This week, we wanted to share with you a very special project we completed for a wonderful couple that were an absolute joy to work with. The homeowners moved from California to the 12 South area of Nashville and fell in love with the neighborhood. They purchased a new home and they adored the location, square footage and layout. However, they felt that the overall aesthetic of the house didn’t fit them so some changes were in order.
Part of the reason this was such an exciting project was because the clients had been researching and planning their dream home for quite a while, and came to Karrie with a binder outlining all the details that would make their home unique. It was truly a collaborative project, and it was rewarding to be on a team with a client that had such great vision!
We wanted to walk you though each of our favorite spaces in the house so you can get ideas to incorporate in your own home!
The overall look of the original kitchen was a little blah (there was no life!) with dark stained maple cabinets and black counter tops and the storage was less than awe-inspiring. The owners wanted an open and airy look with lots of natural light that functioned like a well-oiled machine.
The vision for this kitchen was completely customized for the homeowners down to taking measurements of essential utensils and cookware so that they fit perfectly in the cabinets.
When a kitchen renovation is on the horizon, planning out the functionality of your space on the front end is a must. It can save you a lot of time trying to organize and find places for things later!
The pretties in the kitchen started with a delicious marble tile that the clients (and the designer!) fell in love with. It was decided, early in the project, that all future happiness depended on the marble being used as the backsplash. Finding a material that you love, whether it’s a tile or countertop or even cabinetry hardware, makes building the rest of the space much easier.
At J & K Design Studio, we believe in the power of quartz countertops! They are durable, beautiful and wallet friendly. They are truly the trifecta of the countertop world. Knowing that this kitchen was going to be used and used often, quartz was the obvious choice for the perimeter countertops. To keep some warmth and movement, we opted for a fabulous quartzite on the island. Mix those materials, folks. It’s the fast track to creating a custom look.
The Master Bath
It’s entirely possible to create a show stopping space and not go crazy on budget.
One money saving tip we employed was keeping the existing layout of the bathroom. The toilet, sinks and shower stayed in their original locations. The tub was maneuvered around a bit but nothing major. The layout was good so we went with it.
The clients wanted beauty and elegance but nothing that was too hard to keep clean. So we did some research and made some selections with the goal of "pretty" and "practical". Marble is gorgeous and the homeowner loved the look but it can be daunting to put natural stone on a floor so the solution was a porcelain tile that replicated marble. It looks good, it’s well priced and it will last a long time, easy-peasy.
Oversized, white subway tiles on the shower walls and the tub surround were added to the mix for their clean look.
We had to add some wow so in came the marble mosaics that accent the shower wall and the vanity walls. We had originally discussed wallpaper but when we found this mosaic pattern, the hunt was over. We used the mosaics as accent pieces to enhance the other materials in the space. It’s so good!
A couple of custom vanity cabinets, some Alabama White marble countertops and sparkling plumbing and cabinet hardware and this bathroom was ready to roll.
The Guest Bath
These homeowners love to entertain and often have multiple house guests. The house really needed a 3rd full bath but where could we put it? The clients didn’t want to expand into their back yard and they definitely didn’t want to lose any living space. The solution; add an extra bathroom in a HUGE walk in closet that was rarely used. It was pure genius and the homeowner takes the credit on this one. She had the vision and we had the tape measure!
It’s small, sweet and well appointed. We went with an airy console vanity instead of a clunky cabinet and it is perfection. I love this space.
The Rest of the Story…
The kitchen and bathrooms were huge projects by themselves and that could have been enough of a challenge but we took it a step further.
Never underestimate the power of WALLPAPER! The dining room and the laundry room both got a good healthy dose of paper power.
In addition to wallpaper, the dining room got a little extra love by way of a coffered ceiling. When the client requested a coffered ceiling in the dining room, the hesitation was a real thing but after several conversations with a very patient trim carpenter, the ceiling was born. The difference in the space was immediate, even before it was painted!
If you are extremely detail-oriented, doing a major renovation like this can get stressful at times, since there are so many people involved in the process.
Learning to love your homes quirks and being patient as your dream home comes together is essential!