Kitchen before + after: #projectdecobythedocks

This kitchen remodel took slightly longer than anticipated – we did as much of the work as we possibly could ourselves, to try and save on costs, and unfortunately it kept getting put on the back burner because we've been such busy little bees. 

But, Oh! Was it worth the wait!

As it used to exist, it was poorly laid out, lacked functionality, it was claustrophobic (due to a huge bulkhead and low cabinets) and it was also quite dark (maybe something to do with the range hood being positioned in front of the only window in the room?!). It also didn’t have a dishwasher. Oh, and did we mention it was straight out of the 80’s? And definitely not in a cool, retro way. 

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So, objectives for the new kitchen included a space which feels light, bright, open and airy, a functional, organized layout with enough storage, a standard sized range (as opposed to the apartment sized one that was there before), AND a dishwasher. No mean feat with only 67ft2 (and two doorways) to work with!

Check out these floorplans to see what we did:

 

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Moving that doorway a few inches to the left and centralizing it in the room meant we could get a full height pantry cabinet in – this was a game changer! We also shrunk back that big, ugly bulkhead a considerable amount, which really helped to open up the space. Can you believe half of it was totally hollow and there for no apparent reason - it's always worth checking behind sofits and lowered ceilings to see if there is a way to either remove or shrink them!

 

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The cabinets are from IKEA and we managed to score them at 15% off when they were having a kitchen event (this happens a few times a year, and the sale even includes appliances). We can’t recommend them enough – they’re solid cabinets with great interior solutions, which are totally customizable. We also purchased the pretty ceramic sink and integrated dishwasher from IKEA, which came with a 5 year warranty and has been great so far! 

Semi-Handmade made the beautiful kitchen doors, and again we managed to purchase these while they were having a 20% off promotional event! We love the quality of these doors and how they turn IKEA cabinets into the “custom” kitchen of your dreams! They even made us a matching panel for the integrated dishwasher (located to the left of the sink... you'd never know, right?!). They were also always on hand to answer all of our filler-piece/toe-kick related questions! We went with their DIY Shaker Panels so that we could pick the exact shade we wanted to paint them. We also thought we’d save on costs if we rented a paint sprayer and painted them ourselves. Unfortunately when it came down to it, we totally freaked out… and realized we had nowhere to do it (apartment living = no back yard), so we enlisted the help of a professional! Good decision because they came out beautifully (and who knows how things would have ended up if we’d been let loose with a paint sprayer?!). We decided on Hush by Behr for the color. 

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The countertops are white quartz (pure white) and we managed to save 30% on these. If you have a tiny kitchen it’s definitely worth checking to see if there are any stone suppliers out there who have left overs from larger orders. This is much more cost effective than ordering brand new slabs.

The hardware is Lewis Dolin, the faucet is Delta (the magnetic pull down is our favorite). The range is Blomberg and we are loving cooking on gas (with a standard sized range!). The hood is from Signature Hardware and is one of the prettiest we’ve ever seen; yay for white hoods!

The backsplash is a marble herringbone, which we got from Home Depot. We decided to go all the way up to the ceiling with it, and whilst this was back-breaking work, it has totally opened up the room. It also bounces so much light around and complements the color of the cabinets so perfectly.  

We also added a run of backsplash on the opposite wall – above the shallow countertops and framed this in with two 6ft open shelves and a couple of chrome wall sconces (to contrast all of the brass!). This has provided a ton of storage, and is actually where we keep our most-used, every day items like plates, bowls, herbs, chopping boards and glasses (mixed in with some small artwork too!). These shelves are one of our favorite parts of the kitchen – functional and pretty (and they work a million times better than wall cabinets would have done, with regards to keeping the space feeling open!). 

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And finally, that Smeg fridge, the fridge of our dreams. We splurged big time here (which was the reason we built the cabinets and tiled the walls with our own fair hands) and we don’t regret it for a second! Who knew a house-hold appliance could bring such pure, unadulterated joy?!

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Before + After: #projectpalmettobayeclectic

This little blog has been a long time coming! We finished this project waaaay back in August and we meant to write a blog, but then we had some weddings to attend and then it was Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then it was Christmas - you all know how that goes, right? Anyway, here we are sneaking up on March (how did that happen?) and finally getting the chance to sit down and write about this beaut of a project that we did for some of our favorite clients!

These clients were ready for an update to their family home in Palmetto Bay and were looking for something bright, clean, and family friendly. They had a few existing key pieces to incorporate (read: BEAUTIFUL antique furniture and one of the coolest art collections we've seen) but we were otherwise unleashed to create a home that was bright and clean and textural with a whole lot of eclectic style. Read on to find out what we did and see the before and afters!

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Since this family has a den with a perfect-for-movie-night sectional sofa, we went with a slightly more sophisticated vibe when designing the living room. We wanted a space that felt adult-y enough to say "come enjoy a cocktail on your nice leather sofa" but not so buttoned-up that it said "please don't sit on or touch anything". (sidenote - did anyone else's grandmother have a formal living room full of furniture covered in plastic? Can we all just breathe a collective sigh of relief that the days of sofa protectors are - hopefully - over?!) We struck the perfect balance in this space with a rich cognac leather sofa and a pair of vintage armchairs, paired with our client's existing vintage wooden bench and a set of rattan stools. We arranged them all around the coffee table to create a conversation area with plenty of seating for guests.

 

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Remember that killer art collection we were telling you about? Their largest piece served as a major focal point in this space! It's large enough to hold its own against their high ceilings, and we couldn't get enough of the beautiful colors! The rattan stools on this side of the seating area provide extra seats without blocking any of the artwork.  

 

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project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

 

The den already had a big sectional sofa and a big TV, but it needed something really impactful to balance out the space and make it feel completed. So what did we do? We designed a great big built in entertainment center. Our clients loved the look of a contrasting shelf, so we went with oak shelves in a white frame to add some warmth. We added some bench seats under the windows perfect spot to curl up with a good book - but mostly as a cozy spot for their dog, Duke, to lounge while he sunbathes (sorry guys!). This built-in was a real game changer for this room and exactly what it needed to feel balanced!

 

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project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

Since these clients were blessed with incredibly high ceilings in their bedroom, we went with an iron canopy bed to add some height and help fill the space. We kept the scheme light and airy with white 3-drawer nightstands, neutral bedding and pretty pillows to inject some pattern. Oh! We can't forget about the fabulous dusty blush rug we brought in to tie everything together. We LOVE this rug and the softness it adds to the space! 

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project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective
project palmetto bay eclectic - interior design - the habitat collective

Quick Tip: If you've got a King sized bed and you have the space, go BIG with your nightstands. These nightstands are actually 3-drawer chests and their size fits perfectly with the size of the bed. Plus, the bigger the nightstand, the more room you have for your phone, a book, and the 17 glasses of water we all keep next to the bed (no? just us?). 

 

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And there you have it - #projectpalmettobayeclectic! Tell us what you think about this transformation in the comments below!   

Rug Roundup: Under $250

Happy New Year! Sara E. here again, and today I’m sharing a roundup of 20 of my favorite area rugs under $250. 

There is something about the New Year that just makes me want to reorganize and restyle every inch of my house. It makes my home feel so much fresher and gives me a boost of inspiration for the New Year. If you’re in the same boat and have been thinking about getting a new rug or replacing an old one, then keep on reading!

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Rugs do SO much for a space and I am a believer that every room should have at least one. Here’s why: 

1. The most obvious reason is that it provides comfort under your feet when you’re walking or sitting on the floor. 

2. It can make a room feel larger because it draws the eye down and around the perimeter of the room. 

3. It adds pattern, color, and texture to a space. 

4. It defines specific areas in larger spaces where you want to incorporate multiple seating arrangements. 

5. They just make a room feel so much cozier! 

If you’re unsure of what size to purchase, always make sure that the rug is not too small because it can actually end up making the room feel smaller. It’s always better to spend a little bit more money on a larger size than to waste your money buying a too-small rug that looks awkward. Fortunately, all of the rugs that are linked here are either 7x10ft or 8x10ft and they are all very affordable!

Holiday Gift Guide: Home Decor Gifts Under $100

Holiday Gift Guide - Home Decor Under 100 - The Habitat Collective

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope you're all spending the day celebrating with friends and family! What better way to kick off the holiday season than by sharing some of our favorite Home Decor gifts for your family and your besties (or, let's be honest, yourself)! And the best part? These beauties are all less than $100! Sara E. is back with the full round up below, so settle into that post-turkey daze and get shoppin'!  

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The holidays are here which means it’s the season for holiday deals, shopping and (even better), the season of gift giving. I love receiving gifts that are personal and well thought-out and so I try to do the same when I’m thinking about which gifts to buy for family and friends. If you happen to have friends or family who love home decor or possibly a friend who just moved into a new home, then these gifts are perfect and most of them won’t even break the bank! All of these products are under $100. I even included a few tech-y items in there that are functional but also aesthetically pleasing (like that awesome charging station which is definitely going on my Christmas list this year).

Let us know in the comments if you have any gifts that you are eyeing this season –we would love to look them up! Happy shopping and Happy Holidays! 

 

Xo Sara E