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Ramble On Remodeling an Era WRITTEN BY TANNA EDLER

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f you are like me, you’ve driven around an older neighborhood at some point in your life, admiring homes with a certain style — long, low profiles with minimal exterior decor. You were probably touring an established neighborhood where ramblers were the predominate style. Their simplicity is captivating and infused with potential. Therefore, I am thrilled when given the opportunity to remodel one of these beauties alongside my clients. So, in honor of our rambler’s popularity of the late 1960s, and with a playful nod to one of my favorite artists, Ramble On. Styling for this project was inspired by the era. The goal was to maintain a hip, modern vibe, while incorporating the vintage and eclectic tastes of the client. This rambler is the perfect backdrop for such a décor style. To set the stage, we elected to incorporate a lot of wood. Wood provides heaps of warmth and depth to a space, plus a comforting Northwest appeal. By combining several species and tones, the space was perfectly unified with purposeful symmetry and a refreshing edge. A rambler is casual, relaxed, and welcoming by nature and in its most basic single-story form,

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uncomplicated. With four walls and a roof, I like to do the unexpected inside. With this particular project, we encouraged intrigue and provided functionality. Adding uniquely shaped furniture, funky art, bold and vibrant colors, and a clever custom piece for just a touch of quirkiness. The clients set a budget that fit their lifestyle, developed a design that exceeded their wishes, and took it down to the studs. The goal of this project was to renovate a long-time family home, preserving its character and shared memories while making it into a more modern and practical residence our clients can enjoy for years to come. The space was completely gutted including removal of sheetrock and flooring. All appliances, cabinets, counters, backsplashes — and even the kitchen sink — are gone. Our clients cleared everything out, leaving us with a clean canvas, as well as a very long, open narrow space. The clients installed gorgeous ash gray hardwood floors, which set the tone for the muted gray and soft green walls. For contrast, espressostained cabinetry complemented pure white quartz and sea glass subway tiles. The metals on the

March/April 2015 - North End Metro  

March/April 2015 - North End Metro

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