62TVS
7 Living Room Coffee Table Vernasi Nesting Coffee Tables Vernasi Nesting Coffee Tables The Brick VERANCTB
8 Living Room Décor Scott Living Luxe Brushed Metal Lantern Scott Living Luxe Brushed Metal Lantern Scott Living N/A
9 Dining Room Lighting Artcraft Encore Bronze Chandelier Artcraft Encore Bronze Chandelier Lights Canada AC10666OB
10 Dining Room Dining Chair Macsen Dining Chair Macsen Dining Chair The Brick MACSTDSC

Before & After


Our total redesign of Paola’s main floor meant working around the header of the basement stairs—not an unusual design issue, but not an easy fix, either. We decided to convert this wasted space into a bar to encourage people to spread out from the kitchen to the living room. We filled it with colorful glasses and stemware to attract the eye, and placed a few extra wine bottles on the wall to entice the thirsty.


Paola had a clear vision of what she wanted for the kitchen—so clear, in fact, that she surprised Michelle with her ideas! Near the top of the list: two-toned cabinets with a standout backsplash. We went for a modern, minimalist look to match the other side of the kitchen, which featured …


… a massive commercial refrigerator/freezer surrounded by tons of pantry space for Paola’s parties. All this built-in storage will create more room for guests throughout the house. Now, we just need to figure out how to get invited back for the holidays!

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Art Director: Erin Hinkley
Construction Lead: David Imbrogno

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