Putting the Fun in Functional

Project Summary: Putting the Fun in Functional

Creative executed a comprehensive home renovation that beautifully melded bold and classic designs. The kitchen boasts a Portuguese Blue LaCanche French range, white maple cabinets, and a custom brass hood, exuding luxury. The previously designated office space transformed into a multi-functional laundry room with standout features like a dog shower for the family’s black lab, Louie. Meanwhile, the compact powder bath became a design statement with its vibrant pink floral wallpaper, a custom vanity, and Urbane Bronze wainscoting.

Timeline: Year designed: 2021, Year built: 2022-2023
Location: Hyde Park, OH
Remodeled Space: Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry/Pantry, Dog Bath Station, Powder Room

The Challenge

Challenge #1: Working within the existing walls of a small galley style kitchen to include a 43” French range and more storage, without space for a traditional island.

Challenge #2: Working on an existing powder room located under the stairs with sloped ceiling and minimal space.

Challenge #3: Changing the function of a 1990’s addition which was used as an office, to a multi-use Mudroom, Laundry Room, and Pantry with ample storage and large counter.

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Lacanche Range Blue

Project Details: Kitchen

The homeowner had visions of a classic LaCanche french range installed in her kitchen from the very beginning, so it was fitting this was the first selection that we made. The color choice was a bold and eye-catching Portuguese Blue with Brass accents.  This 43” range selection set the tone for the main cabinetry; custom-made flat panel maple cabinets in Ice Cap, a true white to brighten the smaller space and to not compete with the range.  The cabinetry included panel-ready appliances for a seamless look and was taken to the 9’ ceilings, allowing for additional storage opportunities. A custom hutch in Urbane Bronze with a stained wood countertop is placed at the end of the white cabinetry.

This oversized piece provides more storage and is yet another beautiful item to admire.  The stained wood top matches the stained shelves located throughout the room, displaying the homeowners collection of cookware and treasures from her travels. Soapstone White Marble countertops were chosen for a timeless and elegant look next to the bold range. Above the range, a custom 50” dark antiqued brass hood with stainless steel strapping and lightly antiqued brass rivets coordinates the paint color of the hutch and the mixed metals of the range.  Mixing metals is something that brings our design team great joy, and this homeowner was all for elevating her space in that way! A Polished Nickel Perrin and Rowe bridge-style kitchen faucet was chosen to be placed above a classic apron-front Kohler cast iron sink. Polished Nickel is also seen on the main cabinetry hardware, while the hutch receives a polished brass finish.

A custom-created tile backsplash above the range was hand selected, choosing the perfect shade of blue to match the range while traditional white subway tile was used on the surrounding walls. The addition of a black, beaded, oversized chandelier placed above the stainless steel dining table, mixed with the structured brass pendant over the sink creates more interesting focal points while maintaining connections to other elements within the space. Lastly, the paint color of Benjamin Moore Thousand Oceans provides a rich back drop to the cabinetry and hardwood floors. The right balance of bold and classic was important to achieve- we think we nailed it!

Project Transformation

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Project Details: Laundry

An addition done many years ago, added valuable square footage that was previously designated as an office. This mom had a different vision for the space, and couldn’t wait to see it brought to life.

Needing an area for the kids to drop all of their school and sports equipment, a laundry room with multiple drying racks, plenty of basket storage, an oversized counter for folding, AND additional pantry storage for dry goods and small kitchen appliances. It is truly a very functional space.

But wait, there’s more! A dog shower was also included for their 90lb. black lab, Louie. (and Louie loves it!) The first thing you notice when entering this room is the Iron Ore walls and vaulted ceiling. The bold choice of black paint is not something we do every day, but it created a beautiful backdrop for the bright Topcu Ondine Ocean subway tiles located within the dog shower. The neutral cabinetry color of Sand also pops beautifully off the black walls. Steel Gray Granite countertops were installed on an oversized peninsula, with storage for rolling laundry baskets and a beverage fridge underneath. Industrial style Chrome pendants were placed above the counter for ample task lighting.

Project Details: Powder Bath

This small space packs a big punch! A bold, floral, pink wallpaper was selected to make a statement as soon as this door under the stairs is opened. A custom vanity was made out of a piece of furniture. Infinity Black Leathered Quartzite was placed on top and a Vessel Sink and Brizo Faucet in Luxe Gold was installed to make it a fully functional, one of a kind item.

Below the wallpaper, wainscotting was installed and painted in Urbane Bronze, a connection to the kitchen hutch.  The floor is done in Costahex Series tile, mixing Nero and White to create another bold pattern to catch your eye and pull the colors from the countertop above. A brass and glass flush mount chandelier was installed for soft and elegant lighting to compliment the surrounding finishes.

I hired Creative to do a complete renovation of my kitchen and powder room and transform an office into a pantry/laundry room/mud room. I’m very pleased with my experience with them. The design process was fun and an excellent balance between my ideas and professional design help from my designer Lauren. The construction team Jay and Adam were professional, attentive to my questions and easily pivoted when I would request minor alterations to the plans. Their timeline was pretty darn close to accurate, and they worked hard at my request to get my powder room functional for houseguests even though it wasn’t slated to be done until the following week. I am loving my new spaces and couldn’t be happier with the results. I would gladly work with them again on future home projects.
Kate S. - Homeowner

Homeowner, Hyde Park, OH

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