North Trail Residence

Waterfall quartz edge

While we don’t get every project professionally photographed due to cost, I still love to share snapshots from my phone to document the process! The North Trail Residence was one of our new construction projects that wrapped up last year! Located in a rural area with gorgeous mountain views, this project holds true to traditional cabin materials and colors while still featuring modern touches.

With new construction projects, I get so excited when the framing is complete, and the space starts to take shape. This home has an open concept with lots of floor to ceiling windows to brighten up the whole interior!

New Construction with a view
Let’s Move IN!

I think one of the hardest points of any project is once the sheetrock is up. Because once you are able to walk through every individual room it starts feeling more like a house. At that point, wanting to have your home finished and waiting months for it to be done gets even harder! It feels oddly close to completion, yet so much is left to do.

Spokane home with a view
New Home Interior
Hardwood Floors

Getting the floors installed and stained at the North Trail project is different from many other projects. We selected a real hardwood instead of an engineered or other prefinished product. Once the wood was installed and ready for finishing, we got to personally select the perfect stain for the space. We use a sample color as a reference for what we wanted to work toward. Then our installer mixed and adjusted the stain until we were happy with the color. The last time we did this was on our Post Street project – oh, how I love this process!

Brand-new flooring
Custom hardwood floor stain
Stunning Tile

Throughout the home, we wanted to make sure the tiles made a statement! But also kept true to darker hues and an organic aesthetic. For the walk-in shower in the primary suite, we used a dark large-scale tile for the walls and ceiling. The space is very large and has natural light coming in from a window. The clients wanted this space to feel cozy and cave-like, but we balanced it with a light-colored stone mosaic floor. Above the vanity in the primary suite, we also used a darker tile that we brought all the way up to the ceiling. This tile is incredible up close – it’s a natural stone and has what looks like little fossils throughout! We kept the floors light and simple to once again balance light and dark tones in the space. In the powder room, we used small wood-looking hexagon tiles for a statement!

Custom Kitchen

The cabinets within the kitchen and the bathrooms were all custom with a beautiful rich stain color. To help modernize a kitchen (and entire home!) with dark cabinets, we selected a light-colored backsplash and countertop. The waterfall edge on the end of the long counter was another way to incorporate a modern detail and add more light colors visually! Throughout the home, we also used the same soft white color to showcase crisp lines and help reflect all of the natural light.

Dark cabinets with white countertops
Waterfall quartz edge

When a project has a month or two left before it’s finished is probably the hardest! At this point it seems like mostly everything is done. The flooring is in, the cabinets are installed, the toilets and sinks are where they need to be and even working! For a client and a designer, the finish line is right there but you can’t cross it just yet!

the final touches

The North Trail Residence has been fully finished for a while now and it was a joy to assist these clients with selecting some finishing touches like rugs and furnishings! Many times, after a remodel or new home construction is complete, our clients realize their old belongings just look out of place! This may be due to a change of style, or their furniture or rugs are starting to show signs of wear. They then look to us to help through the last details!

I love helping with these last stages because we already have gained so much momentum on the project, as well as trust when it comes to understanding your style and needs. It’s a great time to start thinking of furnishing and decor needs for your new spaces well ahead of your end of construction timeline, so that we can get these pieces ordered and in place when it’s move in time!

If you have a project on your mind for 2023, be sure to reach out! It’s time to start planning your design to meet that timeline! You can contact me or book online here.

Hillside Residence: “Before”

Before Kitchen Renovation
Before Kitchen Renovation

Our Hillside Residence Project is a traditional home that sits on 50 acres of land. The home is surrounded by open fields that end at a beautiful tree line and sits on a hillside. Our clients have been living in this home for 20 years, which they had also originally built. This home has a beautiful structure and 20 years ago was exactly what the clients wanted and needed. However, the home is no longer functional for our client’s needs and the finishes and designs have become outdated!

This renovation project consists of taking over a bedroom to expand the Primary Suite (similar to what we did at our Pittsburg Residence!) and reconfiguring the whole suite, remodeling a guest bathroom, and adjusting the main spaces of the home to provide a larger pantry and a storage and cleaning closet while also updating the kitchen and powder room. The main spaces will continue to be an open concept, but with new finishes reflecting a traditional yet natural aesthetic.

THE PRIMARY SUITE FACE LIFT

The primary suite was feeling plain and dated. There were also some significant tile issues due to the steam shower. The closet was too small, and for these empty nesters, it made sense to take over an adjacent bedroom and let their suite become the new priority! There were certain parts about the bathroom layout that we felt could be adjusted to create a better flow of traffic and have a more pleasing use of square footage. Our clients also asked for one additional change to the primary suite, which was to expand the entrance to the suite. To do so, we are breaking down another wall that backs to the adjacent guest bathroom. Since that bathroom is able to be decreased in size, this adjustment will easily allow us to add a double door to the primary suite, creating a beautiful grand entrance of our clients’ dreams!

GUEST BATHROOM RECONSTRUCTION

This bathroom space is very linear with two separate rooms. One is used for a double vanity and the other for the shower and toilet. This layout easily allows multiple people to use different areas of the bathroom at the same time. However, it’s now feeling way too large and closed off from what our clients currently need! As previously mentioned, the wall by the entry door will be moved. The bathroom will be smaller and reduce the vanity to a single sink. We will also remove the wall separating the vanity from the toilet area so the space feels larger.

THE KITCHEN update

They kitchen currently has two islands, with one that sits at a bar height. Even though this main space is fully open, the high-top island creates a separation. It cuts off the kitchen from the dining room and living area. Our plan is to remove both islands, then bring in a single larger island at counter height. This adjustment will reduce the pinch points around the dining room and living room. In the past, arranging furniture has always been difficult due to the kitchen island! In the new kitchen layout, we reconfigured the perimeter cabinets and appliance locations, allowing for more cabinets and a better flow to the space.

White Cabinet Kitchen with island

Besides a change to the flooring and all finishes, the other major change to the space will be the ceiling. Right now, you see wood planks with a lot of knots and a golden orange finish. Since we have so many changes to the light placement, we would need to adjust the ceiling detail as well. The clients love the wood, but not the knots, so the plan will be to freshen up the whole ceiling with new wood planks. This will also allow us to move lights according to the new layout without issues.

Wood paneled ceiling
PROJECT SCHEDULE

We came to a decision with our clients to approach this project in phases, especially with the increased lead times. We didn’t want to start everything at once and then have clients with a home that isn’t livable with continued delays. The primary suite and guest bathroom was completed last year, and the main spaces of the home just recently wrapped up! You can see some of the progress at this post!

The final reveal of this project can be found here.

If you have a project on your mind, be sure to get in touch! You can contact me or book online here.

Frame TV: Vintage Art Roundup

When people come to our home, we get asked about our TV all the time! Our Samsung Frame TV is one of the biggest conversational pieces in our family room. We didn’t originally plan to hang a TV in this space because let’s be real, they are not aesthetically pleasing. Who wants a big black box on their wall 90% of the day?

We may not have wanted a black hole over our fireplace, but we eventually realized we did want a TV. It was right around the holidays when we realized how nice it would be to have friends and extended family over to watch Christmas movies. The rest of the year, we’re pretty much fine with snuggling in our bed with the kiddos to watch a movie! Anyway, I’ve been admiring the Frame TVs for a few years now, so I knew that if we were to put up a TV, this would be it. And really, it was the best decision to get one! They’re aesthetic and functional — the two things when paired together that I can’t say no to!

The best part about them is how easy it is to change the art or photos when you get tired of it. There are so many good ones to choose from! Some people like to share family photos, but I prefer paintings and other art in my personal home. Below you will find a list of my favorite vintage landscape art. These are ones I use in my own home! I added links to take you straight to the store. While the TV is an investment, the digital art is very affordable. They are something you and your guests will enjoy for many years!

Summer Cottage

Wetlands

Highland

Coffee Creek

Brush

Marigold

Dutch River

This last one is the one currently displayed in our home. It’s very special as it reminds me of a painting my grandmother had in her home. I remember sitting on her lap while she rocked me and staring at the painting, dreaming about how peaceful it looked. I love the deep earth tones in this piece, and it brings together so many colors we have throughout our home as well!

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PDCo Home: Final Reveal

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After moving into our home a year ago, it felt like a constant struggle to find furnishings and décor to finish! When I’d find the perfect counter stools, they were out of stock. When I’d find the perfect coffee table, the lead time was months out. And I’m sure you’re all familiar with this and possibly facing the same things! So here we are a year later, posting our long awaited PDCo Home reveal! I’m excited to share the elements that blend textures and colors to bring in depth and warmth! Before we jump in, I wanted to note that we have blog posts that outline the whole process. I’ll have some linked throughout this post as well!

Kitchen of my dreams

Even playing “house” as a little kid, you start to dream up your own kitchen, right!? Of course, once you get older those dreams become more and more extravagant. I love that I now get to share something that started to bloom in my heart as a child!

The earthy tones and natural materials that you’ll see through the entire home truly welcome you into every space. This is perfectly portrayed through our kitchen. The first thing I knew I wanted is an island for gathering around. It’s the precious moments baking with Finn and she’s able to climb up onto a counter stool. She loves to help in the kitchen, doing dishes and playing in the water in the sink. My favorite part of the island is the paneling detail we added to the back. It adds so much character and texture. I carried this detail over in the pantry, and it’s something I obsess over!

I selected a grey quartz countertop that has a lot of variation in detail and tone. You can read about how we decided on our countertops here! It paired beautifully with our cabinets and has such a soft feel without stark contrast. I wrote a whole separate blog post on our cabinets herebut I’ll do my best to summarize! Two things I knew for sure is that I wanted white oak and an inset detail with a slab door. We had to go through a whole lot of trial and error with the stain because of the inset detail. In the end the amazing cabinet crew at Faber were able to get us the look we wanted and we didn’t have to compromise on style or color!

As an overall aesthetic, I didn’t want high contrast anywhere. This held true for the hardware, as black would have packed too much punch. I searched high and low for a warm brown tone, and found it with the Top Knobs brand at Spokane Hardware/Hardware Hut. I’ll be sharing a full post on hardware soon! The warm tones in the hardware paired beautifully with the satin brass accents throughout, like our faucet from California Faucets and oversized pendants! For the backsplash, I selected a glazed zellige tile from Riad Tile with uneven edges and texture on the surface. This added so much visual texture to our kitchen!

Family Room

When drawing up the plans for PDCo home, I knew I wanted an open concept that connected the kitchen, family room, dining room and even the entry seamlessly. The trick was to make sure these spaces blended and complimented each other without competing! Another element we added to the home is an outdoor/indoor aesthetic. The family room shows this off the best! We placed the three panel sliding door on the west wall of the family, arranging the house plans perfectly so that we’d always have the perfect view of the setting sun. I wouldn’t trade the glow it pours into our home in the evening for anything!

We are located in the PNW and because of this, a fireplace was non-negotiable. But also, who doesn’t want a pretty fireplace in their home?! We worked with our favorite local dealer Falcos to find the perfect design, since I had a pretty specific idea of what I wanted for the interior media kit. More information coming on this soon! We went with a very simplistic surround with built-in ledge, and brought the whole thing up to the ceiling. We can’t express enough how happy we are with the Samsung Frame TV for our family room! It’s amazing how many people still don’t know about this TV that looks just like an art piece! I’ve also made a blog post with all the different pictures we love that you can display on your TV!

Dining “Room”

The dining space sits right next to the kitchen, in a little bump-out of the house so it still feels like its own space. Making sure this corner got lots of natural light just like the rest of our home was important, so we added another black framed window, which adds an architectural element to the space too! I selected a beautiful handmade cream and brass light fixture. I love that it spoke to the uniqueness of our home and brought a fun element into our dining space. The art piece is one I’ve loved for many years, and it brought so much life to the room! I look forward to freshening up the furniture and rug in the room in the future, but for now, it’s the perfect stress-free zone for playdough parties and food messes!

Powder Room

I added this powder room in after reworking our plans and I can’t believe at one point I thought we wouldn’t need it! It sits right off of our entry and is a little gem of our home. The vanity matches the custom oak cabinet stain that we have throughout the home. But in this room, I had the idea of playing off the kitchen paneling detail in a small scale! I love a good vessel sink and this travertine bowl was a beautiful natural element for the room. Paired with the wall mounted brass faucet, this combination brings a smile to my face every time I see it!

Transitional Spaces

Walking towards our primary suite, you go through the most stunning transitional space you didn’t know you needed until now! My favorite way to dress up a hallway is a wall of glass! It pours a gorgeous amount of light in and you think of it as it’s own little room. The glass door on the left wall takes you out to our newly-paved courtyard. I’m excited for the exterior area to be furnished so we can spend summer evenings here!

Primary Suite

Our primary suite went through many floor plan iterations over the years but ultimately I’m so happy with the end result! Our bathroom brings me just as much joy as the rest of our PDCo home – haha! The natural light definitely plays a huge role in this! We stuck to natural tones in here, which ties this space in perfectly with the rest of the home. We carried the custom oak cabinets in here, this time with a full overlay drawer set for a more modern look. The wide drawers are so functional for bathroom storage, but I couldn’t resist playing with aesthetic details like the thick quartz countertop with a tall backsplash. Brass plumbing fixtures from Newport Brass were carried in here as well and I love the warmth it brings to an otherwise neutral space.

I designed this bathroom with a big list of wishes in my mind! A soaking tub, a double walk-in shower, a double vanity, open shelves for extra storage, and a direct connection to the closet! The wet room helped to utilize the square footage the best but is also a look I love. We used a thin rectangular tile in a matte finish on the walls. The color variation between each tile added the visual interest needed for such a large area of tile. We opted-out of installing a glass shower door and I now love how the wet room seamlessly connects to the rest of the bathroom.

More to Come!

Well that’s a wrap (for now!) on the PDCo Home reveal! Thanks so much for all your love during this home building process of ours! If you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Check out our services and let’s chat!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 6-9 Months

Must-Have Baby Items 6-9 Months
Must-Have Baby Items 6-9 Months

These days we are gearing up for more play, and playing with food, too! While Ashton is still primarily bottle fed, it’s been good to get some feeding essentials on hand for the occasional times when we experiment with fun flavors! If anything, it’s an opportunity to get him into his highchair so we can eat dinner without playing the baby version of “hot potato!”

I remember with Finley, we bought a set of plastic baby spoons and after just one wash, the colors faded and the spoons wore down so fast. Yikes! I wasn’t going to go this route again with Ashton, so I was super excited to find beautiful spoon sets on Amazon! The available colors change frequently, coming in and out of stock, so keep checking back if you love the color set we got, which is called natural and dried thyme!

I know these bowls are going to be a winner as snacks and meals become more common for Ashton! They are silicone which is basically my favorite material for everything (toys, dishes, bottles, etc.). It’s so easy to clean and doesn’t break! The bowls also have a suction bottom, so they won’t go anywhere when baby decides to try to clear off the table himself! They also stack easily for easy storage. And finally, of course I couldn’t resist picking a few different colors! We bought a few in the natural color and a few in the dried thyme to match the spoon set mentioned above! We plan to eventually expand our set with their silicone plates as well.

Another lesson learned the second time around – I hate cloth bibs! They get so stained, dirty, and I felt like I constantly had to keep on the wash to prevent leftover food remnants from growing mold! This round we invested in just one silicone bib and called it a day! While it’s a little bulkier around baby’s neck, it’s so much easier to clean! Ashton doesn’t seem to mind how it feels, either.

If you learn of any theme here, it’s that silicone is overly used in this household! We got rid of most of the baby toys as Finn outgrew them, so we had to pick up some new staples. What’s childhood without stacking rings?! These aren’t your traditional stackers that fit over a center post, which honestly threw me off at first. But after doing some playing, we found out you can stack the rings in all sorts of combinations, which is even more fun! Ashton mostly just loves to chew on them right now!

Ashton has outgrown most of his newborn blankets and swaddles! With the extra-long and rainy Spring, we needed something bigger and also something with some weight to it to keep him warm. This muslin swaddle is so soft, I definitely considered buying one for myself too! If only it came in an adult size…

If you snag any of these goodies, I hope they find just as much use in your home as they have had in ours! Can’t wait to see what the next few months bring with new phases and stages!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 3-6 Months

Must Have Baby Items 3-6 Months

Time flies with babies and it’s so crazy how quickly their needs and phases change! From introducing a bottle, to cutting their first teeth, and starting to engage in play. Here are some of my favorite products we started using with Ashton at 3-6 months old!

Some cute snap-on bandanas were a must during the early teething stages with Ashton! So much drool! Rather than changing clothes all day, these bandanas were so easy to switch out as they got wet! They are incredibly soft and I’m in love with all the colors! We picked some toned down neutrals like the caramel and olive colors.

Bath time became a bit more active in the recent months, and I wanted something easy to grab and soft to chew on! This silicone boat in the origami style was just too adorable to pass up!

With me going back to work, Ashton started taking a bottle, and these silicone bottles are a favorite! Easy to clean, and soft for holding. Of course…Ashton also loves to push them around a room and chew on them too!

We’re on the move a bit more often these days, and with Ashton still loving a pacifier, keeping one on a clip attached to the car seat has been a perfect way to prevent losing them! It’s funny how pacifiers have a way of disappearing! We picked up this wood one as well as a few silicone options!

Another on-the-go essential for us has been our Tula baby carrier! Ashton quickly outgrew his bamboo wrap, but this structured carrier has been our favorite for both babies. I used it with Finley until she was a few years old! Easy for front or back carries, and all set up with just a few buckle clips! I love the velcro pocket on the waistband for tucking my phone or credit cards away!

I am so obsessed with everything from this brand! From crib sheets to swaddles, toys to feeding supplies, they have the most beautiful colors and great quality products! These stacking cups have quickly become a favorite for both Ashton and Finley, who is now 6! The cups are great for coordination, but they are also such a versatile toy. They get used in all sorts of imaginative ways!

We’ve loved returning back to some of the staples we used when Finley was a baby — it’s so good to see things holding up to use and standing the test of time with what works best for our family! It’s also been fun shopping for new things because let’s face it – baby products are so irresistible and there are always new gorgeous things coming out! I hope you find some new favorites here for your family, too!

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Must-Have Baby Items for 0-3 Months

I’ve been wanting to add more types of content to the blog for some time and one thing I’d love to share more about is our home and lifestyle, favorite products, etc. Well Ashton recently hit three months old, so I did a little round up of our must-have and favorite baby items that helped us survive the 4th trimester! Enjoy!

Our first kiddo Finn never really took a pacifier, but Ashton does! I’m obsessed with all of the fun color combinations and perfect tones of these rubber pacifiers!


These muslin washcloths are perfect! They come in a large pack, so we only needed to purchase one. They are great for morning face washes and nighttime baths! Ultra-soft and a lovely texture. We also purchased the coordinating burp cloths and swaddle towels (which doubled as a blanket for a while, too!).


Knotted gowns are super functional for all of those constant newborn diaper changes. We had a handful of them in all different colors!


Newborn mittens can always be a bit of a pain, but we loved these ones! The Velcro made all the difference for getting a snug fit and not losing the mittens all the time.


Velcro to the rescue again! Along with mittens, slippers and booties always seem to fall off babies. Not these ones! The Velcro ankle strap holds them on nice and snug and it’s been a wardrobe staple for our Winter baby!


Ashton is starting to get more interested in toys and this silicone ball has been the perfect introductory toy. Lightweight and soft, it doesn’t hurt him when he accidently knocks himself with it because of that newborn lack of coordination. It’s easy for him to hold and will serve as a good teether too!


My babies always seem to have skin issues, so a natural-healing balm is a must-have for us. We love the Baby Bum brand and continue to use them for other products like sunscreen, too!


Hoping this round up is useful for those of you expecting or in the midst of the newborn days! I know some of these will continue to be staples in our household for the months to come!

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River Bluff Residence: Final Reveal

kitchen design in spokane washington

kitchen design in spokane washington

Over the last few months, it’s been catch up time for photographing our completed projects from the last few years! Our River Bluff Residence ranked high on our must-capture list, and we’re so excited to finally share the reveal! If you’d like to look back at the progress post first, you can find it here. From beautiful and bright to moody and dark, this home has a wide array of style, but all pleasing in their own ways! The home’s floor plan and exterior was designed by architect Michael Mackin, and I was thrilled to take part in finishing the interiors of the home.

a kitchen for gathering

We’ll start in the kitchen because that’s our specialty! I love working through the technical and functional aspects of kitchen design, but in this particular kitchen, I was really excited to blend traditional elements with some clean lines! The quartz backsplash was my first encounter with this detail that I had been dreaming of trying out for several years, and I love how it feels in this space. It really lets the style of the cabinetry and the custom metal range hood show off! The hood design was also a new experience for me. but I knew it was an absolute must for this home. Picking out the exact metal finishes, tacks, and overall shape, etc. was incredibly fun and exciting to watch it come to life. I love how it pairs with the pendant lights and black/brass doors and accents around the room.

kitchen design with metal range hood

traditional kitchen design spokane

the great room of all great rooms

It’s no doubt that one of the most stunning parts of the home is the living room! With it’s extra high ceiling, double chandeliers (5′-0″ diameter each!), and Juliet balcony, it’s a show stopper. I’m particularly fond of the windows at the end, with their beautiful view framed by floor to ceiling curtains and exterior stone columns. The massive stone fireplace matches the exterior stone as well. The wood floors throughout the home bring a warm, earthy feel with their extra knots and character.

living room with extra tall ceiling height

stone fireplace in living room

no need to go out with a bar like this!

I’ve designed plenty of small bars in homes, but when I saw this type of square footage penciled in for a bar/lounge on the floor plans, I was definitely excited! We had lots of room to play and the client had some brilliant ideas for this space. It was a little scary to propose an all black room, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it turned out!

custom home design with bar

custom home bar and lounge

I really enjoyed working through the details of this space! From gorgeous handmade hardware, to sourcing a vintage faucet and banquette seating, and finally the client’s incredible find of the copper bar counter! This space came together beautifully, and how gorgeous does it look with the snow outside of the large sliding doors!? What a wonderful space to be enjoyed in all seasons!

copper counter and vintage brass faucet

custom bar design

residential bar and lounge

and a space for her!

While the bar/lounge was clearly most important to the husband, I loved working with the wife on her special space in the home… the “Garden Room!” I have to admit, when I saw this titled on the floor plan, I was a little confused because I hadn’t heard of a space like this before! But ultimately it’s a combination of a beautiful sun room, sitting space, and office space for my client!

We played with the lights and darks of the home with a combination of a dark charcoal ceiling, floral wallpaper, and a white wainscot. Just outside of the room is a long hallway with similar trim details but painted the dark charcoal color as well. I love how the details around the home play back and forth with each other in such subtle ways! At the end of the hall is a guest bathroom with beautiful wood toned cabinetry, a fun patterned floor, and some great hardware!

floral wallpaper and black ceiling

black paneling in hallway

wood vanity and hexagon floors

dueling powder rooms

It’s hard to pick a favorite space in this home, but some of my favorites on the list are the two powder bathrooms! One of the bathrooms is on the second level next to his home office. Since this was “his” domain, it felt appropriate to incorporate some more masculine/moody touches to this bathroom. I love how it turned out, again incorporating some molding details, charcoal color, brass accents, and marble flooring!

moody powder bathroom

On the main level, the powder room is also quite the impression with dark walls as well! This bathroom was one of the first spaces that inspired the moody spaces and accents around the home! My favorite part about this bathroom is the brass console vanity and the vintage brass faucet!

black walls in powder bathroom

vintage brass faucet

the laundry room

Across from the main floor powder room and near the kitchen, is the laundry room. In this space, the cabinetry ties into the style of the kitchen and pantry. There are some subtle details hiding in these photos so I’ll point them out! Instead of a backsplash, we chose to go with vertical shiplap! Off to the left, there is also a little wood bench with some hooks above. They’re so cute!

laundry room with cream cabinets

traditional laundry room

a dream suite

The primary bathroom has all the features of a lovely home spa. From a steam shower, to a deep soaking tub, and beautiful views of the forest! Separate his/her closets break up the space between the wood vanities. At one end of the bathroom is the primary bedroom, and at the other end of the bathroom is the residence’s exercise room. What a great way to kickstart the day with a work out and then a jump into the steam shower!

primary bathroom cabinetry

double vanities in bathroom suite

I can’t think of a better way to end the week than a soak in the tub and admiring these views, both inside and outside, haha! How can you not admire the gorgeous light fixtures and brass mirrors?! This whole suite is a great one that I really loved the results of!

traditional primary bathroom

freestanding tub in front of window

bathroom with black interior doors

wrapping up the year!

I’m so thrilled to be finishing off the year with this beautiful home reveal! Make sure to check out the progress post here. If you like what you see and have a project of your own that you would like to discuss, we’d love to hear from you! Our calendar for booking consultations for 2022 is officially open! Check out our services and let’s chat!

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River Bluff Residence: Progress Update

beautiful stone home exterior
new home exterior

The first post we share about a project on the blog is usually a “Before” post, but when we take on a new build home, there is no “before” to share! So today I introduce the River Bluff Residence to you in the form of a progress post! The reveal will be shared in the coming days, so it was about time to give this beautiful home a place on the blog as well. The home is built in the most beautiful location right outside of Spokane, WA. With stunning views of the Eastern Washington mountains, this home’s design is just as glorious as the view that surrounds it!

The River Bluff clients are two of the sweetest people I’ve had the honor of meeting and working with. Our clients wanted moody spaces, traditional details, and one-of-a-kind pieces that would add special touches throughout. With the views seen from their home, the design wouldn’t be complete without an abundance of large windows and sliding doors.

First Things First

Framing has begun! Watching a design come to life is probably the most satisfying thing you can experience. It may just be a frame but it sure was a beautiful sight to see! This home was designed by the architect Michael Mackin, so at this point we were just along for the ride, and behind the scenes, finishing up fixture and finish selections and orders!

Windows and Walls

I had mentioned that windows and doors were a big deal in this project. You can start to see just how many windows I’m talking about! This project started later in the year, so getting windows in and walls up before the weather got bad was very important!

Now that there are walls, you can see the open concept that was designed for this home. In the image on the bottom right you’re looking into the living room from the entry (what an incredible first impression!) and the dining room and kitchen are off to the right. The ceiling drops in that area to accommodate for an office and powder room on the second floor.

Assembling the Kitchen

For the River Bluff kitchen cabinets, we went with a creamy white color. Since the kitchen doesn’t have any windows, we wanted to make sure this space was still light and inviting. All the cabinets were custom made with inset shaker style doors and glass door accents. The kitchen design also called for a large double-sided island with lots of storage! I can’t wait to share the custom metal range hood I designed for this room!

White Cabinet Kitchen island
Details

Hallways in a home can be tricky! They are narrow spaces and often aren’t focused on since not a lot of time will be spent in them. However, since the River Bluff Residence has a longer hallway, we didn’t want to leave such a large wall empty. To add detail to a long hallway and create a beautiful statement, we decided some detailed moulding was the way to go. We finished it off with a beautiful dark charcoal colored paint. I love how the lights cast a beautiful glow that lead you down the space.

Another beautiful detail is this matte black custom metal stair railing. I love how it plays off of the rectangular detail of the hall, and brings some pattern to the second floor as well. We made sure this rail added to the beautiful finishes of the home and made a statement all on its own.

Bottoms UP

The next room we’ll look at is the bar. And I don’t just mean a cabinet full of drinks or a high countertop in the kitchen. The River Bluff Residence bar is a full bar and lounge, complete with beautiful cabinetry, refrigeration and ice makers, a gorgeous copper countertop, and an upholstered banquette seating area!

The paint color we chose for the bar is that same charcoal color we used for the hallway. We wanted the bar to have a more masculine, moody club feel. We used wood cabinets with a warm brown stain for this space to further play off of the style. Going all dark in some of these rooms throughout the home was honestly a bit terrifying! But we had high hopes for it and it definitely paid off with some stunning spaces! In some of these photos, you also get a look at the incredible sliding doors that turn this space into an outdoor/indoor space during the warmer months.

Primary Suite Bathroom

One of my favorite rooms at the River Bluff Residence is the primary suite! How can we not starting with the walk-in steam shower?! This shower is tiled from floor to ceiling, except for a quartz bench. In these photos, the tile was just set and drying, creating a darker color than it actually is. It has two large windows in the corner that bring in an amazing amount of light and beautiful landscape sceneries. Outside the shower, a freestanding tub placed in front of a window is another perfect place to relax and connect with nature.

We covered a lot in this progress post and still didn’t get to everything! Some of my favorite rooms (the other bathrooms) will be a big surprise to share at the final reveal! The River Bluff Residence finished earlier this year, and I’m so excited to finally share the finished product with you! You can read the final reveal post here.

Riverbend Residence: Progress Update

Rustic oak modern cabinets
Rustic oak modern cabinets

Many of you have been following along on the Riverbend project through Instagram. I love seeing your reactions and enthusiasm through comments and DMs! In this post I’ve gathered all the progress shots of the Riverbend project to show what has changed in the past months. If you want to get a better idea of how big the changes have been, you can see the before post here!

Tender Love and Care

This home definitely had a lot of potential (it really needed some TLC). We wanted the home to be more functional so updating the floor plan was a top priority. We also were looking to make lots of cosmetic updates. Those included replacing all the tile and old grey carpet with beautiful engineered wood flooring, and of course taking out over 5 decorative columns! The home needed an update to the outdated electrical and plumbing. With all these changes in store, we tore most of the spaces down to the studs.

Tear Down

After all the tear down, the crew started taking out unnecessary walls and adding in new ones based on the updated floor plan. Walking through the space with just the studs up and flooring removed we were getting so excited for how much open and functional space we were able to add to the home! The biggest changes were visible in the kitchen and primary suite bathroom. Once the sheetrock was up, the interior of the Riverbend home was visibly transformed!

Let the fun begin!

The fun part has started! I loved seeing the gorgeous flooring installed! The tone of the wood brought so much warmth to the space, especially when paired with freshly painted white walls! In the Primary Suite we used a combination of three different tiles. All three had tones of grey or white within them. Some darker with white veining, which we applied to the shower walls. We pulled in the whiter and light grey tones in both the mini hex tile on the shower floor and the large-scale rectangular tiles on the rest of the floor.

engineered flooring
Cabinets Cabinets Cabinets

We were anxiously awaiting a phone call that would let us know our custom cabinets were finished and ready for install! Once we got the call, we were back on site to watch those beauties go in! For this project we went with a modern cabinet style but used a rustic white oak to add character to the cabinets through the knots and wood grain. We couldn’t capture the floors in the updated shots because they were being protected but believe me the custom cabinet stain complimented the floors perfectly! We used the same cabinet style and finish for the mudroom, and both bathrooms. With white walls and grey tiles, the rustic oak cabinets added the perfect warmth to all of the spaces!

Rustic oak modern cabinets
Almost Finished

The last update I was able to capture was the quartz countertop install! The quartz slab we went with was primarily white with grey veining throughout. We chose a modern straight edge for the countertops, which paired with the modern cabinets beautifully! The quartz was also added to the bench and niche ledge in the walk-in shower. Here the white veining in the grey tile on the walls was a sight to see once the white quartz with grey veining was in.

There is one more update that we haven’t shared with you yet! There’s going to be another wow factor added in the Kitchen! I know, it already looks SO good but just wait until you see it all put together. Stay tuned for the final reveal!

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