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A Contemporary Styled Townhouse Redesign in Rockville  

Our Project Reveal : Glam Refresh

As a creative I often get the bug to change things up in my own home. I did fall into the whole Tuscan villa trend which meant a lot of brown for me back in the early 2010’s. I mean I had brown floors, walls, furniture and accessories. The house was drowning in brown. It was very warm which was good but a little on the dark side.

So I decided it was time to lighten things up and pop in more colorful patterns. So I switched out my brown, teal and orange décor for a lighter gray, aqua and cream color scheme. 

This update was originally part of my participation in the One Room Challenge competition but then client work took over. So better late than never for the reveal. I also ran across order processing and delivery shipment delays due to COVID. Oh, see below for the before photos.

The Reveal

So let’s get into the reveal but starting with the top floor. On this level I focused on the primary bedroom, small updates for the primary bathroom and redecorated the guest bathroom.

Primary Bedroom  

Let’s start with the primary bedroom. I was in love with the brown and aqua combination but wanted to update the room since the furniture was a little dated.  I thought I was going to keep the sleigh bed furniture style for a long time but the footboard really divided the room and made it look smaller.

I swapped all the old pine furniture for something more contemporary including mirrored furniture and accents with silver bead trim. The bed was updated to a velvet headboard with silver bead trim as well that also matches the accent cabinet.

I was also not a big fan of the wall color so needed change there as well. I opted for a pretty bold grey with silver palm tree wallpaper for an accent wall and then painted the walls a slightly darker blue green shade.

I also added a layered mirror look on one wall to make the room appear much larger. I did away with the old traditional style ceiling fan for a glam retractable blade option.  The look is then completed with a new rug, curtains and acrylic window hardware. I also mounted the TV to the wall.

For the primary bathroom, we painted the cabinet doors dark grey. I also changed out the light fixture and added new shower curtains. I did paint the walls the same color as the primary bedroom for consistency. This bathroom was refreshed not too long ago and I’m not completely renovating all the bathrooms for maybe another few years.

Guest Bathroom  

Next up is the guest bathroom. I’ve painted this bathroom twice and never loved the color so this time I opted for all wallpaper. Wallpaper is one of my biggest faves right now. We also painted the cabinet doors to match the primary bath.

I replaced the burgundy curtains for royal blue to coordinate with the color scheme throughout the rest of the house. The look is completed with blue and silver décor.

Open Living Space

Now for the remaining spaces as we move on the second level. This floor comprises one big open space including the living room, dining room, breakfast nook and kitchen.  

I recently painted the second level but it wasn’t quite right so this time I decided on Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams which is my favorite shade of gray. We switched out all the curtains and window hardware and opted for a little more of a glam look with the acrylic curtain rods. 

Living room  

I also had to get rid of my faux leather chocolate colored wall and opted for this blue textured wallpaper with a hint of shimmer. It’s one of my favorite wallpaper patterns.

Out with the chocolate velvet sofa and in with a grey with vertical tufting and acrylic legs. I kept the tall wingback chairs with silver bead trim. They are two of my favorite pieces and I call them my “big girl chairs”. They also complement the look with acrylic legs along with the new gray lacquered media cabinet. 

We finish out the living room with a glass and chrome coffee table, cream velvet ottoman with fringe, existing bar cart, tall floor plant and accessories. I adore the black and white graphic wall art which goes well with the bold patterned throw pillows.  

Dining room 

The dining room is a small space and doesn’t get much use. I did keep the glass dining table and the table décor. I did switch out the brown chairs for gray velvet and chrome to match the table metal as well as animal print pattern end chairs to tie in with the animal print theme for the second floor. 

I do love the new pendant light that adds so much glam to the space. I wanted to bring in some champagne tones too so selected a large wall sculpture placed on the wall behind the table. The piece was more gold then envisioned but I grabbed some spray paint and got to work.  


The kitchen cabinets are not in bad shape so we just painted them and added new hardware. I also switched out the old backsplash for a marble and stainless steel tile which helped lighten the space. Pair those updates with all new countertop decor and we’re set.
The nook now has a new table and chairs that we can actually sit at comfortably without the risk of falling like with the hightop table set.  I added two long vertical art pieces on each side of the window along with a round wall mirror.  We finished up with a new light fixture, rug and extra tall pompass grass arrangement.

First floor  

The first floor includes a laundry room and another bedroom and bath. I refreshed the first floor bedroom and bath sometime ago so just including photos of the hallway and new barn doors for the laundry room.  

In addition to painting the walls Acier Gray, a slightly darker gray than Mindful Gray for contrast. We also have a large mirrored cabinet, new antelope runner and wall and floor décor.  

Well, that’s it for the contemporary remodel of my comfy townhome.  Send me a note and let me know if there are any sore spots or old trends you want changed up in your home.

Photography credit: DMV Imagery

Construction: The Vargas’

Design: Calming Ground Interiors (formerly Catch Decor)

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