Before: Primitive DwellingAfter a two-year search for their dream home, John and Christina Curtin found everything they wanted in the coastal town of Kingston, Mass. Their arts-and-crafts-style home has nine rooms and a building in the back that once served as an artist's studio.
John and Christina's dream home was formerly owned by famous marine painter Marshall Joyce. His artist's studio has been empty for years and is extremely outdated, so the new homeowners want to make the detached building feel like part of their home. After countless hours of renovating the interior of their home, the Curtins are ready for some help in making the old studio into a cozy spot to hang out with friends and watch their favorite sports teams.
After: Warm and WelcomingAfter meeting with all the designers, the homeowners decide to use the expertise of Amy Grady and Brenda White Henriquez. Their plan uses lots of natural materials starting with the slate flooring, which adds great texture and is easy to maintain. The focal wall is anchored with a gas fireplace wrapped in a mahogany-stained mantel. The 50-inch plasma TV is mounted above and flanked by bookshelves that hold John's sports memorabilia.
Before: Outdated StudioThey want to open up the space by adding more windows to view the marsh, as well as update the lighting and ceiling. Although the room will be used as a gathering space, it also may house overnight guests so they need a sleeper sofa.
After: Game TimeThe alcove is transformed into a game and dining area with a poker table that turns into bumper pool and a dining table. Original Marshall Joyce paintings surround the area to reflect the space's history. The lighting of the new amber sconces bounces off the vaulted ceiling creating a more open and spacious environment.