High Point House: Guestroom and Bathroom


We’re winding down the High Point House Renovation project, and we only have one guestroom and the guest bathroom remodel to talk about! This bedroom is a little different from the others, featuring a daybed and trundle. It’s also a unique style blend of casual-industrial-meets-Mid Century-modern. This room puts emphasis on the often over-looked fact that style and functionality can co-exist in harmony, all it takes is a little creativity and the right pieces!

As for the bathroom re-model, we took what was probably the original bathroom and completely gutted it in favor of a sleek and modern look that complements the rest of the home.


The room, like most of the others, was pretty much a nice blank space. The paint color wasn’t that bad either, but it needed a refresher. Choosing a wall color can be a tricky thing. Those little paint swatches look lovely in their neat little squares, especially when they’re beautifully presented with complementary or gradient colors. It’s an entirely new story when the color goes up on the walls, and what you thought was the perfect hue soon turns into a color you can’t stand.

Well, here’s the crazy secret: wall color isn’t as important to an overall design as you might think! In keeping with contemporary tastes, light and bright is always in, and the design world can’t get enough of neutrals, especially grays. Unless you have a specific look or plan in mind, going with a vivid or dark color could easily overwhelm a space. Even the warm gray-taupe color originally on these walls was a little dark. When if doubt of a paint color, go with a low-contrast, clean gray. It’ll allow the furniture and accessories you choose to really shine, but will still give the room a finished look.


This particular daybed is extremely contemporary and unassuming,  lending itself to a multitude of styles. It also looks more like a sofa than your traditional daybed, which is a plus when your designing a room for guests. This space could easily double as a quiet den when someone is not using it as a bedroom. The convenient trundle is well-hidden, offering addition sleeping space without compromising the design.

Dark, espresso finished occasional tables help anchor the space with a little contrast and add a Mid Century vibe. Eclectic elements like the industrial gear table lamps, a few burnt orange accents, and multi-patterned throw pillows create a unique style statement.

The gray-blue wall art references some of the throw pillows’ cooler tones and brings in a rich royal blue–the perfect complementary color to that lovely orange.

To complete the retro/eclectic style, a sleek Mid Century accent chair in white vinyl was chosen for the corner. It’s eye-catching silhouette is balanced by the light upholstery and doesn’t draw an unnecessary amount of attention away from the rest of the room.

Now, for the  bathroom…


It was every bit 50’s style, right down to the powder-pink sink. For a those who are into preserving a home’s original and authentic look, the sink would have been a nice save. However, giving the bathroom a totally face-lift was necessary for consistency with the rest of the house.


This strange beige/rose tile probably wasn’t original, and really dated the space, and not in a good way. The cream colored tub speaks for itself.


The final result is stunning! The cabinets reflect the style of the kitchen will being much more storage friendly than the original cabinet. They also float a good six or so inches above the floor—giving the space a weightless look (plus it’s great for cleaning). A graceful walk-in shower replaces the bulky and dated tub/shower, and those beige tiles are no where to be found! We reconfigured the toilet and made the space into an open storage nook for linens and towels.

Inspired to create a versatile den + guestroom in your home? Or are you interested in a contemporary take on a Mid-Century bathroom update?

High Point House: Two Guestroom Styles


The next two guest bedrooms in the High Point House are a simple study in interior design; the before photos show that the rooms were in pretty good shape, if not bland. The perfect blank slate! The fun aspect of Mid Century design is that you have room to do the unexpected, and because contemporary trends have evolved directly from the clean and simple lines of the 50’s and 60’s, blending old and new is a breeze. Here are a few quick tips!


There’s not much to say about the space, other than pointing out the few major things we changed: wall color and flooring. A warm grey updated the room without making it too sterile. That buttery-yellow paint certainly wasn’t the worst shade we’ve come across, but it didn’t do anything to bring the space into the 21st century. The tired carpets were pulled up for a cool beige/grey carpet that had a luxurious geometric texture. The second guest room looked much the same, save for the wood paneled walls that we gave a fresh coat of paint.


For a guestroom, a welcoming bed is the top priority. It should have a little “wow” factor, and coincide with the rest of the home’s décor. We went a bit more contemporary in this room, opting for a sleek, faux leather upholstered queen bed in a dark brown color. This substantial piece really makes a statement and sets the stage for some lovely contrast.

With a light, neutral bedspread, we went bright and punchy with the throw pillows! That touch of red livens up the space and off-sets the high-contrast theme, adding just enough warmth. That one black and white diamond patterned throw completes the entire bedding ensemble and slyly references that abstract/geometric, creating a sort of visual cadence that moves your eye around the space.

As for the nightstand, we went old school, choosing a beautiful chestnut wood finish and clean lines that are straight out of the Mid Century era. Their rich, ruddy tone plays off those bright red pillows and boldly mixes old and new styles.


In this light and bright space, we started with neutrals once again. (Really, they’re so beautiful) You just can’t beat soft beige and creams. And yes, they most definitely can go with a light gray wall color! Even though beige and gray are on opposite ends of the cool/warm spectrum, they are still neutrals, so they’ll play nice together. To add a little dimension, we chose a deep midnight blue accent color. It’s not quite navy, which may have been too dark, but it does the trick!

Make your guests feel super welcome and pile those throw pillows high. You really can’t have too many, so give the bed that luxurious and relaxing feel. Between the inviting, elegant neutrals and a natural oak finish bedroom set, this guestroom is understated and refreshing!

The soft and swirling artwork above the bed’s headboard ties in all the subtle colors and textures of the space seamlessly, creating a polished look. Wall art can be a difficult element to get right! Take your time when choosing the right pieces. Instead of building your room around a painting (unless you are absolutely in love) try adding the art last. You’ll have a much better chance of choosing exactly what your room design needs.

Between the inviting, elegant neutrals and a natural oak finish bedroom set, this guestroom is understated and refreshing!

Which guestroom make over is your favorite?

High Point House: Kids’ Guestroom


The High Point House has five bedrooms, including the master suite, so that meant plenty of room for guests!  Bringing a Mid-Century style to life while still keeping things fun and inviting wasn’t too difficult with the help of a bright and trendy color scheme. We geared the look toward something kids would love, but it easily lends itself to grown-ups, too!


The room was looking pretty tired before the make-over, and the non-descript paint color (somewhere between gray and green) just wasn’t cutting it. The dated window treatments also made the room feel small by limiting the light and breaking up that wall with heavy curtains. The carpet needed a refresher too, though most of this was easy to fix!


Contemporary and retro styles meet in the middle in this fun and funky bedroom. The marine green writing desk and matching end tables anchor the space with eye-catching pops of color. They also sport sleek and simple contours and tapered, natural oak finish legs—bringing that Mid-Century look into the 21st century. To keep things playful, we chose the complementary color, coral, to balance out the color scheme. The effect is lighthearted and bright.

For bedding, we went with this rather understated geometric bedspread. Gray, white, and just a touch of robin’s egg blue, the colors were perfect—simultaneously recalling all the gray throughout the room as well as referencing that lovely blue color.

In order to not overwhelm the room, we couldn’t bring in too many other saturated colors or complicated patterns. We stuck with a light gray backdrop for the wall and carpeting, which not only kept the design airy, but added that refined, “grown-up” element.

Now, those metal farmhouse-inspired twin beds may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mid-Century, but they totally work! The key is the shiny chrome finish, which gives the beds a modern look that references trends from the space-age era. The chrome metal beds also come together with the retro pieces to create an eclectic feel that’s a little unexpected but completely works. We added a few metallic accents here and there—like the convenient silver mirror above the writing desk and the bedside lamps—which tied the overall outcome together and gave the space that polished look.

This guestroom turned out absolutely adorable; what do you think?

The High Point House: Living Room


Welcome to the High Point House once again, and for this post, we’re going to be taking a look at the living room renovation. With a wall of windows, bright colors and an unassuming design, this room has tons of personality and an inviting style.


When we began, the space had some amazing bones; between the massive windows and the stunning ceiling beams, we knew it was a real diamond in the rough!


Unfortunately, even though the space was so light and bright, the ceiling’s angle and the beams’ dark wood finish made the ceiling seem low and limited the open feel of the room. The walls were also a little mismatched, between the painted wood paneling and the brown brick. According to our grand plan of a large and lovely great room, we ended up taking out the walls that cut off this space from the rest of the home.


Next, we painted the ceiling beams and brick wall a clean and fresh, like the rest of the great room. This not only establishes an easy flow, but it lightened the ceiling, making it feel less claustrophobic and higher. The brick wall no longer clashes with the room, but still offers a subtle texture that adds a layer of character to the space.

For the main furniture pieces, we went with a matching sofa and loveseat, sporting Mid Century style elements like natural oak accents and sleek contours. The royal blue upholstery helps to anchor a space that’s otherwise light and without contrast.




The industrial inspired media stand and book shelves look great against the brick wall, but they also add a casual sense and modernize the whole design, blending retro and contemporary styles. As for throw pillows, blankets, and decorative objects adorning shelves, we carefully chose simple, geometric shapes that were solid in color and played on the idea of a primary color scheme with a little variation. Placed strategically in the room, these objects really pop and help your eye move around the space, creating a unified and lively visual story.

With so many colors in the design, it’s important to keep your area rug purposefully neutral. If we pulled that lovely chartreuse or burnt orange into the rug, we may run the risk of overwhelming the room and distracting from the overall harmony. The gray and white chevron/diamond rug is subtle, but not boring. It also ties in the gray walls while the pattern speaks to the Mid Century vibe!

Let’s turn our attention to these awesome accent chairs for a moment. Their light blue upholstery seems pretty neutral compared to the their royal blue sofa and loveseat counterparts, but they balance the flow of the space; had they been a bright color or even matched the other pieces, the space would feel heavy and clunky.


If your’e facing the rest of the great room, you can see across the entire space, but the support beams provide a sense of separation without closing anything off. They also add to the modern industrial element that runs throughout the house in both the décor and architecture.


This final shot shows this beautiful space in nighttime lighting—it’s totally inviting and ready for a gathering of friends and family!

High Point House: Sitting Room


Since we really wanted to emphasize the entertainment and social spaces of this home, we decided to render this cozy nook into a semi-open sitting room. It’s perfect for small group chats while still being a part of the larger kitchen/dining/living space. The area’s design is simple and straightforward, but since sitting rooms are traditionally considered a little more formal than other social spaces in a home, we wanted to ensure this area was casual and inviting.


Because the space is small, we had to be careful how much color we used, and how many pieces of furniture we chose to include. Even with only three walls and a large window, it would be easy for this room to feel crowded. We relied on the unique choice of four chairs upholstered in different colors to create a sense of variety without overwhelming the design. The different colors give the room an eclectic vibe that’s casual—not too stiff or formal. When choosing contrasting colors in a small room like this, it’s important that they don’t clash or distract from one another, and in their variety, go together with a sense of harmony.


The original, abstract art pulls together all the colors within the room while simultaneously exuding a soft and calm air, providing a slight contrast to the subtle geometric patterns around the room. Colorful throw pillows add comfort and also help the varying hues relate to one another without mismatching. We chose a light and bright white cocktail table that was simple in design. Anything dark or too vibrant might unbalance the space, create too much weight and ultimately make everything feel small. In terms of accessories, we went with fun colors that reflect the room and interesting pieces that achieve a lighthearted playfulness. A small gray area rug is just the thing complete this lovely sitting room, adding just enough visual interest to tie in the vase and pillow’s white patterning.


And here’s a look at the cozy sitting room at night, just waiting for group chats and mingling!

High Point House: Dining Space


In many great rooms, the dining area is usually just an extension of the kitchen, and while this is true at the High Point House, the dining space also connects to all the other entertaining spaces in the home, making it far more than just a place to have a meal! The space is also quite large and can host close to twenty people, if not more. We really wanted this area to be communal and central to the action. It’s easy to interact with people in the kitchen, living room, sitting room and even rec room. This house was really designed for hosting and entertaining!


When we began, the space already lent itself pretty well to a great room style kitchen/dining space, and we could see the potential! Of course, there were some big changes to be had, including moving the kitchen.



Before renovations, this large space felt a little closed off, the flow wasn’t offering much and we wanted to expand the room as much as possible.




The new space takes full advantage of the open space and layout, seamlessly flowing from the kitchen and into other rooms of the house.

Because we wanted to seat as many people as possible, we actually chose two matching dining tables that can seat up to twelve. The space is definitely large enough to host two tables without feeling claustrophobic. If needed, it easy to push them together as one table—which is convenient for holidays and more formal occasions. As of now, the two tables help give the space a fun and casual vibe.


With an over-sized island, we were able to fit five counter-height chairs, offering even more seating.

In addition, with an extra wet bar and counter space below the mounted TV, we were able to offer a ton of serving space for hosting as well as convenient gathering spots to set down drinks and mingle before dinner.


Another thing we love about our dining table choice is the way the table tops mimic the unique look of the wood floors. The texture really carries the clean, simple and casual vibe of the space. To add a little visual interest and layering, we made sure the wood grain of the tables were going in the opposite direction of the floor. This helps the tables stand out and show off their style a bit more!


As for accessories, we went with the same philosophy as the kitchen—natural, simple, elegant, and no extra frills or flowers! The splashes of green offer a wonder contrast between the wood and metals that brightly colored flowers would only detract from. Plus, if we had too many decorative object strewn about, they may get in the way of dining and entertaining, especially with large groups.


So, what do you think of the dining space? How would you put your personal touch on it?

High Point House: The Kitchen


The High Point House Kitchen may just be our favorite space in this home. The transformation is breathtaking and our designers have expertly merged old and new styles for a beautiful result. Adhering to the Mid Century Modern prescription, Everything is clean, bright, sleek and simple. However, we certainly did not overlook contemporary convenience and flow when we set about redesigning this space. Suited for modern life, this room is open and communal, perfect for entertaining and everyday living! So, how did we do it?


For starters, the old kitchen began as quite the feat to surmount! It was closed off and out of the way within the floor plan. It also let in less natural light than we would have liked for a space that should be bright and inviting. And, of course, the wood paneling strikes again. With all the darker wood finishes and the dated white cabinets and counters, the kitchen felt like it was fighting against itself and the look was very disjointed.


It’s narrow layout made easy flow and cooking space limited, and directed you more towards the hallway leading to the bedrooms rather than the living and entertaining area.


We ended up moving the entire kitchen to the other end of the space in order to update the flow and create a modern, open concept layout. This new kitchen set-up now takes advantage of the home’s architecture and natural light sources.


In terms of colors and textures, we kept things simple, but nonetheless stunning. The counters and cabinets exhibit a balance white and charcoal gray—sleek colors that are simultaneously contemporary and recall the futuristic vibes of the 50’s and 60’s. The polished and reflective surfaces, the touches of stainless steel and glass—all come together to create an airy and subtle look that’s high style yet totally livable.

To add a little variety and anchor the design, we chose to alternate the cabinet colors instead of opting for all white or gray. This decision adds visual interest to the space and helps to define the island, wet bar and kitchen areas in a room that’s completely open. To tie in the different colors, we went with dark counter-tops when the cabinets where white and light tops when the cabinets were dark. There’s a sense of balance and seamless flow in the kitchen that we absolutely love!


The wood floor we chose is a beautiful contrast to the angular and clean lines that make up most of the kitchen and eat-in area. It’s soft hue and multiple tones actually recalls the vintage paneling we took down; of course wood looks far better on the floor in most cases! The natural looking finish and medium tone coincides perfectly with that Mid Century vibe we’re going for without being out of place amidst contemporary finishes and modern colors.


When choosing accessories, we embraced the philosophy that less is more! Especially when dealing with a sleek and simple design. Whatever decorative item you choose, it’s important to remember not to let them distract from your space; stunning simplicity speaks for itself and Mid Century style trends cut out all the extra frills. We chose a few strategically placed vases, bringing in just enough color to contrast with all the surrounding neutrals. For botanicals, forgo the fancy flowers and go with unadorned green palms and succulents. They’re elegant and subtle. As a last touch, the rest of our kitchen accessories were mostly complied of natural wood dishes and bowls. This carries the lovely texture of the floors throughout the space and warms up the counter tops a bit.


What do you think of our gorgeous Mid Century kitchen make over at the High Point House? How would you add your personal touch?


High Point House: Recreation Room


This may be the coolest room in the High Point house! We are so excited about how the Recreation Room turned out—it was quite a transformation. One the great things about this particular space is all the natural light that streams in thanks to the wall of windows. It really brings a sense of the outdoors in, which is perfect for a fun and casual space to come and relax. While the renovation may look like a lot, when it was all said and done, the steps to get to this wonderful end result were pretty simple.


When we started with this space, it was as outdated as the rest of the house, but had great bones, so we had to make it into something special. There was a lot of room to work with, and the light and windows made everything seem airy and bright. The brick and exposed ceiling rafters that can be seen throughout the house also added some interesting character; it just needed a major update.


As for the excessive wood paneling—even though this feature was quintessentially Mid Century—we decided to skip that design trend altogether. The dingy dark brown trim and dated curtains encroached on the room’s openness, but those were easy fixes.


We went with a light and fresh gray that immediately updated the whole space. We opted for no replacement curtains: no need to hide those gorgeous windows! Since we wanted to center this room around a pool table, we chose minimal, yet functional, furnishing. Two small, bar-height tables and a couple bar stools each did the trick. It’s a super convenient area to sit with drinks and snacks. We also added a bookshelf for extra storage. Because of the casual atmosphere, we chose a modern and industrial style instead of pieces that might be considered a little more Mid Century. Metal and natural finishes are absolutely timeless and flow seamlessly with the retro air of the house.


At the other end of the room, we have another seating area that’s a bit more formal. It’s right next to the open entry to the main great room, which makes for a nice transition. It also make use of a wall that would otherwise be dead space.


Choosing wall art was a big decision for this room. Without it, there wasn’t much color and the space was a little too blank. However, we went big and bold and it paid off! In step with the retro-revive, the paintings are abstract. But, instead of going geometric with striking lines and shapes, we took a more organic approach. The art has vibrant colors, and save for one, the shapes are flowing and airy, which softens the industrial elements of the space. The only geometric piece we chose is still soft and undefined to an extent, creating a nice contrast with the others while still relating visually.  We love how the paintings pick up the colors of the pool table balls and the few accessories decorating the bookshelf. The amount of color is on point!


Overall, the room definitely achieved its goal! It’s fun, casual, and yet airy and elegant enough to fit with the rest of the High Point house, and it’s the perfect blend of modern and Mid Century styles!

High Point House: Master Suite


In keeping with the spirit of the house we went with transitional furniture, adding a solid Mid Century vibe. What’s unique and a little daring about this design is the light and dark contrast. To achieve a fresh, retro inspired style without looking too dated, it’s important to use contemporary design sensibility alongside those vintage elements.


As you can see, the original space was quite dated for the most part. The carpet needed to go, the curtains were dated, and the walls sported a strange shade of minty-blue. The room did have generous windows that flooded the space with natural light, which is a huge plus. Other than that, it wasn’t much of a master suite, especially with the very out-of-date rose-pink bathroom…



So, how exactly did we achieve the end design? Most of the rooms in this house are pretty standard without a whole lot of natural character compared to the exterior and the great room. However, that didn’t stop us from making a beautiful space and emphasizing some neat design elements in the space. For example, we painted the brick wall behind the bed a subtle gray to update the look while creating a soft contrast with the sloped ceiling.


Matching bedroom sets were quite a popular furnishing solution for bedrooms, and still have their place today. But, if you want a truly personalized and eye-catching design, consider mixing in different finishes and colors. The key is to create a sense of balance; too many pieces that are bulky or dark will close in that light and airy feel. Because the bed is already the focal point of any bedroom, by choosing a large, rich espresso finished frame, we gave that piece a lot of visual weight but kept other pieces neutral and bright. If we chose dark colors for the chair, end tables or accent tables, the extra visual weight would have disrupted the flow of the entire space.


Another lovely element in the master suite is the little sitting area we create by the windows! It completes the space and makes the room feel a bit more grand. The chair is a modern take on a classic design, and the simple, softened contours complement our Mid Century theme. We chose a smaller accent table with a sleek and shiny look that recalls the silver lamps atop the nightstands. Add a white porcelain vase and matching dish (both sporting retro geometric patterns) and the sitting nook comes together beautifully!



And that’s all there’s to it! Besides the actual renovation work, this make-over wasn’t too complicated. The important thing to remember is not to get carried away. Less is more, especially with a Mid Century design in mind. If you over think it, it’s easy to make the space feel like it’s being pulled in too many directions at once. Contrast, neutrals and sleek and simple are the major design elements you need to think about for this Mid Century contemporary master suite.




High Point House Renovation: Exterior


We’ve just completed one of our largest and most exciting projects of late: the total renovation of a Mid Century modern home! Naturally, we’ve updated the retro-modernist look with vintage inspired furnishing and décor from Mid Century Living, and the results are even better than we envisioned. Follow our process through this huge project for some beautiful Mid Century inspiration. We’ll go room by room and show you how to create each look, breaking down our choices for furniture, room décor direction, and accessories! We did our best to stay true to the home’s original beauty and Mid Century architecture, while still updating the look to fit a contemporary lifestyle. You’ll be amazed by the before and after shots of this renovation, and we hope that it’ll inspire you to bring a retro style into your home!

To begin, we’ll discuss the exterior of the house, and the relatively minor changes we made to bring out its natural beauty and Mid Century architecture. Modernism came after World War II, when Americans were ready to start anew, and this thirst for change fueled a radical shift from traditional home designs to something entirely different and unexpected. Shaping the future was an important goal and the space age hype had the country’s—and the world’s—attention. Naturally, with the energy to move forward and the rapid progression of technology, the shift in cultural ideals greatly influenced architecture. Simplicity, experimentation, and functionality spurred much the design trends. Mid Century architecture was about contributing to the everyday life style of the average person without going over the top with frills and excess. Large windows and bright, open-planned spaces (things we take for granted in contemporary homes) made their debut for the first time on a wide-spread scale. It was all about connecting man-made structures with the natural landscape; these architects really knew how to bring the outdoors in. However, when we found our project home, the outdoors were a on the verge of taking over the place…


But, as you can see, the house has some amazing bones. The front entry way is incredibly unique and a quintessential representation of the period’s architecture. You can plainly see the use of a post and beam structure, which allowed for the massive and numerous windows the house showcases. The beams even become part of the home’s charm and eye-catching curb appeal.


Of course, the home is far past its peak in these before photos. The brown brick and dark beams do a lot to date the exterior, and not in a fun, vintage way! The colors blend too much with the foliage and bring down the light and airy vibe that was originally intended. There’s some room for more porch space, but it’s taken up by large, overgrown planters. After a little weeding and some paint…


The house has a completely new life, but it stays true to the architecture’s dedication to modernism. Repainting the home a light gray with white trim serves to create a bright and modern mood while simultaneously emphasizing the angular, geometric design. Cutting back on the landscape helped to tame the spacious and beautiful yard, but we didn’t go overboard in fear of trespassing on the natural greenery for a design that looked too manicured and synthesized. We didn’t want to distract from the house.



We also expanded the porch area and added a second door that leads into the rec room. With the extra outdoor space, we were able add a wicker love-seat and matching chair for evening chats and gatherings. The steps leading to the pathway were replaced and updated with something a little sturdier, and the railings were swapped out for sleek and simple ones that reflected the contours of the entry way.


And here’s the renovated exterior at night! The floor to ceiling windows allow light to spill out, creating this beautifully lit effect, showcasing the home’s Mid Century splendor.

If you love what we’ve done with the outside, just wait until you see the inside! Coming up in the next few posts, we’ll explore the master suite, the kitchen, and the rec room. But don’t worry; there’s even more on the way, so stay tuned.