Monday, July 18, 2016

From Oak to Ohhhhh! :)

 Happy Monday! July is flying by and it's been exciting for me to see the updates on lots of remodeling projects of which I've been fortunate to walk along side of offering suggestions and guidance. 
Here are just a few shots of Missy and Jim's ranch remodel that she sent to me via text this morning. I'm heading over there sometime in the next few weeks after their new furniture is delivered to help with accessories and finishing touches, but wanted you to see the dramatic transformation of this kitchen. 
Unfortunately I don't think I took before pics of their bathrooms, but if Missy has some, I'll post those later. 
Take note in the "before" pic below-the flat router-ed oak cabinet doors, which didn't touch the ceiling, the laminate/formica counter tops, the small arched doorway.
Also take note, that we did nothing to change the footprint of the kitchen (layout) or change out the beautiful maple hardwood floors. 

 We left all the boxes and cabinet frames, but added a taller frame to the top to allow the new doors and crown molding to go all the way up to the ceiling. New backsplash tile and quartz counters. New faucet and hardware on cabinetry. This whole house feels brand new as all the baseboards and trim around doors and windows was replaced and painted Dove White. 
(I'll snap pics of that next time I'm there).

 New Master Bath cabinet doors and counters/tile. We kept the original layout (cabinet bases) in the master which were oak, but had new doors custom built and painted. New Quartz counters and framed the mirror. The flooring (tile) was recently replaced so we used that as our jumping off point in picking colors/counters/tile. The half bath vanity (above) was completely replaced as we wanted it larger with new granite slab, hardware and tile added.
I can't wait to see this all in person and will be sure to snap more pics of the additional rooms. This is the same house that was featured a few posts back with the ship lap on the fireplace surround. 
Here's a fun project that I just completed for a client who ordered it for his wife's bday. He found a small surfboard on Craigslist and had me custom paint it for her to hang on the exterior wall of their cottage. Definitely no longer functional, but super cute name for their cottage and a welcome marker for guests. 
I'm heading to Not So Shabby now to work on making room for some new big ticket items I'm bringing in later this week. I'll keep you posted on that. Have a great week!!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016


This post is sooo last year. 
Well, not really last year, but last month already! Summer is just flying by and I am forever trying to balance work and play. In June, I was able to do both by surprising my husband by showing up in Chicago at the furniture design show, NeoCon, Before you think that's kind of a dicey thing to do, let me reassure you that for the past 5 years he has begged me to join him down there, but 'something suddenly' seems to come up every time I plan on it. Well, this year, I hung around town long enough to attend lots of great graduation open houses of Kennedy's classmates, but then I took the train from Michigan City (Dunes Park Station-which I highly recommend) and walked to The Merchandise Mart to join the chaotic masses of people perusing the show. 
I searched for Ken for over an hour (and in one embarrassing plot twist was asking the front desk people at Herman Miller to look for him for me----He works at Haworth)!!
Needless to say, he was speechless when he saw me walk up to him. 
I  had such a fun time exploring the city by day and then again with him at night. We only get down there once or twice a year, and now that I know how simple (and cheap!) it is to take the train in, I will for sure join him next year again. 
I ran/walked many miles in the morning and loved being so close to Lakeshore Drive and Navy Pier. 

 View on my morning run! So beautiful!
 All dressed up and no where to go. Ha! Certainly a different kind of night out compared to our mid twenties on Rush Street!
This was earlier that day in one of the wood flooring showrooms. I loved this herringbone pattern and thought most of the displays were so gorgeous!
Here I was EVEN earlier that day, kicking back with a good book and a cup of joe.

Here are some assorted displays/booths that caught my eye. I loved the clean, simple aesthetic and the pop of color here and there. 

 Thought this was cool. This was in the Haworth booth-tvs framed with black metal to look like an art gallery wall.

 Bolts of fabric became an eye catching wall display. 

 I loved this look for a hospital or doctor/dentist office setting:

 I'm just a small town girl, but I have to admit, for that half a week, I really appreciated and loved the big city. 
Thanks for putting up with my throwback post. I am trying to catch up on all the pics I've taken this summer and it's getting away from me. Hope you enjoyed a relaxing, meaningful weekend with friends or family or both.
 Happy July!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Allegan Antiques

 Here's a messy before and a messy after pic of a fireplace for a ranch remodel that I've been a part of since this past winter. I have loved working with the homeowners, Missy and Jim (in fact, they reminded me a lot of the cool couple, Pam and Mark that I just wrote about on the previous blog). Super fun, open to new ideas, very thorough with attention to detail- all with great taste! The perfect recipe for a great collaboration on an extensive project (which both were). Missy just texted me an update last week on how things were coming along over there and I hope to be able to take post project pics sometime soon! 
 Years ago, they had painted the dark brick surrounding the fireplace white. We liked it but we wanted to take it the next step and update even further. 
Joanna Gaines and I could be the "ship lap" sisters...I LOVE using ship lap and found several applications to use it in Missy's house alone.
 We lightened up the walls with a beige/taupe color and had all new painted trim installed to replace the oak. 
 Here's a quick peek at where we introduced more ship lap..from floor to ceiling in the back entry/mudroom. (The striped wallpaper was how it was before). Doors are replaced now to white. 

 You'll also notice that the doorway has been cut into. The back entry used to be arched there, and I begged Jim to let us take the arch out and raise it up as tall as we could (in my opinion the arch was too low and made both the kitchen and mudroom feel smaller). He let me and I think he would agree it was the right thing to do. :)
Here are their oak kitchens before:
Here they are mid-project!
 I can't wait to show you the completed space! You'll notice we raised the cabinet height and added crown molding. We kept the kitchen's original layout but had new cabinet doors built and painted. 

I'm also halfway through an amazing farmhouse remodel. Emily and I are becoming great friends with our weekly, sometimes twice weekly meetings and coffee dates discussing selections. Below is a wall that we are so proud of and that is just a hint of all the incredible salvage pieces we found out at their farm and are using for architectural interest in many (almost all of the rooms). 
We found these boards in one of their barns and we had Cal (her husband) power spray them slightly to clean them up but not to lose the character. Jon Vander Mass  (a very credible builder who has done lots of downtown Zeeland historical home remodels) is building this house and he and his trimmer are amazing!!! 
This is the wall of the sunken living room/playroom and a large flat screen t.v. will be mounted onto the wood. The bottom cubbies will have sliding barn doors on them will hold the components for the t.v. 
I told you I would post some pics from last month's Allegan Antique Market and here are a few. Ken and I didn't make it down there this past week as we were enjoying some fun and sun up at a friend's cottage overnight. 
We talked Cherie and Robert (my sister and brother in law) to come with us to Allegan that day and the weather was perfect! They were on the hunt for a desk for their son and future daughter in law's apartment and we spotted one right away! Score! 
All I came home with is a rustic trough/wood centerpiece for my dining table. I'll have to show you a pic of that soon. 
One of my fave booths there:


 ha ha ha ha ha!!! :)

(Ken's holding the wooden trough in his arm-he buys and carries for me. What a guy)!
'Til next time Champs!