Check out the before and after pictures of this dynamic kitchen makeover to see how we stylishly mixed materials, colors & tones.

I don't always receive 'after' photos from my projects, SO I was delighted to receive these 'after' photos showing how the actually implementation of this kitchen refresh design! 

Originally the client called me to help her update her kitchen as it wasn't supporting her anymore in fact, the dark dated cabinets were not only weighing down the already small kitchen but they were also weighing heavy on her usual sweet mood. You see, she works hard all day blessing others so when she comes home, she wants to be recharged and blessed herself - ready to go at it again the next day. Her influence affects others, that's how she changes the world.

But this was where she was starting her day...

Would waking up to this kitchen every morning inspire & encourage you to make the world more beautiful?

I give a lot of credit to my client as she was confident in her style and very collaborative. She told me she knew exactly what she wanted & needed to encourage her every morning. And besides being a beautiful person, she is also a savvy business woman that didn't have the time or the budget for design do overs and stall outs from second guessing design decisions.

Nothing lights me up more that helping people achieve their dreams and goals!

I listened very carefully to her ideas, goals and vision for the space and then drew and rendered her initial idea:

She knew that she wanted a maximum of three colors in the kitchen, so we decided early on that the palette would be red, white and wood - because her Mr. Man wouldn't let her paint the window's wood trim. From there it was all about the balance of how to use each tone and where.

Renderings were critical during this stage of the process so that we could visualize different combinations. We originally tried the above combination, but after seeing it, we decided to try red only on the lower cabinet run.

As soon as we saw it, we knew that was the winner.

I believe the famous artist, Picasso once said, "I begin with an idea and it becomes something else". Meaning it takes more than an idea and natural gifting to create a masterpiece.

Which means our initial idea might not be our ideal. But, that's the essence of interior design - spatial problem solving that creates a personal & harmonious composition!

There are no hard and fast 'design rules' and no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to design - the only rules you need to follow is - does this work well for your lifestyle, does it fit your budget and does it look good to you! Because we all know what we like when we see it - right?

After we got the big picture right, she asked for help narrowing down the exact paint selections to make that part easy for her too.

Then she distributed her design plans to her own contractors for competitive bids and did her own shopping....which saved her (and them) a boatload of time & moolah. But then again, she owns her own business so she already knows how to negotiate a win for everyone.

And here is the renovated space! How much better does this look! I am so happy she went for it and implemented the plan we created together.

Now she has a kitchen that sparkles as much as she does!

I just love it when I capture my client's spirit and goals and am able to enrich their lives within the guidelines that are important to them.

They were able to keep the countertops and her lovely homemade lace window valance.

And, they were able to reuse their appliances to save money.

And because beauty begets beauty, her home now supports her and she can go out and share that beauty with others!

What a dramatic change was made in this kitchen and in the lives of those who live there with just a little money and a design plan that reflects their priorities and character.

How about you?  Do you have a kitchen (or another room) that might not be quite right but you're not sure what it needs or how to create a plan that checks off all the right boxes for you and your family?

We all have a little 'Fixer Upper' in us. But, Interior Design is not easy when you don't know the way or have the time & patience to figure it all out. And sometimes it's not about the creating, it's about discovering what to create!

Here's one more piece of advice to save you from making expensive design mistakes as well - invest in the services of a qualified interior designer, builder and trades people to ensure your finished project meets or exceeds your expectations and aims.

You can kick start your new kitchen renovation or refresh by scheduling a FREE 15 minute design chat and we'll start working on your project right away. Just click on the photo below.

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Can't wait to meet you!

Until then,

Hugs and Blessings (Numbers 6:24-26),



Beauty needs boundaries so it only has 'happy accidents'. Therefore, my specialty is managing & directing the creative process through thoughtful planning which then magically interprets & integrates the practical and the pretty into one clear distinctive vision.

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