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

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

 

 

Top 10 Best Interior Design YouTube Channels

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Hi everyone! It’s (the other!) Sara here. I am super excited to be the newest contributor to The HabCo team, and even more excited that I’ll be sharing lots of yummy content to the blog! If you live and breathe interior design, like we do, and you haven’t discovered these YouTube channels yet, you are in for a treat today! 

There is so much inspiration online and Pinterest is my definite go-to, but there is nothing that beats being able to actually watch other designers work their magic and learn their processes behind it. Today I’m sharing our Top 10 favorite YouTube channels geared towards Interior Design.

1. Studio McGee

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Studio Mcgee

Studio McGee is based out of Utah and was started by husband and wife, Shea and Syd Mcgee. Their web series are fairly new to the YouTube world but they are put together in such a beautiful way that I promise you will be hooked and want to watch the same episodes over and over. They share design tips and home tours that highlight their unique aesthetic. If you follow them on Instagram, then you'll know what I mean.

2. House and Home

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House and Home

House and Home is an interior design brand and magazine from Canada. It’s very refreshing to see the designer’s Canadian influence on all of their designs. The home tours are addictive to watch because each one is unique to each deisgner. I have yet to find a design reveal on here that I don’t love!

3. Three Birds Renovations

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Three Birds Renovations

Three Birds Renovations was created by three Australian Moms who quit their corporate jobs to renovate and flip residential homes. They are hilarious to watch and I love how the homes they design are bright, fun, and always complemented with the signature Aussie laid-back vibe.

4. Emily Henderson

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Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson is one of our favorite designers so it’s obvious why her YouTube channel makes this list! Her channel features “how-to’s”, room makeovers, and lots of useful home styling tips.

5. Apartment Therapy

 

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Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy’s channel features on-trend DIY home décor projects as well as home tours of some super chic apartments around the world.

6. Mr. Kate

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Mr. Kate

There’s not much to say about Mr. Kate other than she is hilariously and creatively brilliant! She designs killer rooms and is a DIY queen. Her “OMG We’re Coming Over” series on her channel is one of my favorites to watch because she decorates rooms for other famous You Tubers and each one has their own unique style. You will be hooked, promise.

7. Jenna Sue

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Jenna Sue

Jenna Sue recently flipped an old cottage in the mountains and documented the entire process on YouTube. Her style is very unique and sort of reminds me of a more feminine version of the homes that Joanna Gaines designs. She DIYed a lot of the projects in the cottage and created videos to show how she completed each of them. The before and after’s are so, so good! 

8. Karin Bohn

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Karin Bohn

If you’re looking to become an entrepreneur and start your own interior design business, Karin Bohn’s channel will be your new favorite. She gets into the ups and downs of running her own business and lets you follow her day-to-day journey of being a busy entrepreneur. She recently started a new series on her channel that I’m really excited to follow called “Bohnafide”, which documents her own home renovation.

9. HGTV

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HGTV

HGTV is already an addictive channel if you’re a fan of interior design but their YouTube Channel has even more exciting stuff to watch. They have lots of DIY’s and behind the scenes with the designers they feature on their TV shows (hi, Joanna Gaines!). 

10. HouzzTV

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Houzz

There are tons of videos to watch on the Houzz channel but my favorite is the “My Houzz” series, where celebrities (Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and even Ludacris!) makeover rooms in a friend or family member’s house using designers they find through Houzz.

And that concludes our Top 10 - happy viewing!! We'd love to know what your favorites are too - leave us a comment below if we've missed any good ones! 

Xo Sara E

get the look: elegant bohemian bedroom

The likes have spoken: our most popular mood board of 2016 (and one of our most popular posts of the year!!) is this little classic bohemian number riiiight here.

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We love the layered textures and the mix of styles in this look - from the raffia chests to the leather stools and brass lamps, there's plenty of eye candy to obsess over. Waking up here on a weekend morning? YES PLEASE! Check out the graphic below to shop this look AND learn how to get the look for less. Shop the entire look on our pinterest board!

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Ooooh Ottoman Round Up!

People sometimes forget about this coffee table alternative when they're putting together their living spaces, which is a REAL SHAME for the following reasons:

1. Ottomans can be really multi-functional; you can use them in exactly the same way as you would a coffee table with the simple addition of a large tray for holding drinks/books/vases etc. PLUS they offer a comfy place for you to put your feet up, provide additional seating when necessary, and even extra storage in some cases! Winner winner, chicken dinner. 

2. If you have kids (or in Sara's case- the world's clumsiest Great Dane), they're probably less likely to decapitate themselves crashing into an ottoman rather than a glass coffee table.

3. Want to inject a pop of texture/pattern/color into your living space but don't want to invest in a green, velvet sofa? Be non-committal and do it with an ottoman instead!  

Here's a round-up of our top 20, which are all available right now:

 

Before you go rushing out to replace your coffee table with an ottoman, here are some helpful tips to bear in mind:

- Make sure the dimensions of the ottoman work with the dimensions of your sofa, you don't want to be relaxing on your sofa with your legs elevated above your head (ok, slight exaggeration but you know what we mean).

- If you have kids and/or pets consider leather rather than fabric upholstery- this will be easier to keep clean. If you're adamant on using fabric and are still concerned about maintenance, opt for something with a removable, machine washable cover (like no. 3 from our list above!).  

- If you do want to utilise the surface with a large tray, make sure you choose an ottoman with a relatively flat top!

- We recommend going for an ottoman which subtly contrasts with your sofa in some way; either with color, pattern or texture.  This will add some sophisticated personality, rather than keeping things too matchy-matchy.

- If you fall in love with a particular fabric and want to nail the dimensions of your ottoman so that it fits perfectly with your sofa, there is always the option to have one custom-made! May we present to you, The Queen of all Ottomans, from Project Bright & Breezy:

 

This ottoman was a beast (a very beautiful beast); perfect for the enormous sectional we'd specified. These photos totally don't do it justice but we had it upholstered in the most gorgeous patterned Batik Linen from Walter G. To maximise functionality we designed an ottoman tray with Grove & Anchor and, OH MAN, we're pretty sure that this might just be the perfect OTT-O-MAN situation! Let us know what you think and which are you faves from our top 20 round-up!

Sara + Laura xx