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City Condo Gets Fresh Modern Makeover

City Condo Gets Fresh Modern Makeover

Driving up to our clients’ home in Cambridge it is so easy to admire the neighborhood, nearby park and overall great location to all things in this remarkable city. What is not expected, but equally as amazing is the newly renovated kitchen and bathroom inside our clients’ multi-family home that will instantly impress and leave all saying “WOW” (and probably out loud)!

Our Huron Renovation started in fall 2018. The clients came to us after hiring our contractor and realized that while they could visually say what they wanted in their space, the process of designing it would be the challenge.

Roughly 4 weeks after our initial meeting we had a kitchen plan in place and took it to their chosen cabinet supplier. A few tweaks here and there (hello blind cabinet and goodbye lazy susan) and we had our final plan. We incorporated quartz countertops, handmade subway tile and a graphic wall tile behind the stove. While awaiting the arrival of the cabinets, we tweaked our bathroom design slightly by removing shiplap and opting for a full wall of tile instead. The clients knew that the extra money they would be spending on the tile would be well worth it. Vanities were selected and narrowed down to THE ONE. It really is perfect for the space.

Demo began and well, the rest is a lot of behind the scenes happenings and check-ins that were progressing perfectly…until the tile was delivered in the wrong color AND installed in the wrong direction. Thankfully our amazing contractor worked it all out. Although the error was on the factory for sending the wrong color, since the tile was already installed they couldn’t accept an exchange or refund. They did work with us on getting the correct color as soon as possible so there wouldn’t be any delay in the schedule.

When a client allows the designer they hire to bring forth their vision without too much indecision and control, the project will almost always go as smoothly as this one did. The outcome is always incredible when the vision is brought to life in the best way. usually even better than the client could have imagined.

cambridge massachusetts kitchen renovation

Let’s take a tour and see the before and afters of the space!

Two windows were removed, the wall between the kitchen and dining rooms taken down, pipes moved back into wall and the space completely opened up. Closing up the windows allowed for more wall space for the location change of the stove, and a focal wall with extra storage and floating custom walnut shelving.

Here you can see how large the space is now with the wall between the kitchen and dining removed.

backsplash tiled wall with floating custom walnut open shelving.

The focal wall was the jump off in my design vision. When walking through the space with the contractor I knew we had to take down that wall. We didn’t know what we were going to be getting involved with when opening it up because you never really know what can be behind there, especially in older homes. We lucked out and our amazing plumbers were able to move the pipes just as we needed to bring this vision to life.

This space was previously space that didn’t serve much purpose. We moved the door to the common stairway (it previously was where the fridge currently is) and opened up the space slightly. By removing the door casing and window we were able to put floor to ceiling cabinets with ample storage space, a wine/coffee bar and also create a private doorway to their outside porch. Previously the homeowners would have had to go down the common stairway to the backyard to use their porch.

On to the bathroom!

Cambridge Bathroom Renovation After

This bathroom is the only one in the home so we needed to maximize this space as much as possible. We opened up the bathroom back wall 18” to accommodate a larger shower space to allow the shower to be set back slightly so when you walk into the bathroom you aren’t on top of the shower area.

We also opened up the space by keeping the shower light and bright. We eliminated the tub area and created a stand up shower with a custom glass door. We also took the shower tile all along the back wall behind the floating walnut vanity and mirror. To save costs, we kept the toilet in it’s place but made the most of the entry by bringing in a gorgeous gray subway tile with pointed tips to direct you in and create a graphic footprint.

This was a great project to jump into after being on maternity leave. The clients were a dream and our team worked so well together. Teamwork makes the dream work and my vision couldn’t have come to life without our contractor and subs. We also couldn’t have showcased how beautiful this project turned out without our fabulous photographer Kate!

Contractor: Molla Builders

Photography: Freebird Photography.

Nursery Reveal

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Nursery Reveal

Every day I am creating interiors for clients. I work closely with them to understand their wants and needs in a space while making visually appealing to their specific design style.  Often times I am mixing multiple design styles to create a d custom feel and look. Working with so many different styles allows me to appreciate and enjoy many different designs but sometimes makes it difficult to hone in on exactly what I want when it comes to designing for myself because I am drawn to so many different styles. 

When it came time to sit down and design our daughters nursery I knew the feeling I wanted the space to have. Feminine, romantic but still neutral. I am not one for "themes" so to speak but like any room I design I wanted to marry elements with well thought out selections. 

A few years back I designed a nursery for a client's daughter.  While in the selections process I came across this gorgeous wallpaper by Hygge + West. We ended up going a different direction for that nursery (this Hygge + West wallpaper) but I knew that if we were ever to have a daughter this wallpaper was going into the nursery. The ironic thing is I never anticipated having much blush/pink in the space but this wallpaper was it. When we found out we were expecting a girl it was the first sample I pulled and worked off of it. 

Jumping off the wallpaper the room started to take on a bird like theme, it was intentional without it being to much of a "theme".  I added a juju hat above the bed for texture, which is made of feathers. You can read about the history of the juju here.  The crib was our son Jack's when he was a baby, we got it here. The semi sheer drapery panels are from RH and the black out romans I had made custom. The fabric is Schumacher (trade vendor) and available through my design firm upon request. The drapery hardware is from here and very budget friendly!

Nursery Interior Design

The nursery chair was also the same chair we used in Jack's nursery, I didn't want to purchase a new chair as this one is still in like new condition and very comfortable so I used this textured organic throw to cover and lighten that corner. The rug is one of  my favorite elements! It is one of the softest rugs we have in our home. My husband literally said he wish we could have this rug in every room because it feel so good on the bottom of your feet.  It was the perfect choice.  

The pillows are custom made in house. The fabrics are trade and available for purchase upon request.

The lucite floating book shelves are from here. The swan is another favorite element. It's large, perfect for our daughter to crawl all over and ride as she grows. The watercolor art above the swan is made by a Canadian artist and designer. You can find her designs here.  I spent a lot of time looking for a floor lamp. I knew I wanted something light but to have some brass to it but nothing modern, I preferred a more traditional style. This one was perfect from the moment I saw it and I got it at a steal!

The rest of our home is what I would call modern coastal. Modern elements with coastal finishes like washed woods, neutral textures and soft tones. We don't have seashells or the like decorating the home, it's more a modern feel with mixed metals. This style helped me select this chandelier for the space, it's feminine but coastal with neutral finishes. 

The dresser was my grandfather's. I contemplated refinishing it in white and changing out the hardware but I opted to keep it as is for now. I love how it feels in the space. Above the dresser is a mirror I got from a trade vendor, it is no longer available but If I hadn't purchased this mirror I would have purchased this one.

This brass hook holds a dress that was mine when I was a baby. I love that my mother kept some of my clothes so that I can pass them along to our daughter, even if they are only used as decor. 

I also took a lot of time researching diaper bags. I ended up selecting this backpack style, it holds so much and will be perfect to hold not only our daughters diapers and such, but also our 3.5 year old sons snacks and toys. It comes in a few other colors too!

This side table is kid friendly yet sturdy. The plant on the table is a combination of a planter I got on clearance at Home Goods (similar here) with faux succulents I purchased here

I hope you enjoyed seeing inside my own home. It's rare I share my own home designs but I will be sharing more as we tackle more interior changes including my son's room coming soon!

If you would like to see more BTS of the nursery be sure to head over to my instagram and watch the walk-thru tour there to see up close details! 

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