Kitchen Remodel in Steps

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Sometimes budgets stand in the way of getting everything we might want in a remodeling project.  This client addressed that roadblock by implementing her kitchen reinvention in steps.

Phase One:

  • Tired faux travertine floors with stained grout were replaced by natural limestone with a stain-proof epoxy grout.
  • Yellowed cabinets were refinished with a rich espresso stain.

Phase Two:

  • New oversize subway glass tile backsplash with a sleek stainless stacked mosaic over the range eliminated what remained of an “Old World” look.
  • New 4.5″ louvered wood shutters with hidden tilt replaced wood blinds letting in more light and providing a better view of the pool.

My client now has the kitchen of her dreams accomplished with very livable steps along the way.

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Unbelievably Beautiful Lot & Well-Built Larry Stewart Home: See It Soon

This beautiful, well-built Larry Stewart home in the exclusive and gated community of  Hogan’s Glen, backs up to woods adjacent to the fairway.  It has a fresh coat of paint throughout the home and the downstairs is staged with current transitional furnishings and accessories, helping buyers to envision all the home has to offer.  The furnishings are also available for sale so the home has the potential to be virtually “move in ready”.  See it soon!

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“Feizy Designer Locator” Recommended Designer

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I am honored to be among the designers chosen by Feizy to be included in their Designer Locator feature on their newly improved website.  My portfolio of client projects that incorporate Feizy rugs are featured on their website.

A premier importer of fine rugs from around the world, with their World Headquarters in Dallas, Feizy is my go-to source for area rugs.

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Master Bath: Everyone Does Not Love Gray

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While gray still remains all the rage, not everyone is comfortable with the cool tone… and certainly we can expect it will become time-stamped with the current decade.  Anything that is wildly popular at a given moment in time is more prone to becoming dated in the years ahead.

Most importantly, it is key to “know yourself” and this client does.  She inherited a grey marble-floored bathroom, otherwise dated with poured marble countertops, non-functional cabinets and an odd assortment of chrome and shiny brass fixtures when she purchased her townhome.  Not a slave to trends, she announced that she hated the gray marble, so wanted her floors replaced along with everything else with the warm tones that comfort her and define “her home”.

Other goals were to enlarge her itty-bitty shower, create more storage, eliminate water closet doors that were barely navigable for a normal human and create a “spa-like” feel in her own master bath.

We accomplished her goals starting with a warm-toned, natural limestone in various shapes and sizes on her bathroom floor, shower walls and tub deck.  A multi-toned glass mosaic used for the vanity backsplash and as a shower and tub deck accent picks up on the colors of her granite selected for its appealing movement.  A tall stained maple vanity cabinet with three large drawers for storage and a to-the-ceiling linen cabinet replaced her old storage-unfriendly cabinets.  We enlarged her shower, stealing space from her master closet, for which we compensated with a better closet design.  We eliminated the toe-stubbing bench and replaced it with shampoo cubbies inserted into her shower wall.  The frameless shower glass helps visually enlarge her shower further.  Finally, the deeper tub, ceiling mounted rain-head and removable shower head all contribute to a spa-like experience without leaving home.


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Casual Dining at Its Best

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What makes for great casual dining?

In this case:

  • Great view of the pool and fairway.
  • Connected to the kitchen.
  • Connected to the family room with a view of the large screen TV.
  • Easy access to the wet bar.
  • A fashion-forward and nearly indestructible zinc table.
  • Stylish, easy clean and comfortable leather chairs.
  • An LED drum light fixture that seconds as “sculptural art”.
  • Durable porcelain tile floors with stain-proof epoxy grout.
  • A touch of softness just added by replacing shutters with a combination of solar shades and no-pleat drapes.

Stunning and practical.   Casual, yet sophisticated.


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Staging To Live or Sell: A Problem Space or A Bonus Space?

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Unusual spaces can serve as a detraction or as a bonus when selling a home.  When left empty, buyers may be puzzled as to what to do with the space.  Filled with the wrong thing, the bonus square footage may be perceived as a negative.  Purposing and accessorizing the space, makes the space a plus.

Same principles apply to the home we live in.  We want to make the best use of the space we have.

These niches were purposed, as spaces to exercise, sit, visit, read or relax – turning potentially odd space into inviting and valuable space.  In many cases, adding the right lighting not only brightens, but expands a small space.

When staging to sell, often, my client owns items we are able to pull from overcrowded rooms.  In other cases, a minor investment in rental accessories will pleasantly purpose the space.

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Three Hour “Power Stage”

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This Keller home was listed and the sellers were not getting the offers they anticipated.

A new realtor was engaged and the homeowner, new realtor and Design Perspectives all convened for a three-hour, hands-on “power stage”.

Armed with a staging caddy loaded with the tools of the trade and a van full of accessories from which to choose, we went from room to room and tweaked.  Removed, re-arranged, added here and there to showcase the home and its features in the best possible light.  Within three hours, the lion’s share of the work was complete.  The homeowner was provided a list of assignments which she dutifully completed.

Success:  under contract at 98% of asking price.

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