Her initial design challenge was to make 900 square feet seem more spacious. Shea and her father began with the ceiling, unveiling original beams under old drywall. Coats of white paint on the ceiling and walls created a blank canvas, instant airiness, and a striking contrast to the dyed ebony floors.
In the kitchen, quick cosmetic changes produced dramatic results. Sticking with a monochromatic color scheme, Shea enlisted her family to craft concrete countertops, paint cabinets, give walls a Venetian faux finish, add can lights, and install a simple backsplash.