The vintage desk, chairs, and rug are family heirlooms, and the wrought-iron chandelier is customized-made. “She started buying stuff for the home a yr before we moved in,” says Mark, with a laugh. Extending an island’s countertop supplies snug house for knees. Lisa and Mark sealed up a aspect entrance in the kitchen, making room for a large Viking stove, set against a slate-tile backsplash. Custom cupboards with antique glass panes and Restoration Hardware light fixtures add to the finished look, as does a constructed-to-order island.
That way, it becomes a blend of old and new — they usually do not have to buy every thing they see once they walk in. The contractor you choose should be getting a discount on retail prices, and Fowler says that this will profit you, too, in that you can “capture some or all of those financial savings.”