July 14, 2009

2nd Rewind Wednesday: Kate’s Fireplace Transformation

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Welcome to our 2nd Rewind Wednesday!!

We’re digging into our archives and re-playing some of our favourite posts! Not only does sharing archived posts mean that we get a wee mid-week break from blogging, it also means that our visitors get a chance to read a post they may have missed.

So… last week Kelly shared her Black with White Stripes post… this week it’s my turn! :-)

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CondoMania Part III

I can't tell you how excited I am to share this transformation with our readers!

If you've been following my CondoMania posts (Part I and Part II) you'll know that I've been working with my first client, Kate, to transform a loft-style condo into an urban-contemporary space. My first big project for Kate's condo was the fantastic transformation of her kitchen from blonde maple to sleek black... what a difference!

DSC00832The most important makeover in her condo however - the one that would make the biggest impact - was the fireplace.

Here is the original fireplace. I love the reclaimed brick wall set on either side of the 17 foot tall fireplace, and I think the brown multi slate on the fireplace facade is great too. But the two of them together just didn't work.

What could I do to make this wall the feature that it was meant to be?

Inspiration came (yay!) from a gas fireplace display at a local home trade show... the company had their fireplace inserts mounted in a wall of beautiful wood. Very sleek and contemporary! And I knew right away that it would be a wonderful solution for Kate's fireplace. My blog-partner Kelly helped me take the idea to the next level by suggesting that I incorporate stainless steel in the overall design. Together we came across these inspiration photos (photo #2 comes from the program Rate My Space, Episode 102; unfortunately photo #1 & #3 can't be referenced.

Kate loved the idea!! Now I had to make the idea a reality.

That's where Bob Scott and his team at Finecraft Cabinetry came in. Bob and I worked together on the creation of the fireplace mantle for my little bungalow and I loved his work, so I knew he'd be able to take my idea for Kate's fireplace and make it happen! By the way, Bob is a skilled cabinet maker and can do soooo much more then fireplaces. Be sure to check out his site (link above).

Using lovely fir stained in a beautiful dark brown/black, Bob and his carpenter Tyler made a masterpiece!!
Check it out...

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As you can imagine, Kate simply loves the final result!

The impact of the new fireplace is unmistakeable... it demands your attention the moment you walk into the room! Imagine how wonderful it will look when we hang a dramatic piece of art in the nook over the mantle!!

Now comes the real fun stuff :-)

The walls are being painted this week... I'm making some simple light and airy curtains for the 16 foot tall windows (behind the sofa)... light fixtures for the dining room and kitchen need to be sourced... Kate needs a dining table and chairs (thinking of "ghost" chairs)... accessories around the room...

Lots to share in future posts!!

Thanks for dropping by... I hope you like our handiwork!!

Victoria from Edin Interiors

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Mrs B said...

WOW! How impressive and what a transformation! You certainly have a great eye for both architecture and design. I love what you have done with the stainless steel strips, in fact it is very similar to what we have on the outside of our house and kitchen when I come to think of it. What a difficult, enormous project to have as your first commission and all credit to you Victoria and Kelly to tackle it with such passion and detail to the overall finish.

Am I allowed to say (just once more LOL) once again a terrific transformation and post.
Mrs B

Anonymous said...

Stunning...Kate must be so happy.


Kat said...

This is an amazing transformation. You have a great eye, and your cabinetry man does gorgeous work. Can't wait to see what artwork you highlight in the niche. I take it you found the perfect color, can't wait to see the rest of this renovation. Just beautiful, you definitely hit the mark on this. Kathy

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Victoria, this is just unbelievable. What a huge transformation. I love the dark wood and the bands of stainless are sooooo gorgeous. You do have a great talent, I can't wait to see the rest. Hugs, Marty

Paul Anater said...

Man! That fireplace is beautiful. I love to see the specs and learn how it was put together. Again, it's gorgeous. Many congratulations!

Kim said...

Gorgeous! So much better. The fireplace didn't go with the brick wall at all before. Now it looks like a perfect fit. I would love to see the artwork you would choose.

ellen b. said...

Whoa! Now that's an impressive transformation! I like it!

Fifi Flowers said...

Nice fireplace!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Very creative and effective transformation. Lovely!


Fifi Flowers said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I have to tell you the room was not done for a friend of mine but for a COMPLETE stranger... I NEVER met her until the day of the installation!

Lisa (aka) French said...

Ohhh Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Love it!! What a wonderful job!!! French;)

Karla said...

WOW! It is stunning! I couldn't wait to see what you had planned for the fireplace and this was totally unexpected! So very cool! I'm dying to see the rest of the condo!!


Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wow! Victoria...this is just amazing! That fireplace really makes a statement! love it...Debbie

Anonymous said...

really nice solution!

Anonymous said...

I don't know why that came up anonymous...anyway...its me...Michelle!

Rebecca Corvese said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and leaving the sweet comment. I love this type of wall treatment. I've seen it used before and am hoping that I'll be able to incorporate it someday with one of my clients. Great job!

Maria Killam said...

Wow what a transformation! Great job and a creative solution!

janet said...

what a fantastic transformation, i do like stone fireplaces but the old look just wasnt working at have worked your magic Victoria

Anonymous said...

That is perhaps the most incredible fireplace I have seen--BRAVO to you and your tradesman!
BTW thanks for visiting my blog! The stone warehouse: granite, onyx, marble, & travertine,
love those calcium carbonates. Someday I want to build a house entirely out of onyx...ha ha

Anonymous said...

This is amazing! Simply beautiful!
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Wow, my taste run toward traditional but these are gorgeous! Really slick and it!

Porchlight Interiors said...

What a fabulous job you did. Kate would be very pleased I am sure.
Thanks Victoria and Kelly for leaving such lovely comments on our post on the Viceroy. It's always a pleasure to have you stop by. Hayley x

mrsben said...

Though not particularly my taste, it is a spectacular transformation. (I checked out the link for Finecraft, but didn't see where they are located.... so am going to go back as most probably I missed it.)

Pauline Wiles said...

This is absolutely stunning and certainly gives the room that 'wow' factor. It's somewhat related to last week's Rewind post, since it has its own kind of stripes.
Thanks for hosting the party, hopefully I've linked up correctly.

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

Wow! I love the new fireplace.


DIane Schuller said...

wow, what spectacular results! Fabulous

Maria Killam said...

I remember this one and it's just a fabulous now!

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