Before & After - Family home gets major upgrade

I'm so excited to share this next before and after with you!

The clients were so great to work with.  They let me use this project as a starting off point for my business here in Santa Barbara.  I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity to work with them.  Their laid back personalities and ability to make design decisions made this a fun and easy project.  As always, there were a few hiccups that any major remodel endures, but ultimately I think we are all pleased with the finished product.

This single family home was in a bit of a rut and desperately needed a little freshening up.  The original kitchen was closed off and dark and the home's flooring and furnishings did nothing to help the cause.  We created a proper entry while opening up the kitchen, dining and living spaces.  The client's leaned toward a traditional aesthetic with a contemporary base and I selected furnishings with this in mind. Take a look!

LIVING ROOM - BEFORE

LIVING ROOM - AFTER

DINING ROOM - BEFORE

DINING ROOM - AFTER

KITCHEN - BEFORE

KITCHEN - AFTER

ENTRY - BEFORE

ENTRY - AFTER

*Envision a mirror above that console! Still needs to be hung.

*Envision a mirror above that console! Still needs to be hung.

Of course my amateur photog skills are much to be desired.  I'm working on teaching myself how to use my camera.  I promise it looks even better in person!

*** Construction by Jesse McCue & his crew at Marquee Construction! 

Land of Nod - Not just for kids

Before I had a kid I never really thought twice about shopping from The Land of Nod.  Maybe it's because their designs were too childish at the time or maybe I just didn't take the time to look.  Whatever the case, I keep finding pieces in their catalog that I want for myself (not my kid). Not only are they super stylish but more often than not, they are less expensive than items geared towards adults! 

Here's are just a few I can easily see outside of a child's bedroom.

Updated Bathrooms

I finished two bathroom remodels a couple months ago and of course I'm just getting around to sharing them with you.  I had grand plans of fully accessorizing and getting professional shots but alas I think that ship has sailed.  So my iphone pictures will have to do for now.

BATHROOM 1 :

BEFORE...

AFTER!

Use your imagination and picture artwork above the towel bar!

Use your imagination and picture artwork above the towel bar!

 

BATHROOM 2:

BEFORE...

AFTER!

It's easy to see why these bathrooms needed a little TLC.  The colors were dark and the finishes were dated.  My main goal was to brighten up both rooms through paint and tile.

If you've ever shopped for tile you know the possibilities are endless! So for the first bathroom we went with your classic white subway tile for the shower/tub surround and a 2" matte white hexagon for the flooring.  The rustic wood vanity and built in shelving brought in a bit of much needed warmth.

The second bathroom got a major update just by ripping out the vanity and tearing down part of the shower wall and replacing it with glass.  The whole space immediately opened up and seemed so much brighter!  Although a bit more traditional than my normal aesthetic, I really love the tile we chose for this room.  It's variations in color tone and long narrow subway shape made it super unique.  Pair that with coordinating river rock and bright white grout and I think you have a pretty stunning shower.  The seagrass limestone floors were also another favorite of mine.  

All of this wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of Charlie Calisti and his crew at Riviera Construction.  They were responsible for turning the designs into reality!

Ranch Remodel

Although I'm still a full time mama I'm finding more and more design projects are starting to fall in my lap.  I've been busy working on quite a few things that I can't wait to share with you!

This first project was something I worked on with family. They recently acquired an amazing property just an hour away from Santa Barbara.  The house will primarily be rented out for vacation purposes. It's the perfect getaway - not too far, but you feel like you're on true vacation surrounded by the beautiful countryside!

The home itself was in pretty good condition but the finishes were dated and the layout needed some tweaking.  On top of that we had to furnish the whole house as cost effectively as possible.  Since it will be rented out to different people on a regular basis items needed to be durable and aesthetically pleasing to a wide range of tastes.  We played up the whole Ranch vibe and tried to make the space feel warm and inviting.  Walls were torn down and rooms were opened up in order to take advantage of the gorgeous view.  

Check out the pics below for a walkthrough of the remodel:

ENTRY BEFORE: When you originally walked through the front door the space felt closed in and cramped. The media room is to your right and the dining room to your left.

ENTRY BEFORE: When you originally walked through the front door the space felt closed in and cramped. The media room is to your right and the dining room to your left.

Walls surrounding the media room and dining room were taken down in order to open up the space.  Light immediately flooded into other rooms and the view was front and center. 

Walls surrounding the media room and dining room were taken down in order to open up the space.  Light immediately flooded into other rooms and the view was front and center. 

AFTER: Removing those walls created one large great room.  Ideal for large groups and family!

AFTER: Removing those walls created one large great room.  Ideal for large groups and family!

AFTER

AFTER

LIVING ROOM BEFORE: The Living room had horrible tile flooring which was replaced with a warm wood floor. The dual toned brick fireplace also had to go. It was painted a fresh bright white which not only updated the space but gave new life to the pot belly stove.

LIVING ROOM BEFORE: The Living room had horrible tile flooring which was replaced with a warm wood floor. The dual toned brick fireplace also had to go. It was painted a fresh bright white which not only updated the space but gave new life to the pot belly stove.

AFTER

AFTER

DINING ROOM BEFORE

DINING ROOM BEFORE

AFTER: Like every other room we replaced the tired flooring, lighting and painted the walls.

AFTER: Like every other room we replaced the tired flooring, lighting and painted the walls.

KITCHEN BEFORE: The Kitchen layout was pretty much the only thing working for it.  Countertops were replaced, backsplash added and cabinetry painted.

KITCHEN BEFORE: The Kitchen layout was pretty much the only thing working for it.  Countertops were replaced, backsplash added and cabinetry painted.

BEFORE: We weren't sure why the ugly tile was carried up along the island but we tore that out and replaced it with wood and painted to match. The outdated arch above the entry was squared off and the post was removed to open up the space even more

BEFORE: We weren't sure why the ugly tile was carried up along the island but we tore that out and replaced it with wood and painted to match. The outdated arch above the entry was squared off and the post was removed to open up the space even more

AFTER

AFTER

AFTER

AFTER

MEDIA ROOM BEFORE: Carpet was removed, lighting was replaced and walls were painted.

MEDIA ROOM BEFORE: Carpet was removed, lighting was replaced and walls were painted.

AFTER

AFTER

MASTER BEFORE

MASTER BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

GUEST ROOM BEFORE

GUEST ROOM BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE

GUEST BEDROOM BEFORE

AFTER

AFTER

The ranch is located in the Cebada Canyon area just minutes from golf and wine tasting. It's a 3 bedroom 2 bath home that sits on 21 acres of land.  If you want a relaxing getaway check out the link to the home HERE.  Yes, it may seem like a shameless plug but I've stayed here with my family and it really is an amazing spot!