Project Reveal: A Modern Renovation for Brittany Road

A Mid-Century Multi-Level Home Gets a Modern Update

Today, we’re thrilled to reveal one of our latest projects: the full remodel of the main level at Brittany Road. Built in 1957, the mid-century modern multi-level home had some nice features (a spacious living room, ample natural light, and a fireplace). However, it lacked modern updates throughout. And while it was clear that the owners had great taste in contemporary furniture, paired with the outdated space, it felt out of place. They wanted a change from their cramped kitchen, sectioned-off floor plan, and outdated woodwork and flooring. So, we set to work.

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BEFORE – Living Room

In the original main level, the living room, dining room, and kitchen functioned as completely different spaces. The result felt closed off and much smaller than it actually was. The living room needed a modern upgrade in style and functionality. It was covered extensively with outdated wood paneling around the fireplace and, strangely, around each doorway as well. In addition, it had a wood-burning fireplace that didn’t get used as frequently as the family would have liked. The family had their television on the back wall opposite the fireplace, so it was difficult to both enjoy a fire and a movie or TV show simultaneously.

The before view of the living room entrance facing the front entryway with oversized wood trim around the doorway.
The before view of the living room entrance facing the front entryway with oversized wood trim around the doorway.
A before shot from the entryway of the wood-burning fireplace wall and adjoining wood paneled trim above the doorway to the dining room.
A before shot from the entryway of the wood-burning fireplace wall and adjoining wood paneled trim above the doorway to the dining room.

BEFORE – Dining Room

The dining room, located in the corner between the living room and kitchen, was fairly straightforward. However, it was outdated in style. The light fixture, too, was 1990s in style and needed an update. Furthermore, the glass door to the backyard was small and blocked the potential for much more light in the space. Overall, it lacked the open concept our clients were craving.

The before view from the dining room into the living room with a close-up shot of the pendant light fixture.
The before view from the dining room into the living room with a close-up shot of the pendant light fixture.
The before view from the living room into the dining room, where a small exterior door leads out to the backyard.
The before view from the living room into the dining room, where a small exterior door leads out to the backyard.

BEFORE – Kitchen

Off of the dining room through an interior door was the kitchen. The combination of a kitchen peninsula, butcher block island, bistro table set, cabinets, and appliances made the space feel tight and overwhelming. The white cabinetry felt cramped under outdated soffits and the hardwood floors abruptly joined with the black tiled entryway leading to the front door.

The before view of the crowded kitchen with its too-small butcher block island.
The before view of the crowded kitchen with its too-small butcher block island.
The kitchen had an outdated small and cramped desk for household tasks that was not being used for its original intended purpose.
The kitchen had an outdated small and cramped desk for household tasks that was not being used for its original intended purpose.
In this small space, there was only room for a tiny table and chairs, which our clients rarely used.
In this small space, there was only room for a tiny table and chairs, which our clients rarely used.
The cooktop only had a small amount of counter space on either side, making for difficulty in cooking with ease.
The cooktop only had a small amount of counter space on either side, making for difficulty in cooking with ease.

Needless to say, the space needed a major overhaul to be brought up to modern standards.

AFTER – The Modern Reveal

We began the renovation with a major reconfiguration of the layout. First, we removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen. This allowed for a more open floor plan and easier flow throughout the space. Additionally, a new sliding glass door replaced the originals in the initially-separated kitchen and dining rooms. The change joined the new spaces together, creating a wall of light that opened up the space instantly. 

The proposed revised floor plan for the main level opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
The proposed revised floor plan for the main level opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining room.
The 3-D rendering of the new kitchen space allowed our clients to see what the space could look and feel like with a new spacious kitchen island and updated cabinetry.
The 3-D rendering of the new kitchen space allowed our clients to see what the space could look and feel like with a new spacious kitchen island and updated cabinetry.
A new sliding glass door behind the dining room table allows ample natural light to enter the space and makes the adjoining rooms feel spacious and open. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
A new sliding glass door behind the dining room table allows ample natural light to enter the space and makes the adjoining rooms feel spacious and open. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

AFTER – Kitchen

We changed the kitchen layout entirely with this project. First, we shifted the cabinets and appliances to the exterior wall. Next, we eliminated the island, peninsula, and bistro set. A spacious kitchen island replaced these to comfortably seat four people. We painted the cabinetry on the perimeter of the kitchen a creamy and warm white with brass hardware. The kitchen island anchored the space visually thanks to its deep charcoal color. A sleek black quartz countertop paired with a black apron sink, a brass faucet, brass island pendants, and stainless steel appliances made for an ultra-contemporary aesthetic all around.

A large charcoal grey kitchen island is spacious and enough to comfortably seat up to four people, with plenty of countertop space for preparing food. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
A large charcoal grey kitchen island is spacious and enough to comfortably seat up to four people, with plenty of countertop space for preparing food. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The new kitchen island allowed several appliances to be moved for convenience, opening up the surrounding walls for plenty of cabinet and drawer storage space. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The new kitchen island allowed several appliances to be moved for convenience, opening up the surrounding walls for plenty of cabinet and drawer storage space. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

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AFTER – Dining Room

The now-open dining room finally works seamlessly with the rest of the space. To achieve this, we altered the location of the table so its length ran parallel to the kitchen island. The result was an easy pass-through space from room to room without furniture getting in the way. We updated the light fixture, too, with a modern brushed brass LED chandelier. Visually, it tied in with the brass fixtures and hardware in the kitchen and the brass decor pops in the living room.

The brushed brass LED chandelier over the dining room table adds a contemporary touch to the space, both making a statement and seamlessly blending in with the decor. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The brushed brass LED chandelier over the dining room table adds a contemporary touch to the space, both making a statement and seamlessly blending in with the decor. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The transition from the kitchen to the dining room is entirely changed from its original layout; the end result is an open and functional space that is perfect for both daily life and entertaining alike. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The transition from the kitchen to the dining room is entirely changed from its original layout; the end result is an open and functional space that is perfect for both daily life and entertaining alike. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

AFTER – Living Room

Moving into the living room, we knew right away that the extensive wood paneling had to be updated. We removed the jarring and oversized panel trim around the doorways and replaced it with a more subtle trim design. Then, we painted the wall paneling surrounding the fireplace in the same charcoal as the kitchen island for a cohesive and chic look. We moved the television to the space above the fireplace. This switch made much more sense visually and made for a much more enjoyable viewing experience. Additionally, converted the fireplace from wood-burning to a modern gas insert. This allowed the owners to quickly and effortlessly start a fire whenever they desired. For added style, we incorporated a white marble mosaic tile surround. This both served its fireplace function and helped the newly-painted charcoal wall visually pop.

The original wood paneling around the fireplace was kept intact, but updated in a fresh coat of charcoal paint to tie in with the color of the kitchen island. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
The original wood paneling around the fireplace was kept intact, but updated in a fresh coat of charcoal paint to tie in with the color of the kitchen island. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
A white marbled mosaic fireplace adds a bright pop of texture to this living room, bringing to life the light and contemporary aesthetic of the entire main level. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)
A white marbled mosaic fireplace adds a bright pop of texture to this living room, bringing to life the light and contemporary aesthetic of the entire main level. (Interior Design by Carla Bast | Carla Bast Design)

The result of the main level renovation was astounding. We couldn’t love the new updated and modern aesthetic more. Deep charcoal, creamy white, brass, and more came together beautifully alongside a new open floor plan. Our clients are over-the-moon happy and ready to truly live in their home the way it was meant to be.

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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design

6 Responses

  1. Wow! What an incredibly beautiful transformation you achieved for your clients, Carla.

    I can only imagine how thrilled they are with the final outcome.

    You have truly elevated the way they can live their life now, via your design work.

    Congratulations!

  2. Such a wonderful transformation! I love how you dealt with the abundance of wood paneling, keeping just enough. The color scheme is very classic and comfortable. Just beautiful!

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I’m glad you’re here! You are in the right place if you are feeling overwhelmed at the thought of embarking on a remodeling or interior design project. Living with and outdated 90s era home and don’t know where to start? I’ve helped families like yours update their home and create spaces that reflect what’s important to them for over 25 years.

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