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.



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


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.


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!



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!)


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!





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.





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.



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!


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?


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!






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!



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.


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:




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!



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. 


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!). 


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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2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year form The Habitat Collective! Is it just us, or did this year absolutely fly by? We could have sworn it was January just a minute ago! This year has been nothing short of ahhh-mazing for this little business of ours, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! So, before (or while) we pop open the bubbly and celebrate, we’re getting a little nostalgic about everything that’s happened this year. 2016, we love you!



We kicked off the year with a super fun collab led by Adriana from The Creatives Loft. We spent a morning wth some of the coolest, most talented ladies in Miami creating and styling a wedding set for a photoshoot. Can we just say…that table was BEAUT and the florals by Primrose Florals? To die for. See all the photos and get to know the fab vendors here.



We had so much fun with our client from #projectundercoverbalcony. We designed this little oasis in the sky on the DL and then spent a (very hot) afternoon getting down and dirty potting a mini-jungle for her and her boyfriend AND very adorable Cavalier to enjoy. Mission accomplished.


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We always love a good small-space challenge and #projectprettyinpink did not disappoint! This little apartment nestled in Coral Gables was tiny, but had amazing natural light and an easy-to-work-with neutral base. Plus, the sweetest client that made our jobs easy as pie. Win - win - WIN!

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project pretty in pink - the habitat collective


We can't say enough good things about our local West Elm store in Midtown. Over the past year we've partnered with them to style and shoot vignettes for social media (access to some of the most gorgeous furniture and accessories = every designer's dream!!) and were even featured on the company's main Instagram feed a few times! Fun Fact: BOTH habco dogs were featured in West Elm marketing campaigns this year!

INSTAGRAM HITS 1K and then 5K!!

Ya’ll know how much we looove the little world of Instagram. So many pretty feeds to follow, so little time!! Anyway, we were totally floored when we hit 1K after only a few months of ‘grammin - and then 5K a few months after that. We're so thankful for all the insta love and support - seriously you guys are the best!



Hab Co’s first feature! We were SO excited to have #projectstaybrassy's transformation featured for the world to see - HELLO crazy before and afters!!

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We're so lucky to have met some awesome creatives in Miami! We met Katie of The Modern Local through Instagram, and a few months later she asked us to be a part of her blog's "Five Questions With..." feature which highlights members of the community in Miami. Check out the feature here.



This year we partnered with not one, but TWO talented photographers to do fun Instagram Giveaways of their gorgeous prints! We styled vignettes to photograph for Lauren Marttila Photography and Emily Roggenburk Photography  and (very sadly) shipped the prints out to their brand new homes!



So much to say about #projectbrightandbreezy, so little time. First of all, they were the most amazing clients to work with. Like, super chilled out, trust your designer, awesome taste having clients. The kind of clients that come around once in a blue moon that you just want to hang on to forever and keep redesigning their house and only their house because they're so great. PLUS the house had great bones to work with - the tallest ceilings and tons of natural light were a dream come true!

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project bright and breezy - the habitat collective

Before and after: #projectbrightandbreezy

Waaaaay back in June we met with some prospective clients for an initial consultation down in Palmetto Bay. They had just moved from a smaller home to a new, larger one - bringing their old, small-scale furniture with them. They were a family of four and knew that the space wasn’t quite right with their existing furniture - not enough seating, a lack of cohesiveness and a cavernous echo to boot. They really wanted their new house to feel like home...

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Kitchen Remodel

The house was built in 1948 and this was the original kitchen, complete with slanted cabinets, pink tufted leather breakfast bar and metallic butterfly wallpaper (YES, you read that right!). The glass sliding doors on the upper cabinets and the red, plaid wallpapered shelves were not doing this already dated kitchen any favors. Throw in some awkwardly placed appliances (see: oversized, difficult-to-reach sink, extractor hood at chest height) and we had a kitchen nightmare on our hands. 

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