Project Lake Claire is one of our O.G. JMV Style clients- it’s just taken us this long to talk about them. They moved into an amazing home in Lake Claire earlier this year, and we took on several building projects to help make the space match their style and their awesome, awesome family. We’ve shared a few peeks on instagram over several months, but it was time to really show what we did here. Because there were several projects, we’re splitting them in a more manageable way- I know I can talk a lot, so let’s make the subject a little more reasonable, eh?
We’re starting off with Kid Stuff: three projects that directly related to making their home function well for their two young (and so ridiculously adorable) kids.
First up was a big safety concern: baby gates for the stairwell. I don’t know if you know, but most of the baby gates you can buy in stores are pretty depressing. And generally plastic. Since the stairs are part of the dining room, where we did a set of HUGE wraparound floating shelves (don’t worry, we’ll share lots of that soon!), we wanted the gates to look just as stylish and thoughtful. There are a lot of rustic wood pieces and tones in this house, so we went for a barn door aesthetic, and color matched it to the red-toned staircase.
Because of the angle of the staircase, a door that completely covered the width wouldn’t fit flat against the wall when open. It may be hard to see in the photo below, but we included a stop on that wall so that the latch arm doesn’t slam into the wall. We painted the block to match the walls so that it blends in as seamlessly as possible.
The kids playfully (I hope) refer to the gates as “Baby Jail”, so I’m pretty sure that means we did our job right 🙂
The kids’ rooms and bathroom are upstairs, so that is totally their domain. Their bathroom was a really great size, and we took on two projects to pack in a ton more function for this family. The toilet nook was pretty much wasted space, so we added three floating shelves above for extra storage. There’s plenty of extra room for when they start accumulating hair products, makeup, and all that fun teenage stuff, but for now it gets to hold a few helpful things, and some pretty decorations.
The last project for the kids might be my favorite of the entire house, because it was such a big transformation. Their existing vanity was small and dated, and there was so much empty space in the room. We decided to use that vanity as a starting point, do a big addition, and totally refresh the countertop and sink. It completely changed the room!
The open storage gives them LOTS of room for extra stuff- and everything can be organized into pretty baskets and boxes. The wood top is just so pretty- it actually inspired the wooden countertop in our new master bath!, and fits perfectly with the fresh white sink. We also love how the wood connects to the floating shelves above the toilet and the woven laundry basket to bring the whole room together.
This whole room is so fun and playful, and if they want to make changes in the future, these pieces will easily transition with other styles. (Except maybe the baby gates- they probably won’t need those forever 🙂 )
We have plenty more of this great house coming up, including a mirror sliding door, a laundry room packed with function, and a secret office lair. You read that right. Just you wait.