Last July, we started working with Taylor and her husband Tom, designing out their living room space, and now finally just wrapped it up after the first of the year.
When Taylor reached out saying that they wanted to bring some personality into their space, I knew it would be a fun project to do. Taylor is one of my kindest friends and being the fashionista that she is – running a full-time fashion blog called The Styled Press, I knew it would be a great partnership.
Taylor and Tom recently built their home and although they finished their basement, they didn’t bring in all of the bells and whistles into the space. They knew they were going to hire that portion out later in order to bring in some new and exciting selections into the room that weren’t an option at that time.
Alright, the most fun part, let’s rewind back to the before.
When we kicked designs off with Taylor and Tom, the only requests they had were to add in a wet bar and to bring some of their personality onto their TV wall. Otherwise, they left everything else up to us! And yet again, best clients ever. They made the entire process seamless. Which I always say, when we have clients that trust us, that always leads to the best end product.
We came up with a few different layouts, showcased a handful of different selections and after putting them into renderings this is what we landed on. You can rewind back to the design blog post here to see the other options we were also exploring.
And the after… besides the design layout of the tile, everything else was exactly executed to our design plans.
We partnered with some awesome brands in this space that we can’t wait to chat more about, so let’s dive into the details!
We knew we wanted to do a statement tile all along the back bar wall, but what tile we wanted, we weren’t sure. I had my eye on a handful of Zia Tiles and after showing Taylor this brand she was all for it. After going back and forth on a few favorites we landed on the Echo Charcoal Hex backsplash from Zia Tiles, with charcoal black grout.
The cool thing about this tile too, is that there are so many different ways you can lay this exact same tile. So if someone has this in their space, it can look totally different in your own. I wish I would have filmed the boys laying the patterns out because we were all laughing laying this jigsaw puzzle piece out. One thing we do want to note if you are laying any kind of cement tile is that you always seal the tile before you grout it. This is an extra step you have to take when laying cement tile, which we have a tutorial on here.
And complimented with our favorite, Shelfology floating shelves made for this entire space to have the perfect backdrop. We used these same shelves for in the living room.
The sink and faucet were both Elkay favorites that Taylor actually won at one of our reveal parties. She was pretty excited knowing that eventually, they were going to add a wet bar into their lower level, little did we know they’d be hiring us to do the job.
And of course, no bar is complete without a beverage cooler. The Presrv™ French Door Wine & Beverage Cooler from Zephyr is hands down our favorite beverage fridge. We recommend this one to all of our clients because of the large capacity cooler and that it maintains two distinct temperature zones. The elegant French Door detailing shows that you love fine design at least as much as perfectly chilled wine.
Beer, pop, water, and juice for the one side, wine on the other. No more battles with your significant other at what temps the beverage cooler should be set at with this Zephyr cooler.
Now the Brown family is all set to entertain, or to watch the game with their new wet bar area!
Now, let’s chat about living room details. The two big things for Taylor and Tom was that they wanted an accent area, bring some life to this wall, and also to have some storage for those kid things. We went through a handful of design iterations and landed on this, simple, tasteful yet impactful.
Vertical shiplap in Peppercorn paint, to match some of their paint upstairs and complimented with Shelfology’s white oak floating shelves. We then did floating cabinetry in white oak across the entire bottom, to compliment the shelves.
And with baby number two on the way, I can’t wait to see how this family continues to use and grow into this space. I have a feeling it’ll be an area that they never leave whether they’re at home chilling as a family of four or entertaining.
Love this adorable fam and so thankful and honored that they welcomed the c2s crew into their home!
1. Countertops | 2. Cabinet Paint | 3. Hardware | 4. Sconce Lights | 5. Sink | 6. Faucet | 7. Backsplash | 8. Beverage Cooler | 9. Bar Tools Set | 10. Cocktail Shaker | 11. Cutting Board | 12. Bowls | 13. Open Shelves
1. Shiplap Paint | 2. Open Shelves | 3. Small Woven Box | 4. Large Woven Box | 5. Artificial Fern Plant | 6. Wall Art | 7. Crock Stoneware Vase (Large) | 8. Crock Stoneware Vase (Small) | 9. Leather Recliners