Is This Thing Still On?

Hey, everyone! You know how a few hours turn into days and then days turn into weeks and then weeks turn into a month? It was starting to feel like I’d never get back to writing at the rate I was going, so I decided to rip off the band-aid and jot down a quick and random update.


Up first is a pantry that will eventually become The Pantry to End All Pantries. The client and her husband built their home a little over a year ago. They wisely left their pantry free of the stock shelving offered by the builder and are getting custom cabinetry installed instead.

Lots of temporary storage, but this wasn’t a long-term solution.

I forced myself to learn how to use some basic cabinet planning software and the gentleman who does the custom carpentry work for me is eternally grateful. (Let’s all take a moment to reflect back on the painful sketches that have been shared here over the past two years.)

The footprint of the room isn’t large enough to accommodate standard lower cabinets, so all of this was custom-built. The upper cabinets have adjustable shelves to allow for more storage flexibility. (I can totally relate when someone tells me they need more control. #lovelanguage) Here are the completed cabinets, which look just like the 3D rendering. Thank goodness.

The cabinets are being sprayed today and countertops are being fabricated this week, too. I’d like to say I had some input in the finishes but her kitchen is amazing so we’re using the same finishes in the pantry. The cabinets will be painted a lovely shade of gray with green undertones and the backsplash is a fish scale tile in white ceramic.

Fast and Furious and Furniture

Next up is a project for the world’s most adorable couple, who had about three weeks between hiring me and their move-in day. To avoid torturing them with an endless stream of contractors, I planned nearly all of the work to occur before move-in.

Kitchen before. The clients wanted to lighten and brighten the whole house. That’s metallic gold paint on the island and floor tile masquerading as a backsplash.

Work included painting the entire house, some minor electrical changes, and designing and installing custom cabinets and shelving in the living room. The only thing that didn’t get done before they moved in was the backsplash installation, which was finished a bit later.

The windows in the breakfast room and kitchen will be dressed with custom roman shades. We’re still hashing out fabric selections, but a large-scale pattern will break up the white. Yay, pattern!
The same gold paint was used on the stone fireplace. There’s too much wrong with the old drapes for me to cover in one blog post. Discuss amongst yourselves, please.

The niches needed to be finished out. I told them they could buy something that kind of sort of fit, or they could pay a little bit more and have custom cabinetry installed. They wisely chose the custom route after I explained there’d be plenty of room to stash the kid toys out of sight.

Custom panels will be installed in the living room, as well. I’ll have to write another post about the different options you have when dealing with high ceilings/windows.

Lots of color will be added to the shelves through accessories.

We’ve finally moved onto the fun parts of the project and have ordered up new light fixtures, furniture for the kitchen, a sweet Lee Industries sectional for the living room, and cabinet hardware. The homeowners have installed the cabinet hardware and the lighting will be installed on Wednesday. There’s still a ton more to order, including bedroom and office furniture.

I’ve also started another small project to help a client finish her living room, dining room, and office. Mainly window treatments and a few accessories along with some new upholstery. I presented the plan on Thursday and we should begin ordering this week. So many pictures to share in the next month! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!