interior designer Kelley Vierigg sees promise in homes where others do not. Case in point: her Myers Park house, which she and her husband, John, co-owners of Interiors Marketplace and Post & Gray, purchased in August 1994. The Vieriggs loved the neighborhood and the location off Providence Road, but the structure was just 1,900 square feet, too small for the growing family of five. The kitchen was an especially tight space at 144 square feet, and had little to no natural light and no views of the expansive backyard.
In 2006, the couple tackled the renovation, which included opening the kitchen to the family room and the addition of several windows and doors that open to the backyard to create a seamless transition from inside to out. "Aesthetically I wanted it to be somewhat casual and comfortable," says Kelley, who runs her eponymous interior design firm out of Post & Gray. "When we renovated the home we wanted to maintain the same vernacular of the original home; we didn't want too much of a departure from what was here." To achieve this, Kelley opted for a neutral color scheme with gray-colored cabinetry, which she designed, Carrara marble countertops, a pillowtop Cararra marble backsplash from Renaissance Tile & Bath, and custom ebony-stained oak hardwoods. Now the kitchen opens up not only to the outside but also to the family room, where the Vieriggs' kids — ages twenty-one, nineteen, and sixteen — relax with their parents and friends. The dining room is also near the kitchen, making for a seamless entertaining space. "We're so pleased with the result," says Kelley. "We have the space and the flow that we never had before."