Episode 6: The Green-Grossfield Project – Downstairs Design and Flow

One of the first additions to our 1947 (former) rambler clicked with me immediately. A space added to connect the once-detached garage to the house was the perfect mudroom!

We used a durable, concrete looking tile on the floor and Ikea Hacks to put together three cubbies for the kids, and two closets for Marc and me in one weekend. We still got married after this project, so we’re solid. Now, it’s rare that backpacks or boots get as far as the kitchen, so the mudroom is doing its job.

Team looking at lighting and screen

The first floor is designed for the way we live. After stuff gets dumped in the mudroom, the powder room beckons the kids to wash their hands. The powder room is adorable. We used the same tile as the mudroom on the floor but did a feature wall with accent tile and commercial wallpaper. This room gets a lot of use, but the floating vanity and modern lighting make it beautiful. It’s not a big house so we had to maximize what we had.

Except for the powder room, we used the same flooring throughout the rest of the main floor to keep the flow and the palette simple. Stang-Lund in Elm from WD Flooring is the perfect choice for our high traffic spaces in the main living area.

Because we put on the second story and took off the original roof, we could relocate every room on the first floor and knock down almost every wall… and we did.  Everything is open. Marley (12) says there’s nowhere to hide in this house, Ruby (8) loves that it feels like everyone is together even if we are in the kitchen, dining or living rooms, and Maddox (10) likes that he can hoverboard from the mudroom to the deck.

Green Grossfield Project Design

The lighting is the star of the downstairs. The chandelier, pendants, and floor lamp, from Masiero, are stunning and add some movement to our angular floor plan. Other than the lighting, the only art is from local artist Drew Beson.

The original living room but it felt like a tunnel in the original home, so opened it up by putting in as many windows as possible. We found shades that are not only modern and beautiful, but enhance the views. We used Shangri La sheers from Comfortex, that allow in the perfect amount of light while still offering privacy. The fun factor: They can be opened with the touch of button… they’re motorized… very cool.

Billy and Kyle designed the media wall to be a feature but functional. The modern fireplace and TV are inset, and the tile keeps the TV from getting too hot. The fireplace is also remote controlled … a favorite feature for Marc.

We share an office in the back corner of the house. It’s private enough to hide from the kids and get some work done, but it still has a great view and access to the deck for morning coffee.

We love the way the energy flows through the space: It’s comfortable, functional, and warm. #housegoals

Coming up on the Green Grossfield Project, we’ll go upstairs to the 1,000-square-foot addition, where color explodes onto the walls.

By Jordana Green

Resource Guide

Faucet: Moen
Lighting: Maisero
Lighting: Creative Lighting
Wallpaper: Innovations
Vanity: Pipeline
Sheers: Comfortex
Flooring: WD Flooring
Tile: Tile Shop
Fireplace: Fireside Hearth & Home
Windows: Andersen Windows
Local Art: Drew Beson

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