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  • Tuscan-inspired Kitchen Renovation on a Budget, Our 1920 house had the original kitchen and an under-used addition, which some call a three season porch, adjacent to it. We began the renovation by replacing the old jalousies with energy efficient windows and door. To help blend the two rooms, our contractor removed as much of the shared wall as possible.  The original plan was to take down the entire wall; however, our plan had to be revised when we discovered plumbing inside that wall. Our contractor helped us contain the cost by custom building more kitchen cabinets to match the existing ones.  This also gave me lots of additional storage - who doesn't love that! Bead board was installed along the breakfast room wall and at the ends of the cabinets. We had a local artisan make the wrought iron towel bar/pot rack. Recessed lighting was installed in both rooms along with honed "Jerusalem Gold" limestone countertops and "Saltillo" terracotta tiles (set on the diagonal).  We visually joined the two spaces by using the same materials and colors throughout.  It was a challenge to put a "new" kitchen into an old home.  We wanted it to look as if this renovated kitchen was original to the house. Having our contractor custom build more of the old style cabinets helped retain that look.  My husband and I have traveled to Tuscany together and were inspired by the earthy colors and rustic textures of that landscape.  We kept this in mind when we were making the design choices as we renovated this space. In conclusion, we are pleased with the result., Kitchens Design

    Tuscan-inspired Kitch...

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  • Christmas Tree in Cream/Gold/Crystal with a touch of pink, My first year of  having a full size 6 1/2' tree in the Master Bedroom trimmed in cream/gold/crystal and a tiny bit of pink. The light writting you can see in my photos is the name of my blog: The Gypsy's Corner, Bedrooms Design

    Christmas Tree in Cre...

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  • *Silver & Gold Xmas*, Sine there is red in the room through out the year and I do a different color every year. I decided to take ot the red and do something a little different. this is what I came up with., Holidays Design

    *Silver & Gold Xmas*

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  • Traditional Yet Eclectic Christmas, A 8 ft slim tree is the canvas to showcase my glassblown ornaments, kids handmade treasures, deco mesh, leopard ribbon and gold beads.  The tree is topped off with ostrich & pheasant feathers.  Every space has a touch of Christmas!  
To see more visit my blog;, Holidays Design

    Traditional Yet Eclec...

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  • Christmas is Here!!!!!, Love the holidays and decorating! I would leave my stuff up all year, but my husband would not let me.  , Holidays Design

    Christmas is Here!!!!...

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  • Brooklyn Kitchen Before and After, We recently purchased a co-op apartment in Brooklyn and completely renovated the kitchen. We repositoned the sink and refrigerator put in double-stacked maple cabinets a quartz counterop stainless steel appliances and a new tile floor and backsplash. , Kitchens Design

    Brooklyn Kitchen Befo...

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  • A women's wish kitchen , This is a Kitchen I designed for a Home Builder and his wife. The cabinets are a cream paint, distressed with a chocolate glaze.Counters- Niara Gold Granite & Wood Butcher Block top. Flooring- Provenza Old World color 'Fossil Stone'. Splash- Bellisima 'Cashmere' with Multi Colored Travertine Border. Bali etched 6" Decos over cooktop with Siena Tile 'Travertino' and Bellisima tiles bordered in Bronze Chair Rail.  
My client truly loves cooking for her Husband and 3 Beautiful Children. Her dream did come true. , Kitchens Design

    A women's wish kitche...

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  • Christmas 2010, A look at Christmas around our house this year. For more pics & info, please visit my blog: Southern Hospitality, Holidays Design

    Christmas 2010

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  • Paris Flea Market Bedroom, A bedroom that's shabby chic with a European edge.  Like a Paris Flea Market its informal and elegant., Bedrooms Design

    Paris Flea Market Be...

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  • Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchens Design

    Shaker Style Kitchen ...

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  • I  love my kitchen, ... The last photo is the most recent ...Thanks for visiting!!!  say hello =D  I look forward to reading comments!!!!, Kitchens Design

    I love my kitchen

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  • Living/Dining Combo , Beachy, chic, with a touch of sparkle., Living Rooms Design

    Living/Dining Combo

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  • I DID IT ! Masterbath - a place for dancing!, After my first tiling experience, a tiny guest bathroom floor was a success, I thought I was ready to tackle the 200 sq' masterbath.  I really didn't know what I was getting into...

I have no formal training in design or construction, but I am a creative person and love a challenge.  I could see the potential in this large bathroom and wanted to remodel it myself.  Being my first major DIY renovation project, I just took it one step at a time and spent A LOT of time on the internet looking up how to do this and how to do that!

The first step was to demolish the shower walls, ceiling and floor.  This was sort of fun, but revealed a nasty wet wall behind the showerhead caused by gaps in the caulking at the bottom of the shower. This probably had been going on for years and is the reason for the constant mold problem.  

The next step was to convert two of the full walls to half walls to really open up the dark shower. Not knowing if the walls were load bearing, I didn't feel confident in doing that part myself.  A construction crew was able to cut down the existing studs and raise the ceiling in just a few hours.  Then, with the help of my husband, we installed the plumbing, insulation and cement board on the walls and ceiling of the shower.

Then I was on my own again...for months. 

After much research, I decided to use kerdi membrane for waterproofing the shower.  This part was fairly expensive and time consuming.  The most challenging part, however, was creating the mortar bed for the shower floor. This is a large shower, 4'x8', and probably not the best one for a first timer.  It was a very stressful few hours but worked out well.

Then it was on to tiling.  This was my first time tiling a vertical surface.  And to make matters more difficult, the walls were out of square and I had chosen to use a rectified tile with very narrow, 1/16", grout lines.  So every tile had to be laid just perfectly with its neighboring tiles or it would really show up and look unprofessional.  Let me just summarize by saying, tiling the shower walls took several months, off and on.
Laying the 20 x 20 bathroom floor tile, on the diagonal, was a breeze after having completed the shower.  I then tiled partially up the walls in the entire bathroom and used travertine mosaic pieces and "stone" listellos to cap off the top row of tiles.  I painted the white laminate cabinets a faux wood grain and painted the existing bright gold light fixtures to a bronze color.  My final stage was to remove the wallpaper and paint the walls.

It was more than six months from the start date, but eventually I was able to emerge from the bathroom with a smile on my face and a great feeling of accomplishment!  And, now I have a great place for zumba!

I completed the project just over my $10,000 budget, with the major expenses being the shower glass installation, the granite, the kerdi membrane and the tile supplies. 
, Bathrooms Design

    I DID IT ! Masterba...

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  • A Walk In The Woods - Gatlinburg Cabin, The Goal was to NOT make this great little house look like all the other nightly rentals in the Smoky Mountain area with our total remodel job.  I don't know about you, but I'm sick of moose head & deer antler decor, (Not to mention the brutality).  If I ever decorate with real dead animal carcasses somebody get me some help. :)  We call this look "Pottery Barn" in the Mountains.  It's Warm colors make a bold statement, yet the fabrics are very comfy and most of all romantic.  Our county issues a large number of marriage license, second only to Vegas.  So, we thought that Romance never goes out of style, no matter your age. 

This is the definition of an "Eat-in" kitchen.  The only dining area in the house is at the over-sized island.  But, it sure does help to create that "together feeling".  Which is the goal on a mountain vacation, right?  I hope you enjoy viewing our little Mountain Chalet in Gatlinburg, TN, Kitchens Design

    A Walk In The Woods ...

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  • Dining room in the works, Here are some pics of my dining room thus far. I have bought drapes. Hated them returned and still searching for the right ones. Im still looking for the right wall sconces. I have bought 6 table runners and hated them all. Im up for any suggestions for window treatments. Friends are telling me to just leave the wood blinds. I think it needs some softness with all that hardwood. Thanks for looking and any suggestions will be appreciated., Dining Rooms Design

    Dining room in the wo...

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  • Sweet Classic Baby Boy Nursery, I wanted a sweet, classic and traditional nursery for our baby boy. I was very inspired by the Father of the Bride nursery and the Art for Kids furniture line., Nurseries Design

    Sweet Classic Baby B...

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  • SUMMER RESTYLE 2011, Over the years, my personal style has changed. And so to has the look of our home. Through out all the changes, I've managed to merge old pieces (like my white sofa from 1998) with new (simple pillow covers from Crate & Barrel) and thrift, like this years $15 faux bamboo coffee table I painted gold with a pair of modern end tables I picked up at the Salvation Army a few years back. 

It's definitely been a labor of love, but it also shows that you don't need to run out to RoomsToGo and buy a whole room, nor do you need expensive custom pieces for your space to stylishly represent your lifestyle today. If you build your space on a strong foundation - neutral colors and quality furniture - your space can adapt through your changing lifestyle or your latest color obsession!

Accessories and textiles in textures and prints has also been key to the (many) updates. I think because I like and use similar lines in my finds, but various scale and proportions, I'm able to mix & remix my pieces for fresh looks. Here's a peek of yet another update downstairs in our living space and some of the dining area restyled for Summer...

To read about the DETAILS, come visit me at my blog: THANKS for stopping by!! xo, Living Rooms Design


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  • My Kitchen's now SOOOOOOOO much smaller!, We moved from a home that had a huge kitchen with a large center island. I was forever running circles around it to get to the fridge the stove and the sink.  With a little less elbow room and a lot less to clean it perfectly fits our needs!, Kitchens Design

    My Kitchen's now SO...

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