Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Our Latest Reveal: A Contemporary Kitchen With a hint of Rustic Charm

Two summers ago, we received an email from our client, Celiana, who'd clearly done her homework about the renovation process. Her budget was well informed, Ideabooks and Pinterest boards were filled with her wishes, permit details from her city had been gathered and she was ready for us to completely gut her home and make it the dream space she'd always envisioned. 
We recently shared her master bathroom and laundry here, here, here and hereBut the kitchen was the truly most transformed space and so here we are, ready to give it its full reveal moment. 

This is where we started. 

A functional space, yet with a very choppy layout. And it had my number one kitchen pet peeve: a bar height peninsula. Why should your feet be dangling when seated in your own kitchen? IDK. But anyway, I digress. 
Reminder, this was a full gut job, so we also ripped out the floors and installed large format porcelain tiles in the still popular wood-look pattern; painted all walls and added new hurricane impact windows - and just in time since we had a major storm last year while Celiana was out of the country and she didn't have to worry much. Anyway, enough chatter. Here's how we are looking today. 

Deuces to the bar height peninsula and hello counter height island with loads of storage and style. 

This table! Soooooo many details to get this one made but shout-out to BP Imports for his amazing skills and attention to detail. And to our intern Kortney, whose barstools we used to style this photoshoot since Celiana is still pondering bar stool decisions :) 

Showed some major love to the cooking station as well by installing a vented hood and a new slide in range. 

Even though we expanded the kitchen by adding the island, the sink and stove stayed in their original location which is always a budget saver. 
We replaced the microwave with a hood and added a stunning backsplash behind the hood as well. 

We carried the backsplash across this wall to just below the live edge wood shelves. 

Open shelving still a contemporary must have it and why not? Easy access to some everyday essentials and a gray way to display your favorite pieces, including this art, a nod to Celiana's boyfriend who climbed mount Everest while we did this renovation. 

We made sense of this area by framing the refrigerator with two large pantries on either side. That arched wall was also removed.

And that's all folks. One of my favorite kitchen projects of all time. Subtle yet sexy and hella stylish. Huge thanks to Celiana and Santi for trusting us with such a major transformation and for already sending some great referrals our way. 

Also, another huge shout out to our photographer Ricardo of RMS Studio Corp and styling virtuoso Amanda at The Homebody Interiors for another eye-popping photo-shoot.  

Sunday, June 3, 2018

We are Hiring!

We are hiring!
In need of a part-time assistant for a boutique interior design firm that specializes in large scale renovations. We are a fast-paced firm so our ideal candidate must work well under pressure, be a quick thinker and problem solver. 
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
•       Works closely and collaboratively with the principal Designer and president
•       Assist in any facet of the design process deemed necessary. No design related task is too big or too small.
•       Assist with sourcing for all design projects from various trade and retail sources
•       Assist with the purchasing and tracking of orders for all projects
•       Assist with delivery and logistics coordination
•       Prepare project specifications for design presentations
•       Coordinate client consultations and serve as their liaison throughout the design process
• Work closely with all trades to communicate all design and renovation details to see projects through completion
. Assist with installations, photoshoots and social media postings as needed.

Required Skills:
• Outstanding written and verbal skills.

  • Fluent in Spanish and English

•       Proficient in Adobe Creative suite(specifically, Photoshop, Illustrator and PowerPoint)
•       Proficient in MS Excel, Word and Google Drive applications
•       Strong organization and time management skills
•       Strong sense of urgency and task prioritization
•       Strong attention to detail
•       Must be assertive, self-motivated, self-driven, efficient, resourceful and punctual. Emphasis on the latter.

•       Must Have own reliable and insured Transportation. Daily Uber rides do not qualify.

College requirement: Associate degree, BA or BS required. An interior design degree is not mandatory but a strong design aesthetic or related experience is required.
Qualified candidates please provide the following via email at info@nwdinteriors.com
•       Resume
•       Portfolio including links to Pinterest page or blog
•       Minimum of two references who are NOT related to you.

Candidate must reside in South Florida and be able to work in office, three days per week - Monday through Fridays. 

Compensation: Hourly based on experience and ability. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Black and White Kitchen With a Surprise Pop of Pink - Yum

This is a story about perseverance and faith. 

Our client Janeka has spent the last five years saving and dreaming of her new kitchen. We first transformed her master bedroom here and have done worked on most of her home over the years. But the kitchen was the big spend and she paced herself, something we encourage clients to do often. Wait, save your coins and get it done the right way. 

We hatched a plan. Her dream was white cabinets and since she's a bit of a diva, I knew she'd be okay with bold black accents. But these pink bar stools were the last thing we settled on! We argued about bar stools for weeks, so much so that I had nightmares about barstools and I even ordered some that were clearly made for the tiniest of people on the planet. Anyway, one day while sourcing for another client, these pink beauties popped up and I knew we had a winner. Janeka was sold and the rest is history. 

Tiny people bar stools! No words Target. No words. 

Here's a reminder of where we started. 

Pet peeve: bar height counters. I hate em and always take em out. Always.

Anywho, here's how she's living and entertaining these days. Counter height always for the win. Much more comfortable. 

Janeka wanted a hood and a microwave. I typically do a base microwave when we have a hood, but she hated the thought so we found this happy medium.

This dramatic backsplash was a home run from the start. 
Love. Love and more Love. 

Love the pink and warmth the walnut wooden legs add to the black and white. Again, a win!

No standard cabinet hardware around here. No maam. 

Those black pendant lights and pink barstools though!

Black sinks are my new obsession! We'll be using them a lot this year. Ditto on the black faucets. We love the black/chrome combo. PS, no one ate those cupcakes - lies, lies and more lies :(

Because a girl needs to pair her cupcakes with wine, we created a little wine area in this little corner next to the refrigerator. 

And that's all folks. Another glammed up and functional kitchen for a client fave. 

Shoutout to our photographer Ricardo of RMS Studio Corp and styling genius Amanda at The Homebody Interiors for another fun photoshoot.  

Happy client = Happy designer. Happy cooking Janeka! Thanks so much for allowing us to design another space in your home and please note, we MUST be invited to all your brunches and dinners because ....

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

We've Spread Our Design Wings To California - Via Virtual Design

I shed a tear when our clients Meagan, hubby Dwayne and little cutie Dylan moved to California almost two years ago. We’d spent years working on their South Florida home here and here but alas, Cali was calling and they were outa here. 

But Meagan was clear that we would still need to work together to bring some glam to their new home, so we decided our virtual design service would be the perfect way to get the project done. 
Meagan sent detailed measurements, photos and videos of her combined living/dining room, foyer and family room and we hatched a plan.

his is where we started. The paint color was fine, but the carpet had to go so we recommended hardwood floors, baseboards and new molding details for all the walls.

The vision was for a soft glam for Meagan, who is quite the fashionista and the queen bee of the home. 

We also wanted to give the soaring walls loads of character so added moldings all around. 

And as always, we recommended window treatments all the way to the ceiling to frame those very awkward small windows some developer thought made sense #nowords

Why sir, why? 

The kind of manic details we sometimes have to send with virtual designs, especially when your client is in a different time zone and we aren't there to oversee the installation. Meagan wanted it all done in a few months, which made me laugh hysterically. I mean, did you see those windows? Finding a trusted work room to make them,  in a new city would take some time. Let's just say those were installed early this year.

Anywho, it's finally all done! And here are all the pretty images Meagan snapped and sent our way. I'm envisioning some very grown and sexy dinner parties in this dining room.  

These black and gold chairs were a splurge but oh so worth it! 

Double pendants for the win, even if emergency chain links from Home Depot were needed to suspend from those tall ceilings! In shocking news, Meagan and Dwayne weren't sure about ghost chairs for the dining room but this is where I had a design diva moment and insisted they had to happen! We needed chairs to balance out the boldness of the black and gold chairs and I also didn't want to completely block the molding details since that's the all everyone sees once they enter the home. Win, win. 

But ooooh lord let's feast our eyes on this living room! Quite the stunner isn't she?  

The mirrored console is the same one we used here in their South Florida home. And Meagan and little Dylan did the artwork that sits above it themselves after I told her it needed some custom artwork. Gotta love clients with that kinda skill!

A stylish yet comfy sofa, paired with two statement chairs - I wasn't sure Meagan's hubby would tolerate these but amen for men who trust the vision!

Because real books are a must in my design world. 

And how fab are these accent chests with extra storage instead of the traditional end table on either side of the sofa. 

 And there you have it folks. One high styling space for a very high styling family. We'll share the family room in another reveal but yes people, this amazing design project all happened via emails, texts and FaceTime! And since most of our followers live out of state, clearly this service is just the option to consider if you love our work, live far away but want us to add our magic touch. 

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