More than a Starter Home: Big Reveal Part 2

3/15/2013 01:30:00 AM

You've seen Part 1 of the reveal which is their ground floor-- living, dining, kitchen, powder room. Here comes the next part, 2nd and 3rd floor. Before I share the photos, here's a little back story. Upon starting the project, husband and wife had a compromise when it came to the design. Wife gets the ground floor since she entertains there and loves to cook. Husband gets a man cave where he can go all out manly. And the master bedroom must be neutral that both of them can enjoy. You've seen wife's space (ground floor) on the first post. Here's the rest of the house....

2nd floor hallway

Since the hallway connects to the ground floor, design elements here are somewhat reminiscent of that space. Blues, whites, with pops of colors.
light blue hallway with light wood stairs and flooring

Frame gallery of  their favorite photos and simple stainless dome lights to illuminate the stairs.
light blue hallway with colorful wall frames and white wood railing

Master Bedroom

Now this is their compromise.  A neutral bedroom for both husband and wife. Nothing too crazy, nothing pastel, just simple clean design for their shared space. Design elements for the space are taupe, cream, brown, black, and wood.

The walls were painted a light taupe on upper part, and a cream on the bottom to create a subtle visual interest on the wall. A simple black-out taupe curtains for a tone on tone look. 
Taupe neutral bedroom

A streamlined dark brown headboard  for the bed. In lieu of traditional lamps, we used chrome desk lamps for a more modern vibe.
taupe neutral hotel inspired bedroom with brown headboard

Wedding momentos and travel photos we're framed in black to match the other black elements in the room. This also gives a touch of masculinity to complement some femme aspects in this room.   
taupe neutral hotel inspired bedroom with brown headboard and bench at the foot of the bed

The vanity area is the most feminine part of this room. But still nothing over the top. Love the custom desk with the graphic squares. 

This mirror is gorgeous. Neutral yes, boring, hell no. It perfectly ties to the wooden floors and wood dresser on the opposite side of the room.. 
sunburst wood mirror vanity area

The bedroom is just simple in its design, but cozy and comfortable for this couple to enjoy. Naks! haha
taupe neutral hotel inspired bedroom with brown headboard with bench at the foot of the bed

Master Bathroom

The en suite bath screams old all the way. From the marble tiles, aluminum frosted shower enclosure, up to the dirty white fixtures. It's time to say goodbye.

We overhauled this space from top to bottom. New tiles, mirror, lights, fixtures were installed to have a brand new en suite bath. 
modern small bathroom with wood tiles and sleek toilet
TIP: When dealing with a small bathroom, forego any frosted enclosures. It visually cuts the space. Clear is the way to go. Actually, even in big bathrooms, just go with clear. It looks much cleaner, and mas class. haha

modern small bathroom with sleek toilet and wood elements

3rd Floor Hallway

For continuity, this of course, resembles 2nd floor hall but with a cute bookshelf installation.
floating shelves on a blue wall hallway with green ghost chair

Man Cave

Here's husband's room. It was already red before, which they love. But it was just, well... empty.

The corniza and baseboard were painted black to tie in with the tv wall. Cabinets were switched up to charcoal gray for a moodier feel.
red wall tv room man cave

What man cave is complete without a bar area? 
red wall bar area man cave

By the time this room was done, husband always have a guest in here to watch movies, play videogames, and yeah, drink as well. Have you seen all the beer bottles under the center table on the first photo? Nope, that wasn't a prop. He actually had someone over when I was taking pictures. Haha.. But I don't blame him, I'm sure a lot of guys, and even girls would love to have hang out in here. But I won't take credit for all of it, husband and wife did a lot of the decorating in here, and they did a really great job! 
red wall man cave with wall art

There you go, all of "More than a Starter Home." Now you see why such is the project name. This house comes complete more than a starting family needs. Just some updates here and there and they now have a house they can call home. :)


  1. i want to live in their hallways ahahaha

  2. The striped guest room is so wonderful -- cool and soft, comfortable.

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