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Season 2 Episode 3: House for the Girl Gang
Welcome to Season 2, Episode 3 of Hidden Potential. I feel so fortunate to have been able to work on this page-turning, new-chapter-starting project for these homeowners. AND, it’s not often I get to let my Girl Gang flag fly, so being able to throw some extra feminine flair into my design was an added bonus.
Let me have the pleasure of introducing you to Carrie and Natalia, and of giving you an overview of their reno-rundown.
Carrie & Natalia
Carrie purchased this home after a recent divorce. It was well-maintained but utterly boring and non-descript. With this renovation, she was ready to open a new chapter of life for herself and her daughter. She hoped to see a more functional front yard and a brighter, more open interior layout.
More than any other homeowner I’ve worked with to-date, Carrie was happy to hand over the reins. My fave request – she wanted to be able to host the “Girl Gang” which is what she called the cute little group of girls that her daughter had befriended in the neighborhood.
Outside, new lap siding, a new color palette, a brand new front deck where previously only a patch of dead grass existed, and all new landscaping will help to update and personalize this home. Inside we’ll remove some walls to create a brighter, more open layout. A custom baker’s kitchen, new living room layout, fireplace refresh, and office update will all serve to give Carrie and Natalia the Girl Gang home of their dreams.
S2 Ep3 Inspiration
What the Exterior of This House Had to Say Before: Blah. Blah blah, blah blah blah, blady bladitty blah. Sorry about all the dead grass. Blah, boring, blah.
What the Exterior of This House Has to Say Now: Two really rad chicks live here; want to come hang out and do cool Girl Gang stuff together, like gardening and riding scooters and having drinks on this sweet front deck? You do? Great! Come on over!
S2 E3 Exterior BA
How We Gave The House A Much Needed Personality Overhaul: When Carrie arrived at our first meeting wearing a bright, cerulean blue top, I complimented her on it. “It’s my favorite color,” she let slide. Well, that was all I needed for inspiration. I painted the new front door (dutch door means it opens in half) in that same blue, and then used it as a starting point for the remainder of the design. And what followed from there…well, I think it turned out pretty awesome, and definitely deserving of a cerulean blue front door to call its own.
S2, Ep3 Exterior
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This kitchen!! Am I right? The point here was to create a baker’s paradise for Carrie and Natalia, and I think we may have just about nailed it. Not only is there a HUGE island, but also a separate baking station along the back wall featuring a beautiful, custom, butcher block countertop. And did you see this hideaway cabinet step-stool?
You may notice that the kitchen island is painted in the same Georgian Bay Blue as the front door. I always like to carry accent colors throughout the whole house design, creating a sense of greater cohesiveness and intention. Plus, this blue just looks so killer in this light-filled kitchen.
S2 E3 Kitchen BA
Okay, you’ll NEVER guess what we used for the floors. Just kidding. If you’ve read the past two sourcebooks then you’ll definitely guess: Luxury Vinyl Floors. That’s LVF in the biz. This time, we chose the Soft Whisper finish by Provenza. You can read the previous two sourcebooks to hear me gushing about this product’s durability, attractiveness, and cost effectiveness. Source: Provenza, Moda Living – Soft Whisper, Marquez Wood Floors
Cabinets & Hardware
Countertops & Backsplash
I’m so in love with this backsplash tile, I can’t even. Keeping the rest of the hard surfaces simple (white quartz, natural butcher block) allows this printed ceramic tile to really shine. (Well, it actually has a matte finish, but you know what I mean.)
Plumbing & Appliances
Stainless steel appliances, double ovens, polished chrome faucet. Done, done, and done. Also, classic cottage style double basin farmhouse sink and custom ship-lap and walnut paneled range hood. Done-er and done-est.
Lighting, Furniture, & Accessories
The lights were another focal point of this kitchen. The faceted glass felt light and kind of jewel-like while the brass finish tied nicely into the cabinet hardware. Wood, wicker, and gold accents keep the kitchen feeling warm and inviting. And did you see the counter stools? They are spindle back, but with a play on the traditional design.
S2, Ep3 Kitchen
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The Living Room
S2 E3 Living BA
Wow. This living room before was DARK. And difficult to orient because of the strangely off-center fireplace. And it was so boring. It didn’t look fun or feminine at all. There were barely any personal touches and everything was BROWN.
Losing the wall between the living room and kitchen served to open up the floor plan and let the light shine in. On top of that, we were able to expand the living room by commandeering some space from the adjacent bedroom, which ALSO allowed us to center the fireplace.
A simple fireplace update went a long way towards making this house feel like a home.
S2, Ep3 Living Room
Before = Snore. Now, would you look at it?! There are plants, there are pillows, there are family pictures. You can look at this living room and tell immediately who lives here and what they are all about. And I don’t know about you, but I am SO picking up what they are throwing down.
Also, did you check out this lovely little entry station we created to the left of the front door? If you didn’t, then let’s just back this bus up for a hot minute. I mean, COME ON.
NOW, not only do you walk in the front door and feel HAPPY because this whole vignette situation is just so darling, but there’s also a place to put your purse, keys, sunglasses, tape measure, and paint swatches. (Okay, fine, so maybe I’m picturing myself walking in the front door and getting all organized with the help of this antique dresser, but who can help themselves?)
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The Dining Room
This dining room, immediately adjacent to the kitchen, feels both elegant and casual. Easy access to the kitchen means it can act as an additional workspace, and being open to the living room allows for extra seating when entertaining large groups. Best of all, there is easy and beautiful access to the custom wine rack, courtesy of Girelli Designs. Micah used gorgeous walnut wood and arranged the shelves on a slant to make this showpiece truly one-of-a-kind.
S2 Ep3 Dining
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So, Carrie works from home, and would actually get teased by her coworkers about the blank white wall in front of which she would always take her conference calls. I stepped in and said, no more! It was time to put an end to the teasing and give Carrie’s office something better to talk about around the proverbial water cooler. Like, for instance, how AMAZING Carrie’s new, custom #callwall is, and how they all need to do some updating of their own in order to keep up.
S2 E3 Office BA
Also, did you get a chance to check out the custom desk I had Brian from B and D Cabinets make for us? I think we can all agree that it turned out great. And I can guarantee that no one else has one like it!
By cutting a table in half, we were able to expand it to fit TWO mother-daughter work-stations, one on either side of a removable, tin-wrapped partition. And if you need more room to spread out, or want to combine the two workstations into one? Just remove the partition, which is connected to the table top using wooden dowels. SO COOL!
S2, Ep3 Office
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This project could not have been made possible without our amazing vendors as well:
The Step 180 (hidden cabinet step): Hideaway Solutions | Countertops: Marble Yard Decking material: Azek | Custom Mural: RIPE Design/ Kim Conlin | End Grain Butcher Block: Giving Tree Woodshop | Wine Organizer Shelf: Girelli Woodworking | Desk Duet / Office Built In: B & D Cabinetry