Living Room + Entryway: Wilmar Drive Project Part Two

It's hard to believe that after months of construction at our Wilmar Drive Project, the time has come to share it with all of you. We couldn't be more thrilled to reveal this home, introduce the amazing tradesman and vendors behind the project, and chat all the fun details! Yesterday we shared the Kitchen, Pantry + Dining Room. Today, we're revealing two other spaces on the main floor: The Living Room + Entryway.


Walking into the living room for the first time felt cold and lifeless. It was just a big empty space that lacked the warmth and coziness that every living room should have. The only thing working in its favor was that it presented itself as a blank slate. Every designer's dream. So we started by adding visual interest and dimension to the space. A decorative fireplace surround was built out and faux (gasp!) beams were installed on the ceiling. With absolute no lighting source in the room, recessed lights were installed overhead and decorative wall sconces were hardwired near each built-in. The built-in's themselves got a lil' TLC too. We gave them each a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet doors, and new hardware. Finally, we sanded and refinished the existing oak floors and gave the entire room a fresh coat of paint. Now it's a warm and cozy living space that our client can relax into after a long day.


The entryway was in dire need of an overhaul. The original space was dark, un-inviting and outdated. We demo'd the slate tile floors and existing stair rail and balusters. Then we patched in new oak hardwood to match the existing wood throughout the main floor, and installed a slimmer and more modern looking stair rail and balusters. Then we decided to give life and dimension to the entry walls by installing decorative millwork from floor to ceiling. Finally we replaced the front door with a new door and sidelites to allow more natural light to flow into the space.


Here's a little antidote for you. The entryway was the last space to get photographed by our amazing photographer Tyler. As he was shooting, I was standing a few feet away. Tears filled my eyes. I was overwhelmed with emotion in that moment. Many hours and lots of love went into this project. Getting the opportunity to help a family make a house their home is the greatest gift. I'm filled with gratitude everyday.
















We're revealing our Wilmar Drive Project all week. Tune in tomorrow as we share Part Three: The Mudroom, Laundry Room + Powder Bath.


Vendors and Tradesmen:

Architect: Gwen Dakis of DragonArch Consulting

Interior Design + Styling: Christine McCall Home

Contractor: Shly Construction

Floor Refinishing: Steve Kuhn Flooring

Custom Cabinetry: Brogna Designs

Window Treatments + Upholstery: Karen Garrity Designs

Photography: Tyler Norman Photography


Before Photos:


Christine McCall Home is a full-service interior design studio in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in residential interior renovations.