What do you get when an everyday family turns over their home renovation to 2.5 million fans? A crowd-sourced decorating overhaul!
Behind its charming facade, this 1824 Colonial needed some serious TLC. After nine years in the historical Ohio farmhouse, Brian and Gina Bishop, along with their daughters, Lila (13) and Edie (11), were ready to give their interiors a fresh new look.
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At a loss for where to start, Gina, a Ikaroo Fair vendor, decided to hand over the decorating reigns to the audience, where readers helped the Bishops make key decisions.
Homeowners Gina and Brian Bishop love to cook, but a winding, inefficient kitchen with a super-small sink and low countertops made things difficult. Even worse, an adjacent bathroom was in plain view while eating. Plus, a dark (and impractical) wallpapered backsplash, butcher block countertops, and wide-plank maple walls cast a dreary shadow on the room.
CL editors Jami Supsic and Page Mullins collaborated with Austin-based architect Cindy Black (), who changed the floor plan to create a practical-yet-pretty kitchen complete with a central island ideal for entertaining. "The kitchen's winding shape made it really difficult for Gina to cook and transfer food from stove to counter. And without a central island, it was almost impossible to interact with guests while cooking," Cindy says. Two industrial barstools, from , create a place to perch at the new island, while reclaimed wood from an old door was used as a kitchen island accent.
Before, the awkward layout didn't allow for a pantry—something Gina always wanted. And the old wood drawers often splintered when opened, making it difficult to get her hands on cooking tools. Cindy swapped out wood countertops for a reader-approved (and easy-to-clean!) quartz from . To offset the preserved wood walls, they painted the ceiling and trim a crisp white (White Duck), chosen by CL readers from the ) to take advantage of the light.
Accented with oil-rubbed hardware, fresh white cabinets from replaced the old ones and were also installed around the refrigerator and under the new breakfast nook banquette for tons of storage. The microwave, stove, and refrigerator are from .
Though the home boasts a sizable formal dining room, the Bishops prefer to gather for meals in the kitchen's eat-in nook. While the small area worked for the family of four, they longed for space to accommodate guests in a casual setting. "I wanted to open up the space while maintaining the relative scale of the room as it might have been in a house of this era, so the overall kitchen footprint is a modest 14.5 feet by about 13 feet— the breakfast nook," Cindy says.
An L-shaped banquette creates a spot for six so there's plenty of room for visitors. Jami and Page accented Cindy's design with a round table from , a stainless steel pendant light, and cheerful lemony accents.
The Bishops' original laundry room was tiny and impractical. Because it didn't have any storage, the room remained in a constant state of disarray and chaos. The old setup of the room made it difficult to tackle dirty clothes.
"I have one big 'no-no' with kitchen design, which is that you should never, ever see a toilet from the cooking space," says Cindy. To eliminate the unappealing view, Cindy traded spaces—the bathroom adjacent to the kitchen became the laundry room and vice versa. Jami and Page placed a stackable washer and dryer in cabinetry where the bathtub once stood, and topped a folding station with a reader pick, 's Truss Maple countertop. Gotham hexagonal floor tile from adds vintage flair to the workspace. Crisp white (White Duck), chosen by CL readers from the graces the walls.
The master bedroom lacked color and pieces of character before the makeover.
"We thought a neutral palette would keep things feeling airy, but it actually felt quite stuffy," says homeowner Gina. A matching bedroom set felt out of place in the historic 1800s Colonial, and a rarely used love seat had become a graveyard for Brian's laundry. After sharing a bathroom with their daughters, Gina and Brian longed for a true master suite. "We always wanted a second bathroom but didn't want an addition that compromised the historic house," says Gina.
Readers chose a rustic-meets-industrial Aiden dresser from .
Using a soothing blue hue chosen by Ikaroo readers (Silvermist from the ), CL editors Jami Supsic and Page Mullins took advantage of the room's lack of crown molding by coating the walls and ceiling in the color. They swapped out run-of-the-mill furniture for the Refined Sidewing upholstered headboard and x12 mattress chosen by readers. They added curtains in a similar color to reinforce the cocoon-like feel. Creamy bed linens balance the room's wash of blue, while pops of gray (the mantel painted Dovetail, also from the and the reader-selected Jiya Flat-Woven Hemp Rug from ) create a sophisticated vibe. Finally, a painting by artist makes a colorful focal point. The nightstand and White Honey Comb table lamp base are also from .
A chair and ottoman make better use of corner space than the previous love seat.
The door to the new master bath is located along this once underutilized wall.
Jami and Page worked with builder Tim Franklin of , who took the space from two existing closets (one in the master bedroom and one in daughter Lila's room) to carve out the much-needed master bath. To keep the small space feeling bright, the editors painted beadboard a crisp white (Snowbound) and walls a cool gray (Mindful Gray), which was chosen by CL readers from the . Topped with a Kolams quartz countertop from (another reader pick), a freestanding vanity reinforces the airy feel while a wall-mounted brushed nickel faucet (Weymouth by ) frees up limited counter space.
Inspired by the rough-hewn wood found throughout the historic home, porcelain plank floors (yes, they're porcelain, not wood!) are easy to care for and pair with the shower's white hexagonal tiles for a fresh but not-too-modern feel. Designed by a local woodworker, the distressed cherry wood medicine cabinet reins in bathroom essentials. The shower fixture is brushed nickel (Weymouth by ).
"Mismatched furniture and dingy trim left the room feeling impersonal and patched together," says Gina. With two daughters hosting endless slumber parties, the Bishops wanted space to spread out, but a non-functioning radiator limited seating options.
To maximize every inch, Jami and Page suggested removing the radiator to bring in a generously sized, L-shaped sleeper sofa with chaise from . A royal blue swivel chair from matches the sofa's clean lines. An ottoman covered in a striking blue-and-cream tartan rounds out the seating options.
Inspired by Gina's favorite combination of blue and white, the editors added a few strategic pops of pattern and color to liven up the largely neutral space.
PAINT: White Duck and Dovetail, both from the Liveable Luxe Color Collection from HGTV HOME™ by Sherwin-Williams. Now available at Lowe's; . FABRIC: Courtland Navy fabric (on Swivel Chair and Pillows); ; Duck Walk Plaid in Ink by Ralph Lauren; 888-475-7674; PILLOWS: Lemon Bottles, Mustard Poppy, and Mustard Hatch pillows; ; RUG: Jute Ticking Indigo woven rug; ; CABINET HINGES: Bean smooth iron dummy cabinet hinges and Bean Tip smooth iron cabinet pull;
The room lacked a designated spot for the television (a too-small media cabinet felt awkward), and thanks to its positioning off the entryway, the space had become a catchall for unsightly shoes, coats, and backpacks. With only two small and oddly placed windows, the room felt dark and dreary—especially during those long Ohio winters!
For a high-end look without the cost, our style editors started with cabinetry, then turned to —a company that makes stylish custom doors for Ikea cabinets—to create a wood-paneled wall of storage (one built-in for media and one for coats). To the left of the media center, a brass pendant light ($125) from and a new window seat make for a cozy reading nook. (The seat lifts to reveal additional storage.) To keep the overall space feeling seamless, the cabinetry was painted to match the wainscoting and trim. Local contractor added a window behind the couch, and instead of replacing the antique front door, cut out its center and inserted a pane of glass. "I love that it doesn't feel too new," says Gina.
The previous yellow and blue-green combo made the room feel choppy.
To brighten up the space, we replaced the dingy yellow paint with a crisp coat of white (White Duck) and painted the paneling, trim, and built-ins in a striking gray (Dovetail) chosen by CL readers. The cool colors from the Liveable Luxe Color Collection from HGTV HOME™ by complement one another as opposed to competing.
Jami and Page carved out a utilitarian space off the garage entry by installing a cushion-topped bench (perfect for slipping shoes on and off) complete with storage cubbies and baskets. Mounted above, a wood shelf with shaker pegs keeps frequently used items like hats and bags off the floor and within quick reach.