HOW TO CREATE BALANCE WHILE REFRESHING YOUR KITCHEN

Check out the before and after pictures of this colorful kitchen makeover to see how we stylishly mixed materials, colors & tones in a way that creates architectural harmony. I don't always receive 'after' photos from my projects, SO I was delighted to receive these 'after' photos showing how they actually implemented 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. I believe that health and wellness is crucial to living a life full of joy and peace…and it all starts at home. 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 (color or brown) - 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 she saw it, she 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, functional & 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? A well designed space marries both the practical and pretty. How we live is affected by what surrounds us. Let me elevate your home in a fresh, new way. It’s not just throwing something together or figuring it out as you go. It starts with a vision, application of a well thought-out plan and smart design principles that result in a beautifully curated space that reflects you and the life you've been called to live. And, because this is your home, you're the best person to become the design expert (aka: design (r)evolutionary) behind your vision so you can avoid unwanted surprises and pressure. In fact, participating in the creative process as an act of worship is not only faith & relationship building, but also produces the most extraordinary results. Just ask my clients. How do you feel about designing your home? Are you stuck on what to do next or confused with interior design advice that doesn't make sense to your project? I know from my own experience that trying to muscle through figuring out personal style, what's important, what goes and what stays on your own can be overwhelming. In addition, scabbing together design tips & advice takes forever and leads to decision fatigue and regret. Whether you're planning on a first home or a forever home, your hard earned money deserves better. But, if you are looking to discover a simple framework and start up guide for designing your home on a hill so you'll steward your home and resources well, you're in the right place. I hear super smart, creative design lovers everywhere tell me all the time how frustrating it is honing their style, making cohesive design decisions and starting their projects in a way that removes the guesswork, simplifies the process, cuts out buyer's remorse, project stalls, being labeled as difficult & expensive do-overs so that they look like the design hero they were meant to be. You're not alone. In fact, I once had an Architect pay me to teach him my framework and then he quit his corporate job and started his own business with his lovely wife....fight on design (r)evolutionary! Listen, I believe that unique, beautifully designed environments based on purpose & passion are life changing and should be accessible to everyone - not just the elite. And that's why I provide my easy to follow framework as a gift during your free design coaching call. Because when you follow the proven steps successful interior designers do, you're more like to achieve the results successful interior designers get. Would a proven step by step approach from an award winning interior designer with years of trial and error experience telling you what to expect, what to do, when to do it and how, help you succeed? Then let's get your design right! You can book a complimentary design consultation call below (p.s. the best 15 minute interior design discussion you've (n)ever had), or download my free Interior Design Checklist and Challenge here, to see if you have decision gaps in your design plan. Then let's start planning the home of your dreams. Imagine how that would feel! Can't wait to here from you! Until then, Hugs and blessings (Numbers 6: 24-26), Karen p.s. Preliminary pictures are encouraged to add value to our conversation. For non-local clients, technology enables me to consult with you via Zoom.

HOW TO CREATE BALANCE WHILE REFRESHING YOUR KITCHEN