From Drab to Fab: A Rockridge Bungalow Gets a Modern Interior Design Makeover

From Drab to Fab

The moment we met these clients and learned about their project, we knew it was going to be an absolute dream. (Thank you Pat Leaper!!)

Starting with our easy connection with the clients, their immediate willingness to place their trust in us, combined with their style, taste, budget, vision, and of course, location — all added up to perfect synergy for this dynamic project. Nurturing the the transformation of a lackluster shelter, into a charming, modern—and deeply welcoming home—was a truly fulfilling experience for us.

The couple’s newly purchased home needed three remodeled bathrooms, and upgrades including lighting and electrical, paint and some Feng Shui adjustments. So while the contractor got to work on implementing our materials specifications, we designed and procured all of the furniture, window treatments, rugs and accessories, then we implemented adjustments prescribed by our Feng Shui practitioner.

These former “city boys” now have a cozy, modern pad to welcome them home from their trans-bay commute. (See the before and after photos!). Now, the couple can commence the process of settling into their new home, to connect, love and enjoy their lives together.

The Living Room After:


The Living Room Before:

Photo Jan 11, 3 09 05 PM

The Window Corner After:


The Window Corner Before:

Photo Jan 11, 3 09 14 PM

The Dining Room After:


The Dining Room Before:Photo Jan 11, 3 14 09 PM


The Dining Room (Alternate View) After:


The Dining Room (Alternate View) Before:

Photo Jan 11, 3 14 25 PM

Master Bathroom After:


Master Bathroom Before:

Photo Jan 11, 3 23 01 PM

Master Bathroom (Alternate View) After:


Master Bathroom (Alternate View) Before:

Photo Jan 11, 3 22 47 PM

You might be wondering about that fabulous color in the dining room — it is a Sherwin Williams color called “Quite Coral” and was expertly applied by the crew at MB Jessee Paint Company.

Our clients were concerned about what would happen to the Victorian era tub, sinks, and lighting fixtures. All working items were re-homed to Habitat For Humanity.

Now in place of the tub, there is a lovely bench seat in the enclosed shower with the drain running alongside the enclosure, so the floor of the shower is an uninterrupted flow of tile — so pretty.

Thank you for sharing this project with your friends!

Photo Credit: Patrik Argast



  1. Michelle Moquin January 24, 2014 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Sweet! Love the dining room color! Happy New Year! xox

    • admin February 20, 2014 at 7:42 am - Reply

      Michelle, so nice to see you here. We love that coral, it’s been a big hit and it brings such good energy to the room.

  2. Hugh Groman January 25, 2014 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    “Quite coral” looks familiar…. any chance it is the same color on the ceiling at Phil’s sliders? 🙂

    • admin February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am - Reply

      You know, that’s quite possible Hugh. I will come by for a grass fed slider soon and remind myself.

  3. Lisa Riddiough January 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I love the color of the dining room and the accents in the living room.

  4. Peg Bausch January 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    The way you have used truly unique items to change the feel of the home is so talented. Like the lighting over the dining room table, lifting the eye upward to make the long room seem weightless and the color on the wall giving it depth and richness. Truly special and so difficult to do!

    • admin February 20, 2014 at 7:41 am - Reply

      Peg, you have such a way with words 🙂 Thank you for commenting!

  5. Ken Lewis February 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Yes, like Lisa I was struck with the colors and design of the dining room. The rest of the project is gorgeous too. You did an wonderful job with those small spaces!

    • admin April 5, 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

      Thank you Ken!

  6. Albert February 21, 2014 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Amazing transformation! The changes are simply jaw dropping and loved each bit of it. I guess I got some ideas for my sleutel op de deur (turnkey) home. I am planning to do some changes in it. It is already done really good but just some minor editions to be done. The pictures are also beautiful. Enjoyed reading the post.

    • admin April 5, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Albert, thank you for your comment. Send me some pix, I’d love to see your sleutel op de deur. (haven’t heard that one before)

  7. Carolyn April 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    What is the paint color in the living room? It’s perfect–light but bright and rich…like a pool of melted old-fashioned vanilla ice cream. Great job!

    • admin April 5, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      I’d have to look it up but I think it was Manchester Tan from Ben Moore.

  8. Lynn April 17, 2014 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Loved the master bath! Name of tube-like light fixtures?

    • admin May 28, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

      I wish I could remember, email Neha@lmbinteriors and she’ll let you know…

  9. Jyoti May 14, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    What an amazing transformation! I especially love the dining room color. Where can I find the dining table and chairs? I absolutely love them! Thank you in advance

    • admin May 28, 2014 at 6:40 am - Reply

      Hi there, the table is and the chairs are Restoration Hardware in one of their custom linen fabrics, linen fog I believe. thanks for reading the blog, I love knowing that people are finding it.

  10. D Brennan July 10, 2014 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Great job. If I ever redecorate, you’re it!

    • admin July 17, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Hi Debbie, we are here to serve. Let us know when the time comes!

  11. admin July 17, 2014 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Hi Katie, We covered the window with a giant mirror to make the room feel bigger in the bathroom, there is a large window in the new shower which allows enough light and in the dining room we removed the old thermostat box and light switch during the upgrades as they were no longer needed. There is another light switch to control the chandelier on the other side of the room. Thanks for commenting.

  12. admin July 17, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Thank you Linda, I need the encouragement! Getting the blog written while running the business and a family can sometimes feel like too much but I do love writing it so I’m thinking about what to cover next while I wait for new projects to get photographed. Any ideas?

  13. Allure Nobell January 15, 2015 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Nice bathroom vanity. I need one for my “fixer” craftsman in East Richmond Heights. Where did that come from?

  14. Kerri March 10, 2015 at 9:34 am - Reply

    What a lovely transformation! Would you mind sharing how you mounted the sheer curtains on the windows? I love the effect!

  15. Fei Draper April 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm - Reply

    Viewed this on a gloriously rainy a easter Sunday … Most impressive

    • admin April 20, 2015 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      Thank you – it was a very fun project!

  16. Tina Mirenzi August 12, 2015 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I love the Coral paint color in the dining room! It’s beautiful. Can you please tell me what color paint it is?

    • admin September 16, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      It’s called “Quite Coral.”

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