[Trever Hill Design]
Story by Trever Hill with Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Trever Hill
My work takes me all over the region and sometimes across the country, but the lakes area is always a favorite destination, even in the winter months. This time, a new design challenge led me to Walker, Minn., where I met the Winter family and got a chance to refresh their living space. By the time we finished, every surface on the main level had gotten a makeover and a once dated space was lightened, brightened and given a fresh new life.
Setting a New Tone
The Winters hired me to refresh their main level, and I had a blast working with them. To complete their new look, we gutted the kitchen, switched out all of the lighting, resurfaced the flooring and walls, then did some fresh, final touches with furnishings and accessories. Luckily, the home had good bones, so we didn’t need a general contractor because we were just refreshing the surfaces and cosmetic finishes.
Initially, the entire home had a yellow hue that felt dated. To tackle the outdated finishes, we had to first tackle the hardwood floors. These were sanded down and re-stained by Lumberjack Hardwood Floors to give a richer and more updated look. The only thing we didn’t touch was the ceiling; they loved the warmth the wood ceiling brought to the space. With the ceiling staying the same, we softened the overall hue of the home and the wall color was warmed up with a neutral greige. We left the existing trim color to coordinate with the ceilings. Every surface on the main level was touched, including the entryway, laundry room and mudroom tile.
Great Room Goals
In the main living space, I wanted to draw attention to the height of the beautiful ceilings and windows. For the fireplace elements, we upgraded from a typical sheetrock wall to a timeless Daltile that resembled brick.
Throughout the home, we sourced the majority of the furnishings and accessories from various stores in Fargo. I ordered the blue, wing back chairs from Sunpan and found the sofa and artwork at McNeal & Friends. The console and side table was handcrafted by Grain Designs and the burlap poufs were a fun find from Wayfair.
At the Heart of the Home
Initially, the kitchen finishes were pretty outdated and they needed a larger island that would offer more function for their lifestyle. We went with Lampert’s Cabinets for the cabinetry, hardware and Cambria countertops. The Winters loved the idea of supporting the town of Walker, so we used as many local suppliers as possible. Every project is about the client and making sure they get their dream space, executed the way they want it done, so working with local vendors was a top priority.
We found a tone of wood we wanted for the cabinets and Lampert's was able to match it; we ended up using that same color-matching concept with the flooring. The backsplash tile blends in nicely with the wall color and adds a different sheen; it's not only beautiful but also purposeful.
For the cabinetry hardware, we broke all the old school rules and went for a variety of styles and sizes. I think of hardware as the jewelry of cabinets; have fun with it, but stay in the same metal tone to give the cabinetry a cohesive look.
Dinner is Served
In the dining room, we gave the gathering space a fresh look with a new dining table from Furniture Mart and accessories and tablescape by Eco Chic Home. For a light pop of color, we chose stools and captain chairs with pieces special ordered through McNeal & Friends.
Round Two Redesign
The Winters started out as clients, but I'm so grateful that we ended as friends. By the time the project was complete, I felt like I really knew them and their family well. We’ve stayed in contact since the main level wrapped up, and now they are ready to start round two with a refresh in the lower level of the home!
Feedback from the Homeowner: Sheri Winter
"Our daughter met Trever a few years ago in Walker and in our trips over to Fargo every few months we would pick up local design magazines. I loved the work Trever did on all of his projects. When we decided to do some remodeling I emailed him thinking there was no way he would come over to Walker as he was 'too famous'; he emailed right back and came over the next week! He walked into our house and within a few minutes, he had a vision for our remodel. A couple of weeks later we went to Fargo to see his vision and it was perfect for us. We appreciate his talent, his availability whenever we had any questions, and his wonderful personality and heart."
"The day Trever and his assistant came to our house to arrange everything for our big reveal was just like you see on TV, amazing! We told Trever our house had good bones but we wanted it to feel cozy and comfortable, and we now have that and more...a wonderful friend."
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