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Welcome to the blog of Shayne Morrissey, the resident interior designer at Morrissey Home Solutions.

Warner Road/Fort Worth, TX

Warner Road/Fort Worth, TX

The interior revival of a 1920's bungalow. 

When I'm lucky enough to get my hands on an old home, one of my design goals is to leave the house more historically accurate than I found it.  This particular home had been added onto and remodeled before. While the exterior remained accurate to a 1920's bungalow, the historical elements were lost in the interior. 

When I'm working with historical homes, I like to maintain modern amenities while incorporating elements that are reminiscent of the original period of the home. It's all about balance. For this blog post, I'm featuring my favorite spaces from the remodel- The kitchen, master bathroom, and parlor. 

Let's start with the kitchen!

 Original range hood, diamond cut marble and mirror tile modeled after stained glass from the 1920's. 

Original range hood, diamond cut marble and mirror tile modeled after stained glass from the 1920's. 

We fully gutted the kitchen and started from scratch. I rearranged the layout for a more workable and ergonomic kitchen. I designed the cabinets to feature inset doors and drawers vs. full overlay. Inset cabinets were the standard in the 1920's, so that was a must-have for this remodel. I wanted to preserve an original element of the kitchen, so we refinished the metal range hood and reinstalled it during the finish-out. 

 Stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, LED lighting, and under cabinet outlet strips- this is what I mean when I say historical, but with modern amenitities. 

Stainless steel KitchenAid appliances, LED lighting, and under cabinet outlet strips- this is what I mean when I say historical, but with modern amenitities. 

It's all about the details- Sometimes the smallest elements make the most impact. I asked our carpenter to trim out diamond shapes on the cabinet ends- This adds a little interest to an otherwise blank slate, and it also mimics the diamond pattern in the backsplash tile. I love continuity.  

 Details, details, details. 

Details, details, details. 

 I always incorporate pendant lights over kitchen islands. This anchors the island and softens the angles a bit. 

I always incorporate pendant lights over kitchen islands. This anchors the island and softens the angles a bit. 

I had to work within the space of the original kitchen- there really wasn't room to expand in any direction. This is proof that you don't need a massive kitchen to accommodate all of the modern appliances you could hope for. The kitchen hosts a 36" gas 6 burner range, secondary built in oven and convection microwave, ice maker, wine fridge and dishwasher, and a 36" built in refrigerator. What more could you need? 

When I'm working with limited space, maximizing storage is key. We would have lost space if we had a full pantry, so I designed the cabinets to the right of the wall ovens to be a built-in floor-to-ceiling pantry. 

 Tons of storage at the back side of the island, as well. 

Tons of storage at the back side of the island, as well. 

Shall we move on to the master bathroom? 

The master bathroom was a full gut job, as well. I removed a window and walls to maximize space and provide a more workable layout. We wanted the bathroom to feel like a high-end boutique hotel suite. This meant the fixtures and finishes had to be WOW! I retained the original bath tub and refinished it- painting the base of the tub black, and gold leafing the feet to match the vanity mirrors. 

 Refinished claw foot bath tub- an updated original. 

Refinished claw foot bath tub- an updated original. 

We waited months for this custom Art Deco reminiscent wall tile. I think it was worth the wait...

 The shape of the gold leaf vanity mirror mimics the pattern in the marble wall tile. Again with the details. 

The shape of the gold leaf vanity mirror mimics the pattern in the marble wall tile. Again with the details. 

If you want to design a space that is truly elevated and special, mix it up. Don't be afraid to Mix metals and finishes. This makes the space feel curated, elegant, and truly custom.  

 Crystal and brass chandelier over the bath tub. 

Crystal and brass chandelier over the bath tub. 

Moving on to the parlor. This is where guests are greeted when they enter the home, so I needed to make this space feel unique and special also. 

 View from the dining room covered in damask wallpaper, looking into the parlor. 

View from the dining room covered in damask wallpaper, looking into the parlor. 

 Geometric black and white wall tile surrounding the hearth 

Geometric black and white wall tile surrounding the hearth 

Flanking the original plaster fireplace, I dressed the windows in gray and white toile Roman shades. We retained this incredible silver and crystal chandelier. I painted the original plaster fireplace white and wrapped the base in black and white geometric marble tile for a wow factor.  

 New energy efficient windows modeled after historic craftsman windows of the time period. 

New energy efficient windows modeled after historic craftsman windows of the time period. 

 Don't skip the drapes. Everyone wants to forgo custom window treatments because of the expense, but they are SO worth it. 

Don't skip the drapes. Everyone wants to forgo custom window treatments because of the expense, but they are SO worth it. 

 We kept the original front door and hardware. 

We kept the original front door and hardware. 

 I think that often, we are so focused on what is new or trendy, and sometimes that mentality is a shame. Historical homes are treasures of the past that should be cared for and regarded as such. It was an honor to design and remodel this home, and I am so happy to share it with you! 

 

 

 

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