Sue Murphy

Every House has a story...a soul.  My job as a designer is to tell that story.



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    Raising the Roof 

    Or Ceiling, as the case may be.  In some design projects raising the ceiling can have dramatic affects on a room.  I was asked to design a remodel for a Mountain Cottage.  



    The old Kitchen was small and seemed to be an after thought attached to the dining room.  The Dining room had a dropped ceiling that protruded into the Kitchen.  


    Crawling into the attic, we found that the cathedral ceiling in the adjacent Living room ran right above the Kitchen/ Dining room combo.  


    So we tore out the old ceiling and installed wonderful reclaimed timber beams taking them clear thru to the Living room.

     We took out the old closet in the Living room and installed a wet bar.


     Finally we removed the old paneling and wood around the fireplace replacing it with a custom Limestone fireplace.  

    Here is the finished Kitchen and Living room.  My client is a Decorator in her own right and added all of the wonderful finishing touches to this charming space. 


    Don't you agree that taking out the ceiling made all of the difference?

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    Reader Comments (18)

    OK.. You had me @ "I crawled into the attic.....:" Nuff said!
    You're my kind of girl, Miss Sue!
    Thanks for dropping by DivineDistractions today and leaving a comment. I love it when there's communication. Have to subscribe to a blog that takes on these kinds of projects. I'll see you again too!

    August 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSally@DivineDistractions

    Wonderful transformation, it's such a happy space.

    Love the Quimper pottery above the range.

    I'm also in OC just up the road in Irvine. This was my first visit to your blog, I'll be back often.

    August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

    What a lovely kitchen! Great job.

    August 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

    Thank you Mimi, Claire and Sally for the kind words and thank you for visiting. The Quimper pottery is part of my Clients collection. She has some other kinds of amazing pottery pieces as well.

    Sue Murphy

    August 28, 2010 | Registered CommenterSue Murphy

    Hello Sue...

    Welcome to the Sunday Favorites party, my friend! It's such a pleasure to have you join in with the fun! What a great post to revisit. Wow...I totally agree...raising that ceiling made all the difference in the world! Ohhh..this is fabulous! I love the kitchen design...beautiful floor plan and details! I love that new fireplace in the living area as well! Ohhh..and I must tell you...I love all that beautiful blue toile! Gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome remodel with was such a treat!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    October 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChari

    I love what you did here. So very detail-oriented- a thorough design! Wow! I was just "googling" to see what is out there for raising ceilings, and I found this. I live in the Boston area, and was looking for suggestions. I wish I could do this to my house.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

    Sheila H.

    December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila H

    Can't deny several orbs surrounding you. That is fasinating it almost seems their concerned you might fall of the plank. There is some history on that land or in the house.

    Loved the Kitchen makeover. Cindy

    March 2, 2011 | Unregistered

    "Stunning"... I LOVE what you achieved and you created a place to linger endless hours...I'm sure the owners were very happy with the result... I LOVE the Quimperware plates on the hood too...
    Have a wonderful week

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