I’ve had the pleasure of completely gutting and renovating Nick’s former 1500 sqft bachelor pad over the last 5 weeks. This home is super special. Besides it being the first home he owned, there is sentimental value because his dad sold it to him. Lots of good memories. My goal is to honor those memories during this much needed facelift and I have to say, we are blown away by the end result!

The kitchen is the biggest show stopper to this charmer…

I’m in love with the entire design of this space. However, if I had to pick just a few favorite decorative elements in the kitchen there would be three. One, the backsplash! It is such a beautiful, unique, damask style. These tiles are amazing and the pewter color grout just makes the shape pop. Keeping color clean and simple is key when using an intricate pattern. Which is why I went with white. My absolute favorite color in design. The tile waterfall above the sink area gives this space a dramatic look instead of the cookie cutter feel. Have I mentioned I’m in love?! Two, the open shelving is such a neat and clean look. This space is perfect for storing plates, bowls, decorative dishes, or greenery. The options are endless! I didn’t want the wood to be too thick to take away from the tile, but I also wanted something that would be strong and stand out. The planks are reclaimed, untreated, rough pine. Not too rough though! Just to note, typically, there’s a window above the kitchen sink. This home is a middle unit, hence no window. The open shelving is aesthetically pleasing and functional. Best of both worlds and two very important design aspects I aim to incorporate in all of my designs.


And third, lighting! This Kichler light adds a bit of bling and a more modern touch to the space. Lighting is a great way to put a good umph into a space without breaking the bank.


Here are a few more snapshots from the kitchen renovation…

Brand new windows add so much light into the kitchen and dining nook. In addition to helping with energy efficiency, new double pane windows reduce noise, and showcase natural light. Win-Win!


The fireplace renovation is another favorite. As soon as you walk in the front door, the fireplace is what you see at the other end of the house, in the living room. Why not make it stand out too? New laminate flooring, spray paint, white semi-gloss paint, white penny tile with the same pewter grout from the kitchen, and a crisp white shoe molding make this the main feature of the entrance and living room. Wouldn’t you agree?

Since I first walked into this house, I thought the upstairs was pretty cool. Laundry, double masters, each with their own walk in closet, is a pretty sweet deal! Whether its a young professional having an overnight guest, a roommate situation, or a small family with a child, having good size bathrooms, bedrooms, and large closets in each room is certainly a wonderful use of space. It is worth it to note, there is a half bath downstairs to accommodate guests dropping by. Which is so great because even though it is mostly unspoken, 99% of people out there do not want guests in their private bathroom.

Full gut in both bathrooms resulted in an amazing transformation!


When Nick purchased this house, he had tile installed in the downstairs entry way, both upstairs bathrooms, and in the half bath downstairs. He made a great selection, so that is the one thing I kept and worked with when making design decisions. Overall, we are so pleased with how comfortable, welcoming, and beautiful this house turned out. I do believe we left this place in better shape then how we found it and that the future owner will have many years of joy, peace, and fond memories in what is now a beautiful home.

We spent a total of 5 weeks on this renovation. A list of what was completed is as follows: new kitchen cabinets, appliances, granite, and backsplash, Sherwin Williams paint throughout (Agreeable Grey and Sea Salt) -> popcorn ceilings scraped and all ceilings, doors, molding, and walls painted, new windows throughout, bathroom upgrades – tubs, wall inserts, vanities, towel racks, toilet paper holders, and toilets, new flooring throughout, new light fixtures throughout, all new outlet and light receptacles and covers, new closet systems upstairs in bedroom closets, landscaped backyard and pressure washed deck, new door hardware, and fireplace refresh.

I hope you leave here feeling inspired and refreshed!

Now onto to the next project…