Craftsman Bungalow Basement Remodel


First off, can we take a second and talk about how much I LOVE old homes? The character, the detail, the wood work, stone work, quirks and charm - I adore all of it. So any chance I have to tackle a project in an old home, I take it. I will say, reviving the basement in this 100 year old craftsman bungalow was a challenge for sure, but the biggest challenges make the best transformations! My dad has owned this dual apartment home for more than 30 years, and it was in much need of a gut and restore in the basement. Our goal with this project was to take the house back to a single family residence by remodeling the basement apartment into a cohesive living space. Adding a large living area, more storage, a large master suite and luxury bathroom, took this dark sad basement into a beautiful functional level of the house.  Here a few of the before pictures from the project... 

Needless to say, there was a LOT of work to be done. This was a 5 month long project that required a lot of planning, finesse and attention. Walls were torn down, all of the plumbing and electrical were rerun (no easy task!), all of the windows were replaced, concrete dug out and the entire space reconfigured to accommodate the new design of the space.

We wanted to keep the craftsman feel of the original design of the house, so we installed dark mahogany-stained doors and trim and designed the bath with a vintage feel that would suit the style of the home. We exposed the raw brick of the old fireplace that had been in there to add some character to the large family room as well. Diagonal set  french doors were installed to the entrance of the large master suite, and an old "coal storage" closet was dug out and transformed into a large walk in master closet. Soft plush pale gray carpet was laid to warm up the basement and give a smooth seamless look over a rough concrete floor. 

The bath was designed to include a large shower with crisp white beveled subway tile, a private toilet room, a large double sink vanity with a marble countertop and matching storage cabinets to flank it. A counter to ceiling custom mirror was installed to give the space a more spacious look and feel. Hexagon mosaic floor tile was included in the design to lend to the vintage feel of the space. 

Before we move on to all the gorgeous after photos, I want to give a huge thanks to Buck Scarbrough Contracting! Buck and his team did a fantastic job bringing the design to fruition!

Enjoy these "after" photos of this project! What a transformation!



From Tiny Closet to Luxurious Bath

With a little vision and a lot of planning this bathroom space had potential to have huge wow factor! It just needed to be unearthed!

This residence is located in the beautiful City Park Neighborhood of Fort Collins, Colorado. Built in the early 1900's, this bungalow has been home to many families over the decades. It's charming ceiling lines and big windows, old trees and lovely original wood work made this house scream for some tender care to resurrect it to its former glory. After the last family moved out, we had an opportunity to really dig in and start renovating  this house. 

Before I get started, I need to give a huge shout out to Buck Scarbrough for his work as the GC and building contractor on this job! He did such a wonderful job bringing all my grand plans and finishes for this space into reality! 

My first focus in this home was the tiny, closet bath that served the upper level of this home. Situated between 3 relatively spacious bedrooms, this minuscule bath was tucked away under the sharp pitch of the east roof. Sad and dingy, it was certainly less than ideal, and not functional at all.

Below is the mood board and  a few before shots of the tiny little bathroom, and the adjacent room that was about to have a luxurious transformation! 

To our good fortune, adjacent to the "bathroom" ("bathroom" is a generous word for it) was a bedroom that was serving as a office. So the plan quickly was to open up the bath into this room to create room for a tub, shower, vanity and a separate toilet area.  With a little vision and a lot of planning this bathroom space had potential to have huge wow factor! It just needed to be unearthed!

As you can see, we had our work cut out for us.  After a lot of discussion and planning, we decided to open up the wall between the bath and adjacent bedroom to create a large spacious bathroom for the house.  We wanted to keep a vintage feel to the bath, but put a modern twist on the design that would really make the design stand out.  We decided to keep all the original wood work (even with all its imperfections) to add that original look of the house.

After months of hard work by our contractors (and a few set back here and there)  a large master bathroom for the upstairs of this bungalow home was created. Bright and clean, we finished the space with smooth glass subway tile on the walls and in the shower, a large oak double vanity with a marble top, a refurbished claw foot tub with a crystal chandelier above it; large 12x24" floor tile, and a vintage paneled door mounted on a barn door slider.  The shower featured tile all the way to and including the ceiling, a modern shower faucet package with the addition of a rain head, built in shower shelves and a corner bench. I think I want to move in to this bathroom! 

I am giddy with how this bath space turned out. Here are the after photos of the bathroom - Enjoy!


From Tan to Glam: Master Bedroom Makeover

I loved this project! Working with these great homeowners and being able to create a space they enjoy is just the best! 

B & L reside in a gorgeous subdivision in Westminster, and have lived in their home for the past 5 years.  After struggling to find the right look for their master bedroom, we created a design that made their room feel personal, elegant, and  current. 

With their bedroom having a high vaulted ceiling, tall doorways and lots of windows, this bedroom already had beautiful bones. Here are a few 'before' pictures of their space.

This room was tan, tan, and more tan, so we started by painting all the walls a gorgeous pale aqua called Sea Salt (thank you Sherwin Willimas for creating such a pretty color!). We accented it with a pale french grey called Pewter Cast, and it instantly gave the room a fresh bright and current look. 

We had additional recessed lighting installed above the bed and in the arched nook area to provide adjustable lighting for the space to keep this room light and bright.

To give this bedroom a unique feature, we had a local artisan custom design an alder-wood barn door; crafted to replace the builder standard door that was at the entrance of the master bath. It's absolutely swoon-worthy! At nearly 9 feet tall this barn door is the conversation piece of this bedroom. The warm rich wood and iron hardware gives a modern rustic touch to this master bedroom, while still being full functional.

B & L also purchase an elegant bedroom set that had a vintage black finish with a high upholstered head and foot board with fantastic nail-head detailing. Luxurious Italian Baroque bedding was the perfect touch to make you want to melt into this bed and just nap the day away.

Final touches of drapery, decorative accessories, mirrors and artwork completed this space and created an inviting master bedroom.

Here's their master bedroom now! Enjoy!

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Clean Modern Update

[DeaAnna’s] vision for colors, decorating and designing gave me a terrific opportunity to brighten my home and make it a wonderful place to come home to.

This residence was built in the early 1990’s – built just to the south of gorgeous Stanley Lake. The present owner had taken beautiful care of the home, had recently updated the kitchen, stripped and refinished the wood flooring, and decided it was time to update and do a face lift on the rest of her home! The owner, who is a fun, lively, caring and overall outstanding lady, wanted her home to be more light and modern and more suitable for entertaining friends and family. The dark burgundy, hunter green and yellows in the home had seen its day, and she was ready for something new!

Below are a few shots of the spaces before the transformation.

We tackled each room, creating mood boards for the new color palates and finish selections and we really tried to create an environment that she would love to live and entertain in. She has a  fantastic collection of Thomas Mangleson artwork that we incorporated to keep her home feeling like “home”.

The rooms we did refinishes in were the south facing sun room, her fireplace room where she does a lot of entertaining, the dining room, the master bedroom, the master bathroom (check out the separate post I did for this bath), and the upstairs guest bath.

Here are the mood boards for the spaces we redesigned.

Check out these photos of the finished project below! I am in love with how her home turned out!



Kitchen Remodel for a Craftsman Bungalow

First off, a word about these wonderful home owners. While they have been the owners of the home, they have restored its interior to its former glory of a 1910’s bungalow home. Located in the University Park area of Denver, CO, this neighborhood is a patchwork of beautiful old and contemporary new homes. No two houses are ever the same, and its charm is evident when you drive through this area. This residence has been renovated to restore the rich oak wood floors, cornice doorway detailing, lovely wood wall paneling with its turn of the century details, warm rich colors and overall inviting interior. The kitchen was the last area of the home requiring major renovation. These home owners didn’t shy away at the task. The tackled most of this renovation themselves! The did have some assistance with a few things along the way, but invested much of their own sweat blood and tears along the way.

The kitchen was a perfect 12′ x 12′ space, which was a bit challenging for the new design layout we wanted to do, but we created a floor plan that not only maximized the space they had, but gave them almost three times the storage and a lot more counter top space. We added an island for more base storage and counter top space, relocated the gas stove to the back wall to open up the space and moved the refrigerator by the prep and cooking areas to make the space flow a lot better. Adding two large pantry cabinets and a communication center also made this space a lot more functional for every day living.

The addition of a new lighting plan made a world of difference in this space and made it light and bright, to show off the unique details of this lovely kitchen. New cream cabinets, sleek modern pulls, stainless steel appliances, stunning slab granite counter tops and a gorgeous glass mosaic back splash made this space feel both fitted for the home and its age, but a modern space  where any family would enjoy cooking and entertaining in.

Just take a look at these great before and after photos!





90s Master Bath Remodel

I get a ton of compliments on my new space and love the feel of coming home every night!

The master bath was a total gut and remodel. The bathroom was outdated with oak cabinets, old white and blue tile, brass fixtures, a unused jacuzzi tub, and yellow paint. The space has a gorgeous skylight and a window, so there is lots of natural light in the bathroom, which made this remodel easy!

Take a look at these before shots of this master bath!


We decided to move the shower to the opposite wall where the tub had been (since we had appropriate draining already in place) to give space for a large spa shower. We designed the shower with a rain-shower head, body sprays, and a dual shower head and a single pane of glass to keep it light and modern. We selected new tile for the walls, with accent mosaic tile, new flooring tile that lent to the spa feel that we were going for. We added 2 large wall mounted storage closets, along with a gorgeous new vanity for a ton of storage. The light and cool colors of this bath definitely made it the oasis that this homeowner was hoping for!

Just look at these after photos! This was a dramatic transformation and added a lot of value to this home!


Guest Room into Woodland Nursery


Thank you CoutureColorado for featuring this nursery!

I blogged about this cute little nursery plan (click to see before photos and the mood board for the space) that I started working on a couple months back, and it is finally finished (and just in time too… momma’s due date is next week!).

This mom wanted a rustic nursery for her little boy so we put together a plan that would keep the room fun and warm with rustic details. The modern twist on a rustic nursery that we came up with is just the right blend of baby boy charm and cute modern whimsey that this momma wanted.

Here are the before shots of the space and the mood board that we collaborated on for this nursery.

We didn’t want the room to feel too dark, so incorporating a lighter wood accent wall (an awesome textured wall paper treatment), white furniture and keeping the existing light paint color, kept the space feeling light and inviting. The geometric patterns, animal prints and pops of bright colors, make this a fun room. In keeping with the plan of a rich rustic feel, the wood accents, branch mobile (momma’s fun idea!), wire storage baskets, and galvanized steel decor keep this nursery feel warm and cozy. It all came together beautifully (and with minimal tears).

Enjoy the lovely after-photos of this adorable nursery!



Whimsical Nursery for Baby Boy


07/25/14; Thank you CoutureColorado  for featuring this project!

This Colorado Mom perfectly fused fun, style and comfort into this baby boy’s room.
- Couture Colorado

As most of you know, my husband and I are adding to our family with our first baby, due in January. We are super excited to meet the little guy, but are nervous for all the changes having a baby will bring! Wish us luck with this new journey called parenting!

Of course I was excited to work on his room, and being that this was the first nursery I have designed, there was a little less pressure with mistakes along the way – which we definitely had some. Its sometimes a challenge for me to make design decisions for spaces in my own house, but I had a pretty good idea what I wanted for his room from the start.

The room was carpeted with a carmel colored carpet that had seen its day, and vanilla colored paint that was pretty generic and boring. So we decided the first thing that would need to be done would be to paint and replace the flooring.  We decided on a warm rustic hand-scraped walnut hardwood laminate flooring. It took a little less than a day to get it installed (being that it was our first time working with engineered flooring) but thanks to the help of my brother Darrenn, we were able to get it installed pretty quickly.

The base color of paint I selected was a very pale aqua blue (pretty gender-neutral, just in case it was a girl). We left the trim white, and already the room looked hugely different.  Here are a few quick “in-progress” shots of the space.


We decided that we didn't want the room to overly ‘theme’ oriented, so I put together a mood board of the look that we wanted to achieve in his room. I love the elephant prints that are out right now, and wanted to incorporate that into his room. Mostly we wanted to space to look bright, cozy and modern with neutral and bright colors together. We took our time getting everything together, and we are happy with how it turned out and cant wait to introduce little man to his cozy space in our home!

Here are few after shots of his room….