Kitchen renovation

My in-laws house was flooded during Harvey. It was a tough experience for them but out of something negative came something positive. It is now fully renovated and I can't tell you the joy it brings me when we go visit. 

Their home was built in the 1960's, the kitchen and the restroom were pretty dated. We used this opportunity to create a new kitchen and restroom from square one. 

Below is a list of project must haves:

  • Brightness - we accomplished this by using a neutral color palette which brought in light. 
  • Better lighting - we removed a few extra fans they had in the kitchen and the breakfast area and replaced them with good quality light fixtures that give off more light. This also helped the space appear brighter. 
  • Storage - we re-designed her kitchen to include a small island with storage as well as a pantry. This helps keep the countertop clean. 
  • Updated countertop - she selected a neutral granite countertop that stands out against the bone colored cabinets. 

Here are a few quick pictures I took right before the kitchen demo work started. Please excuse the mess. 

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Here is our blank canvas. 

 

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This is the finished result! Can you believe it!? Since I took this picture we have installed roman shades over the windows. I love how airy it all feels. 

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Project Ashcroft - color story

The huz has been really busy working on our current project. I feel like he does all the hard work of scheduling and organizing. I get to come in and do the fun stuff - pick paint, backsplash, counter tops, etc. The project we are currently working on is a ranch style 1960's home. 

 I really wanted to step outside of my comfort zone by working with gray. Gray is a good neutral. It is not a shade I naturally gravitate towards. I also knew I wanted to keep the kitchen white. Overall, the feel we are going for is fresh and modern with a hint of traditional.

 Below is a little glimpse of how the Ashcroft color story developed. I can't wait to share the final project!

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Restroom renovations

As we were working on these restroom renovations my main goal was to bring in light and make things look more up to date. I must warn you...the before pictures for this are pretty yucky. This was NOT our house. 😳

Below are the main things we did to update the restrooms.

  • Removed all the tile and replaced it with new neutral flooring that set the stage for everything else.
  • Removed the existing cabinets, countertop, and sink. Replaced it with a small two door cabinet stained in a rich ebony color. Added granite with a square sink which added a nice touch. 
  • Added a new framed mirror in a pewter tone that reflects the light well. In my opinion, framed mirrors make the restroom feel a bit more lux.
  • Added a new light fixture which ensured the space had adequate light. This is so important especially in a restroom. 
  • Painted the walls a gray neutral shade. We used Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray

Check out the before and after shots. If you are thinking about conquering a home interior project...do it already!

Restroom #1

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After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

After - the new tile, granite and dark stain really gave the space a classy look.

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After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

After - we've talked about this...don't be afraid to mix and match metals

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After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

After - laying tile in a subway pattern gave the shower wall some interest and sophistication

Restroom #2

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After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - removing the unnecessary tile gave the space an instant makeover 

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - by making the sink space smaller we created a laundry nook which is perfect for a basket or hamper

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

After - added a pop of chocolate brown to the shower floor...why the heck not?

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After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

After - I love a clean look for restrooms. I added a little bit of character by painting the cabinets on the left white and staining the cabinets under the sink ebony. It created a nice contrast. Kids....you can also mix cabinet colors.

Collaboration

As the idea for Collection of Beauty ("CoB") came together in my mind, I shared a few thoughts with a few friends, one of which is Seleni Hernandez. Seleni is a photographer and after weeks of swapping photography stories and decor stories, we thought, why aren't we working together? I had this idea of her coming to our home and photographing me for the blog. She graciously agreed and the outcome was beautiful! If you are in the Houston area and you are looking for a good photographer to capture your special moments you should check her out at selenihernandezphotography.com. Below is a short film of what a Collection of Beauty means to me as well as a few of my favorite shots from our photoshoot. Some of her work is sprinkled throughout this blog. 

I've had the pleasure of working along side Seleni for awhile now. I can't tell you what a difference it makes when you know you are working with someone that is professional, dependable and a all around good person. In addition to checking out her website you should follow her on Instagram - @selenihernandez. 

What I loved the most about this shoot was that it took place in our home. We have worked so hard to create a space that we love (it is still a work in progress) but to see it on camera as if we rented out the space just for the shoot is awesome. 

Never underestimate the power of beauty, whether it be a beautiful friendship or a beautiful ambiance. 

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Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography

Photo credit: Seleni Hernandez Photography