First Floor Remodel (Kitchen, Dining Room, and Living Room)

We had the pleasure of updating this home, nestled in the hills of Oakland, with a minimal first floor remodel with major results.


In the kitchen, we kept the existing white cabinets and simple removed the awkward island. We added a contrasting island (black cabinets with white countertops), new lighting and marble subway tile. The kitchen looks brand new with just these minimal changes!

Existing cabinets and countertops on the perimeter.


The dining room is an awkward space and had a long empty wall that was just screaming for built-ins. Plus the homeowners did not have a wine fridge anywhere in the house (WTF? HAHAHA). The multi-functioning built-in acts as a bookshelf, storage, display case, and bar. We also added a wine fridge, fun blue wallpaper, gorgeous lighting, colorful accessories, and orange dining chairs help to contrast the white cabinets from the dining room built-in.

We are thrilled the clients allowed us to use this fun wallpaper in the space. We went with white cabinets to match the kitchen so this wallpaper pops and provides the right amount of fun in the space.


The entry is simple but has soaring ceilings. We placed this large, statement black and brass chandelier in the center with the client's existing console, a new large mirror and Oakland inspired artwork to create a great entry for all guests.


The living room looks out to the Oakland hills and just needed some sprucing up to make it work for the way the family lives. We updated the fireplace to include stacked stone tile with the original fireplace plaque embedded inside. With a contrasting paint choice and the Cameroon headdress, the fireplace now becomes the focus of the entire room. We flanked the fireplace with two benches (actually the benches from the clients previous dining table) and new cushions to make those cozy spots to wind down in the evening. We also added a more rustic mantle, the clients great framed masks and updated sconces to match the dining room.

This beautiful and unique framed artwork is the perfect piece for a vignette in the living room. A black and white modern sconce was the solution to lighting up this piece, providing a perfect little corner to the space.

Overall, we love these types of projects where we are able to work with good bones but elevate the small changes. An entire renovation isn't always needed - sometimes it's the small, substantive changes that make the biggest difference.

All photos by The IT Factory.

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