Project Peachy Before + After Part 2: Living Room

A couple of weeks ago we shared the before and afters from the Entryway and Powder Bath of #projectpeachy (in case you missed it, you can read that post here). Today we’re moving right along and sharing the living room, which is located just off the entryway (you can see a bit of the old staircase and the dusty salmon paint on the right in the photo below).

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Out with the old brown floor tiles and in with this wood-look porcelain!

We also swapped the old (crumbling) brick around the fireplace for a modern concrete-look surround to tie in with the new stair treads. To make the small fireplace feel more proportional in the room, we bumped out a section of the wall to match its depth and created a built-in shelving feature. We kept the space above the fireplace bare to bring the focus to the styled shelves. Neutrals, pretty pottery and lots of natural texture make them feel collected and serene.

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The existing bay windows brought in TONS of natural light and helped to make this little room feel a bit more open. They got a facelift with some new white sills and simple roman shades. AND we said goodbye to the little octagonal look-through that used to grace the wall above the sofa.

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After construction and a fresh coat of white paint, we layered neutrals and natural texture to create a calming atmosphere which, in our opinion, is basically essential when you live in a city like Miami. There’s nothing like coming home to a beautiful, tranquil space after long days spent in traffic and at the office - except maybe a big glass of wine.

The beautiful artwork above the sofa was something our clients already owned. We love the contrasting black and white and the warm wooden frame - it works perfectly!

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project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective
project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective
project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective

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In addition to changing up the fireplace surround and bumping out the wall, we also extended walls on the opposite side of the room. While we’re usually advocates for opening spaces up, what this living room really needed was MORE definition. You can see from the before photos that the original space between the front and the back of the house was an awkward size - not quite wide enough to be a fully-functional seating area, and not slim enough to feel like a hallway.

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So, instead of opening up the entire ground floor, we extended the existing wall between the kitchen and entryway to create a better flow and more functional zones. You can see the blue tape marking the “new” walls on either side of the opening in the photo above!

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Part of this section of wall that the entryway mirror hangs on didn’t exist before we extended it…and we’re so glad we did, because it’s one of our favorite moments in the whole house.

The same goes for the small wall on the other side of the opening - we mounted a sconce there to make a cozy reading nook beside the new built-in bookshelves. With the leather pouf and shelves styled in neutral tones it looks perfectly modern yet warm and we LOVE this little vignette. (TIP: turn your books around so the pages, rather than the spines, are on display for a simplified look!)

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10 POWDER BATH TILE PICKS WE LOVE

There’s something about a little powder bathroom with personality that we just love! We’re firm believers that working with a smaller space doesn’t mean you need to go “small” with your design - in fact, we would encourage the opposite. Smaller square footages and high visibility in your home (almost all your guests will use it!) make a powder bathroom the perfect place to splurge on materials - like a great tile with a bold pattern or color - without blowing your entire budget.

With so many beautiful tile options available right now, it can be overwhelming to sift through all of the colors, patterns and textures, so we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite floor tiles - including the blue hexagonal tile from our Project Peachy powder bath - to help you on your way!

10 Powder Bat Tile Picks - The Habitat Collective

  1. Cathedral in White/Black - Clé Tile | 2. Byzantine I - Tabarka Studio | 3. Sol Pink Tile - Riad Tile | 4. Bennett Marble Mosaic - The Tile Shop | 5. Eastern Earthenware Raw Emerald 4x4 - Clé Tile | 6. Electra in Marine Bone - Mission Stone & Tile | 7. Atlas I - Cement Tile Shop | 8. Chaine Homme in Loch Ness - Fireclay Tile | 9. Long Hex in Aqua - Granada Tile | 10. Star Bright in Curry/White - Clé Tile


Project Peachy Before + After Part 1: Entryway and Powder Bath

If you’ve been following along on our Instagram - or clicked through the gallery on our portfolio page - you might recognize Project Peachy, one of our recent remodels in the beautiful Coconut Grove area of Miami! We worked with a sweet couple on this project to bring their newly purchased home - which was straight out of the 90’s at closing - into 2018 with a warm, minimalistic vibe. This house underwent a total transformation as we gutted everything - kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, walls - and started fresh with a clean, neutral palette.


We’ve got quite a bit to share with you - including some of our favorite before and after’s EVER - so we’ll be breaking this home tour into a few parts to show you all the pretty details. We’re kicking everything off this week with the entryway and powder bath!

ENTRYWAY

 

 

- BEFORE -

The entryway was a dusty salmon color that, combined with the orange wood tones on the stairs and the chunky handrail, felt dark and dated despite getting some great natural light from three large windows above the front door.

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We lightened up the stair treads with a cement-look coating in a warm grey that was custom-made to complement the lighter tones in the new flooring. The chunky wooden handrail was in major need of an update, so we swapped it for a more modern metal railing with slim posts in a matte black finish. This little entryway table was just the right size to sit in the empty space at the bottom of the stairway. We went for a round shape to contrast with all the angles in the stairs and the railing, then added a weathered teak vase and a big bunch of greenery for some warmth and texture.

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When choosing a light fixture for this space, we wanted something with quite a bit of length to accentuate the ceiling height. This customizable triple pendant fixture from Rejuvenation was the perfect fit - it’s slim enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the narrow entry, but the dynamic shape and pretty brass finish are enough to draw the eye - plus the edison-style bulbs in the glass shades have a GORGEOUS glow when they’re all lit up in the evening.

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We ripped out all of the old flooring in the home - brown tile downstairs and a beige carpet upstairs - and replaced it with a gorgeous wood-look porcelain plank tile throughout. These tiles are slightly textured and have a wide pattern variation, which make them look more like the real thing - we love the warmth and continuity they bring to these spaces!

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We all know a fresh coat of paint can work wonders, but just LOOK at this pretty, crisp white! It makes the space feel so fresh and inviting!

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We love the functionality of a bench in an entryway for dropping bags and taking shoes on and off! We paired this one with an oversized round mirror to bounce light and add to the feeling of spaciousness - and because they look pretty great together, don’t you think?

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Small textural details, like pretty woven baskets, woven textiles and leather accents help keep the pared-down style in this home from feeling too cold. This tote from The Citizenry looks just as gorgeous styled atop the entryway bench as it does at the farmer’s market or the beach (that’s a win-win in our book). You can find a similar version here . And we can’t forget about the plants! Plenty of greenery helps to infuse these spaces with life!

POWDER BATH

 

 

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This tiny powder bath beneath the stairs had so much potential, but the beige scheme and chunky fixtures were dragging it down. We gave it a fresh coat of paint and streamlined plumbing fixtures that are better suited to the scale of the room, but the real winner in this powder bath is the deep blue hexagonal floor tile. We had it laid in a pretty “starburst” pattern, and it makes our little designer hearts so happy! We love the way the contrasting pattern and the subtle pop of color really make this little space feel special!

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We opted to use a wall mounted sink for a clean look that would allow us to show off the plumbing below. The brass p-trap and supply lines with a matching faucet are pretty accents that add just enough interest - it’s all in the details! We tied it all together with a double sconce from Rejuvenation in a matte white and brass finish.

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Tell us what you think about the transformation in the comments below!

Beautiful photos by Christine Michelle Photography.

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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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

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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The Habitat Collective

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!

How To Prepare Your Guest Room For Visitors

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The Habitat Collective

It’s that time of year again; the most wonderful (and hectic) time of the year! If you’re planning to host family or friends at your house this year then you can just add this to your holiday to-do list. If not, then getting a head start for the next time you have guests never hurts! 

My guest room was the very first room that I decorated when we moved into our current home. Mainly because the guest room in our old house was so neglected that I wanted to make sure that when someone came to visit us that they would actually want to come back, ha! But seriously, there is nothing that makes someone feel more welcome than a well-stocked and comfortable guest room.

Here is my list for the most important items that you should always provide for your guests:

1. A good quality mattress or topper

If it’s in the budget, a decent mattress can make all the difference in whether or not your guests want to come back to visit. My husband and I went to a mattress store and tested every single mattress and had a debate over each one. It was super annoying, BUT we always get compliments when people stay over! We also purchased a waterproof cover so that our investment didn’t go to waste. If a new mattress isn’t in the budget, or even if you’re working with a super uncomfortable sleeper couch or futon, a mattress topper is the next best thing. It is much less expensive but can make such a difference. A memory foam topper like this one or pillow top topper like this one are both good options.

2. Cozy, fluffy towels

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Monika Hibbs

It doesn’t cost a ton of money or time to find super soft towels for your home. You only need about four so make sure that they are good ones! Look for towels that are thick and soft but also heavy, because this means that they have a better absorbency. Bonus points if you provide your guests with comfy robes!

3. Extra toiletries

This is a must-have when guests come to visit. Always keep shampoo and soap in the shower, extra toothbrushes and toothpaste, feminine products, a hair dryer, and a first aid kit. If you live in a warmer climate, like we do, then sunscreen and bug spray are also a must. It’s the little things that show your guests that you are happy they are there. Also, don’t forget a trash can!

4. Good lighting

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Raili Clasen Design

Have you ever turned off all of your overhead lights at night time and turned on all of your table and floor lamps? If not, try it. It brings coziness up to a whole new level. Keeping table lamps or sconces on each nightstand is one way to achieve this, or (if you want to get super fancy), install dimmers on your light switches. They are especially helpful for your guests who like to read books at night time.

5. Easily accessible Wi-Fi password

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Etsy - KneadyBatchDesigns

If your Internet provider is like ours, then they conveniently provided you with an Internet password that is a thousand digits long that you will never be able to remember. A fun solution is to type up a sign for your guests with the WIFI and password. You can make your own or you can download one like this one and frame it in a stylish frame by the nightstand. It is especially helpful when your guests get in super late and they don’t want to wake you to ask you for the WIFI password.

6. Bedside water carafe

Is there anything worse than waking up in the middle of the night dying of thirst, and then realizing that you have to walk all the way to the kitchen for a glass of water? Solution? Buy a water carafe. It sounds fancy, and it is, but they’re cheap and so convenient. I really love this one and this one

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Amber Interiors

There are plenty of other small gestures you can add to your guest room (fresh flowers, framed pictures of your guests, city travel guides etc.) but these are a few of the must-haves in my opinion. What are some favorite things that you keep in your guest room? Let us know in the comments!

xo

Sara E.

 

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