With a little vision…

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon with a new client looking at homes for a “Fixer Upper” type renovation project. They are hoping to buy a ranch from the 1980’s that needs a new life.  As we walked through and they were asking me to imagine the spaces in a new way for them,  I thought about this blog post and sharing with you a few moments over the past few months that made a big difference…

First, I wanted to show you a very small master bathroom update. The clients only wanted to paint the cabinets, but it needed a little something special. So we gave them a fresh coat of paint AND gorgeous X-front glass cabinet doors.

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Next.. my clients bought a new house, and they hated the small mantle and its lack-luster appearance. So we gave it a face-lift and made it into the centerpiece of the home.

Here is a client who has a lovely home but wanted her dining room to reflect her fresh, tradition, romantic style. Just a few small changes and its an entire new room!

 

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Below is a quick make-over I did for an upstairs bath in a Franklin Farmhouse…but wow, what a difference!!

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With a little vision, these are the kind of changes that can completely transform an out-dated home, into an updated stunner!

xoxo
Mitzi

PS. I wanted to tell our devoted followers that ladies of Redo up-ing our blog game 🙂  So expect more post coming your way soon.

White Paint Perfection (and the pictures to prove it)

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Instagram has been a great tool to connect with design lovers all over the country and around the world.  Our Nashville projects go up on our personal pages and on our Redo Home & Design page.  The most common comment is asking about paint colors, and more specifically, white paint colors.  So here is a look at my favorite white for interior and exterior with some photos to show how they look.

My go-to for interior white paint is… Benjamin Moore China White for walls paired with Benjamin Moore White Dove for trim.

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

For me, the combination is fresh and crisp, with just enough contrast between trim and wall color.

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM White Dove for trim also applies to cabinetry and built-ins.  When the crown molding of the house meets the kitchen, the two whites are a match, instead of a clash.

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

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BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

BM China White walls + BM White Dove trim

 

When we take it outside, the color changes.  Bright sun, dark shadows and the expanse of a house requires us to tone down the brightness, and fill in with nuance.

After swatching and testing and squinting and debating, my clear winner for exterior white is Sherwin Williams Shoji White.

SW Shoji White

SW Shoji White

I am completely aware that it doesn’t look remotely white.  But slathered all over the face of a house, I can assure you, it’s white.

SW Shoji White

SW Shoji White

SW Shoji White

SW Shoji White

It’s white without being screaming white.  White without feeling like a cruise ship.  It’s sophisticated white. The tiniest touch of warm + cool to make the white feel rich and classic.

 

I know there are thousands of whites out there and thousands of opinions on the perfect one… I would love to hear yours!

xoxo, lori

How-To: Shiplap

design: Lori Paranjape  photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

design: Lori Paranjape photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

I’m just as in love with shiplap as you are… I have it in my new kitchen renovation and have used it on client projects.  In each application, there have been some small decisions that have made a big difference, and I wanted to share some of those here.

design: Lori Paranjape  photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

design: Lori Paranjape photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Shiplap:

Shiplap used to be an inexpensive wall covering that was often covered up with drywall… now, it’s the star!  For decorative applications, the boards are installed (using finishing nails) over finished drywall.  The size of the boards can vary, depending on the application and desired look.  I wish there was a pat answer that applies to every house, but I don’t find that to be the case.  Here is a 6″ board and below a 8″ board.  I think they are both perfect in their spaces!

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6″ mdf shiplap  design: Lori Paranjape

8" mdf shiplap   design: Lori Paranjape

8″ mdf shiplap     design: Lori Paranjape

Material:

The material itself is the most common question… but here, I again find there is not just one answer.  The material depends on the application.

In my kitchen renovation, we used ship lap on all of the walls, including my backsplash.  Because the boards were going to be near open flame and wet surfaces, we used smooth cement board (the same material used as siding on exteriors).  My splash is waterproof, washable and non-conbustable. (genius!)

cement board shiplap design: Lori Paranjape photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

cement board shiplap     design: Lori Paranjape photo: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

For the same reasons as above, on this fireplace we used cement board (also called HardiePlank).  The material doesn’t burn, so we can use it all the way up to the fireplace and still pass code inspection (please check with your local codes).

cement board shiplap

cement board shiplap

**Update 10/5/15**

cement board & mdf combination

cement board & mdf combination

This wall is a combination of both MDF and cement board… and it’s undetectable.  We used mdf on the entire wall, then switched to the non-combustable cement board for the fireplace surround.  The size of the planks is the same as is the paint… perfect solution!

For a wall or ceiling installation when those elements aren’t necessary, we often use mdf.  It’s inexpensive, easy to install, sand, and paint.

design: Lori Paranjape

8″ mdf shiplap    design: Lori Paranjape

Another option is true shiplap with has a rabbet edge (similar to tongue and groove).  Each board overlaps, but a gap is visible.  Traditional boards are shown here on a barrel ceiling.

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tongue and groove

Spacing:

Spacing is another factor in proper installation.  Cement board and mdf have flat edges, so they require a space to create the gap between each board.  I like a visible shadow line, but not a gap so large that dust can collect… my go-to is 2mm tile spacers, but a nickel will do in a pinch!

2mm tile spacer

 

 

Painting:
For my kitchen, the painters brushed the oil paint on the cement board… they are professionals, and therefor there are very few brushstrokes.  On new construction or larger renovations, I prefer the paint to be sprayed on for a flawless finish.

Details:
Corners can be tricky… the edges where all of the boards meet needs to be clean.  The installer can choose to miter the corners to create a sharp edge, or butt joint them and then choose which side has an exposed (but clean) edge.

design: Lori Paranjape

I hope this helps you navigate your way through one of my favorite building materials… I would love to see how you are inspired by shiplap!!

xoxo, lori

 

 

 

How to Black & White

A glance through my Instagram feed is all it takes to see my passion for contrast… white with textures, black and white, navy and white… anything that crisps up the edge of one thing so you can clearly see the next one.

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design -- Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design — Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design -- Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design — Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design

Interiors: Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below, I’m sharing my personal collection of inspiration pictures. These are pictures that remind me to be bold.  Go all the way.  Don’t settle for pretty… when spectacular is possible.

Any of these speak to you?

South Shore Decorating Blog

South Shore Decorating Blog

 

Suzanne Kasler

Suzanne Kasler

Ish and Chi

Ish and Chi

(designer/photographer unknown)

(designer/photographer unknown)

The Decorista

The Decorista

Inspiration Point

Fine dining can change your life.   Per Se, in New York City, is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the world.  But, when you are building a house, details about the house can be consuming.  So when my client spent a weekend in NYC and had dinner at Per Se, she didn’t text me pictures of the food.  She sent me pictures of the doors.

These doors:

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Per Se

Per Se

Per Se

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, right?!  Amazing.  So, while she’s on a romantic weekend with her husband, she goes on the hunt for THOSE knobs.  (she even called Per Se, but I think they would rather discuss their food than their doors)

Alas, the initial inquires were met with quotes that are impolite to discuss.  But my Alabama client was not thwarted.  She found Southern Accents Architectural Antiques in her home state. And they can make anything.  So they did.

This is how they did it.

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And then I got this in a text.  Doesn’t my lovely client look smug?  That’s the face of victory. That’s winning. That’s an Alabama girl with her own little piece of New York City.

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So now, we have this.

Nashville

Nashville

And now Nashville is a prettier place.

xoxo, lori

Kilim Me Softly

It’s as though I am Christopher Columbus.  I have discovered a new land… and it turns out it had already been discovered and inhabited long before I got here.  Kilim rugs. And not just kilims.  Persian, Turkish, Oushak…  Can you even?!  Did you know?? IMG_0052_2

 

We are going from this:

 

High Point Market

High Point Market

To this:

Nashville

Nashville

From this:

High Point Market

High Point Market

To this:

Nashville

Nashville

…and this!

Nashville

Nashville (that’s Bear)

Can you even??

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So, tomorrow we are off to buy more of these beauties.  If you haven’t discovered this before now, I encourage you to take credit.  Make it your own.  Stake your claim.  I know I am…

xoxo,

lori     (follow me on Instagram @mrsparanjape)

p.s. Don’t forget about this trick… you’re welcome!  http://blog.redoyourhouse.com/layeredrugs/

 

Same Song, Second Verse

Y’all remember when we built this beauty?

Designer: Lori Paranjape

Designer: Lori Paranjape

 

Kaplan Living #1

Designer: Lori Paranjape

Designer: Lori Paranjape

Designer: Lori Paranjape

That was two years ago.  2013.  Shortly after we built and furnished the house, the homeowners decided to sell… and asked the architect to redraw and me to help them with the design.

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Architect: Champ Webb Designer: Lori Paranjape

 

Well, now it’s 2015 and that house has, once again, lifted off the paper and come to life.

Here are some details… can’t wait to share the rest!

Design: Lori Paranjape

Design: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

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Designer: Lori Paranjape

 

Finishing touches and pro photos to come…

Happy Sunday, loves!

xoxo, lori

 

April Showers bring…

Muddy boots and lots of laundry. And happiness too. This is Kathryn again, the finance/accounting guru at Redo. And when I’m not sitting in my nook at Redo I am hanging with these two sweet girls:

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Our house is perfect for us in many ways. I love our versatile kitchen that has witnessed everything from a huge pot of Gumbo shared with friends to breakfast for dinner. Our bedrooms may not boast much in the area of square footage, but they are cozy and quaint. The house is roomy enough to stash away stuff you’d rather not deal with at present, yet intimate at the same time. But….as with any house, there are ways it could better accommodate our family, especially our little ladies.

A level lot would be a good start. A separate heat register in the basement wouldn’t hurt. But my dream of all dreams would be to have a spacious mud room.  A far more practical space to leave boots, bags and rain coats (other than welcome mat at the front door). It wouldn’t take much; a place to wash your boots, hooks for bags and coats, and baskets for storage.

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mudroom

Lucky for us, our house has mud room potential. We’ve got a free corner in the basement. And Lord knows we’ve got mud. Give us a little more time, some help from the clan at Redo, and I think we might be in pretty good shape come next spring. If only I could get the girls at Redo to do my laundry too…

-Kathryn

Fresh from the Kitchen

It’s forever Springtime in our latest kitchen creation!

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This new construction project is nestled on a rolling hillside in Brentwood, TN…

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©AlyssaRosenheck2015-45

When you desire this much white… durability is top priority.  This white quartz countertop is indestructible!

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©AlyssaRosenheck2015-23

Mixed in to all this new… is the sweetest touch of old.

 

©AlyssaRosenheck2015-6 A doorknob from her grandmother’s house has new life on the pantry door…

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Anchoring the whole space is anchored by the custom metal hood… handmade in a local metalworks shop.

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©AlyssaRosenheck2015-17

Enjoy the details… and let us know which ones are your favorites!

xoxo, lori

All photos: Alyssa Rosenheck Photography, (please respectfully credit)

 

Grey Likes Baby Feature

One of our very talented designers, Andria Fromm, has a beautiful feature today on Grey Likes Baby that you MUST check out! Talk about nursery-envy. We love the eclectic creative design. The play on texture, color and pattern. The insanely gorgeous grey grass-cloth wallpaper by Cowtan and Tout. And lets not forget those babies…they don’t get more precious than that.

We also have to give a huge shout out to the person who made it all possible, Alyssa Rosenheck, who used her gifted eye to capture these incredible images. We love being surrounded by artfully talented people…what can we say!?

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