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Transitioning/Downsizing: The Move from House to Condo

Today I wanted to share with you all a project that actually wrapped up early fall of last year. I’ve had the images for a while now, but as soon as the holidays hit, my content had to follow suit. With everyone now tearing down their Christmas decor and working on refreshing their homes, it actually feels like the perfect time to share this post with you.

I had a wonderful time working with the Bontrager family as I helped to transition them from the home they raised their two daughters in, to a condo that suits their current lifestyle oh-so perfectly. With one college age daughter still living at home, we were able to create her own little retreat as well as a ‘music room’ for mom and a ‘man lounge’ for dad. From what I’m hearing, their transition has gone much smoother than anyone had anticipated ;)

The goal was to use as much from their current home as we could manage, tackle a few renovations to the condo and then fill in the missing gaps. We painted, updated fixtures, redid countertops and installed new carpet all prior to the move and I worked on tracking down the missing pieces to help make this condo feel like home. It didn’t hurt that Mr. Bontrager’s building company had a hand in all of the renovation work ;)

Let’s walk trough some images and I’ll share more details with you as we go!

They have a beautiful entryway where some of their current pieces were utilized. Fresh paint and a new light fixture were the updates we made in this area.

They found this storage piece that also serves as a desk for quick and easy access to pay bills etc.

The vaulted ceiling not only adds visual height to the room, but their decision to add paneling to it created a beautiful dramatic effect.

I knew the mantle would require something equally as dramatic and I was thrilled when I came across this mirror at HomeGoods! The floral arrangement Mrs. Bontrager had made was the perfect complement.

This pair of lamps was another HomeGoods score that ended up working perfectly on their sofa table.

New countertops, hardware and a fresh coat of paint were all that this kitchen needed.

With the whole family being blessed with musical talent, a music room was inevitable. There were also a number of stunning rugs to transfer from their previous home which gave us a great start!

The guest bath received a few updates as well, and now better reflects their style.

When it came to the master bedroom, their furniture worked beautifully, but we updated the bedding (HomeGoods…I’m sounding like a broken record, aren’t I?!) and they had the gorgeous floral arrangement made to tie in to the decor and balance the ceiling height.

The master bath got new counters and this mirror from Pottery Barn was installed. The picture doesn’t do it justice!

Upstairs you are first greeted by the ‘man lounge’, designed to be Mr.’s own little oasis.

In addition, the second floor is also home to their youngest daughter who has her own bed and bath. She has a keen eye when it comes to style (I’ll confirm that in a moment with the fabric she chose to recover her reading chair). In her bath we went with a simple black vanity and gold mirror that came from their previous home.

Black is the running theme in here and we decided to go bold with the wall that the bed would be positioned on. Floating shelves and gold reading lamps were the perfect accents.

I have a girlfriend that has done some upholstery work for me personally and I knew she’d be the one to revamp this chair and turn it back into a thing of beauty. The fabric is stunning and compliments the rest of the room beautifully!

It was quite a process for the Bontrager’s who put a ton of work into this move. Downsizing is no small task! But in the end, I don’t think any one of them regrets the decision. They now have a home that works perfectly for their family now and for years to come :)

Sources:
Renovations were completed by Steve Hackman Builders
Sunroom rug: Ballard Designs
Entryway light fixture: The Hite Company
Floral Arrangements: Daniel Vaughn Designs
Master Bathroom mirror: Pottery Barn
Red leather recliners: Klaban’s Home Furnishings
Reupholstery fabric: Waverly
Sofa table: Spectra Wood

Paint colors used:
SW 6249 Storm Cloud
SW 6107 Nomadic Desert
SW 7012 Creamy
SW 7069 Iron Ore

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