Residential Interior Design

A vintage-inspired kitchen renovation

It’s been so long since we’ve blogged but this kitchen was just too good to not share some of the details that brought it all together. And some projects are just smooth and mostly easy and make you remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. For us, it’s to create beautiful and inviting spaces that our clients are excited to come home to. From the first interaction with these clients we knew it would be one of those projects that was special and fun!

We met with the clients last Spring and fell in deep like with them almost immediately. From our conversation it was apparent that their home was one of those coveted gathering places you went to growing up. And their kitchen showed it, too. It was well-loved, well-used and with memories all around. A few being the details the clients wanted to keep – the butcher block counter top, the sweet custom-made wood cabinets and a wall of family photos from a hundred years plus. Denisa and I truly went heart-eyes with the thought of using these things in the redesign. Don’t get me wrong, we both love shiny sparkly new things but if there’s a vintage store in a twenty-mile radius we will know it’s hours of operation and will be first in line when the doors open. The thought of using these pieces automatically elevated anything we would do in terms of design - wins all around!

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First on our list was to lighten the space. This was not an open-concept kitchen (honestly a little refreshing.) That said, the space was on the dark side. Here’s a peek at their previous cabinetry.

We both loved the color but felt an off-white would brighten the space all around. For palette we looked around us. Their home which was mostly warm tones (reds, yellows, greens, and some blues) needed something complimentary. We chose blue for the island and brought in more warm tones with the yellow in the cement tile behind the range.

When we left our initial meeting, we both agreed that the space had this English cottage thing going on. With that in mind, we envisioned a farm sink with a bridge faucet. We love to play around with mixing metals when it makes sense. In this case, the effect of the polished nickel accents and brass hardware felt carefully curated rather than overly designed.

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Circling back to the backsplash – not only did we choose to bring in color here with the cement tile but also our favorite Zellige from Clé Tile for some added texture. It’s classic and interesting and picks up light in all the right ways. PSA: Don’t be afraid of the variation of each tile - that’s where the beauty comes in. Truly.

Keeping with the English cottage theme, we chose a more rustic farm table from RH and chairs from Arhaus. You guys - they are so comfortable and there is actually a spring in the seat. Just think of how long you could sit there and play Settlers of Catan and drink wine. Just kidding - hour long strategy games should all be put in a pile and burned. Just kidding! (not really!) I digress.

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Moving on to the built in cabinet on the side wall. A big request from our clients was the lack of thoughtful storage. That said, we needed this closet space but we also needed it to be more useful and more attractive. We wanted it to stay flush to the wall to keep with the flow of the room and also not compete with the other custom cabinets. If you can dream it, someone can build it! We had this pretty thing built flush to the wall to match the new cabinetry with pretty legs to boot.

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Last but never least was the room styling. A thing that sometimes gets overlooked is what to do with your open shelving once your contractor and designer and everyone finishes the job. When you pay for beautiful shelving and then you don’t have anything on those shelves or those things are really sad things from your college apartment, the job isn’t really finished. But it’s one of our favorite parts of a job. We styled the shelves with a mix of new things and cool older things from our clients. We also reimagined their family photo wall (photos to come!)

The outcome, we think, is old meets new in the best possible way. We were able to maintain the charm of the space from the elements we were able to re-use but the updates create a light and inviting space that we hope will be loved for many, many more years to come!

Photos: Heidi Zeiger

One Room Challenge Week 6: Baby room reveal!

Hi guys! It's the final week of the One Room Challenge by Calling It Home and I'm happy to say I (we) made it out alive – with a new baby room, to boot! What's basically been a storage room for almost two years is now an actual functioning place in our home and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

Days (weeks!) would go by when we would truly forget this room existed. Our reminders came by way of not so subtle hints from the moms in our lives. Everyone was more interested in what we would do with that space than us. We were loving the family of three arrangement. It was fun! It was (mostly) easy! And then it just sort of happens, doesn't it? That feeling like, "what if?" It's scary to think how you'll love another little human as much as you do your first but given the joy Henry gives us (along with sheer frustration at times) you kind of get why everyone in the suburbs has like five (kind of). 

So here it is! Just like the rest of our home, a good mix of clean lines and modern but with a healthy amount of vintage and of course plant life to make it feel welcoming and warm. 

While the mint green is where the room design began (actually Lido Green by Benjamin Moore), the dresser/changing table was also a starting point. I once volunteered at a charity-run resale shop in my single days and of course I spent the majority of time picking out pieces to take home with me. I've been hoarding that mother ever since. 

With a wood tone dresser, I wanted a contrast for the crib so we went with this white, simple guy from Ikea. Word of advice to my former self... NEVER spend money on a fancy crib when your kid will probably just go all Bucky Beaver on it. I'm smarter now and a $99 crib will do just fine. 

The hanging pots are making everyone crazy that comes into the room. I feel like I might need to lock the door for fear they might disappear. Everyone is real into them. As am I. I purchased them on a whim at HomeGoods (the way everything is purchased at HomeGoods) having no idea where I would put them. If I had to think of something else for that wall now I couldn't. They're perfect.

I went with a simple gray geometric pattern for the crib sheet and the pillows are a mix of Goodwill, Minted Home and Target. Is it just our Goodwill that gets the overstock of Target? I will take that location to the grave. The modern quilt an is oldie but goodie from my mom. I love how perfect the colors are in the room. 

We swiped Henry's glider from his room (big boy room update coming soon!) and the table is from a new store to our area called Kirkland's. It's not really my aesthetic but I do enjoy this table which is sadly now discontinued. The striped chenille rug is from Land of Nod. Do they ever disappoint??

When the sun goes down, the lighting in this room is truly a challenge. There's no overhead lighting and as much as I wanted to do a chandelier or at least a flush mount, I also wanted this project to be easy. The brass floor lamp (Threshold) is sleek and adds some much needed metal to the room. To block light during the day, I installed a simple cordless Roman shade from Overstock which is blackout for maximum napping capacity.

The best part about styling a kid's room is that you don't really need any fancy accessories when you have toys. I love the color Henry's old toys bring to this room and this wall specifically. I also heart those knob wall hooks – functional and so cute. And that cardi? A gift from a friend that I can't wait to reuse this time around.

I showed off the wall hanging project last week but, isn't it just the best statement piece? This room would not be the same without it and it was such a fun project to collaborate on with my mom. Throw in a lidded boho basket for a hamper and a floor pillow and you've got yourself a pretty stylish lil' nursery! 

Thanks for following along all of these weeks. It's been so fun to see the space transform so quickly and I love that I have it all documented. Our home has been such an evolution since we moved in just under two years ago and I'm pleased to say all of the major interior stuff is complete! Every room in our house now has our stamp on it and it truly feels like home. 

Check out more exciting room reveals on the One Room Challenge link up. You won't be disappointed. Oh! And thank you @lindseykayphotography for making the room look extra cool <3

Shopping sources: Bookshelves / Wall hooks / Dresser (vintage) / Wall sconces / Wallhanging (mom) / Wire basket / Moses basket / Floor lamp / Rug / Glider / Side table (similar) / Crib / Sun pillowMoon print / Moon & teepee canvas / Hanging planters (HomeGoods) / Sheets / Floor pillow / Paint / Roman shade / Hamper (similar)

One Room Challenge Week 2: Paint dilemma, etc.

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It's been a fairly productive week for the One Room Challenge – the six week event hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers and designers transform a room. I'll admit I chose a room that doesn't require a whole lot of manual labor. Outside of the items I have to purchase for the room, the only big task is painting... um and a quilt wallhanging (sorry, mom). So, this week was mainly prep, selecting paint and a few purchases. Nothing too exciting but I do need your help so keep reading!

For prep, Henry and I taped off the trim and ceiling with the best tape ever and dusted the walls a little – this room has not been used in almost two years. We don't have to paint the ceiling (hallelujah) so that's one less task. Once the room was taped, I spackled the heck out of it and sanded. And spackled and sanded. So many holes.

For paint, I want to go with a minty green. I pulled all of my greens from my collection of paint chips and landed on Baby Green and Lido Green both by Benjamin Moore. Baby Green is more of a true mint green while Lido is still minty but has a little more earthiness to it. I'm on the fence. I like the brightness of Baby Green but I almost feel like it's too baby-y – too predictably baby room. Lido feels a little more in line with the feel of our house which is a little more organic and boho with a modern lean. Buuuut, I might need some help here.

Here is a visual of Lido. I love it here it but doesn't represent the same in our room. In fact, Baby Green actually looks more like this in the space. 

There are literally no images of Baby Green. How is it possible that no blogger has used this color before and shared a photo or two? Maybe that's a sign? Anyway, here are the two side by side. The one on the left is Baby Green, the one on the right is Lido. I put the art pic up to it to see what would work better. Lido is the clear matching winner here but do I care about matching that closely? Not really. I do like the brightness of the other. Ughhhh - send help. This is not an actual problem. I like both of them so I'll probably just let Mike decide. But if you happen to have a minty green that you're over the moon for, lemme know. TY.

On to shopping – that's the easy part. Since I put the design board together a while back, I have a list of everything I need. Here's a reminder of the room, if you missed it. 

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I have everything on the board (and then some ;)) with the exception of the crib, end table, sconces, and moon picture. Yes, we have a crib but since Henry chewed the living heck out of it, I'm getting a new one from Ikea but actually in white because of the changing table. For that, I have a mid-century dresser that I've been hoarding since I was single. It's walnut-y so I want the crib to contrast that.

Next up is painting and working with my mom on the quilt wallhanging. I've sketched out some designs and we're heading to a few quilt stores this weekend on the hunt for solid colored fabric... apparently not an easy find in the quilting world. 

Thanks One Room Challenge for keeping me motivated. Seriously. I just realized today that this baby will be here in FOUR months. For some reason I keep thinking he's six months out and we have all the time in the world to spackle. This event couldn't have come at a better time and I can't wait to see how it all comes together! Thanks for reading and please continue to peruse the One Room Challenge link up for more design ideas. 

One Room Challenge: The baby room... awww :)

I went public with my baby bump on Instagram last week so it's officially out there – we're having a baby boy this September! Woo hoo! We're super excited to add to our little family and for Henry to have a little brother to school in all things trains. It's also exciting because now people will stop bugging me about what we're doing with our fourth bedroom. Because of course, how could I overlook the chance to design another nursery? So, that's what brought me here today. I haven't blogged in a while but for the next SIX weeks I'll be blogging and documenting the progress of the baby room transformation for the One Room Challenge

The One Room Challenge is a six week event hosted by Calling It Home where bloggers and designers transform a room and blog about the progress weekly. This is my first time participating as a guest and I'm super excited because it will keep me motivated and I've also never shared a project from start to finish in this way... just a before and the magical after – the details are the fun part (sometimes).

Here's what I'm working with – this is how the room looked when we moved in. Yep, that's a fishing pole curtain rod. I mean it's kind of clever actually. Not really my style but a neat idea nevertheless. And talk about theme. This one is nautical to the core right down to the sand colored lower half of the room to the sea colored upper half... oh yeah and it's sponge painted (get it? sponge?)! I shouldn't joke. My mom and I sponge painted a hallway once so at one point it seemed like a good idea to me. We immediately painted over it seeing the error of our ways but I sort of get how you could get sucked in to a faux finish. 

Currently, the room is just storage for stuff I aspire to decorate with, rugs I don't know what to do with but dog pee prevents me from selling and other rando things. We have kept this door shut for the last year and a half and truly forget that this room exists. But hooray! It does! And I get to turn it into one super cute baby room!

I'm just a little excited for a few reasons..

1. It's for our new little peanut to be! For a while we weren't sure if we wanted to have another baby (mainly due to sleep deprivation) but as time went on and the challenging parts of that first year with Henry faded a little (it was HARD) we both knew our family just didn't feel complete. Alas, baby two is on the way! 

2. It's my house so I don't have to edit myself. I get to show off my style and if I want to do some weirdo things no one is around to say otherwise ;)

Here is the plan. Fairly modern to fit the style of our home. Mints, blues, grays and I couldn't resist throwing in a little brass. My favorite part (and likely the most time-consuming) is the quilt wallhanging. I've been coveting the ones from @louisegray_studio for a while now (shown above) but since my mom @debsembler is a very skilled quilter I thought it might be a fun project for us to design our own together. I'm excited to blog about that when the time comes. And in the meantime, I'll be hunting around for inspiration since neither of us has created our own pattern before... it should be interesting. 

Thanks for reading my week 1 post! I hope you'll check back in to see my progress over the coming weeks. It's going to be so fun! You can also check out other room transformations on the One Room Challenge link up... tons of talent and inspiration here, guys. Go! And see you in a week!