videos

Kitchen Update

Kitchen Update Video.jpg

I’ve made another video to go along with this blog post. You don’t have to read the post if you don’t want to - you can scroll right down to the video and watch it instead.

I helped Lisa update her tired Kitchen on a strict budget. You’re going to enjoy this one because it came out just the way we all hope our semi-DIY projects will—successfully! I gave her direction: resources (people to call, websites to visit, paint color suggestions, lighting ideas and technical advice. She handled ALL the project management, which is not easy. Buying and coordinating the delivery and installation of every element takes a lot of determination and the patience of a saint. But she did it!

Here’s a Before photo:

oak_kitchen_cabinets_before.jpg

Next is the concept board that showed how her selections were all going to play together very nicely.

Kitchen_planning_board.jpg

And take a look at it now:

best_designer_raleigh_kitchen_update.jpg

Buh-bye dated kitchen. Now this is what I would call a remarkable transformation! White cabinets against warm brown hand-scraped floors may be termed “farmhouse” right now, but this is a classic look that will stand the test of time because every element is gorgeous.

thunder_white_granite_counter_design.jpg

Those elongated subway tiles are hand-made, taking the sharp edge off the look of a basic white subway tile. I bet Lisa runs her hands over those tiles on a daily basis (okay, maybe weekly).

The next photo is a Before of the peninsula. Just your standard flat wood back.

oak_kitchen_peninsula_before.jpg

Now take a look at it with some simple new moldings:

kitchen_cabinet_design.jpg

What a difference, right? I can’t pick which new addition is my favorite, but this has got to be near the top of my list!

kitchen_facelift_after.jpg

The sweet roman shade window treatment came from an Etsy vendor. Don’t you just love Etsy? It’s becoming a regular shopping site for absolutely everyone!

Oops! Did I forget to call out the new Thunder White granite counters? They’re hard to miss! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

rae_dunn_holiday.jpg



Lisa is a big Rae Dunn pottery fan. On the other side of the kitchen there’s a counter that serves as the coffee station, but Lisa also likes to decorate it for various holidays with pieces from her extensive collection. Such a welcoming kitchen!

Jeez, I almost forgot to insert the video I made of this project. Here it is. Enjoy!


Ciao!

Anne





I provide the BEST 2 hour design consultation, but my videos are pretty bad!

It’s true - I’m the self appointed Queen of Consultations in the Triangle. I’ve done a TON of 2 hour consults, leaving a trail of happy clients; many even schedule a second (or third!) consultation as they move through updates and renovations in their homes. I really enjoy my job.

But just like it’s a must for a thriving business to have a website, now it’s also a must for said business to make videos and attach them to that website. I’d rather chew off my arm than star in a video! I’m not looking to bedazzle anyone with my on-screen presence. I’m a working interior designer, guardian to an awesome (yet snarky) 13 year old grandson, wife, homeowner, friend, sister, pet owner, etc. You get my drift. Don’t I have enough to do?

best_design_consultations_raleigh.jpg


It’s not enough that I help homeowners in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel HIll, Apex and Holly Springs create homes that make them smile, make entertaining easier and just make life a whole lot nicer? Not enough that they get results like this?

 I’ll write a post about this homeowner’s update very soon - it’s nothing short of spectacular and finished on the DAY before Thanksgiving!

I’ll write a post about this homeowner’s update very soon - it’s nothing short of spectacular and finished on the DAY before Thanksgiving!

Or this:

 Form meets function and falls in love.

Form meets function and falls in love.

Or this:


 A fabulous window-seat update in the the arts & craft style of William Morris.

A fabulous window-seat update in the the arts & craft style of William Morris.

Or how ‘bout this one from an incredibly talented DIY client:

 Adding trim, warming up the wall color, art, rug, lighting - all ideas from my design consultation. What a difference!

Adding trim, warming up the wall color, art, rug, lighting - all ideas from my design consultation. What a difference!

And we teamed up on this one as well (and many more):

 A navy blue accent near the ceiling, stacked stone tile sandwiched between copper molding, copper framed mirror. This guy is fun to work with!

A navy blue accent near the ceiling, stacked stone tile sandwiched between copper molding, copper framed mirror. This guy is fun to work with!

Oh, I could go on and on, but Mr. Google wants videos as well as words and pretty photos. So here’s the first video I’ve made in a very long time. Truth be told, my older ones are even worse.

I send this video to potential clients who are on the fence about scheduling a 2 hour consultation. It lets them see my face and hear me say “um” about 100 times. Then they know I’m friendly and won’t bite and I’ve got enough ideas and enthusiasm to help them in a big way. Try not to laugh too hard. Do you want me to spend my time making videos or designing beautiful rooms?

I’m a MUCH better designer than video star! Go on over to my Contact page and let’s get the ball rolling on YOUR 2 hour consultation!

With sparkle and texture,

Anne

What I'm reading now.

It's snowing -  a big event here in NC.  It is really piling up and the perfect opportunity to pull out a book.  Today I'm reading "Theft By Finding" by David Sedaris.  As is usually the case with Sedaris, it's a laugh out loud book, with plenty of serious stuff tucked in

You can buy it here, or by clicking on the book photo.

 

I love David Sedaris and his kind of humor.  It's dry, sad, honest and hilarious--a quirky combination that's very human.  I can't take his books to waiting rooms because they make me laugh too hard.

Here's an update as I finished the book - this one isn't as consistently funny as some of his others.  It's still a good read and often very funny, but it's more of an interesting story of what he was doing and going through during 1977-2002.

The link is because I'm an Amazon affiliate.  That means if you buy something through the link, I get a small payment that doesn't affect your price at all.  I appreciate your use of links I post.

Whenever you have the chance, grab a book that makes you laugh.

Ciao,

Anne