FEB 11th

My Client’s Historic Home on Charleston’s Battery

I can finally post my finished photos of our Charleston project since they are published in this month’s Urban Home Magazine.  Thank you Urban Home, I truly appreciate the wonderful feature.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Project

Some of you have followed the Charleston project along the way and now I can share the final transformation of this grand old lady who made it through the Civil War, the Great Earthquake and Hurricane Hugo.  One of my readers recently took a picture standing outside the house and sent it to me…it was really nice to see!

If you missed the previous blog posts about the journey of this house you can catch up here, here and here.  Here is the exterior After—you gotta have a little dessert before dinner.  Right?

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Charleston Battery Historic Home

Here’s what it was like during:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home IMG_0618 IMG_0731 IMG_0733

Besides correcting the structural issues, the bathroom was the trickiest in an aesthetic sense.  This is a totally typical daily phonecall between Harper Finucan (the wonderful contractor) and myself.

“Hello Happy?” (His nickname)

“Hello ma’am, it’s Harper Finucan…”  (At this point we are talking several times a day so the formality always tickled me).

“Yes, hello Happy, how’s it going down there on Water Street?”

“Well ma’am, we’ve run into a small problem.  We opened things up in the Master Bathroom and there’s a solid brick wall running straight through where you want to put your new vanity.”

“I see.  Can you tell me how much it’s going to cost to take down that brick wall from 1857 that’s running through the middle of where I want to put my vanity?”

Silence.  Long pause.  “Hmmmm.  I will have to do some figuring.  But we can do it.  We always find a way to do it.”

“Awesome Happy.  That’s what I love about y’all.  Just give me an idea so I can get up with my client.”

“Yes, ma’am”

There were lots of calls like that and most of them went just fine.  We had some real problems along the way…sloped ceilings, fun house door ways, floors that gave you the drunk feeling that you just had eight mint juleps on a humid day, you know…old house stuff.  The house sits on Water Street which is literally on the water.  When the tide comes in you can hear the water rushing down the street in an old sewer system.  The worst was the black mold.  And it was literally crawling up the walls when we removed the old kitchen backsplash.  We had to remediate that properly- which was an unexpected and very unpleasant surprise.

Here are the bathroom befores:

 

IMG_4458

 

IMG_4455

 

IMG_0585

Here are the construction photos.  This is where we made room for a little bigger shower.  You can see the challenge of the sloped old ceilings.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

At one point we had trades going in and out of the second story window:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The blue tape is where the vanity will be.  I like to get a real sense of where things will be located and what the scale will be.  Drawings are great and necessary but my old friend blue tape always shows my client exactly what’s going down.  Literally.  Works for furniture layout too.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Let’s move that tape again for Amy.  Bless anyone that’s ever worked with me.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

I put in a window where there was formerly an unfortunate mirror above the old tub. Not the easiest trick because of the old exterior but I felt strongly about it since the old bathroom was so dark and cramped feeling.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

New window, new tub!  The light fixture is an antique Half and Half.  It was originally half gas and half electric as people didn’t quite trust electricity when it first made it into the home.  And it truly wasn’t always reliable.  One never knew if the lights would come on when they threw the switch eighty years ago.  I chose a modern sconce from Visual Comfort to compliment the antique one.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Putting in the vanity:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Putting in the brace for the mirror:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Here’s Mr. Harper Finucan.  I think I gave him every gray hair on his head.  And the man is a saint!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Locating the plumbing in the field.  And the marble tiles are in!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Here we start the Afters!

The tub with its new window:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The shower detail:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

I designed the vanity to allow for two sinks in a space where we didn’t have a lot of length, but a lot of depth.  I floated the mirror so you can see through on either side with a continuous counter top for maximum surface area.  This is where Happy demo’ed a crumbling (but sturdy) brick wall and you can see the new light sconces on the mirror that work well with the antique Half and Half ceiling fixture.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Because the mirror wall doesn’t go all the way to the wall, it opens up the bathroom nicely.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Bedroom on the third floor overlooking Water Street.  One of the challenges on upper floors in older homes is the lack of heating and cooling.  We put in a mini split which provides great air conditioning in these former servant quarters.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The hallway after we straightened the floors.  The beautiful old Antique Heart Pine is delicious.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The original stairway is lovely and I decided on a modern David Hicks patterned carpeting.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The Butlers Pantry.  We removed an old elevator that didn’t function and installed a wine cellar for my client. Before the elevator, it was a creepy dark stairway for the servants.  We made the decision to leave the old brick exposed and keep the kitchen smaller to preserve some of the character of the house.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The kitchen is small but totally functional.  There are floor to ceiling pantry cabinets that we installed since there was no storage. Obviously when this house was built, there was no kitchen inside and many Charleston homes from that time period have smaller kitchens compared to newer homes of the same size.  Kitchens are put in spaces that weren’t originally intended for that purpose.

I chose a leathered Absolute Black countertop and Calcutta Marble mosaic backsplash.  We had used this Shaw’s farmhouse sink at my client’s previous residence and he liked it so much we did it again.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic home on Charleston's Battery

I love the light and airy family room off the kitchen that looks out to the courtyard:

Amy Vermillion- Historic Charleston Home

The courtyard has been featured in several Charleston magazines and I can tell you from many hours of sitting out there that it is as idyllic as it looks.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

The living room is one of my favorite spots.  My client has a wonderful art collection and we had fun placing his pieces in rooms with fourteen foot ceilings.  The ceiling medallions are just wonderful.  I wish you could see the intricate carved original plaster in detail.  I swooned when we looked at the house the first time.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Details from the Living Room: I’m insane over this solid rock crystal lamp.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

You can see the ceiling medallion reflected in the eglomise top of the cocktail table:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

There is another medallion in the Dining Room and I love the carved chandelier from Niermann Weeks to compliment it. I chose a Niermann Weeks piece for the Living Room as well.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Historic Charleston Home

Thank you for making it through this post!  I don’t know about you but I sure would like to be sitting here now enjoying the warm breezes from the bay with a good book.

Amy Vermillion Interiors -Historic Charleston Home

If you would like to read the article in Urban Home Magazine, please read here.

pretty pictures by Tim Buchman

Thanks for reading,

Follow Amy on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

Need interior design services? Contact Amy.

JAN 5th

Kitchen Photo Shoot

I am so excited for 2015 and have a lot of really good things happening…I hope you do too. We recently shot a couple of projects, some I can share and some I cannot.  People ask me why I don’t show a whole project on my Instagram feed or on my blog.  Truthfully, a lot of those photos go to magazine editors and obviously they don’t want to publish something that has been revealed elsewhere.  So here’s one that I can show from one of our favorite clients.  This is only a couple of views of the space, but at least you can see the before shots.  More to be revealed soon! Of course while shooting I got a tiny bit hungry.  And I ate the props.  But hey, it’s my shoot and I’ll eat cheese if I want to.

 

Amy Martineau Vermillion Photoshoot

    BEFORE:

BEFORE SHOT

  Amy Vermillion Interiors-BEFORE SHOT

DURING:

Amy Vermillion Interiors LLC

AFTER:

Amy Vermillion Interiors LLC @ - copyright   Amy Vermillion Interiors LLC@ copyright   Amy Vermillion Interiors LLC@ copyright

I appreciate all of you reading and thank you to my new subscribers! I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Wonderful 2015!

Thanks for reading,

Follow Amy on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

Need interior design services? Contact Amy.

OCT 8th

Arborway Project Reveal

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We recently had an unique opportunity to “flip” a house for a long time client.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Charlotte neighborhood, Foxcroft; it’s a beautiful, pastoral place filled with gorgeous homes of all styles and ages.  Before the downturn, developers were bulldozing the old gems and and putting up large scale homes which unfortunately in some cases, didn’t fit the lot or the homes that surrounded them.

So when my client approached me with the idea of designing and renovating a home in Foxcroft as an investment, I was pretty excited.  The whole idea was to keep the lovely lines and most of the footprint of this older home but completely gut the inside to bring it up to a modern family’s needs.

Nicely enough, I have done several large scale design and renovation projects for this client and he gave us free reign to make the design decisions.  I am super fortunate to have a great team who I depend on heavily to not only execute the ideas but also to help in the areas of what’s possible and what’s not.  It was a challenge at times–as it always is when taking apart a house, but in the end we love the way it turned out.  It’s going on the market this week–and while I’m happy to see it completed, the end of a project is always a little bittersweet for me.  Fortunately, we are starting several more projects so there’s always something to look forward to!

Here is the before and the partial after:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project We added a vault in the entry and a second story on the back of the house.  And I updated the paint which made a tremendous difference.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project- Arborway Project

 

A before of the kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

And the after:  I chose Carrera for the counters and backsplash.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Another before of the kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The after- we made a range wall and wrapped the cabinets around the corner.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I designed a cabinet (straight ahead) with pewter trellis mesh over antiqued mirror to add a little unexpected glam to the drop zone.  It’s a great place for mail, charging station etc.

The glass cabinets provide tons of pretty storage with drawers below.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I am loving banquettes for dining these days, so we decided to put in one with very functional drawers under the seating:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here are selections from a planning meeting–(pardon my Siggi’s and coffee cup- it was an early one)!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here is the marble herringbone floor going into the Guest Bath downstairs:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

 

This was the old Master Bath.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We decided to take it and use for the Master Bedroom:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here is a close up of the new cabinet I designed for the Master Bedroom:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

This was a bedroom that we used for the new Master Bath:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

During- the shower goes into the new Master Bath:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The new Master Bath After: I wish you could see the basket weave marble floor in the shower- it’s adorable.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

A cramped former closet became this:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The entry foyer felt small to us–so we added a vault with a large window.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The after:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I love the way this turned out–the simple addition of moulding made all the difference!

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The family room during–

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The family room after-

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

One of my favorite spaces is the stairway.  Maybe because there wasn’t one at all before or maybe because I love the shiplap and the small desk area/bookcase at the top of the stairs.

Here’s are two stages of during:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

Here’s the After:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

A during at the top of the stairs:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The shiplap goes in:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The After: I would have loved this little nook as a kid–a great spot to read.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

We widened the doorway from the Dining Room to the Kitchen:

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

The After- Dining Room: I’m crazy about the Visual Comfort Chandelier.

Amy Vermillion Interiors- Arborway Project

I personally would love to live here- the bones of the old house are still there– but we just freshened her up and gave her a new life.  I’m looking forward to seeing who moves in…the only thing missing is a the love of a family.

To see the entire house- take the virtual tour.

If you would are interested in buying this house, contact Eric Gamble…one stipulation is that you invite us over for a visit!

Professional pictures courtesy of Eric Gamble -HM Properties 

 

 

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Thanks for reading,

Follow Amy on Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter

Need interior design services? Contact Amy.