Jewel Marlowe wears many hats – she’s a mother of four, a wife to an Air Force Fighter Pilot serving at the Pentagon, and an interior design blogger with a loyal following. Having moved thirteen times in nineteen years, when she and her family finally made their way to northern Virginia, they wanted to put down roots and have it be reflected in their home. A testament to her success as a blogger, she was chosen to complete a One Room Challenge, where she courageous selected her kitchen/eat-in/living room as the space that she wanted to tackle. All in just a month and a half.
“Since my style is quite eclectic, I had to be very purposeful in my design choices,” Jewel shared. “Cohesion was the overarching goal for the space and I accomplished this by repeated themes from other rooms.” Such themes are blue, brass, black and white, burled wood, and stripes. This can be seen, for example, in the vintage lucite barstools that she had recovered in a Milton and King Candy Stripe Fabric, as well as the burled wood inset of her kitchen island. “It was a risk combining the busy patterned Cambria Bentley Island with the burled wood from The Burled Co,” she explained. “Technically these two items shouldn’t go together, but somehow it works. Plus, the pretty burl adds much-needed warmth to the space.”
To add richness to the overall design of her kitchen, she used the existing wood-grain cabinets and had N’Hance Mid Potomac fill the grain, paint, and create a factory finish by using a blue light treatment to get them to the cobalt tone that she was going for. Furthermore, she selected elegant brass lighting from Original BTC, Corbett, and Hudson Valley Lighting to brighten the space.
Dividing the kitchen from the living area is a transition from stone to wood flooring. “We ripped out the old travertine floors and upgraded to marble from The Tile Shop and added a thin black border around the perimeter of the entire kitchen for visual interest,” Jewel said. In the living room, she installed a grand chandelier from Hudson Valley Lighting, wallpaper designed by Robin Sprong for Sarza, and an array of vintage pieces. Her love of antiques goes back several years when she and her family were living in England she had tried her hand at antiques dealing. “There, I developed a love for various eras and styles of furniture and learned how to restore them to their former beauty,” she said.
With any renovation, though, there are difficulties. “The major challenge with this remodel was time,” she said emphatically. “We barely finished in time and had to go back and reshoot the space once some of the finishing details were completed. This was one of the most stressful six weeks of my life, but now I have a beautiful kitchen/living room to show for it.”