“I love to be overstimulated by design,” says interior designer and colour adviser Tammy Bronfen. Together with her husband, Nir, a realtor, the color-obsessed Tammy reimagined a dilapidated house with awkward wall partitions and dull finishes into a room reminiscent of a candy store. To finish the sweet appearance, they took down walls, gutted the bathrooms and kitchen and utilized glowing wallpaper and colored carpentry.
in a Glance
Who lives here: Nir and Tammy Bronfen and their daughters Danielle (7 years old) and Hili (3)
Location: Kvar Tavor, Israel
Size: 130 square meters (about 1,400 square feet);4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
The Bronfens removed and shut up a door and took down a half-wall to open the kitchen and main floor. Using her colour, turquoise, Tammy commissioned a local carpenter to make the cabinets. “The colour is uplifting and always makes me feel good,” she says.
Tammy initially wanted a stainless steel backsplash to break the turquoise up and give the space an industrial sense. But following her fruitless search, she found grey glass tiles and had them trimmed to size.
She decided to forgo a kitchen island and instead combined her kitchen and dining space into one. The dining table can extend to seat 10.
This awkward stone-clad pony wall divided the kitchen and dining room. The dining room could fit just a small dining table, and this additional door leading outside was impractical and got very little usage.
AFTER: Tammy thought altering the floors but decided to keep the existing terrazzo tiles since they’re easy to clean and maintain perfect for a high-traffic area.
Tammy fell in love with Irish designer Orla Kiely’s multi-stem wallpaper and used it to cover an otherwise dull wall. She painted the ceramic wall sconces blue to match the cabinets.
They changed a formerly vacant wall into a lively accent wall.
AFTER: Tammy left a number of the upper cabinets open to”break up the color a little,” she says.
They kept costs low by bringing all of the appliances from their previous home. Tammy included a hanging rack and magnetic spice rack on both sides of the cooker to keep their most frequently used items within easy reach. LED pendant lighting hang during.
Budget constraints kept the Bronfens from substituting the windows. Rather they replaced the outdated curtains with new sheer panels.
AFTER: Most homes in the region have the backsplash ending at the bottom of the upper cabinets. Tammy decided to bring the glass tile backsplash almost to the very best. She left the exposed wall to remove cutting a new row of tiles.
The Bronfens had their living room couches and chair custom made at a local design centre. The butterfly patterned cloth chosen for its armchair matches the seat upholstery of their dining room seats.
Tammy produced a gallery wall with a number of her favorite prints from Etsy plus a fox print and hot air balloon print by Society 6.
The corner yellowish painted side table and painted ceramic wall sconces are equally DIY projects.
Furniture and carpentry: Mercaz Harihut, Tira; pillows and yells: Rosebud; foxes and hot air balloon print: Society 6; exemplified girl print: Etsy
An awkwardly shaped wall under the stairs caused aesthetic and design challenges, as did the first stair railing.
AFTER: Tammy upgraded the railing and made a custom press unit to fit under the stairs. “They thought I was mad,” Tammy says when she requested the carpenter for the sides for a bright yellow, which she chose as a match to the primarily blue palette.
Nir and Tammy sit together with their brothers Danielle (left) and Hili. The few took all of the measurements before purchasing their house, allowing them to finish the entire renovation process in one month.
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