new construction kitchen complete!

August 30, 2012

The best part about working on new construction homes is that you get to start with a blank slate.  This house was actually finished last year (you can see my updates here, here and here), but, as is always the case with a new home, it takes time to get in and settled before it’s…

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painted cabinets

July 26, 2012

Recently, I’ve been gearing up for a major overhaul….painting upper and lower cabinetry in a ginormous kitchen for a client, who also happens to be a good friend.  No pressure, right?  Haha! For the last few months, we’ve been going over color selection and whether or not to add a soft glaze to her oak…

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shaker style chic

July 13, 2012

A good friend of mine recently asked me to come aboard and help with the renovation of the living room and kitchen of her 1960’s rancher.  Like us, they are military and will more than likely not be in the house much longer than four or five years, but the kitchen is in some serious…

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tyler florence kitchen of the year

September 12, 2011

The latest issue of House Beautiful found its way to my mailbox this weekend and my jaw dropped the second I saw Tyler Florence’s kitchen of the year feature!  Charcoal cabinets, white subway tile, chrome lighting, four-inch thick countertops, black farmhouse sink, a gleaming pot rack above a 17-foot island….just another gorgeous example of an…

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black and white kitchens

August 30, 2011

There’s something about black and white kitchens that make me weak in the knees.  Whether it’s white cabinets with black countertops, or black cabinets with white Carrera marble, the look is clean and classic.  Dark walnut hardwood or Brazilian Black slate floors add a beautiful contrast and beadboard, tile and fabulous drawer pulls complete the…

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casual elegance on a budget

August 4, 2011

Working on a tight budget allows me to really get creative in my approach to a project, so when a friend asked me to help her revamp her “builder beige” kitchen, I jumped at the chance!  The only catch was that we were working with a very tight budget.  Here is what I came up…

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classic casual home

May 31, 2011

Every once in a while, I come across a blog that is so breathtaking I can’t devour every little tidbit fast enough.  Classic Casual Home, penned by Mary Ann Pickett, is definitely one of those blogs-when I saw her kitchen renovation featured on Hooked on Houses a few weeks ago, I dropped everything and read…

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granite goodness

April 27, 2011

It’s the little things in life that really get me excited and trips to the granite yard are definitely one of them…just another reason I love my job!  Today, my clients and I checked out Cosmos Granite & Marble in Raleigh, to pick stone for their master bath and kitchen countertops.  The selection for less-designed…

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lake house effect

January 20, 2011

The kitchen of this Lake Martin, Alabama, house, designed by Tracery Interiors, has been all over blogland since it was featured a few months back in Food & Wine.  It’s not hard to see why: reclaimed oak beams, open shelving and pine plank walls help make this brand-new lake house look like it’s been in…

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