Asheville Interior Design – Contemporary Craftsman Before & After

Interior Designer Brings Modern to the Mountains

Updated Craftsman Becomes an Elegant Mountain Retreat

We were all in when the new owners of a Reynolds Mountain craftsman house asked for us to infuse some elegance into their outdated home. The existing house was styled as more of a hunting lodge than a modern family home and needed more than just a facelift. So our designers worked with the client, architect, builder, and tradesmen to create a one-of-a-kind design that incorporated the client’s refined tastes.

The “Before & After” images below showcase the difference that client-focused interior design makes in the everyday lives of customers.

We’ve posted additional images of this wonderful project in a gallery: Asheville Interior Design Dated Mountain Craftsman Remodeled into an Elegant Mountain Retreat.

Dining Room Redesign

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The previous dining room channeled a hunting lodge look with dark ceilings and trim, dark furniture, and a heavy reclaimed wooden figure as wall art. The overall effect is dark and heavy,  the opposite feeling our clients wanted

The redesign uses a modern lightweight color palette along with organic shapes, colorful art, and a live-edge table to harmonize the mountain setting with a modern aesthetic. The white trim and window treatments lighten the whole wall and make the most of the view, and the gorgeous overhead combines rustic and elegant while lighting the table settings beautifully.

Now, the dining area is a welcoming spot for our hospitable clients to entertain or just enjoy a quiet breakfast with an amazing view.


Kitchen Redesign

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The existing kitchen was in tones of brown and beige. From the walls to the cabinetry, flooring and tile, the entire space was one-note with a two-tiered island that cut off the room.   

The redesigned kitchen features a modern cool palette on the walls with a cabinetry color that ties in the connected dining room.  Even darker coordinating range hood and island cabinetry provide warmth and visual interest.  April and her team improved the functionality of the as well by updating the range top and adding an in-island wine fridge and ice maker. 

Undoubtedly, the wow factor was the solid polished quartzite backsplash that tied together the features of the room, including the golden pendants, creating an elegant kitchen for cooking and entertaining.  

Family Room Redesign

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The previous family room was dark with multiple wall cut-outs, making the space feel disjointed. The two-tone beige walls and furnishings made the room outdated and the exposed shelving encouraged additional clutter.  FS Design Group modernized the room by removing the cutouts, broadening the mantle, lightening the color scheme, and making the fireplace surround more cohesive. with a clear visual focus. 

Cozy textures and finishes were added to entice visiting guests to curl up with a beverage and a book to enjoy the fire or snuggle in for a rom-com binge.  The downstairs bathroom was enlarged and modernized at the same time.

REc Room redesign

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The Rec Room was a hodgepodge of styles that served as both entertainment space and spare bedroom.  FS Design worked with the architect and, together, made this Rec Room more functional.  The first order of business was to build a wall that divided the room into two spaces – a true entertainer’s bar and a separate guest bedroom.

The bar was designed and built with visual cues from the main kitchen but in a cozier version for snowy game night parties.  The warm leather chairs and natural material furnishings nod to the mountain setting, but the glimmering wallpaper, sparkling tile, and sliver cabinet hardware add a layer of elegance that encompasses the homeowner’s style. 

Living Room redesign

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The living room was cluttered and confused with a jumble of textures, colors and shapes all competing for the eye. The fireplaces put as much heat into the chimney as the room and there was no place to store the wood. The tight grid of the upstairs railings blocked views for the upstairs sitting room, and added two additional colors, increasing the clutter.

The new interior design welcomes relaxing and entertaining, while incorporating wood storage, a redesigned traffic pattern, and a TV so that the open kitchen and living room flow as a single space for hosting or watching the game while cooking up a family dinner on a Sunday. The modern railing is open for views, while framing the space.

Upper Guest Room redesign

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A delicate little girl’s room was transformed into a serene space for guests with the touch of FS Design’s wand. Modern luxury can be seen from floor to ceiling with elegant rugs, furnishings and lighting. The updated walls and trim simplify the room and draw the eye to the gorgeous outside views, beckoning visitors to curl up with a book on the cozy window seat.

Lower Guest Room redesign

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This guest room/workout space was open to the rec room with no privacy. It was an obvious afterthought. The design team at FS Design Group worked with the architect to build a wall and create an elegant guest room with refined linens and polished accessories. The color scheme was updated, and the windows were framed to draw the guest’s eyes to the serene mountain setting surrounding the home.