I first started following Jean Stoffer Design on Instagram after seeing her beautiful kitchen renovation work. And lately, she’s been posting some pretty amazing “before and afters” of the project she calls the Ada Modern Classic. It’s a family home that they completely redesigned and a perfect example of how you often have to look (way) beyond what you see in real estate photos. (The project is featured in the current issue of House Beautiful and all photos were taken by John Stoffer–another good account to follow.)
I love that she kept all of the styling very neutral. Nothing looks too new or precious and it can almost all be moved from space to space seamlessly. I’m also a fan of those sweet (and pricey) little brass flush mounts on the kitchen ceiling and the deep navy and different hardware on the set of cabinets under the window. I think we’ll see more and more of this in kitchen design.
What was previously the sunroom became a big, light-filled dining space:
The laundry room is one of my favorite “before and afters” in the entire house. They took both the previous powder room and butler’s pantry to make one big, bright space to do laundry. I’ll take it!
Another big transformation is the great room, proving that sometimes less is more. Notice the fresh white paint (top to bottom), no window treatments and a large scale statement light.
The fireplace and built-ins also got a sleek new look:
Check this out: one of the easiest ways to update a tray ceiling or heavy moulding is to paint it out all the same dark color. Less contrast is a good thing in this case.
In the master bedroom, repositioning the bed to the adjacent wall created space for built-in shelving and a window bench. (The large pendant light and textured wallpaper are a big plus, too. . .)
The bathroom renovation reaffirms my love for a free standing tub–and tiled walls. I’m saving and scheming for our master bathroom. . . eventually.
A reoccurring theme in this renovation seems to be taking spaces that didn’t fit the family’s needs and reworking them so that they better suit their lifestyle. One final example: the design team changed up the floor plan to insert a hallway between the master bedroom and an unused study to create a nursery for now–and maybe a getaway room for mom later. . .
And one final before and after of an upstairs kids’ bedroom:
You can see even more of this beautiful home here.