Renovation Dream Team Hazelwood Homes Has Projects on the Market on Both Sides of the River

In signature Hazelwood Homes style, both projects salvage original charm while updating with clean, modern touches.

It’s been a busy year for Jessica Rettinger of Hazelwood Homes. The design pro—one half of Hazelwood’s husband-wife duo—currently has two renovation projects on the market: A Newport charmer with loads of natural light and a sage green beauty in Norwood. Reminiscent of Hazelwood’s recent Norwood flip, both of the homes have similar elements that fill each space, like statement tile, accent walls, and quirky hardware. With the housing market as hot as it is, we suspect these stunning flips won’t last long.

4015 Carter Ave., Norwood

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The earthy exterior paint color is reason enough to fall in love with this Norwood charmer. Outside, the facade boasts stained wood beams with pops of black on the front door and porch ceiling. Elements from the exterior continue inside, where an open plan on the first floor showcases the original, preserved hardwood floors. In the living room, the painted fireplace makes a statement while built-in shelves and cabinets on either side provide plenty of space for storage.

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Wood beams marry the living room with the kitchen, which leads to the back of the house. An eat-in island has enough space for four barstools and a set of simple matching pendants hover just above the counter. The patterned backsplash pops against the gray cabinets and blends seamlessly with the stainless appliances. There’s even a bonus countertop with drawers for storage, a wine fridge, and floating shelves that makes a perfect drink prep spot or coffee station.

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Hazelwood makes use of a design choice that’s becoming increasingly popular: keeping the refrigerator in the pantry. In this case, the fridge is cleverly hidden with a blue-green pocket door that matches that lovely exterior paint color.

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At the top of the steps, you’ll find a full bath with a colorful accent wall, chic hardware, and a window that brings in natural light. The owner’s suite is sleek and modern with a built-in piece of art made of stained wood slats that can act as a headboard or serve as a backdrop for a set of chairs.

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The concrete and tile bathroom adds an industrial edge to the space (peep the shower with its built-in bench and ledge). This modern Norwood spot has all the timeless details—and some trendy ones, too!

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834 Maple Ave., Newport

Located in the heart of Newport’s East Row Historic District, this Maple Avenue home pops with the rest of the neighborhood. Rettinger opted to paint the exterior a rich, dark gray and restored the original front door with stain instead of painting it.

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Inside, the open floor plan is a Hazelwood staple, but designing the space took a bit of extra creativity and planning, as the property was originally a duplex. The space feels immediately light and airy thanks to large windows up front and exposed brick that adds texture to the all-white-everything theme on the first floor.

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Copper light fixtures accent the foyer and a funky, industrial light adds oodles of interest above the kitchen table. In the kitchen, black countertops and white cabinets serve as a backdrop that lets the details shine: a copper faucet, silver lights, glossy subway tile, and open shelving. The adjoining pantry features adorable flower-pattern tile and floor-to-ceiling shelving—the perfect blank canvas for all your organizational needs.

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On your way upstairs, you’ll notice the wainscoting along the walls that lead to some of our favorite things about the home, like second-floor laundry room with the word “fresh” hand-laid into the tile floor.

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We’re in love with the owner’s suite bathroom, which features the dreamiest enclosure to break up the space between the shower-slash-bath area. During the renovation, Rettinger discovered that the previous owner had covered up two windows to accommodate the second unit’s kitchen. Now, those windows breathe fresh light into the airy, spa-like space, made perfect with the home’s original claw-foot tub—just one of the salvaged details that makes this Hazelwood project another one for the books.

Photograph courtesy Justin Sheldon.

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