Craftsman Charm – Part 3: The Wet Bar & Powder Room

Several years ago, at an open house on a quiet tree-lined street in a suburb of Boston, a young couple fell in love with the classic details of this Craftsman Style home, and made the decision to move from their recently renovated urban condo. The 1921 home featured large graceful rooms, custom moldings and wainscoting, and a pristine original gumwood paneled living room and dining room, which the couple has since filled with Stickley and Harvey Ellis, among other period Arts & Crafts pieces.

In collaboration with the homeowners, Hundred Acre updated the details and finishes of the formal Front Entry, created a new layout to accommodate a first floor Powder Room and a custom wet bar, and designed a dream kitchen befitting this classic Craftsman.


In the small awkward space under the stair, where the Entry Hall previously adjoined the Kitchen, we created a 6′ transition space with a custom wet bar on one side and a small Powder Room on the other. The clients entertain often, and did not have a bathroom on the first floor prior to the renovation, so fitting in this new room was high on their list. The addition of the wet bar, to service their frequent dinner parties, was not far behind it!




The wet bar’s sage green cabinets match the Kitchen’s tall pantry cabinets, and an antiqued black granite countertop and glass mosaic backsplash carry over from the Kitchen. We chose Craftsman style glass panels at the upper cabinets to show off the couples barware collection, and a bronze and copper accents at the sink, faucet and cabinet handles.



A stained wood pocket door saves valuable space and opens up to reveal a small Powder Room with big personality. Custom painted wainscoting frames an Arts & Crafts style cherry vanity, and Martha Stewart Cayenne wall paint brightens up the space. Period sconces from Rejuvenation flank a cherry framed mirror. It may be small, but the Powder Room’s details enhance the overall style of the home.

Architecture and Interior Design: Hundred Acre Design

General Contractor: Britton Homes

Cabinetry: Ashland Cabinet

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Residential Renovation Part 5: The Foyer and Powder Room – Before & After

This nearly 100 year old suburban Boston home underwent a head-to-toe renovation designed by Hundred Acre.  We kept the classic bones of the home intact, and updated the layout and finishes to suit a young family’s needs.

Foyer West: Before foyer 1 before Foyer West: After foyer 1 after We gave the Foyer an updated polished look by changing the finishes and opening up the entry to the newly renovated Kitchen with classic French doors. We replaced the worn ceramic floor tile with hardwood floors that match the rest of the home to provide a seamless transition between rooms. Grasscloth wallpaper softens the space, while the high gloss black doors add a refined edge. The couples’ antique furnishings are featured in the new space.

Foyer East: Before foyer2before Foyer East: After foyer2after In a renovation done by one of the previous owners, a Powder Room was awkwardly added to the Foyer space, creating a tight and asymmetrical Entry, and covering one of the original front door sidelights. (See Foyer East: Before.) We pushed the Powder Room 3o” into the Living Room to gain back the graceful Entry that was original to the home. This seemingly small change had a huge impact on the success of the renovation.

Powder Room: Before                                        powder room before Powder Room: After powder room after The Powder Room in its new location became sophisticated and chic with Damask wallpaper and Art Deco fixtures from the Duravit 1930 Series. The original gilt frame mirror adds a perfect finishing touch.

Architecture and Interior Design: Hundred Acre Design

General Contractor: MD Carpentry – Sterling, MA

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