Have you ever walked into a room and instantly connected with it in some way? Maybe the texture of the throw pillows reminded you of a blanket your family loves. Maybe the style of the bistro table and chairs made you feel like you were once again sitting in a cafe on the Champs Elysées. This is exactly why we start every project with an inspiration piece.
My 40th birthday felt like the perfect excuse to treat myself to an excursion in a new-to-me part of the world — Morocco. The colorful city of Marrakech, to be specific. One word: Incredible. Come take a look...
Transformation of Oakland First Floor Remodel
Berkeley Kitchen Receives a Classic Renovation
Joy Street Initiative - MLK Service Day, January 21, 2019 at Ruby's Place
Kids bedroom gets a dramatic and colorful remodel.
We're back with the final installation of the Gower Renovation: The Master Bathroom, Living Room, and Laundry Room.
Final reveal of the home gym.
Detailing the changes to the plan that have been made because of budget and time.
Finally - a description of the fitness items going into the gym.
3D rendering of potential gym space and progress up until this point.
A look at the inspiration images and design details for the home gym.
This edition of Before & After features the Gower Street Renovation. The whole house received a lot of TLC, so this time we're breaking the renovation down room by room, starting with the kitchen. Come back to the blog to see the rest of this Before & After series!
Renovation process for home gym with hi-tech equipment and lots of style and color.
A family gets a chance to revive their childhood home with the help of Joy Street Design! Kitchen and bathroom before and after pictures and process.
Updated and colorful bathroom renovation - before and after.
I just realized that I've never revealed another great project. There is an organization called by Philanthropy by Design which helps nonprofit organizations improve their spaces with the assistance of interior designers. It's a fantastic organization and I was lucky to be able to volunteer my services. My project was one of the SRO community rooms in San Francisco
Last year, I had the pleasure of helping a church update their bathrooms. I shared the plans and renderings here. Just for a recap, this was the plan.
So we're at the end of the house tour - the last room I'll be showing is the office. I've shared the thought process on planning the space previously here. The office has a great view towards the Hollywood Hills and gets great light during the day. Here is the bedroom before:
So we're nearing the end of the house reveal and the pickings are getting pretty slim :D. The room that we use the most is the family room. There wasn't much going on in this room for months until the sofa finally arrived. Now it's at least comfortable even if Zoe has officially taken over the space. Here are the before pictures:
As promised, here is a full view of the dining room. The dining room is open to the living room, kitchen, and den. There is a 2-sided fireplace that separates the dining room from the living room. When we first moved in, the fireplace had a large overhang/seating area that wrapped around it and protruded into the dining room area.
The remaining areas of the house - the communal spaces - have been pretty much neglected. We're basically working with what we have except that there is an additional living space - the den - and we did not have furniture for that space. Here are a few other things that we've added to the house that I didn't get to discuss when they arrived.
I spent the three-day weekend relaxing with the fam so we'll take this short week off from the reveal of the final rooms in the house. But I wanted to share a few of the random projects that I never got a chance to discuss. Last year, I decided I wanted to finally replace our dining room chairs that we've had since we bought our first table in the San Francisco house.
Let's celebrate another wonderful Friday by revealing the best part of the house...the bar closet :). The closet was originally the location for the furnace. After we upgraded the HVAC system, we moved the entire unit to the garage and had this empty closet in the main family room. The closet was skim-coated and painted the same gray as the rest of the main living areas of the house.
The only other full bathroom in the house is attached to the nursery. When we bought the house, the bathroom contained yellow and black tiles/sinks/tubs/etc. It actually wasn't horrible and I would have been content with spraying it all white but the tiles contained lead and had to be professionally removed. Here are before pics:
Let's kick off this week with a peek into the master bedroom. The room looked like this when we started. The bulk of the work in this room was simple decorations. We added a door for the closet, new flooring and a few electrical outlets for sconces/chandelier but the rest is just paint, fabric, and furniture.
Let's finish this week with a before and after of the master bathroom. Here it is in all it's initial pink glory. We didn't do that much to reconfigure the space. We added all new plumbing and leveled the floor from the sunken tub to make one massive shower. Next we added a lot of marble and black tile, heated floor mats
On to the next room...the kitchen! I've talked extensively about the changes to the kitchen layout and the progress here and here. This is the room when we started:
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We had a great Thanksgiving with friends, scored some great finds on Black Friday, and had a low-key first Christmas for Zoe. The best is that we were able to focus on those last finishing touches for the house and finally had them photographed. So to get this year started, let's spend a few days doing a house reveal.
This is happening today... I'm using the Normandy pattern from Granada Tile.
I have a thing for organization. I think everything should have a place and, ideally, always be in that place. This is a little tough to implement when you live in a half-finished house but every once in a while this need for organization kicks in and I go all OCD on a space. Such is the case with our pantry. One day, I woke up to be greeted by ants in our pantry
I have a new guest post over at Courtney Out Loud for my "monthly" column about space planning. I'm discussing how to create seating groups for long living rooms which, like everything else, is at the forefront of my mind because of my house renovations. :)