designing spaces | the perfect pinch of old


A recent client was anxious to rid of all the outdated materials and appliances in this kitchen. Small cabinets, carpet, and a terrible layout was only the beginning of what was hauled away.

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While tearing down the paneling in the dining area on demo day, the back of the fireplace from an adjoining room was exposed.


Although the homeowner was all about a fresh, new space, it was quickly decided that this nook of brick should stay as a feature wall behind her table.


It’s the perfect pinch of old with new.



designing spaces | a modern farmhouse bath


This bathroom is one for the books in transformation. I was excited to see the turquoise and pink fixtures go to the dump trailer… and especially the carpet. Yes, I said carpet!

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By moving the new vanity to the former entry wall, we were able to create a new entry from the master bedroom, giving the homeowner her desired ensuite.

The HVAC trunkline had to stay so we disguised it with purposeful shelving!

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Classic subway tile for the shower, beautiful mosaic tile for the floor, shiplap for the walls…

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… and the old bathroom is a faint memory.


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designing spaces | my favorite to date

The first order of business for this client was to obliterate the tiny pea green bathroom.


The second task was to gut the hall bath on the other side of the wall and combine the two spaces into one.


The entire subfloor came up while the plumbing and electrical footprint completely shifted around.


Some large, modern tiles, an oversized soaking tub, a pinch of Scandinavian decor and this bathroom becomes my favorite to date.

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… and it’s all mine! 🙂


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designing spaces | it’s not just black and white


If you know jofa12, you know how we like our very neutral base with a pop of color. So this monochromatic bathroom was… well, difficult for me. I kept wanting to add a yellow flower or a jewel green towel or… something. But, the clients really had their hearts set on “black and white.”

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This was a complete gut with some rearranging of footprint. The old shower became part of the new closet. The bathtub became the shower. The large window became a small transom. The warm tans became cool grays.

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Finally, the use of chrome fixtures really gave the space “the pop” that it needed.. a little bling if you will. And if you won’t, that’s okay too. Because true design success is making your space a place you love.

Thank you, PARRISH Construction and Providence Flooring and Paint!

designing spaces | a cozy upgrade


We recently upgraded a homeowner’s fireplace by simply changing the aesthetic.

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We removed the dated granite tiles and framed up the storage cubby, which they weren’t fans of either. The new hexagon tiles really updated the fireplace without changing the gas log unit or the mantle.


It looks completely different! Sometimes you don’t have to change everything to change…everything.


Thank you, Parrish Construction!

designing spaces | uglier by the minute


This old farmhouse got uglier by the minute. The more we tore out, the more ugly we uncovered.


The home had been unattended for some time so it was in need of, well… everything! The budget was tight because the house needed attention in every way and area.


Surprisingly, the flooring is a high-grade linoleum rug instead of true wood planks and the counters and backsplash are laminate instead of granite and tile… but they look great!


It took more than a month of hard, filthy work to do the entire house. Spiders, ticks, rat’s nests, bugs… you name it, it happened.

Being linked to the property since childhood.. and seeing the devastating condition it was in before, the homeowners were pleased with the transformation. And the look on their faces when they saw the finished project was a moment worth waiting for.



designing spaces | super gorgeous


These clients were some of the neatest people I’ve ever met… so their home was, no doubt, well kept and already beautiful. The folks who tore out their 30 year old carpet actually kept it to reuse because it was in such great condition. I’m not kidding! Now, that’s clean! They were ready for some updates around the home, however, and the greatest transformation was the master bath.



They went warm and traditional with a modern, clean line influence… and it looks terrific. By toning down the colorful walls to a creamy white, the strong tile pattern really pops and pulls from their already rich toned trim and doors. Super gorgeous!




Thank you also Elliott Enterprise (granite)!


designing spaces | classic black



There’s just something about black that gives richness to a space. jofa12 loves those creams and whites, but introducing an element of black when possible anchors a space and helps subtly infused color jump from the page. The homeowner’s previous table was replaced with a rustic inspired table which keeps the room from feeling overly formal. Using upholstered linen chairs balances out the rustic so the space feels less “every day” than the breakfast nook. Actually, (let’s just be true) cushioned chairs are way more comfortable than wooden, right? Yes. Finally, the crowning jewel… their beautiful hutch was refinished to match the new table – thank you PARRISH CONSTRUCTION. Now all we need is the food. …Hello? I believe we are ready to order here.

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designing spaces | ugly duckling


I’m especially proud of this custom built-in installed in a recent den extension. The homeowners wanted their den extended into the garage which would double this heavily used living space. The renovation was going great until issues with relocation of the HVAC was going to leave a very ugly duckling of a box protruding out into the new room.

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Uh, NO! I actually lost sleep over this. Did you look at those pictures? Yuck. Then it hit me.. a built-in! The perfect way to make the box look like a planned soffit. So I show up bright and early the next day to talk to my contractor about the last minute change.. partially proud of my great idea and partially fearing he was going to cream me for the added work.

I barely got the words out before he was sketching my thoughts right onto the wall. It was as if he had already thought of it. What? Was this my idea or his idea? I didn’t even know. I didn’t even care. It was happening and he seemed as pleased as I was about it. Happy designer. Happy contractor. Happy client. That is a very good day in my world. Bye bye, ugly duck.

*** Another great job by Parrish Construction***

designing spaces | cute kitchen


Even the puppy approved this cute kitchen makeover! The space was completely gutted before being transformed into an adorable farmhouse inspired space.

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The kitchen wasn’t actually enlarged, but feels larger with the wall dividing kitchen and dining room removed. Our contractor made and installed beautiful floating shelves stained to match the header beam. Using open shelving in a small kitchen eliminates the heaviness using all cabinetry can create.

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The laundry area was reconfigured for a stackable W/D and enclosed to hide away clutter.

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I love that one of the first things the homeowners put out once the renovation was complete was their “thankful” sign.


They showed such gratefulness throughout the entire process… and we were thankful to work with them and make their home a great place to build sweet memories.