Topsail Beach, NC
This project was a whole home renovation on Topsail Beach, NC due to storm damage from Hurricane Florence. The homeowner contacted Intracoastal Interiors roughly 2 years after the hurricane in dire need of help and fed up after years of dealing with the insurance and restoration companies. In less than 6 months, I sourced and selected all her finishes, fixtures, and furnishings helped to project manage the remaining work and hire subcontractors, redesigned kitchen and bath layouts, and completed the installation of this 6 bedroom, 4 bath vacation home in plenty of time to enjoy the upcoming summer season! We were thrilled to rescue this renovation and delighted to hand over a beautiful beach home design where our busy clients can fully relax and enjoy spending time with family.
This project in the Porters Neck community in Wilmington, North Carolina was an exciting full kitchen remodel and renovation of the main living areas. The homeowners were newcomers to the area and put out a call for an interior designer in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, NC. Upon being referred, we quickly hit it off and I was excited by their can-do attitude and unique set of skills that would prove to be so helpful during their home remodel. David was a former architectural draftsman who could build just about anything and Michele enjoyed interior design and decorating, but they needed a little help with finishes and the layout of their space, as well as making the right connections with tradesmen and vendors in the area.
One of the major issues in the space were the floors, which involved three different types of flooring (tile, hardwood, and engineered wood planks) spread throughout the main living areas of the home. The homeowners were originally hoping to match the engineered wood flooring and carry that throughout the space, but I knew that with the different types and height levels of the flooring it would be difficult if not impossible to have it come out well. We called in my flooring subcontractor and instead settled on removing all the existing flooring and installing a 5″ white oak hardwood to be sanded and stained a light walnut brown color on-site.
Next, I got to work on their kitchen layout and quickly knew we would remove the wall between the kitchen and living room to open up the confined space and take advantage of the natural light from the soaring ceilings in the main living area. I planned for a floating island to house the sink and encourage gathering, and we settled on clean white shaker cabinets and a neutral palette with rustic elements of iron and natural wood. The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray to brighten the rooms and give them a timeless appeal.
The homeowners made it clear that they didn’t want the television to become the focal point of the room now that they had an open floor plan, but wanted to be able to entertain and enjoy their home together. With this in mind, we decided to completely renovate the existing dated fireplace and make it the centerpiece of the living space. In designing the fireplace we embraced the rustic, mountain elements of the area they came from and included a stacked stone surround and a reclaimed wood beam from an old tobacco warehouse that we cut down to use as the mantle. To keep a sense of place, we also added a little coastal charm for their new hometown of Wilmington, NC with just a touch of white shiplap on the fireplace wall.
The wood mantle was tied into the kitchen area with a stained cypress beam that acted as a header and additional support for the new opening to the living room. Oversized glass pendant lights with a rope-wrapped cord were installed over the raised bar, and we selected pitted pewter cabinet hardware in keeping with the warm and rustic feel of the space. A beautiful granite countertop was selected to coordinate with a handcrafted ceramic tile backsplash in a dark pewter grey.
A shared design vision between the homeowners and myself, coupled with great communication, project management, and a solid team of vendors and subcontractors, lead to an amazing outcome on this Porter’s Neck remodel.
The #portersneck3 project was a referral from our #portersneck2 clients who happen to live two doors down. The homeowners had started the process of a kitchen and laundry room renovation but were feeling overwhelmed by the selections they were being asked to make by their contractor without guidance or knowledge of the proper resources.
I was able to help finalize their finish selections within a single appointment as well as introduce them to several reliable subcontractors that helped to complete the renovation under my project management (on time and within budget, of course!), allowing the homeowner to focus on other things, like furnishing the main living area.
When I initially met this client, she wanted a lighter, brighter living space. We decided to have the walls of the entire main living area in this open-concept home painted a beautiful, almost neutral shade of blue called “Windowpane” by Benjamin Moore that brightened up the space instantly.
Next, we selected new sofas with a similar shade slipcover for easy maintenance. Bold hits of coral and turquoise via a custom upholstered swivel recliner and lacquered grass cloth cocktail table complement the paler shades of blue and accents of polished nickel.
Drapery panels were designed to frame the view and layer over woven shades in the living room for further texture and interest.
We worked with some of the client’s existing furniture, including the china cabinet which we painted from black to a bright satin white with aqua interior. The painted blue interior was the perfect backdrop for the client’s ocean-themed pottery and shell collection, and we replaced the existing hardware with cut and polished glass knobs in a bright, happy shade of turquoise.
We used the same glass knobs on a custom media cabinet that I designed and had fabricated to fit their storage needs, with woven rattan fronts and a ming-style foot.
My artist-client and her family finally have a bright, happy home that reflects their fun and unique personalities.
Not only is the home good-looking, but it’s finally functional too, with an updated laundry room and kitchen, and a more inviting layout and furnishings.
I was thrilled to be able to make such a difference in this client’s home and to meet them through a wonderful word-of-mouth referral from right down the street!
Intracoastal Interiors was approached by Glenn Real Estate Group to furnish and redesign two existing lobbies in the Station Place building in Wilmington, NC. Upon my initial visit to the space, I left feeling that the building had a lot of potential but was too dark and in need of an updated color palette and fixtures. The lobbies featured handsome marble tiled floors and wood paneling, but the similarly toned paint color on the walls and ceilings didn’t allow for enough contrast to let these features shine. Additionally, the lighting fixtures were very heavy and formal, and didn’t put out enough light to sufficiently illuminate the space.
I chose two shades of off-white paint, Benjamin Moore Sea Pearl and Elmira White, to brighten up the walls and ceilings above the line of the paneling and to paint over a dated faux finish within the raised ceiling detail. A windowless stairwell connecting the two lobbies was also repainted, and freshened with new commercial carpeting from Shaw.
New light fixtures were specified with an emphasis on scale and brightness. I wanted to fill these spaces with as much light as I could to help visitors feel welcome and employees entering their office building everyday feel energized. I chose exposed bulb fixtures in brushed and polished nickel finishes for a contemporary yet classic look that would give off plenty of light while adding interest and gravity to what before felt like cavernous open ceilings.
When it came time to search for furnishings, my focus was on selecting quality, durable pieces that were also stylish and sophisticated. I used lots of leather and mixed metals to embrace the more masculine elements of the existing lobby finishes, and employed the repetition of geometric shapes and clean lines to ground the space and give it a cohesive, sleek appeal.
This transformation was completed with the addition of a commissioned oil painting by local artist Rachel Kastner, which depicts the beauty of our coastal environment in a serene, abstracted marsh landscape. This work of art brought in the color that was lacking in the first floor lobby and added a natural and bespoke element to the space that I like to bring to all of my work.
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We called Jenny after she was referred to us from a neighbor. She got to work right away by finding out what it was we wanted in a new kitchen remodel. We knew she understood us when she presented the design board for our kitchen. Jenny assisted us in picking our paint colors, tile back splash, lighting fixtures as well as flooring and cabinet hardware, all of which we love. Being new to the Wilmington area we didn't know many people and Jenny was instrumental in getting us in touch with wonderful painters, flooring and drywall contractors, as well as tile and granite showrooms. We would definitely work with Jenny again and would recommend her to anyone looking for an interior designer.Michele Mise Brandon8/28/2019
Jenny was a pleasure to work with on a remodeling project including two dated commercial lobbies and a stairwell. The process was seamless and her attention to detail and level of communication was second to none. I would strongly recommend her for any interior design related project.Daniel Glenn8/28/2019
We were introduced to Jenny & Intracoastal Interiors by our builders, who have used Jenny in the design end of projects they have worked on. Our experience with Jenny was exceptional! She is extraordinarily personable, listens to what your design goals are & works toward that end, is very adept at resourcing design options at all price levels, timely in communication & sharing ideas, & has access to a multitude of resources. Our project was a beach house that we were working on from out of town, & Jenny was very accomodating in going to the job site when needed & efficiently communicating with our builder & project manager.We couldn't be more pleased with the design help we received from Jenny at Intracoastal Interiors!Thomas Stone8/28/2019
Working with Jenny was exceptional. She is very resourceful and has connections to the vendors and technical resources needed to make a dream come to fruition. What drew me to choose Intracoastal Interiors for our living room and den projects was that I could tell she would be someone who got me to the Finish. Throughout the process she listened, measured, searched for products and gave insightful opinions when necessary. As a busy mom myself, she made our move into our new home effortless by scoping products at stores and taking me to see the key ones. She managed our project within budget and really found us quality, fun, stylish pieces that I would've never found myself.We hosted our first party this past week in our new spaces and everyone felt comfortable and kept commenting on how perfect the house was. I had to admit - I had some very accessible, expert help - from Intracoastal Interiors.Leah Bussert8/28/2018