Bye bye subway backsplash… a new trend is in town.

Subway tiles are classic, and ~ if done right ~ are timeless. But they’ve been so popular for enough years now that even these are starting to feel a little tired and overdone. I’ll always love them, but I will admit, there’s another approach to backsplashes that’s been a rare sighting for a long time, but is getting a little more attention these days, and I couldn’t be more excited. The slab as backsplash. Personally I’ve been head over heels in love with this look for a long time. It doesn’t really get more sophisticated than this. And if anything is more…

Rethinking {upper} kitchen cabinets

Would you ever go sans upper cabinets in your kitchen? Did you just think to yourself ~ what is this chick talking about?! But  really, think about it, it’s a string of boxes hanging on the wall, floating over that precious counter space… and those top shelves are always so hard to reach! You don’t see a lot of kitchens without upper cabinets, but I’m totally in love with this look and can’t wait to have a space that I can design this way. It might be a little tough to go this design route if you are tight on space, and using vertical…

Adding color to the kitchen

Remember a few decades ago when everyone was doing ‘themes’ in their kitchens? Chickens, cherries, gingham… you’d pick something you love and then fill up the room with dishes, kitchen towels, plates, a nice wallpaper border to top it all off. It was bad design heaven. Thankfully that trend is long gone… When I design a space I tend to gravitate toward more minimal, classic designs, and like to keep things clean and simple. When it comes to my kitchen I like to have as many things put away as possible. I don’t like to have lots of stuff on…

Uptown Kitchen – Final Photos!

Here they are, final pics of Eugenia and her family’s kitchen renovation! It’s hard to even remember the before space, much less imagine that it’s all the same cabinets under that glossy new paint. This is definitely one of my favorite projects for a huge transformation of a space while working with a lot of the existing conditions. It’s easy to make a huge change when you can tear everything out, move walls and really start over, but you can also completely transform a space with a few strategic moves and a great team. I feel so lucky to have…

Uptown Kitchen Transformation – In Progress

One of my favorite things about renovations is seeing the progress as the space transforms, so I’m super excited to be able to share that with you for this project. I’d already mentioned before that we decided to keep the existing cabinets and repaint them. This is an awesome way to get a big change for a lot less cost, and these kitchen cabinets were a classic style and in good condition, so it really made sense to keep them. So how do kitchen cabinets get re-painted you ask? Well, for starters – I would not consider this a DIY…

Kitchen Renovation – Getting Started and Making Decisions…

Oh my goodness, how time flies. When did it turn October?! (yes, I know it was eight days ago) Needless to say, I am way overdue to share more info about Eugenia’s renovation. When we first started talking about her style and possible approaches to the space, Eugenia and I kept talking about keeping things light and bright. The more I thought about what to propose, I just kept feeling like it would be so fun to do the base cabinets a darker color and have the counter and top cabinets white. I don’t know why I kept thinking that,…

The Home Stretch

I swear there is a quote out there about the last certain amount of yards before the end being the hardest – I wish I could remember the exact saying but whatever it is – it’s true. We are so close to wrapping up Lindsey and Doug’s renovation… if we could just get the bathroom vanity taken care of and a few other odds and ends we’d be done. And we are all ready for that. I kind of love and hate the last few weeks of a project. Things happen really quickly and you see a lot of change…

renovation unknown(s)

The demolition has begun! One of the best, most fun – and least, most un-fun – things about renovating a house is that there are so many mysteries and so many surprises. You can guess all day (and might even be right most of the time) but you really won’t know exactly what’s going on until you start swinging the sledge hammer. We have quite a few of those questions here and some of our decisions depend on what we discover. Why is that wall thicker right there? (I’m always optimistically hoping it’s just the memory of a bad design…