Lake Road Cottage

I have been so excited to share this latest reveal! We took a small cottage and turned it into an explosion of color and usable space. What began as a kitchen remodel, quickly morphed into the first floor. When walking into the kitchen, the first thought most people had was to tear down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room. After some discussion with the homeowners, we agreed that is not the approach we wanted to take. We wanted to keep the cottage feel, but create a space that would still function while entertaining.

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Cue the pass-through. By creating an opening between the two rooms and extending the countertop into the dining room, we were able to keep the wall for cabinetry and allow for a great space to place food or drinks for guests.

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The 1st thing I fell in love with for the space was the Schumacher wallcovering on the back of the bookcase. This was my inspiration for the entire design.

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Custom cabinetry was essential in this space as we needed to use EVERY inch possible. We created a tall spice cabinet where the chimney would not allow us enough depth for a standard cabinet next to the range. We also added pullouts that serve different functions for each side of the range.

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The pantry area was lacking before this renovation, by adding lower cabinets, shelving, a broom closet on the opposite wall with the refrigerator and upper cabinets, the storage space doubled in this area.

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We wanted white walls in order to compliment all of the pops of color and pattern. Check our some before and afters below:

I hope you enjoyed this weeks reveal! Until next time…

XOXO,

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Briarwood Reveal

This week I completed phase one at the Briarwood Project. During this refresh, I took a dark, early 2000’s home and gave it a fresh and airy feel. The palette of purples, blues, soft greens and a touch of pink, definitely gave it a feminine flair.

 

A coat of periwinkle paint, an updated bench and some fun geometric mirrors made this entry way feel brighter and more inviting.

 

The Dining Room had great bones to work with. I kept the wainscoting and gave it a fresh coat of paint as well as keeping the table and drapery rods. This wallpaper may be my favorite addition to this project!

 

Ahhhhh, perhaps my favorite area of the home! I would love to work in this space. By removing the dark feature wall and painting a soft green, this office instantly becomes a bright and cheerful space!

 

Paint. I think that summarizes this space. Paint. Look at what the right colors on the cabinets did to this space!

I also add a quartz counter top, new backsplash and cabinet hardware, but can you believe these are the same cabinets?

Check out some more before and afters below:

 

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Bar off of the Breakfast Room

 

Family Room

I hope you enjoyed the reveal of this home! I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments about this project.

XOXO,

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Navy is a Neutral

Lets talk neutrals. You know, the gray’s and whites everyone seems to love, blacks, tans, creams, navy. Yep, I said navy! Who else feels this way? Here is why I love using navy as a neutral.

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Colors contrast beautifully when paired with navy. Yellows seem more vibrant, lavender  seems to have more depth and green becomes more present.

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Its a classic. I mean no one can go wrong with navy and white!

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Layering the different shades of navy allows you to play with texture and pattern.

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It looks terrific in a more modern space.

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Or a more traditional!

If you know me, you know I love to use color, but there are a few guidelines that I follow when designing with neutrals. When designing a space with a neutral palette, texture is essential and always consider animal print and NAVY neutrals!

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Favorite Lamp Line Up

This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite lamps at the moment (this list is ever changing):

 

1- Jules Table Lamp by Currey & Company

2- Ms. Poodle Table Lamp by Currey & Company

3- Sailor’s Knot Floor Lamp by Dunes and Duchess

4- Clover Lamp by Jana Bek

5- Mini Blue Scribble Lamp by Jana Bek

6- Lindsay Table Lamp by Meg Caswell Style for Couture Lamps

Please share your thoughts and some of your favorites as well!

XOXO,

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A Fun Take on a Guest Bedroom

Today I am revealing a guest bedroom that I am head over heels for! The lucky guests who will be staying in this room will be surrounded by fun, pattern and color, a trio I love!

The bedroom inspiration came from this amazing blue and green chinoiserie fabric. It was such a great palette to play off of with shapes and color.

My client requested enough sleeping space for a family to stay in the space so we added this sofa sleeper with a pair of movable ottomans. This allows guests the option for a sitting area or sleeping quarters.

The addition of textures, amazing art of images from around the world, fun lighting, patterns and layers created a colorful yet comfortable retreat!

XOXO,

Spring Tips for Your Nest

I am beyond excited for the return of spring! I am not sure if everyone else feels this way, but this winter seems to be lasting forever! Today I am going to share 5 out of 10 ways that I get my home ready for spring. You can find the other 5 over at Ashley Carpenters blog  Joyfully Growing next week! I hope you enjoy and please do not forget to share how you get your home ready for the season!

Spring is not only a messy time for shoes with the rain, but also a time to update your doormat. I just purchased this beauty (with a “C” monogram of course) and I just love the green stripes. You can find it here!

Another addition you can add to your front entry is a fun springtime wreath. This is a purchase I just made and I am so excited for it to arrive. This particular wreath combines two of my favorite things, tulips and pink!

Some of my favorite colors remind me of of spring so this next tip is an easy one for me. Add spring color throughout your home. I have color all over my house, but when springtime hits, I love to update home accessories with fresh colors that exude springtime. Some ideas include flowers, books, napkins and photo frames.

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Changing or updating your bedding can completely transform a bedroom. I like to keep my coverlet white or cream and add fun pillows and throws depending on the season. Here I incorporated pink, lavender and mint.

Spring Tips Essential Oil

The last tip that I have to update your home for spring is not something you can see, but smell. I currently have an obsession with essential oils and changing the scent to coordinate with the season is something that I believe enhances the feel of your home instantly. Right now I am loving the Purification essential oil from Young Living.

XOXO,

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Kitchen and Bath Trends

This past January I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Orlando for KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. I love taking the time to go to these shows to see what the up and coming trends will be. I am beyond excited to start implementing some of the products I found at KBIS in my future projects.

Mixing finishes is something I have been a fan of for a very long time. For those of you who think everything has to be brushed nickel throughout your entire home, get ready to mix it up! I adore this kitchen from True that mixes flat black and copper.

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KBIS did not disappointment in the crayola department. Not only was there color everywhere, there was bold, fun and playful colors that literally make you smile just by looking at them. For those of you who know me, you know I am not one to shy away from color and I instantly fell in love with this tiffany blue hood from Vent-A- Hood.

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This may seem like I am contradicting everything I just said, but I was so excited to see white appliances. This matte white range from Bertazzoni is stunning and I can imagine it in so many different settings.

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LED lighting just keeps getting better! Take this vanity and sink from Kohler for example. This grabbed my attention immediately and I already have plans for this beauty. This collection also has a tub that lights up!

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Built In Refrigeration has been around for sometime, yet only a few manufacturers where able to give you the true built in look, until now. Take this refrigerator from Thermador for example, rather then leaving the refrigerator stainless or using a panel to match the cabinetry, they literally used art as the panels. When closed it is breathtaking. To top it off, you just need to tap the door for it to automatically open!

I hope you are inspired by the top trends from KBIS. Would you incorporate any of these into your home? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO,

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