I Just Love Before and Afters!

Sep 18, 2017

Hi Friends!  Thank you to so many who voted for the blog.  The top 5 blogs with the most votes  created the short list.  They will be judged by a panel of experts for the winner. And Guess What? Segreto Secrets made the short list!  I am more than appreciative and grateful to my blog followers!  I love each of you, my friends who I connect with each week!!  Thank you , Thank you, Thank you!!  So here is your next post!!

I hope you never get tired of looking at beautiful interiors because I have a gorgeous before and after to share with you today!!

I was super excited to get a call from Lisa in helping her with her newly purchased home!  Why?  Not only do I love her personally but she is one of the founders of DASH —an amazing outdoor antique and home market in Houston so I know she has such a creative flair.  This is the second home I have collaborated with this dream team-Lisa, her designer Jennifer Rigamonte and builder Jim Bob Taylor with Doyle Construction. This project was quite the redo and such a ball!

The perimeter cabinets were all stained in an orangish tone.  Wanting to go a bit taupe we were able to maintain the stained look without stripping them first! The inspiration for color was the stunning new tile-see below from Chateau Domingue behind the range! This is not the best new color representation, but you will see the new tones further in the post.

The island received an aged textured finish  This is the paint we make from cottage cheese and beer!  Perfect for a kitchen finish don’t you think?

The stone range surround was existing to the previous design but was very, very golden in tone with a heavy textured faux on the Sheetrock above.  We changed the tone of the stone to a neutral color and  plastered the hood top to blend with the newly painted walls.

Segreto Stone was chosen for the island!!!  I was honored to have some of our new counters front and center!

Here is the before of the bar. They left the existing tile but……

……………changed the top to  the same Segreto Stone as the island and finished  the cabinets like the kitchen. An entirely different look! By having a counter with less movement the tile has been given a whole new perspective.

I had to show you the before on this bathroom.  It’s lovely but an entirely different look than what Lisa was wanting.

This is the after–I think this is my new favorite bath!! The dramatic walls are coated with Venetian plaster. This product developed in the 16th century in Italy can be tinted to dark dramatic colors and has a high sheen much like marble. Look at this cool sink architectural consultant found for sweet Lisa.

I love the vivid walls, mixed with both contemporary and old world elements!  The mirror over the mirror is brilliant.  The first one is hung on the wall and the second attached from the ceiling using fishing wire.  Now you can see why I like working with Jennifer–she is super creative and is always wanting unique!

The previous dining room had a darker gold plaster which doesn’t really show in the photograph. The iron doors are pretty but Jennifer’s vision was a cleaner look.

I has slated this home to be photographed the day before Harvey struck but cancelled due to the gray skies.  Unfortunately, this home flooded and we were not able to reshoot. So all are my snapshots before the home was complete.  The iron doors were replaced with more contemporary simple steel ones and you can see in the wine room Jennifer and Jim Bob were still working out the details. We re-plastered in a more neutral tone with a hint of blue gray. You can see they left the chandelier and added some sconces to the back wall.

This is the den which opens up to the kitchen!  We have created a whole new niche taking existing stone and altering is aesthetic to either be a different tone or have a more aged or reclaimed feel.

The mantle was replaced with this one from Chateau Domingue. The newness of the stone didn’t mesh with the aged patina of the antique mantle so its tone was soften and mortar altered to not be so precise. I hope you enjoyed this before and after today! It was so super fun working with the talented Jenifer Rigamonte, renovator Jim Bob and one of the most positive people I know, homeowner Lisa. One day we will go back and photograph it. I hope each of you have a wonderful week!

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  • Taste of France
    Posted at 06:12h, 18 September Reply

    This is so interesting. There’s a definite, consistent aesthetic.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 10:57h, 18 September Reply

      It so fun to see so many peoples homes!!! So many beautiful ways to do things! Have an amazing week!

  • Tongula
    Posted at 08:22h, 18 September Reply

    Congratulations for making the IBA shortlist again this year!!! Our votes really counted.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 10:56h, 18 September Reply

      Your votes made all the difference in the world!! I am so appreciative!! xo

  • Miranda
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 September Reply

    Hi Leslie, I never get tired of looking at your team’s work! Thanks for sharing. That bar especially looked super busy before you changed the countertop – love what you did there. I hope the flooding wasn’t too bad in this gorgeous home. Have a good week! ~ Miranda

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 10:55h, 18 September Reply

      Hi Miranda! It is so fun to see so many different versions of the same home. Small things make big changes. I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  • Kris Betts
    Posted at 11:16h, 18 September Reply

    Congrats Leslie, love your blog especially b4 and after!
    Hope the home featured that suffered flooding can be restored, serious bummer

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 11:19h, 18 September Reply

      Hi Kris! thanks so much! The bottom floor got flooded–they are working hard to put it all back together!! A definite bummer!

  • Ellen Kryger Interiors
    Posted at 13:03h, 18 September Reply

    Beautiful work! I especially love the powder room sink and your counter tops in the kitchen. Minimizing the movement in the countertops with a pattern tile is much more eye appealing.
    Are your countertop concrete?


    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 11:59h, 19 September Reply

      Hi Ellen! The counter-tops have a concrete core and are coated with multiple layers of plaster, then polished and sealed. They hold up much better than concrete or marble. Thank yo so much for following! Have a good one!

  • Paulette Lapham -Fiber Protect
    Posted at 13:26h, 18 September Reply

    Hi Leslie,
    I love all your beautiful and wonderfully creative
    Ideas. It has been great following your work over the years.
    Congratulations on your award….. you deserved it.
    Paulette Lapham

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 12:00h, 19 September Reply

      Hi Paulette! I so appreciate that! Thank you, I love connecting with all of you!!

  • classic • casual • home
    Posted at 16:50h, 18 September Reply

    Fantastic job, Leslie!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 12:00h, 19 September Reply

      Thank you! It was a fun one!! Have a wonderful week!!!

  • Karen King
    Posted at 21:12h, 18 September Reply

    Hi Leslie, I met you in
    Midland and talked about my neice, Jennifer. So sorry your home was flooded during the storm, but love what you
    and Jennifer did with your home.
    It is absolutely beautiful. So proud of Jennifer. Thanks for sending this.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 12:02h, 19 September Reply

      Hi Karen!! I hope you are doing well! I remember!! I was really fortunate that my home didn’t flood. It was so fun as always working with Jennifer! I am so happy you got to see the post!

  • Leslie Richardson
    Posted at 21:48h, 05 April Reply

    Love the kitchen cabinetry! Would you mind telling us what was the process and which products did you use to get this color? Thank you.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 13:26h, 25 April Reply

      HI Leslie! thank you, I was so happy with how it turned out. When you go over existing stain it is trial and error to get the color right. We mix on site so I am so sorry, I do not have a formula to give. thank you for following along and I am so sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

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