Transforming Spaces Into Beautiful Places™ A Before and After

Transforming Spaces into Beautiful Places™ has always been the tag line of Patti Johnson Interiors and everyone loves a good Before and After, right? I certainly do – especially after six months of work to produce the end result for this Great Room.  I will be doing a series on Before and After projects from Patti Johnson Interiors that I have completed over the past two years. Hope you enjoy and feel free to comment on these amazing transformations!



A BEFORE photo I took of a project, that actually we had already begun some demo on.

AFTER shot from a similar angle. Photo: Aaron Stringer

AFTER shot from a similar angle. Photo: Aaron Stringer

First order was to rework the tired and traditional (dated) fireplace and small mantel and the bookcases. I selected a new modern fireplace insert with a stainless steel interior to reflect the flames and a water feature by Adagio. In addition, I selected Cambria quartz as a new surround and hearth. Removing some of the shelving in the built-ins and giving them a more dramatic color palette really changed the entire look and feel of the space. Custom lighting, custom painted horses and great furniture by Bernhardt brought the space to life but kept it cozy and intimate for entertaining.

Looking into the Dining Room BEFORE

Looking into the Dining Room BEFORE  Photo: Patti Johnson


Dining Room AFTER Photo: Aaron Stringer

Removing the chair rail and opening the wall to the adjacent den, beautiful color on the walls and ceiling with amazing light fixtures, this dining area is now an enjoyable place to dine.


Boring Stairway - Couldn't wait to get my hand on it!

Boring Stairway – Couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! Photo: Patti Johnson

Change out the spindles, paint the handrail and newell posts and give them an artistic finial. Paint the wall and risers black and Voila! Amazing Transformation!

Change out the spindles, paint the handrail and newel posts and give them an artistic finial. Paint the wall and risers black and Voila! Amazing Transformation! Photo: Aaron Stringer

Stay tuned for the next exciting reveal from Patti Johnson Interiors!

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!




Custom Designed Furniture

Custom Designed Furniture by Patti Johnson Interiors

Have a need for a piece of furniture that you AND your designer can’t find ANYWHERE? Here at Patti Johnson Interiors we provide solutions. PJI can design and have fabricated for you a custom, one of a kind piece of furniture for your lovely home. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the elements that will be going into the finished product… Stay tuned for more pictures as the piece is developed. This piece is has been purchased however you can contact me to have a similar one made for you, similar not the same. One of a kind. Custom.

Element Number One.

A very special Transformation is in progress. Stay tuned for more photos and updates here at Chatti Patti Talks Design!

A very special Transformation is in progress.

Stay tuned for more photos as the project progresses.

Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design!

Focal Point

Focal Points in Design

Upon entering a space, your eye may be automatically drawn to a certain feature of the room and often, a room’s architectural elements will in fact be the Focal Point.  If your space does not have an architectural Focal Point you can add one or have your designer create one.

These incredibly beautiful photos feature  some of the  more commonly and frequently used Focal Points such as Fireplaces, Kitchen Islands, Mirrors, Chandeliers, Ceilings, Windows and Staircases.

FP Focal Point
The limestone fireplace and mantle become a beautiful Focal Point in this bedroom.
FireplaceRemodel half
 Even with a two-story wall of windows and oversized wrought iron chandelier, this natural all Ohio stone fireplace that I designed becomes an outstanding Focal Point in this Family Room in an Ohio home.
rustic fireplace
The two-story stone fireplace and the rafters on the ceiling are both impressive, but the Fireplace would be the Focal Point in this room.
Focal Point Kitchen
In this historic home, a range has been placed in the former fireplace area creating a unique yet functional Focal Point.
Gorgeous kitchen
My eye is immediately drawn to the ceiling of this kitchen for it’s totally unique structure as a Focal Point. The detailed island and the cabinetry built around the range become secondary.
Green range and hood
Although you cannot view the entire kitchen in this photo, I would guess that this brightly colored double range and hood just may be the Focal Point in the room.
casual elegance kitchen
This kitchen is well balanced with its large island (Focal Point), beamed ceiling, arched doorway and spectacular floor.
Brick wall, lg llighting
The Focal Point in this room is the arched doorway and brick wall and in the eating area it is the over-sized chandelier. Just lovely.
Beautful Kitchen
Here is an example of how you can use chandeliers as a Focal Point. The island, being constructed of a darker, high contrast finish could be the Focal Point;  the use of these extremely large crystal chandeliers make them  winners in this kitchen. The chandeliers end up maintaining the balance between the island,  beamed vaulted ceiling, arch and double built-in range in a niche by bringing you eye down from the ceiling! It all works beautifully.
glass ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons
This incredible glass ceiling becomes a true Focal Point in this light filled kitchen by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Beamed vaulted Ceiling via Fairfax and Sammons Arch
This beamed vaulted ceiling is a striking Focal Point by Fairfax and Sammons Architects.
Copper Barrell Ceiling
This stunning copper Barrel ceiling creates interest as a Focal Point.
pink ceiling
The ceiling steals the show as the Focal Point in this room (although the room is very ornate overall).
sun room with windows
The radius of windows in this Sunroom and the view beyond become the Focal Point with the detailed ceiling coming in as a secondary point of focus.
stained glass windows
The black painted trim around the ornate stained glass windows causes them to stand out even more. No competing with those windows as a Focal Point
wall of mirrors
This room did not have a Focal Point so the designer created one with a
“Wall of Mirrors”. It works and looks great.
super large mirror
The enormous scale of this mirror enables a Focal Point to be created in a basic drywalled room.
Double mirror
The over-sized mirror becomes the Focal Point in this Powder Room due to scale.
mirror and arch
Side by Side elements create a Focal Point Wall.
Ceiling Focal Point
 Arches in the construction of a home can be beautiful. These arches have been added as a decorative element to this room to create interest and a Focal Point. These somewhat over-bearing arches draw the eye up but distract from the room. It appears top heavy.
Spiral staircase and ceiing detail
This Foyer has multiple Focal Points: arches, a floor medallion, wrought iron detailing on the double entrance doors as well as the arched window above, a curved staircase, a wonderful wrought iron railing, and chandelier have been well-balanced to create a sense of cohesiveness and serenity!
Often, if a room has multiple Focal Points, it can become too busy and overwhelming to the senses!
Elegant and easy on the eyes, partially due to the soft color palette.
Another example of a stairwell being a Focal Point and additional details and architectural elements.
Thanks for stopping by Chatti Patti Talks Design! I look forward to your questions or comments.
For more information on the photos in this post click here: