A Delightfully Refreshing Upgrade

Ten years ago this Edgewood cottage was the peak of style but as of 2022 this bed and bath combo got the refreshing upgrade it deserved.

(Right) In this bath, Laurie repainted the existing cabinets (from Twin Construction’s cabinet company) Mindful Gray (Sherwin-Williams). Walls and trim are Pointing by Farrow & Ball. Hardware is from Brandino Brass. Photos by Jean Allsopp

Ten years ago, Twin Construction co-owner William Siegel and his wife, Kim, renovated a cottage in the Edgewood neighborhood of Homewood. At the time, neutral interiors were all the rage, so the couple’s bedrooms and baths were placidly serene. But over the years, as trends and tastes started to change, the Siegels craved color and pattern. For help with a new look, the couple turned to trusted designer Laurie Fulkerson of Twin Interiors for a refresh. Bringing in colorful fabrics, wallpaper, and paint, along with new surfaces in the bath, Laurie injected the rooms with cheerful pattern that still offered a soothing vibe but with a lot more interest. “William is my boss so I am pretty picky when it comes to designing for him and his family,” says Laurie. “I always have favorite selections that I have saved in my mind, and I used a lot of those throughout the home.”

Laurie’s Picks

Half bath with bold blue floral wallpaper.
The powder room doubles as a guest bath a growing trend for homeowners that desire one level living according to Laurie Because it is seen from both the bedroom and the living areas this space needed some personality she says The bold pattern in the wallpaper repeats the blues grays and golds used in other rooms throughout the house The antique cabinet converted into a vanity during the original renovation is from Scott Antiques Market

Splurge: Tile! With so many styles to choose from, it’s easy to make a statement on floors, walls, and backsplashes. A marble herringbone creates a classic look, while an interesting pattern brings in a contemporary element.

Weekend Upgrade: If tile isn’t in the budget, opt for new mirrors and lighting. Wallpaper and fresh paint always make a difference. And you can never go wrong by replacing dated hardware. 

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Here to Stay: Natural stone and unlacquered brass are timeless. These appointments look equally good in kitchens and baths.

Favorite bath products: I love Aveda’s Shampure shampoo and conditioner. When I’m short on time, I like to use the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer—it’s a brush and dryer in one. One of my favorite shower mists is Eurospa Aromatics Pure ShowerMist. I’m also a big fan of Jo Malone products.

Expert Insights from Brandino Brass

Staying power: Unlacquered brass and other living finishes, along with black and polished nickel. 

Look for: Contemporary designs mixed with classic finishes, as well as textured hardware. (Think knurling and coining.) 

CURRENTLY TRENDING: More color on cabinets! Favorites are seafoam green and cornflower blue. 

Lighting: Clients love a beautiful chandelier centered over a soaker tub. Remember to coordinate lighting styles and finishes with your hardware.

Knobs or pulls? Small knobs (¾-inch) offer a classic look, especially on wider drawers. The choice between pulls or knobs is a personal preference. 

Mixing finishes: Each room can be treated as its own entity. Your kitchen cabinets do not need to complement your built-in den/office cabinets.

Statement makers: Crystal or acrylic knobs and pulls are definite favorites! Brass and crystal ring pulls are also popular.

Bedroom walls are painted Oval Room Blue (Farrow & Ball) to repeat the hallway wallpaper’s calming hue. The trio of Euro Shams, with their brush strokes of watery blues, golden yellows, and soft pinks, meets the color requirement the Siegels requested for their formerly neutral room. Laurie found the artisan fabric and had it custom-ordered in velvet. The golden-hued bolster offers a layer of texture. A subtle silver-and-cream pattern on the draperies brings in more texture. Drapery fabric: King Cotton. Art: Argent. Bed: Gabby Home.

Resources:

Laurie Fulkerson Twin Interiors, LLC: 205.802.3920 – [email protected]twincompanies.com

See more of Twin Construction and Twin Interior’s work here.

Brandino Brass: 205.978.8900 or 205.617.7175 – brandinobrass.com – Instagram: @brandinobrass

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Cathy Still McGowin

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