Sunday, August 18, 2019

Our Wine Lovers Kitchen Transformation

A year ago an amazing couple, Florence and Arveen, reached out to us to completely rip apart their house so it could finally  become the home they'd always envisioned. They offered wine at our consultation so of course I was like, ummmm sureeee thing! A LOT has happened since that meeting.
They moved out for six months so we could gut it all. We sadly discovered that their underground plumbing was rotted and had to be replaced at a hefty price - for extensive behind the scenes details of this project see our #nwdprojectwinelovers highlights on Instagram. This was painful but there are often unexpected expenses in renovation projects so we often encourage clients to set aside a contingency fund for these kind of surprises.
Any who, let's take a look at last at how far they've come and we are happy to report they are back home and living their best lives in their newly transformed home. Let's goooooooooooooo. Here where we started with the kitchen:

The kitchen was hidden behind this wall and was a dark maze once you entered. 

We removed the wall and relocated the cooking to the opposite wall. The ceiling fan was also removed because🙄

The sink location stayed in place but we did raise and replace the window to longer have a pass through from the window to the back patio. 

Holy demolition! Yes, this was a major renovation which mean loads of electrical rewiring once we removed the walls. But it was worth it. Here's why. 

Cooking now happens in this bright and sun-filled zone via an induction cooktop with loads of storage below and a microwave/oven combo on the left. 

This backsplash and pot filler stole the show at their recent birthday/housewarming celebration. I even did a "how to use the pot filler demo." Good times. This backsplash choice was also the MOST agonizing decision. The original plan was for a quartz slab backsplash but the plumber nightmare we mentioned meant we had to make some budget changes and this was one of them. But man what a happy budget decision that ending up being! This tile is available in multiple colors and we were all divided: Florence and my team loved the white, I loved the green and black and Arveen loved the black. Black for the win and man it's a stunner.  

This kitchen is as high on function as it is on style! Brass and black finishes make bold statements with the pendants, pot filler, faucet and bar stools. And the green velvet! The icing on the cake and another moment where Florence stepped way out of her comfort zone. 

This breakfast zone was next! And it's come a looooooooooong way. 

 This is now the refrigerator and coffee station zone. This is next to the family room and made sense when deciding how best to lay out this angled kitchen. 

We removed the archway to the family room and added a beam instead for the modern farmhouse feel Florence wanted and to serve as a great transition to that space. 

The kitchen sink stayed in the location which always saves on plumbing. But as mentioned we raised the window, continued our backsplash and floating shelves since we have loads of storage in the island we just didn't need additional upper cabinets in this area. 

Open shelves are a great place to store everyday dishes and to accessories with personal memorabilia and cookbooks. I also try to keep them far away from the cooking area to avoid the inevitable grease build up. 

And that's it folks. Another major level kitchen renovation and one that's proudly being used everyday so cheers to that!

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Wine Lovers Guest Bathroom - Deuces Three Headed Vanity

We had the honor of renovating this entire home appropriately dubbed #nwdprojectwinelovers for two amazing and very wine-loving clients (more about that wine in another post).. 
This included three bathrooms that have both undergone quite the transformation. What was wrong? Well, a lot!
Let's start off this reveal with this guest bathroom which had three vanities - side by side! The previous owners had triplets so hmmmmm, that was quite the interesting solution to accommodate all three kids. 
Anyway, a lot has changed, including the fact that we had to redo the entire plumbing to this home which was an unexpected, expensive and painful development but one our clients weathered like true champs - you can see videos of this rotted plumbing in our #nwdprojectwinelovers highlights on Instagram. Okay, enough chatter, here we go: 

That infamous three headed vanity had us all scratching our heads. 

Our floor plan showing the true details of those vanities. We decided to go with one vanity in 42' which has plenty of storage for future kids - triplets or not! This bathroom also had sustained water damage over the years so just really needed to have a new lease on life.

Haha. Super proud to find a before pic with the toilet seat down! 
This was our approved design plan but it's important for you to understand that our designs often evolve and so I ask clients to not stay lock in to what we first proposed because my mind is often in creative mode and will mix things up a bit. So while we pitched a traditional subway tile installation with white floors, clearly we jazzed things up a bit and took some risks. 

The paint color was inspired by the color our very own Gloribell used on her living room wall, Blue Metal by Behr.

This tile installation is pretty difficult to do and our installers likely cursed us in English and Spanish for days but whatev! No pain, no gain and we couldn't be happier with how stunning this tub surround now is. 

I'm a huge fan of these scalloped tiles and have used them before but never in black. This bathroom floor needed some drama and we're happy our clients agreed.  

And that's it folks. Quite the transformation for this bathroom and we are so happy our clients are no longer afraid to open the door and invite guests to use it. What's your favorite part of this project? Have you survived a major bathroom renovation or plumbing nightmare? Feel free to share all the deets below. 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

New Floor & Decor Kendall Location Offers Stunning Options to Miami Residents

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Floor & Decor. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a self professed renovation queen, I spend hours looking for tiles to help transform our clients homes. Floor & Decor has been one of our go-to sources for over a decade for many reasons: an impressive collection of modern and trendy tiles that fit our design aesthetic, great prices and loads of in-stock selection of tile, wood, stone, related tools and flooring accessories, which is critical especially for large projects. 

So we were excited to hear of a new location opening in Kendall since we serve clients in this area of Miami as well. There were loads of impressive details at this location. For starters, the store is huge and very well lit which is key to be sure you are choosing tiles, hardwood and vinyl flooring that are as true to the color as possible. 

The store boasts an impressive display of timeless and trendy tile options. 

Another bonus: Store employees speak four languages - Spanish, Portuguese, English and Italian - a must in multi lingual South Florida.

For homeowners not already working with a design professional, Floor & Decor offers a free design center service - contact a designer today! In-house designers offer renderings of wall and flooring selections in the space they’re working on to show exactly how the products will look in their own home, as well as in-house visuals to get inspired throughout the renovation process. 

The stylish design center where homeowners can sit with in-store designers. 

Stunning textured porcelain tiles on display at the design center. 

Appointments are encouraged and can be made online or by calling in says store Chief Executive Manager, Rick Orasi. Appointments typically last for 30 minutes to an hour. 

“We understand that coming to our stores can be overwhelming so this is a great service we offer to better serve our customers. Our goal is that they leave here with a great experience.”

I was also intrigued to learn that stores often stock products specific to their regions. For example, the Kendall location has a large selection of blue and teal tiles to specifically appeal to its customers who live on the water including Key West.

Brass is king and is a beauty next to this scallop and teal tile combination.

New from the store this year: vanities to complete your bathroom project. There are four styles to choose from and the hope is to stock more in the future Orasi says. Adding vanities has made the renovation process so much easier for homeowners who no longer have to head to another retailer to find one that can work in their space. 

Admiring the new vanity options with store CEM Rick Orasi. 

Dog lovers will rejoice to see this dog washing station in a laundry room in the design center. 

Contractors have long appreciated the stores massive selection of setting materials and will see even more options in this new location including ready to install and waterproof shower benches and niche inserts for showers. 

An abundance of kitchen backsplash options to choose from.  

With its tremendous appeal to both contractors/designers and homeowners, the new Kendall location is sure to become a go-to location for those in Miami, and nearby cities who want to see as wide a selection as possible. And guess what? They won’t be disappointed. 


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