Villa Project: Kitchen
Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

Bright, open and well-designed, I love the end results of this transformed kitchen.

There are so many things I am excited to share with you about our latest rehab project! This little beauty is on a wonderful street in a stunning Seattle neighborhood and it is loaded with charm. It has some great spaces and I am thrilled to be taking you through the home, one post at a time. Let’s start with the kitchen!

Every centimeter counts!

Every centimeter counts!

This old space lacked function, light and style.

This old space lacked function, light and style.

A blank slate is a good place to start.

A blank slate is a good place to start.

While I always like to create an open concept when rehabbing, this little jewel did not offer me that option. So, instead we opened it up a bit more by including the dining room with it’s french doors overlooking the outdoor space. On a warm Seattle day, all 3 spaces merge into a light-filled dining/kitchen space.

White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White on white: subway tiles - herringbone style, adjusted counter tops, and open shelving

White Cabinets and Walls: That is our typical go-to “color” because it never seems to go out of style. And for this space it was also perfect. I love the bright cabinets, herringbone backsplash, open shelving, quartz countertops, white walls & trim. These clean choices make the space flow more cohesively, making it feel much bigger and brighter. It will also allow the new homeowners to add design accents that make this kitchen – their kitchen.

Open Shelving: Although many homeowners are adding open shelving to their kitchens no matter the kitchen size, it is especially valuable in a smaller kitchen. It adds that light and open feeling as well as keeping decorative items off countertops. 

Cabinet Depth: Typically, cabinets are 24” deep and therefore your countertops are just a bit over that. In this case, we have one wall at 24” counter depth and one wall at 18” deep counter space. Even though one counter may be deeper, this provides an illusion of an equal and larger u-shaped kitchen.

These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

These beautiful floors run throughout the first floor providing necessary unity.

Flooring: Hardwood flooring is always a good idea in kitchens. It was especially important here as we kept the first floor entirely hardwood to marry all the spaces together. Another great “open floor plan” trick.

Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Still in love with stainless; Not changing that plan yet.

Appliances: We chose stainless for appliances. It’s so clean and blends beautifully with the minimal hardware. It’s also a great option because there’s so many brands to choose from!

I love how this kitchen feels. It is laid out perfectly and offers a lot of storage, workspace, and style!

 

Here are the details that make up this beautiful kitchen remodel!

 

2. Dishwasher

 

3. Microwave

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our New Home: Master Bedroom
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When David and I began the journey of building our new home, I was very clear about our path. I have done this a time or two! (Ha, ha!) I knew all too well the twists and turns that would be ahead of us as we knocked down one dilapidated house and built a beautiful new home in its place. What I didn’t bargain for was how much I would love living in this home and that, hands down, one of my favorite rooms in the house was going to be the Master Bedroom. 

Maybe it’s the pretty views or the relaxing paint color. Possibly it’s the new upholstered bed and beautiful nightstands I chose. Maybe adding my favorite lucite & gold bench, a beauty that I bought 5 years ago, was just the right touch. Was it the oversized Capiz Honeycomb chandelier? I fell in love with this Serena & Lily light fixture and snatched it up months before install!  It’s certainly all of these special choices combined into the sweetest master bedroom that a couple could have.

It’s all in the details: My favorite paint color is  Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl , the  lucite & gold bench is from Jonathan Adler  and the cozy,  upholstered bed is from Joss & Main

It’s all in the details: My favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl, the lucite & gold bench is from Jonathan Adler and the cozy, upholstered bed is from Joss & Main

I love spending quiet moments in this reading chair from  Home Goods

I love spending quiet moments in this reading chair from Home Goods

I found this bright side table at  Home Goods

I found this bright side table at Home Goods

I am not sure why it was a surprise to me. It’s everything that I designed it to be, but it pleasantly became so much more. This tranquil and beautiful room perched in the highest point of the house has become a respite from our busy lives and a place we wake each morning ready to take on our day. #SOWORTHIT!

Cheers to creating beautiful spaces for ourselves and our families!

Cheers to creating beautiful spaces for ourselves and our families!

You can find my finishing touches (or close to them) here:

Finding a Fixer
We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

We have a winner! Or should I say, "loser"?

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

I love beautiful palm trees but this is hardly paradise.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

This one had a real "she shed" vibe.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

You never know what you will stumble upon.

People always ask me how I find my projects. My response is “it is never the same!” They seem to come to us in million different ways. It could be a call from an agent, or a homeowner that knows what we do and wants to sell off market. It could be someone who wants to collaborate, a reassignment, a friend, or even an acquaintance. However it happens, it is always fun to receive that call! And, once we get word of an opportunity, we are off to check it out.

On this outing, we were looking at two possible “new construction” projects.  Both homes we were called about are considered tear downs.  But you can be the judge.

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Photo Aug 08, 4 05 55 PM.jpg

As we choose our projects, we are definitely armed with the info we have gathered online but a visit to the neighborhood is critical. These are some of the new construction homes that are in the area.

Boxy but beautiful!

Boxy but beautiful!

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

This one is just my style. I think I will always love the simplicity of black and white.

We know their sale and/or asking price which helps us decide what our potential return on these two properties if we stay on budget.

After all of our searching we found our little "diamond" in the rough. Sometimes the uglier the fixer the better. But, we love it!

Sold! We bought this one!

Sold! We bought this one!

Thanks Michelle!

Our Latest Kitchen Remodel
I love EVERY part of this process!

I love EVERY part of this process!

We have several great projects in the works right now and I am so excited to share them with you! Our project closest to completion is a sweet shingled Laurelhurst home we are totally updating top to bottom. This home is getting a complete facelift and what a sweet space it will be. Let's start with the kitchen.

Here's what we had to work with.

Here's what we had to work with.

This kitchen really needed some light and space.

This kitchen really needed some light and space.

Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

Now the kitchen has tons of light! But, we didn't stop there...

Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

Voila! We have access to the new outdoor space with the addition of these french doors.

Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

Can you believe this view from the new deck?!

One of the most important updates on every one of our projects is the kitchen. Everyone wants a new kitchen and we are happy to oblige. We put careful thought into maximizing the space in each of our remodels as we know this is a big deal for future homeowners. Here's what inspired us, how we cleared the space out to the studs and the new design for the kitchen. 

Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Demo and clean up are all a part of the fun process of transformation.

Our current project is now being drywalled - so trim, paint and cabinets are next. But before you see the finished project, we are having way too much fun sharing the before pics! (After all, that is why they call it a fixer-upper.)  

Next, we drywall.

Next, we drywall.

Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

Another view from the kitchen. This remodel is really coming along!

I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

I always start by asking my favorite cabinet company to provide a great design.

After designs are rendered, we are off to the races tweaking the plan - picking cabinet colors and finishes, finding the best countertops, backsplashes, appliances, etc. This being a smaller kitchen, every inch is important. Take a look at some of our inspiration:

I think we nailed it!  Cannot wait to share the final product.  This home is about seven weeks to completion! Yahoo!

Still Time To Shop The Nordstrom Sale!
I'll never get tired of shopping this  great sale!

I'll never get tired of shopping this great sale!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is firing up all forms of social media as everyone weighs in on what they think is the best of the best. Well, this Seattle girl grew up on this sale. I remember my mom taking my sisters and me to the Anniversary Sale for back-to-school shopping starting in about junior high. I've been shopping this sale so long, I was even there when “Famolare Get There” shoes were all the rage!

A girl can never have enough booties!  Get your pair here. 

A girl can never have enough booties! Get your pair here. 

We always got to pick out two pairs of shoes and a pair of jeans as well as several other great finds from Brass Plum (now BP). After shopping the sale, my mom made it clear that we were not allowed to wear any of our new clothes until the first day of school! It was tough deciding which pieces would make the cut. So, we carefully organized our purchases in our rooms and tried them on over and over throughout August.

As Nordstrom people here in Seattle, we still find ourselves looking forward to this sale. Whether shopping for our families, our homes or ourselves. We know what lovely people make up the Nordstrom family and the great things they have done for Seattle (and now all around the country).

So, cheers to a fun sale and great shopping!  Here is what we added to our shopping cart online and scooped up at the stores. Yes, many of the pieces we wanted were sold out on day one and two and the site got overwhelmed early, but here's to hoping they restock some of these items.  Have a great time shopping – we did!!


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