Before: Guest BedroomHusband and wife Paul and Devon DeVigne are both elementary-school teachers at the same school. He teaches second grade and she has third. Paul was recently honored as "Teacher of the Year" by their school district. Right after that happened, they got even more good news when they found out they are expecting their first child! For all their dedication to other people’s children, Designer Vern Yip is going to make sure these first-time parents are well prepared when their child arrives.
The baby is almost here and the nursery is nowhere in sight. It is still a guest room filled with hand-me-down furniture and floral bedding.
After: Transitional NurseryThe nursery is modern, very sweet, and the transitional colors will easily take the baby into boyhood. The teal and brown bedding is balanced by dividing the wall colors into three big, broad stripes. The lighter teal color is extended up onto the ceiling to make the room feel larger. Hot-air balloons are also hung from the ceiling to provide the baby with extra stimulation. The furniture from the couple’s shower registry provides plenty of storage for clothes and toys. Because both parents are teachers, designer Vern Yip decided to complete the room by hanging a chalkboard between the two windows.
Before: Dark and DatedThe homeowners don’t know it, but designer Vern Yip is going to surprise them by also remodeling their kitchen. The cabinets and countertops are around 25 years old and they are beginning to show their age.
After: Contemporary KitchenThe homeowners are absolutely stunned to see their brand new kitchen. New appliances, farmhouse sink, countertops and cabinets all brighten the room with contemporary style. The expandable solid-birch dining table is the same color as the cabinets. By keeping the wood tones similar, the visual plane is expanded to make the room seem bigger. A new center island adds more storage and a practical workspace. Matching three-pendant light fixtures illuminate both the dining table and island. A geometric pattern painted onto the two-toned walls adds architectural interest to the dining area.