Peek Inside The Stylish Forever Home of an Empty Nester Couple

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Peek Inside The Stylish Forever Home of an Empty Nester Couple

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, designer Jena Bula of Delphinium Design highlights a kitchen and bathroom she renovated for an empty-nest coupleโ€™s forever home in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the US. In the open-plan kitchen, white Shaker-style cabinets, a blue island, a porcelain tile herringbone splashback and polished-nickel finishes give the space a fresh, modern-day style. A pantry wall hides a coffee station, while the hardworking island includes a paper-towel holder and pullouts for garbage and recycling.

In the bathroom, large-format tiles minimise grout lines to make cleaning easier. Each of the two vanities has a storage tower with interior outlets for charging electric toothbrushes. And pampering features include heated floors; a spa bath; and a shower with body sprays, a handheld spray and a rain shower head.


Bula also discusses how she used Houzz Pro software for creating product proposals, invoices and mood boards.

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Jeannette Moore, Green Real Estate Broker

I was wondering where the grab bars are for the soaking tub? I have some customers that would be interested in doing a tub like this.

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mulepen

Grab bars were visible in the video, but I donโ€™t see them in the still shot. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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suzannejohnson77

What an incredibly pretty space!

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Sol

Love the kitchen! Were are the stools from? Thanks!

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starfish59

Where do I find the kitchen pendant lights?

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Natalie Caine

Age in place has been a longing for couples who are empty nesters. These parents finally have time and energy to focus on themselves. This is video and story of the choices you made are timeless. I loved watching this.

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Antwon Ford

This is why I cant wait until my kids move out the house cause trying to remodel and maintain but with them breaking and denting things at the same time is an headache.

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Vicki

Mitchell! Thank you SO MUCH for also posting this as a photo story, as well as a video! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘

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Jane Redfern

loved the contrast tile niche in the shower

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colleen gafford

what color is the paint on the walls next to the small kitchen table? Beautiful project by the way

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RedRyder

Iโ€™d move in tomorrow. Love the kitchen with the blue island and light blue chairs, the bathroom is calm but not white-white sterile. Iโ€™m sure his couple is thrilled to have their home look like this for the next chapter of their lives.

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oldie49

Where was the dishwasher located?

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Carol M

How far from the floor is the foot niche?

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futurebeachhome

Shaving Niche-genius!


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Leslie K

Love this project! Who makes the faucets in the Master Bath?

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maeeast

That kitchen is fabulous! Love the details, including the recessed paper towel holder. Right where it's needed, but not an eyesore on the counter (of that open floor plan).

And those bathroom mirrors are stunning! Who is the manufacturer?

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smith raftery consultants

What quartz & model product did you use?

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Mary Ruehm

Where are the pendants in the kitchen from?

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jamough

I also love the shaving niche. Can you tell me the placement up from the floor?

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redrock1

What color is on the walls in the kitchen? Itโ€™s lovely.

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Betty Ann Terry

Totally awesome transformation! Love it!

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designchallenged

No grab-bars in shower?

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Delphinium Design

@jeanettemoore you can see the location of white the grab bars in the video! They are on each side of the soaking tub.

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@Sol the stools are from Target (Studio McGee line).

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@nataliecaine thank you so much! :)

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Adrian Taylor

Beautiful!

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docmcmom

What color is on the kitchen walls? I love it with the white cabinets.

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TrishDaDish GiamOnIt

Gorgeous

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M&M Interiors

I see no grab bars anywhere, not in the shower, nor the tub, yet the article states the tub has grab bars

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ForestWaif

Beautiful - completely beautiful. I wonder if the kitchen cabinet doors (on the long wall) open outward on regular hinges, or if they open out and push straight back into side pockets. (either way - still fabulous) Thanks for both the write up and the video.

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flubkemann

It's so lovely....but as age-mid-70's empty nesters, I find it enormously large! I'd need a forever cleaning crew. My husband and I live in a well-planned 1200 sq. feet, and it is just perfect for us, easy to use, easy to clean. We are so glad we left our large home for someone else to enjoy.

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mskimberly1119

Love the transformation. The bigger tile idea for less grout maintenance is going on my list of must do!

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Rosemary Anderson

Where are the bathroom vanity cabinets from? dimensions please?

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June Tegtmeier

Beautiful, love the calming vibe of both spaces. Who is the manufacturer of the kitchen backsplash tile? We are planning our kitchen currently and this is exactly what I am looking for.

   
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Christine

What is the wall color in the kitchen?

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lauravin1

What color is the new stain on the kitchen floors? Thank you so much.

   
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@starfish59 the pendant lights are by Hudson Valley.

   
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@colleengafford the wall paint is Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.

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@oldie49 the dishwasher is located to the right of the sink. We put a cabinet panel on it which is why you don't see the stainless finish.

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@CarolM the shaving niche is approx 16" from the tiled floor.

   
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@Leslie K the master bath faucets are by Delta.

   
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@maeeast the bathroom mirrors are by Uttermost.

   
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@mary ruehm the pendants are by Hudson Valley.

   
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@jamough the shaving niche is approx 16" up from the tiled floor.

   
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@redrock1 the kitchen walls are Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore.

   
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@docmcmom the kitchen walls are Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore.

   
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@M&Minteriors the grab bars are on the soaking tub. You can see them in the video. They have been edited out in the still shots. Hope this helps!

   
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@forestwaif the pantry cabinets swing outward. I typically don't do the garage door style hinges unless necessary bc they can be a bit finicky and don't fit all the way back into the cabinet pockets due to the hardware.

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@Rosemary Anderson the bathroom vanity cabinets are custom but the dimensions are approx 6' each.

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maeeast

Thank you for replying to my query about the mirror. Much appreciated!

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ForestWaif

re: pantry cabinet doors Thanks for the response. Makes sense. Love your entire design.

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Katie Adler

Beautiful!! Could you tell me the name of the kitchen table chairs and where you purchased them?

   
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kiwimills

Wow!

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Mimi

How big is tub

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@mimi the tub is a 66" soaking tub.

   
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Cindy Moser

What color is the kitchen walls?

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meg_h43

Lovely. My only issue is it looks like the shower has a hub. If your planning for older people a bathroom needs to be both walker and wheelchair accessible. You can be fit and healthy and still get an injury that necessitates being on crutches, or using a walker, or being in a wheelchair. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. Other than that it looks fabulous.

   
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Katie Adler

Hi Cindy Moser - on another post the designer says this โ€œBoth are Benjamin Moore colors- walls are Edgecomb Gray and trim is White Dove.โ€ I have edgecomb gray in my house and love it!

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lewisdal

Also would like to know the wall color in the kitchen

   
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Julie Weiner

Just beautiful. If my husband and I could hire you we would. We are currently searching for our empty nest home. We are searching ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ด

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jrjnewell

Where are blue chairs from in the breakfast nook?


   
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Cynthia Thompson

Would you mind sharing the quartz and tile selections in the bathroom?


   
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ann smith

Can you share the stain that was used on the floors? Thanks

   
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Susan MacInnis

very sharp design. Love it, everything about the colors, products chosen and layout!


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ann smith

Love the kitchen! Could you share information on the backsplash tile ? Thanks