Well, we are back home and luckily it’s so beautiful out! Feels great to have the sunshine back in our city. South Beach was the perfect little cheeky getaway where we didn’t commit to much other than sun bathing, eating and sleeping. It was wonderful and I fully feel rejuvenated getting back to business this week.

Kicking this week off with one of my very first solo projects. Speaking from my own experience in getting your feet off the ground when starting out is, having someone (friends, family, stranger) to take a chance on you. Luckily in my case, my brother and sister-in-law were ready and willing while they were taking on a major home renovation. Essentially they grew their home from a 2 bedroom and 1 bathroom to a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom. I wish I had taken some before shots or even progress shots (because some of the space didn’t even exist yet!). They had asked for some help in finding finishes for their new kitchen, and two bathrooms and here is what we did:


Kitchen 5-1

Now this was a serious transformation which again, makes me sad I don’t have the before pictures to show you just how dramatic the change was. They gutted their previous layout for a more open and bright concept. They blew out part of the wall (where the we styled the oranges and books) to add a breakfast bar for the family. Having two kids, with a third on the way meant keeping things family friendly so we went for a ceasarstone countertop in calcutta nuvo which is chic but more durable and less precious than marble. It still offers the clean and bright appearance so we were pleased.  Kitchen 6-1

The inspiration for this space included the lovely colour of sage green which is so crisp and refreshing in an almost all white space. Then the client noticed this pin and was smitten with the glass subway tile and so was I. It was the perfect amount of colour while still hovering around the neutral area  Kitchen1 Kitchen2 kitchen4 Kitchen 12

We added this rug in while styling the photos – always a fan of rugs in the kitchen that really help land the space and add some warmth and comfort.

Upstairs Bathroom 

Bathroom 5

So this little family shared a bathroom on the main level for a couple of years which included a bath, so when working on their upstairs bathroom, she wanted to make it more serene and spa-like than her previous bathroom. More adult-like if you will. So we added some sleek marble for the shower and tiled the bathroom floor with a natural stone. So key learning here, and it will haunt me forever but when selecting this tile for the flooring, we loved the sample, it was super plain gray with not too much marbling however when the tiles showed up they were all a bit different with more marbling than we had hoped. Since it was a natural materials, this is common yet rookie me didn’t realize this when making the selection. We were looking for something a little more plain and in the end it’s a little more than we asked for but she said she’s come to love it (to my relief!).  Bathroom 3 Bathroom 4 Bathroom1

I think a shower without a shower caddy is a the ultimate luxury. Not only does it remove an ungodly like eye sore but the nook is as cute as it is functional.

Styled by Elsie and Kel (that’s me and Laura!), Design by KLA (that’s me – still need a website) and Photography by Laura Collins.



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