I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read More
This loft makeover I've been working for one of my clients is officially finished as we just installed the light fixture and gorgeous wallpaper in the last couple of weeks. I am thrilled with how the finished space turned out and I could not love this bright and simple geometric wallpaper from Anthropologie any more! It actually was very easy to hang on our own (with my mom's help) and I was shocked at how well we got the pattern to match up. Wallpaper is so much better quality overall nowadays and they are constantly making it easier to hang and easier to remove as well, so there's really no reason not to give it a go as it makes such an impact in a room! This beaded flush mount light fixture was a perfect fun statement piece since we didn't have high enough ceilings for a traditional chandelier or pendant light. It still adds plenty of interest and totally fits the modern, beachy style of this room. It's hard to believe that just a few months ago this room was completely empty and unused! Now I think this is a space that this family can enjoy and grow into for many years to come! You can find all the shopping links + details for the pieces I used in this space below!
I had too much fun designing my first nursery start to finish for some of my favorite clients! This super chic, modern. and minimal nursery is full of timeless pieces that can be grown into and used for many years to come. My clients knew they wanted a statement wall in Hale Navy (Benjamin Moore), but besides that, they really let me take the reigns on the design. My painter put together the simple gridwork trim on the wall and then painted it all one color. The rest of the walls were already gray which worked with our color scheme and the simple gray crib.Read More
I am TRYING to narrow down my lighting options for our retail space at the Amsden, but.....I just keep adding MORE options instead! I need y'all's help to seriously get this narrowed down and make my decisions! I've collected my favorite picks and divided them into three different categories below. Let me know which style of light you like best and if any particular fixtures stand out to you as a definite favorite! Just for reference I'm looking for one chandelier/pendant to drop above the fireplace (see photo below) and then 1-2 chandeliers/pendants (or maybe even a cluster of small pendants, depending on size) for over the checkout/counter area. You can click on any of the photos below to see more details/pricing information too in case you are interested in any! After I decide on these, I will also be adding some coordinating wall sconces for the exposed brick wall in the retail space too. Comment below with your choices and any questions you might have!
This is the safest category in my opinon. This style is super popular now and I also think it would fit in really well with the wood lath ceiling and reclaimed wood floors we are doing in the retail space. My only hesitation is that I get to work with the neutral/farmhouse style constantly and I don't want to choose something boring! I do like that this style can transition easily for many different styles of decor though- very easy to mix in boho or more modern pieces with any of these choices! I would choose one of the statement chandeliers for above the fireplace, then cluster 2-4 of the wicker pendants over the counter.
A good compromise between the last category and a bit more modern/unique style. I really love the super drapey/intricate ones from Pottery Barn (top left; bottom right). Just not sure if these are too beachy-looking or if I could make them work by mixing the right finishes in with them.
These are some of my favorites just because I rarely get to choose these fun, over-the-top light fixtures and I feel like this is my chance! The top two are definitely my favorites and I even like how they would look together (one over fireplace and one over counter). I also like the idea of 3-4 of the bottom right one lined up over the counter too!
Lastly, since the area surrounding the fireplace will be our floral/plant bar section, I loved the idea of having the fireplace light be floral-themed. Below are a few floral/plant themed lights that I loved and thought would coordinate well with any of the options above for over the counter. Do you like this idea, or like the above options better for over the fireplace?
I've been saving this kitchen post for a while for a couple of reasons: 1. I feel so overwhelmed to share this space because of how many details and elements there are to discuss 2. I feel like I still have a lot to do for it to look truly "finished" 3. And finally, it clearly is the biggest project (and best room) of the renovation so I wanted to save the best for last! I finally decided that I have waited long enough and I would go ahead and share some sneak peaks. I have been so busy trying to catch up from the move that I haven't posted any renovation progress in a couple of weeks. While all the big projects are behind us (check out the before pictures here), I still have a ton of decorating work to do in just about every space. The kitchen just keeps evolving as we get settled, find places for everything, and slowly add some decor. I don't feel quite ready to title this the official "before + after," so we will just call it a progress update for now!
If I'm being honest, this whole renovation adventure started with the fireplace. It is what we fell in love with before even seeing the house in person and the reason we even gave the house a chance. I love having a fireplace in the kitchen and if it was up to me, I'd have this beautiful exposed brick all over the house! We removed the outdated trim that was covering the edges and replaced it with reclaimed barnwood trim. I found our new dining table at our local Restore and it is the perfect style and size that I was looking for! It also has leaves on both sides that pull out to make it twice this size if we need it. New dining chairs are something that is still on my to-do list but I have a few options in mind.
Our kitchen island was one of the last items we finished and I love the way it turned out. The island was originally an old workbench that was rusty and covered in dirt when I first found it (also at the local Restore). We had the metal powder-coated to match the kitchen cabinets (thanks to Electrostatic Painting for working their magic!), and then my husband sanded down and resealed the butcher block top. The front side has tons of drawers on each side and is completely open in the middle. We are wanting to eventually create a big shelf or pot rack across the middle space inside the island. I love having all the extra counter space and it ended up being just the perfect size for the room.
One of my favorite focal points of the room is this subway tile/open shelving wall. This wall holds my beloved vintage refrigerator (a $25 garage sale find that now serves as our "drink fridge"), our microwave, toaster, dishes, and more! We also added some industrial-looking sconces at the top for extra lighting. I'm still playing with the shelf arrangements but I feel like I'm getting a little closer to my original vision every day.
My husband threw out the idea of doing the subway tile vertically on this wall and we just went with it. We both really like how it turned out especially with the industrial open shelving on top. Our contractors built the shelving using plumbing fixtures and more reclaimed barnwood.
Here you can see the basic layout of the kitchen: fridge, dishwasher, range, and sink are all on the back wall with cabinets below. The island is in the center with the table behind it. On the left side wall is the open shelving area shown in the previous pictures.
We are using this old baker's rack for more open shelving closer to the back wall. I keep all my drinking glasses, measuring cups, olive oil, vinegar, and anything else I need within reaching distance of the stove and sink. The industrial look of this rack fits perfectly and it has more than enough storage.
When we began this renovation, the kitchen had no floors! The entire kitchen now has new ceramic tile that looks like slate. So far I love this flooring- it's super easy to clean and doesn't show much dirt, dog hair, or paw prints (which is super important in our house)! I'm on the hunt for some rugs to add a little pop of color and pattern. I would like a bright oriental-type runner for in between the sink and island and a more neutral textured rug for under the dining table.
Another thing on my to-do list is window treatments. I'm thinking a little cafe curtain on the windows above the sink and long panels on the other two windows. I would like something simple and neutral- maybe a ticking stripe, burlap, or chambray.
We LOVE everything about our Thermador appliances. They have the refined industrial look we wanted but are also made specifically for chefs, so they have every innovation and feature we could ever want. They were definitely our biggest splurge but so worth it since we both love cooking and entertaining. You can tell just by the weight of the doors and handles that the quality of these is above and beyond anything else on the market.
We went with a stainless farmhouse sink and a super industrial faucet, which I love. I'm a little OCD about keeping my sink clean and the stainless is so much easier to clean than the cast iron sink I had at our old house. I also really like having the large open sink instead of a divided one- it's so much easier to wash larger dishes, pans, and water my plants!
TJ at Kitchen Concepts went above and beyond to make sure our cabinets and countertop were exactly what we wanted. I really love the brass hardware against all the gray and stainless and the quality of the cabinets is SO much better than anything I've had before. The countertop is flamed granite which has a subtle texture and definitely fits the industrial style of the kitchen.
My husband was adamant about his giant range and I was adamant about my tall fridge! Once I saw these fridges in the store, I fell in love and since we had limited space for the fridge, the tall, skinny design ended up working perfectly! I love the sleek simple look of the outside and Kitchen Concepts made sure that the cabinet fit perfectly around the fridge so it wasn't sticking out beyond it at all. My island pendants are from West Elm and I love how they are a mix of modern and industrial styles. The glass shades are milkglass and they have brass accents at the top which ties in with my brass cabinet hardware.
It's still hard to believe that this is REALLY our kitchen some days! It truly is a dream come true and we are having so much fun cooking and eating in here every day. I've added a list of all our sources to the end of the post in case you want to shop any of the items (if you have questions about anything not listed- just ask!). I can't wait to see how it evolves over the next couple of months as I continue to add more finishing touches to warm it up and pull everything together.
I'm so excited to share our master bath progress! Besides the kitchen, this was probably the 2nd biggest transformation in the house. We basically gutted the entire bathroom and started from scratch. The biggest problem in here was that we had ZERO water pressure (and I mean just a trickle of water if that), coming out of the shower, tub faucet, or sink. One of our biggest expenses was replumbing the entire house with new PEX plumbing which is the latest innovation and best option in plumbing. We also got a new tankless hot water heater which is super energy efficient, takes up much less space, and provides basically an unlimited amount of hot water. We turned the old tub/shower into a large walk-in shower with two shower heads. We got lucky because the tub in here already had a unique layout that was kind of inset into the wall which worked perfectly space-wise for a walk-in shower. We also replaced all the flooring, moved the toilet, and replaced the vanity. Take a look at what our master bathroom looked like when we first purchased the house below:
Above you can see the overall layout of the master bath. For the most part this stayed the same except for the toilet which we moved out of that awkward corner and onto the adjacent wall so it had more space around it. We also removed that built-in cabinet in the corner above the old toilet.
Here you can see the old tub/shower that was very outdated and not in the best shape.
The tub ledge that leads into the shower was super tall and took quite an effort to step over! By converting this space into a walk-in shower we were able to take advantage of the space better, push the walls back a bit more, and remove that awkward feature.
The flooring also wasn't in great shape and many of the tiles were loose or cracked.
The vanity was a good size for the space and I didn't necessarily mind the style but I really wanted something with a little more character. I kept the sconces that were placed on each side above the vanity and updated them with more industrial looking lights.
Above you can see the progress after they demo'd the entire tub and started tearing out the walls to work on the plumbing.
More demo progress in the master bath before any plumbing work was started. After the plumbing was redone we had to hang new drywall over all the opened up walls.
Here is the finished master bath as of today (still a few finishing touches/decorating to do). We are so happy with how it turned out and love how all the finishes came together!
This vanity is one of my favorite features of the bath. I love the character it adds and how the rustic style contrasts with some of the super modern finishes and glossy subway tile. This vanity was an old antique sideboard that I have used in various rooms in our old house. It was my first thought when trying to find a vanity piece for this space and thankfully it fit perfectly! It is also so nice to have these huge drawers for extra storage.
These sconces were a STEAL at under $40 each (I had been planning on buying some similar ones on Wayfair for over twice that price and then stumbled across these). I like the super simple yet industrial style and the oil rubbed bronze finish also fits in perfectly with our other fixtures. The old wood mirror is another item that I already had (it was left in my brother-in-law's barn and he let me take it!) and it was the perfect size for the vanity.
Here's a look at the new shower which is so clean and modern- such a change from the previous tub! We went with my favorite white subway tile with dark grout in here with oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Like I mentioned in my post about our master bath plans, we would like to eventually get a seamless glass shower door but right now we did not have enough money left in the budget. One of my biggest challenges in decorating this space was finding a shower curtain for the extra long, not-standard-size opening. I was able to find an extra-long shower curtain liner on Amazon but there are not many attractive options for decorative extra-long shower curtains. I had an idea to try a regular curtain and use curtain clip rings to hold both the curtain and liner together. I was able to find a curtain and rings that fit perfectly over my tension rod at Target and I'm pretty pleased with the look! It slides easily and works just like a regular shower curtain!
Here's a look at where the toilet was re-positioned. It looks so much better and it's hard to believe it was ever tucked into that corner to begin with. I added a little shelf above it and vintage painting to break up all the white. I found this vintage sailboat painting while we were moving and had completely forgotten that I had it in the attic! I love the colors and wood frame for this space.
Another view of the shower- I had originally tried a neutral shower curtain but decided I definitely needed a pop of color against all the white tile. This Nate Berkus curtain has a little bit of texture and matches the other navy tones I have going on in the room. I also love the super modern, minimal look of our main shower head. It was a little bit of a splurge but I think it was worth it because the rain shower head feels so spa-like and the look is so unique compared to other shower heads I was looking at.
These horse hooks were another thing I re-purposed from our old house. I got them from At Home and just spray painted them gold- they are perfect for holding towels! I also went with my favorite bamboo shades (again) for the window. The glass is frosted so we don't necessarily need a window treatment but I thought this added some texture and made it look a little more finished.
I had been saving pictures for years of old pieces of furniture re-purposed into vanities with vessel sinks on top. I immediately knew this is what I wanted to do in this bathroom and I also liked the unique touch of a wall mount faucet. I think it perfectly matched the style of our other fixtures as well. You can find our vessel sink here and sink faucet here. I like this sink because it has clean lines and is much deeper and more substantial than most vessel sinks.
Another big change was the flooring- we went with the same slate-look ceramic tile we did in the kitchen and mudroom downstairs. I really like the look of the dark floors and how it flows into the shower. We purchased all our tile from Louisville Tile Company which has a showroom in Lexington that you can visit anytime. We were on a tight budget for all the tile so everything we used is within their most affordable price range.
One more finishing touch I have yet to add is some open shelving in this little corner crevice (where the toilet/old cabinet built-in used to be). I would love to do some distressed wood floating shelves floor to ceiling (like this).
This entire room (walls, trim, and ceiling) also got a fresh coat of paint (Sherwin Williams "Pure White"), which in addition to all the new drywall really made it feel brand new!
A huge shout-out to TJH Construction Company for making this entire master bath look so good! They completed the entire renovation (down to installing my old vanity so that it was perfectly level!) We can't thank everyone enough who was part of making our dream master bathroom possible (we still feel like we're on vacation at a fancy hotel every time we use this)! If you would like to shop any of the features or fixtures I used in our bathroom, check out my sources list at the end of this post. Stay tuned for more before and afters from the rest of Our Fixer Upper journey!
- Construction: TJH Construction Company
- Tile (floor + subway tile): Louisville Tile Company
- Wall + trim color: Sherwin Williams "Pure White"
- Main shower head: Delta Vero from Lowe's in Venetian Bronze
- Handheld shower head: Wayfair
- Vessel sink: Lowe's
- Sink faucet: Wayfair
- Ceiling light: Lowe's
- Sconces: Bulbs.com
- Shower curtain: Nate Berkus for Target
- Shower curtain liner: Amazon
- Shower curtain rod: Target
- Curtain clips: Target
- Horse towel hooks: At Home (spray painted gold)
- Corner shower caddy with basket storage: Target
- Bath mat: Nate Berkus for Target
- Bamboo shades: Big Lots
1. Dressing room chandelier: Target | 2. Living room ceiling light: Wayfair | 3. Guest bedroom ceiling light: Lowe's
My main focus this week has been finalizing and ordering all our new lighting for the house. It is kind of overwhelming to pick out SO many light fixtures all at once, but thankfully I have been able to shop online and slowly narrow down my favorites over the past few months. I tried to stay within a reasonable budget for all of our lighting. I really can't stand to pay much more than $100 for most lights although I did make an exception on a few statement pieces that I felt were important. I made up for it by finding a few super cheap thrifted vintage lights (one being for our guest bath for $1!) that I can spruce up with new bulbs and paint. Above are the lights I picked out for our living room, guest bedroom, and my dressing room. For the living room I needed a flush-mount ceiling light that didn't hang down super far. Flush mounts are definitely the hardest style to find fashionable light options in, so I was thrilled to find this one with the beaded chandelier look. This will definitely fit perfectly with the more rustic, eclectic style of our living room. For the guest bedroom upstairs, I also needed a flush mount because the ceilings are too low in there for a ceiling fan. I fell in love with these super minimal, industrial flush mount lights from Lowe's and am going to be using them in a couple of other rooms too. The light fixture I'm probably most excited about is this fun midcentury-inspired chandelier for my dressing room. This is really going to be the focal point of the room and I think the brass will look so gorgeous with the pale pink walls.
I also love all the kitchen lighting, especially my globe pendants! I wanted to continue the brass accents that are on our cabinet hardware into our lighting. I love the modern, simple look of globe pendants and fell in love with these milkglass ones from West Elm (one of my fixture splurges, but still pretty reasonable!). I am also doing three sconces above the large open shelving wall in the kitchen. This entire wall will have a gorgeous subway tile backsplash and these black and brass sconces (from Target!) at the top. We also have tons of can lights throughout the kitchen so I really didn't need to order any other lighting. In the mudroom off the kitchen I went with this same simple flush mount from Lowe's.
1. Entryway light: Lowe's | 2. Front entryway light (top of stairs): Lowe's | Top of back stairs light: Wayfair
I wanted to really modernize the entryway that looked super dated before with old wallpaper and 80's light fixtures. I think these open faceted light fixtures are a perfect blend of my favorite styles but also formal enough for an entryway. I chose a slightly larger one for the entry right in front of the front door and a smaller version for the top of the front stairs. I needed a super simple and small fixture for the top of the back staircase so I went with this schoolhouse inspired light (a steal at $35!).
Front Porch Lanterns: Lowe's | Side Porch Entry Ceiling Light: Lowe's | Back Deck Light: Lowe's | Side Porch Ceiling Fan: Lowe's
We don't have anything left in our budget to deal with the outside of the house at the moment, but we can add a tiny bit of curb appeal by switching out some of the outdoor lighting. The lanterns that were on the front porch (on each side of the front door) hung way too low and were super outdated. I am updating them with these larger, classic black lanterns from Lowe's. I kept it simple with the lights for our side entryway and back deck, but just having a new, clean light fixtures will make a huge difference. We also had a ceiling fan on our side porch (but it was barely hanging on and quite sad looking!) that we will be replacing with a newer, slightly larger fan that has a light on it too. This fan is a great outdoor, budget-friendly option that is classic but with modern finishes.
1. Master bedroom ceiling fan: Lowe's | 2. Master bathroom vanity sconces: Bulbs.com | 3. Master bathroom ceiling light: Lowe's
In the master bedroom I splurged a bit on a more expensive, larger fan (because my husband is serious about sleeping with all fans on high and the thermostat on 65, I know- freezing!). I liked the modern look of this fan and loved the finish on the blades. It also has an oil rubbed bronze finish on the metal which matches all our fixtures in the master bath. For the master bathroom we will have these industrial-look sconces (super affordable!) on each side of the mirror above the sink. I also went with my favorite Lowe's flush mount light for the ceiling in the center of the room.
Our electrician is coming this Thursday to begin hanging most of our new lights! Did I mention we are moving in THIS weekend?! We are trying to complete the bulk of the renovation this week (hopefully!). Stay tuned for lots of new updates to come this week!
We have (some) flooring, we have cabinets, there's no holes in the walls, we're so close to having a real kitchen! I'm so relieved that all the plumbing and foundation repair is behind us and this space is finally starting to look like a room again. Here's what we started with in the kitchen:
After demo, we basically re-plumbed the entire house and also repoured the foundation in the back half of the kitchen. At one point the whole back of the kitchen was a pile of dirt! Now everything is slowly being put back together. New drywall has been put up to cover all the holes from the plumbing and smooth out any rough patches. This week they will be painting all the trim and walls too to be bright white.
They have begun laying our slate tile which will fill the entire room and flow into the hall and mudroom as well.
It's still very dusty from all the drywall but you can tell how much this flooring is going to transform the room!
We also now have cabinets! The day we got our cabinets installed was like Christmas morning to me (and this week when our appliances come, it will be like Christmas morning part two!). We are still waiting on counter-tops too which will be installed next week. I love the gray color of the cabinets against the slate floor and the pops of brass with the knobs.
Below you can see our stainless farmhouse sink that has been installed too. All of our appliances are also stainless- the dishwasher will be in the open space to the left and the range and vent hood will be in the big open space to the right.
There is also a custom enclosure for our fridge (far left). I'm really excited about this because it's a little pet peeve of mine when fridges stick out way past the cabinets. There will be a white subway tile backsplash (with dark grout) over any part of the back wall that isn't covered.
The cabinet to the far right by the window is a spice rack pull-out! This will be perfect to have right by the range and oven, and I may also do some mini floating shelves on the wall above it (to the right of the range) for olive oils, vinegars, cooking sprays, and other necessities we will need nearby.
Below you can see a close up of the cabinet color/finish and the brass cup handles. This cabinet is a double trashcan pull-out.
Thanks to our friend TJ at Kitchen Concepts for working with us on these custom cabinets and giving us just what we wanted! I highly recommend Kitchen Concepts for any kitchen projects or custom cabinetry that you need, they really go above and beyond to make the experience as easy as possible and are super organized (which I love!). I can't wait to see how it looks with the whole wall filled once the appliances are in. If you want to catch up on our full design plans for the kitchen check out our post here.
Now onto another fun space: the butler's pantry, which looks just a little different since the last time I shared about it.
It is amazing how much difference a little drywall can make! This room has beautiful high ceilings but they were super outdated looking with popcorn-like texture. Now they are completely smooth and will be getting a fresh coat of paint this week (along with all the trim and walls!)
Another big change that you will notice is that the awkward low doorway is gone! Now it is just a regular wall, and it makes the room feel even bigger!
Next up for this room is flooring! We chose a super unique tile that looks like white-washed brick (see below). I think this will be perfect for the French industrial farmhouse vibe of the kitchen and butler's pantry. I chose a dark gray wall color to contrast since the floors and trim will both be so light. If you want to read more about our plans for this room check out our post here.
I'm already getting anxious to decorate all these spaces but I have to be patient! I'm looking for a fun bright but distressed looking rug for this room and I hope to also paint those old glass french doors (into the mudroom) an unexpected pop of color. I've made a short summary of some of our sources used in the kitchen and pantry below. Keep checking back for more updates as we get closer to move-in day!