A renovation refreshed this Virginia home from ’90s throwback to contemporary cool

After residing in their Richmond home for pretty much twenty years, a Virginia family found themselves near departing it behind. They came near to buying another house, before interior designer Jamie Ivey advised them that you simply have no idea what you have til it’s gone.

‘That [new] home would need thousands and thousands of dollars in construction and renovation costs to have it where they wanted it,’ stated Ivey. ‘I convinced them their current home had lots of space it simply needed a refresh.’

An outdated design plan resulted in by late 2019, the proprietors were gradually receding of affection using the house. ‘The big must-have for the spaces ended up being to update the appearance, because it was greatly stuck within the 1990’s,’ stated Ivey. ‘They wanted something fresh having a modern feel, but nonetheless fitting using their colonial revival-style home. Therefore it needed to be an impression traditional, however with a contemporary bend. The wife didn’t desire a feminine color scheme or ornate details. We clicked immediately, when i certainly gravitate perfectly into a more moody masculine vibe within my designs.’

Including the pandemic-caused delay which has hindered the renovation of even a few of the world’s best homes, the work was completed captured. ‘The house is now more functional for his or her current lifestyle, and feels updated but still classic,’ stated Ivey. ‘They really are a warm, friendly, modern, inviting, lower-to-earth family, and also the home now reflects that vibe. Now I simply need to convince these to re-design their kitchen!’

Ivey required us on the tour of the house, and shared how she introduced a languishing home bang current.


Welcoming visitors into the house is an entrance hall full of personal touches. ‘We were built with a new stair runner installed, in addition to produced a gallery wall, where we re-presented family photos and mixed them along with new modern pieces,’ stated Ivey of her hallway ideas. ‘The large round mirror in the entry, metal console table, and fabulous brass ceiling fixture in the entry give a fresh look as soon as you enter the house.’

Family Room

‘My favorite room to create was the family room,’ stated Ivey. ‘I like it when clients wish to accomplish different things, and painting all things in that room an in-depth warm bronze from Sherwin-Johnson really produced the comfortable intimate space these were after.’

With brass accents along with a custom cowskin Ottoman from Vanguard adding further warmth towards the dark family room ideas, Ivey must be conscious to keep balance within the room. ‘To ensure that it stays from being too warm, we married it having a custom sectional inside a awesome grey fabric from Kravet. We’d pillows produced in a mixture of plaids, stripes and solids. The general vibe makes you need to enjoy your heels and relax.’

Dining Area

For those who have a cloth that you simply love, allow it to inspire the plan for an entire room. ‘The curtain fabric was the jumping off point for that color scheme from the room, because the colors were wealthy and saturated,’ Ivey stated of her dining area ideas. ‘We pulled among the curtain colors and colored their existing built-in cabinetry an in-depth eco-friendly blue.’

The Farrow & Ball colored unit extends across the size of one wall, using the dark blue tones brought out within the recently upholstered chairs, completed to ‘give the area more added texture and pattern’, stated Ivey.

‘The showstopper chandelier is really a conversation starter for sure’, she added from the light fitting from Kelly Wearstler’s Rousseau collection with Visual Comfort, visible within the reflection of some other stunning circular wall mirror. ‘This room isn’t modern, but isn’t traditional, it’s both. It’s precisely what i was attempting to achieve through the home.’