One Day Flash Sale~Three Piece Collection


Hi there! Today I'm working on a very exciting room makeover install. The reason this particular project is so exciting is that it is a very simple room "refresh". Just a few key pieces of merchandise are coming in to give a living room a whole new look and feel without changing the existing key pieces of furniture. I'm absolutely in LOVE with the transformation and can't wait to share it with you next week. 

Speaking of LOVE...

In honor of Valentines Day,  I thought it would be fun to have a flash sale. After all, who doesn't absolutely LOVE an incredible deal? Especially one that includes home decor! I have curated a little collection of high impact items in a romantic, deep red color palette for an amazing price. 
This three piece collection normally retails for $481, but for the next few hours I'm offering it up for $119 plus shipping.

*Extremely limited supply available.

This 3 piece collection includes one extra large art canvas and two coordinating pillows. 
Rodney White "Seek Happiness" 36" x 36" art on stretched canvas features a gorgeous crackled finish and warm pallette of tans, blacks, deep red and white. Amazing texture and rich, deep red color can be found in these luxurious, 100% felted wool, flower petal detailed, 18", down filled toss pillows. 

If you would LOVE to make this collection yours, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

*Flash sale items are final sale. 

*Now available for new online design projects. Please click here for more info. 

Details~Custom Kitchen Makeover

I haven't been blogging as much as usual lately because we have been in the design studio working on some very exciting online design projects. I'm humbled by the response I received at the beginning of the year when I announced we are available for new clients. We still have openings but anticipate a spring rush very soon, if you would like to make a reservation now is the time (please click here for more information).

This weekend, I was able to sneak away and put together today's post on a recent on-site kitchen makeover project I worked on here in the Detroit area for my long-time clients; Sara and Erik. 

Last week I shared with you before and after pictures of this project along with the story on the "old" kitchen. Today, I'd like to take you on a tour of the new space and share all the details on how this brand new custom kitchen came together. 

This makeover began by weighing the option of custom cabinetry versus pre-fabricated cabinets. After discussing their wants and needs for the new kitchen, Sara and Erik decided the custom route was best for them. This approach would allow them to incorporate some amazing custom details that would give their home a look of it's own. Not to mention, it would function perfectly for the way Sara, Erik and their two children use the space. 

One of the first things you'll notice in the new kitchen is this gigantic custom vent hood featuring a deep ledge and chunky corbels. It provides an amazing focal point. For now, we left the ledge undecorated to celebrate the simple beauty and fantastic craftsmanship of this architectural feature. Sara will have the option of adding seasonal accents or decorative accessories to the shelf as the mood strikes, but in the meantime it stands beautifully solo. 

Under the gourmet cooktop, large, deep, soft close drawers provide perfect storage for pots and pans.
If you take a close look, you will notice that the section of cabinetry to the left of the of the cooktop features a set of doors and in the section to the right of the cooktop small drawers were incorporated. The overall look of this row of cabinetry is symmetrical, yet the variation in the cabinet type lends visual interest. The smaller drawers on the right are perfect for cooking utensils and spices and the large cabinets to the left are great for large stock pots.

In addition to traditional family dinners throughout the week for Sara, Erik and the kids,  weekends in this kitchen are dedicated to entertaining and cooking for large groups of family and friends. These new high end appliances will allow Sara and Erik to do just about anything their little gourmet hearts desire. Big, home cooked family meals will be easy to prepare, serve and store with these extra capacity, state of the art appliances. To break up the look of twin stainless steel refrigerators, one glass front door and one solid stainless door were paired together.  

Speaking of entertaining, the new, extra grand island is an entertainers dream. The multilevel countertop does a great job of providing a bar-height eating area large enough to comfortably fit three adults with plenty of counter-height working/serving surface to spare. Sara had a special request when this project began for an undermount farmhouse sink. Hats off to her for this idea, this is one of my favorite looks of all time. It gave her the charming farmhouse character of an apron front sink along with the sleek sophistication of a seamless undermount.

The base of the island features custom storage on both sides and plenty of leg room under the bar area. For the stools, we went with the amazingly comfortable barrel back, upholstered bar stools from Restoration Hardware. These barstools are extra sturdy and insanely comfortable. They are perfect for everyday use by the kids as well as weekend game days for the men in the family. The upholstery is a performance velvet fabric that is stain resistant and family friendly.

The granite we chose has the most amazing depth and movement. At night, small metallic, crystalized flecks literally sparkle. As soon as we saw this slab at the granite yard, we knew it was the one.

We used the granite as our color guide in choosing the greige (a gray based beige) backsplash. We weighed a few different options before deciding on this shiny, textured glass subway tile. Warm white grout provides contrast and really makes the color of the tiles stand out. The texture of the highly reflective finish makes it dance with natural light. It's hard to capture in a picture how this glimmering backsplash makes this kitchen come alive with light and movement.

I mentioned in my original reveal post that the long wall of built-in cabinetry conceals a few secret areas that make this kitchen perfect for a young, busy family...

A beverage station was incorporated in the center, next to the swinging door leading to a walk in pantry. 

To the right of the beverage station, glass front pocket doors open to reveal the kids play room...

All the way to the opposite end of the play room is a family command center with self housing pocket doors. The doors remain open during the day for easy access to the family computer, mail, sticky notes etc. 

At night or while entertaining, the pocket doors close for a neat clean look. 

Sara's Dad (Rob Toth) helped out a lot during this kitchen renovation. He is a talented craftsman/carpenter and took many of the projects that needed to be completed on himself. One thing that is really a special addition to this new kitchen is the new dining table. It is actually an heirloom piece that was given to Sara years ago by her parents and has been kept in storage until now.  

While the cabinet makers were busy in the kitchen, Rob was busy in the workshop refinishing this beautiful pedestal dining table. The top was stained a rich chestnut color to coordinate with an existing Potterybarn Benchwright Console table in the space. He painted the base of the table white to match the cabinets. The contrast of the dark wood tone and white base really makes this piece stand out against the soft grays and turquoise found in the new area rug.

The color palette of the new kitchen was determined by the colors used throughout the rest of this home. I'm in the process of creating a full home tour post sharing some of the other spaces we've worked on together. 

This has been one of my favorite projects of all time. In addition to being a beautiful house, what I love most about this home, is that it really tells the story of the family that lives here. It's a home that is filled with life; family photos, art, children, family, pets and happiness. Being able to assist with this kitchen project and help Sara and Erik's vision for a dream kitchen come to life has been a wonderful experience. 

Wall Color~"Drizzle" by Sherwin Williams
Cabinet Color~"Snowbound" by Sherwin Williams
Backsplash~Ciot Custom Tile
Countertops~ColdSprings Granite Genesse Stone

Pendant Lights~Curry and Company
Cabinet Hardware~Restoration Hardware
Barstools~Restoration Hardware 
Dining Table~Family Heirloom
Dining Chairs~Wayfair
Tiered Serving Tray~HomeGoods
Dining Area Rug~Potterybarn
Rug Runner~Ballard Designs
This brand new custom kitchen is the collaborative work of myself, Architect Christopher Macklin, Custom Cabinet Maker Chad Gladding from Gladding Custom Cabinetry, Carpenter/PM Rob Toth and homeowner's Sara and Erik.

*Now available for new online design projects. Please click here for more info. 

Dramatic Kitchen Makeover Reveal~Before and After

Before sharing today's exciting kitchen makeover reveal, I wanted to announce that my E-Book "DIY Interior Design For Real People" is currently available in a gigantic bundle of 76+ DIY related E-books ($34.95 for the complete bundle) for the next five days only. Please click here for details.
Now, back to the makeover…This kitchen belongs to my clients; Sara and Erik. You have seen a few makeovers from around their home here on the blog. This project has been the most exciting so far. We have been busy working together on this project for the last few months. I've shared little sneak peeks on my instagram feed so it may look familiar to some of you. While I tell you how this kitchen makeover came together, let's take a look at the dramatic before and after photos...

Here is what the kitchen looked like before…


And here it is now...






There is so much to share about this makeover that I've decided to break in down into a few posts. Tomorrow I'll be back with a closer look at the space with all the details and specifics on the materials used, paint colors, product sources, etc.



This project began last summer. You may remember the post I wrote on the "before" kitchen. Sara and Erik liked their kitchen before the makeover, but they were looking for ways to improve function, incorporate more storage and bring a custom, more personalized look to their home. A brand new custom kitchen was the answer. 



After sharing the "before" kitchen on the blog, it was gently removed and sold to a new family who was in the process of renovating an old farmhouse not far from Sara and Erik's home. Selling the old kitchen was a great way to help offset the cost of some of the high end features of the new kitchen.


 In addition to enhancing the look of the home, the new kitchen improves the function of the entire lower level. Secret storage areas and doorways incorporated into the amazing wall of cabinetry (shown below) cleverly disguise a hard working family command center/computer desk, a walk-in pantry/utility room, a beverage station and…wait for it... a play room for the kids! 

This brand new custom kitchen is the collaborative work of myself, Architect Christopher Macklin, Custom Cabinet Maker Chad Gladding from Gladding Custom Cabinetry, Carpenter/PM Rob Toth and homeowner's Sara and Erik.

Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for a closer look into the space.
I currently have openings for new online design projects. If you would like to get started on a room makeover, now is the time to make your reservation before the spring rush fills our schedule. 

*Please note, this post may contain affilitate links. All photography by Sarah Macklem.

For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.

Who Wants To DIY With Me?

I'm so excited to announce my participation in one of the coolest DIY resources ever. Over the past few weeks, I've been busy behind the scenes creating an E-Book to be included in a bundle of over 76 e-books and e-courses from a group of insanely creative bloggers. 

This deal ends in just…

If you are anything like me, you love the feeling of creating something of your own. You know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment in DIY'ing is pretty hard to match. I began DIY'ing at age 18 in my very first apartment and instantly became addicted. 

It's hard to believe, but I've been blogging about DIY projects for almost 6 years...

The great thing about DIY is that there’s so much to get involved in. Like me, you may have started with decorating, or creating gifts, or photography, but there’s this huge world of  DIY opportunities out there, and all of us have probably only scratched the surface.

The only problem is… how do you decide which project to dive into next? Not to mention, it can get expensive so quickly, buying more resources, more books, more patterns. What if you had a wide variety of inspiring resources right at your fingertips, but for a fraction of what you would usually spend? And from trusted sources of people that inspire you daily through this amazing internet blogging world.

That’s why you should check out the  The Ultimate DIY Bundle. It’s your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses. There are projects that the whole family can get involved in – from home decor, photography, scrapbooking, crafting, art, painting, chalk pastels, sewing, etc. Some of the biggest names out there are authors in this bundle. Personally, I cannot wait to dive into the photography e-courses!

For just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am EST on Wednesday, January 21 until 11.59pm EST on Monday, January 26.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…
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This deal ends in just…

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A Fresh Family Room Online Design Plan

Welcome to 2015. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We've been busy in the studio preparing to ring in the new year with new project openings. I'm happy to announce we are ready.
We are currently accepting new online design plan reservations! 
For more information, please click here. 

Today's featured online design plan is a recent project we just wrapped up for Bob, Maria and their kids. Our goal was to give them a fresh, updated and current Family Room design that could be a jumping off point for the rest of their new home. 

(All product sources provided at the bottom of this post)

To begin, we suggested painting the walls a color similar to this modern gray color from Sherwin Williams; Agreeable Gray. For the fireplace, we recommended a makeover to update the surround. Replacing the existing red brick with stone would give the entire space a fresh new look. If replacing the stone is too much for the current budget, than we suggested painting the brick warm white for a quick interim fix. This is a great and inexpensive way to update the room until new stone work is in the budget.

Here is a look at the true to scale floor plan illustration we provided to show how all of the items we used in this design plan fit into the space…

We recommended using the bottom wall as a place for a large family photo gallery. We suggested that they mix and match different photo frames in with photo canvases to give the wall interest. We even added art and decorative pieces like this large iron clock from my home decor collection into the mix.

For the coffee table, we selected this large table with storage underneath from Ballard Designs. The black painted finish is stunning. To complement the new coffee table, we chose these spectacular end tables with the most amazing wood shelf detail.

We incorporated new sofas from Pottery Barn and two accent chairs from Ballard as the main furniture pieces.

We brought in two bookcases and placed one on either side of the window. These bookcases from Ballard will be amazing for extra storage and display, they will also anchor this side of the room. 

Beautiful accent lighting is provided by these charming, large scale, ivory distressed lamps from The Yellow Cape Cod home decor boutique.

For personality, pattern and color we applied this mix of pillows on the upholstery. Pillows are a simple and inexpensive way to add excitement to the room. Adding a pop of color through pillows can easily be interchanged when the room needs a quick face lift. 

To ground the seating area, we introduced a large black and white area rug. A large rug is an easy way to cozy-up a sitting area. This rug brings a great, eye-catching graphic quality to the design that lends a contemporary feeling.

For the windows, we applied custom roman shades. This treatment is ideal when you have tricky windows similar to the corner windows in this space. We suggested keeping the fabric light and bright similar to the diamond pattern shown here. 

In addition to the items shown in this post, there were more recommendations and specific product selections provided in this custom design plan. Additional furniture and accessories were included in order to deliver a complete, professional, ready to implement room design. 

If you would like to get started on an online design plan for your home, I currently have a few openings. Now is the time to make your reservation before we are full, spring is right around the corner and it's our busiest time of the year. Thanks for stopping by. 

For information on my affordable online design service, please click here.
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