You’ve seen our Royal Point project on the pages of House Beautiful and on our blog. Now, we’re taking you room by room to show you more of the detailed finishes that took this house from a dated 90s design to an updated yet traditional aesthetic. When purchased by the homeowners, the home itself was reminiscent of an opulent Mediterranean-inspired home with lots of dark, carved wood moldings and felt heavy throughout its 8,000 sq. ft. The homeowners’ goal was to refresh the home, giving it a light and bright feel that suited their family of six.
We’re excited to show you the before-and-after photos of each space, so be sure to scroll through to see the stunning transformation.
Creating a welcoming sense of home was paramount to the homeowner’s vision. The couple shares New Jersey roots, so we used exposed antique brick on the entryway’s ceiling as a slight nod to their home state. A central Paul Ferrante lantern hangs above and the stunning staircase to the second floor is just to the right of the front doors. Nestled in the curve of the staircase are an elegant pedestal table and a lavender velvet footstool. To add interest to the alcove, an antique mirror sourced in Round Top hangs on the far wall. You’ll notice in the before photos that the arches in the entryway remained intact but were reimagined to suit the home’s updates. The walls were also plastered to set the tone for the rest of the house, while beautiful hand-scraped white oak and sophisticated iron railings were added to update the stairs.
In an almost unrecognizable transformation, the once heavy and grandiose formal living room was turned into an intimate and inviting space. The homeowners wanted this room to be approachable and comfortable, serving as an additional entertainment annex. To do so, the ceiling was completely reworked to make the room a single story. This architectural change made the formal living room less intimidating and also maximized space by adding an additional room room to the second story. Further, the ornate and dated built-ins were removed and walls were plastered. The redone fireplace includes antique limestone and is flanked by new rift sawn white oak cabinetry with glass panels. An oversized antique mirror from Back Row Home sits atop the mantle while ethereal sheer drapery highlights the room’s bay window. A Julie Neill plaster chandelier lights the room and Doro’s Unique Flooring mixed a custom paint color to accent the trellis pattern on the floor, which is also found in the dining room.
In a similar vein to the original formal living, the dining room was full of bold jewel tones, tile floors and a tray ceiling. To update the area, the tray ceiling inversions were filled in and replaced by beautiful, reclaimed purlins. The additional wall alcove that previously housed a China cabinet was turned into a thoughtful built-in to provide additional storage. You’ll notice a continuation of the formal living room’s trellis painted floors is carried throughout the dining room. The Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp wallcovering adds texture to the space while Kevin Gillentine’s stunning Wildflower Meadow Study serves as a beautiful focal point. Lee Industries chairs surround a custom dining table, which is long enough to host the clients’ extended family and friends.
We loved this Royal Point project because it truly allowed us to rethink existing spaces and how they function. As this house was built in the 90s, it’s always interesting to look back and see how design and interiors have changed significantly in the last 30 years. We’re excited to continue our tour of this home and next we’ll be sharing the kitchen, living room, sitting room, wine room and mom cave. Stay tuned!
To see more of each space, keep scrolling!