Guys, I am so excited to finally bring you my finished home makeover. I’ve been talking about this project for months, and it feels so good to finally say that it’s finished! Renovating your home is a huge undertaking, and no one ever tells you that you might have to completely move out for a few days at a time (my fiancé was more than happy ordering pizza takeaway to our hotel room on those days), or that you’ll become an expert on flooring and countertop finishes (hey, maybe I’ll take up interior design).
As far as inspiration goes, I wanted to keep the look classic and serene. While I love experimenting with crazy colors and prints when it comes to clothes, I wanted my home to be a calming sanctuary from the craziness of my work life and constant travel. My aesthetic inspo? The Edition Hotel in New York, where I frequently stay, with Italian beachy touches in the artwork! Follow along on the whole adventure below…
My design inspo before the renovation was a bit eclectic – we hadn’t been living in our townhouse for that long, and I had collected all kinds of things from my old apartments in LA. While it still had a light and bright feel, it was a bit more cluttered and had less of an overall theme. My main goal was to neutralize the color scheme to cream, dark wood and touches of gilt. I also wanted to re-use many of my old pieces in different rooms, while updating the look to make it appear brand new. Thinking I could do all this myself – because I have such a clear aesthetic idea of what I wanted – I didn’t realize how many moving parts there was to a renovation. Workmen, meticulous processes of electrics to cutting off the water supply, the order in which work has to be done from floors to kitchen countertops…it is a lot of organization. So I enlisted the help of Karen and her team (big thanks to Meg and Gunther as well!) at Hub of the House. They project managed everything from start to finish and I couldn’t recommend their friendly, creative faces higher!
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I’m so happy with the result! It’s clean and timeless, with both masculine and feminine elements splashed throughout (except for my office, I went extra girly there since it’s my personal space). The newly stained dark wood floors really added an elegance factor that changed the whole look of the house, and we pulled together the whole space by adding tropical and gold accents throughout. There are key accessories that really make the design stand out: a 5 tiered fruit bowl from my friend Anj Kohli’s design studio, L’ECLECTIQUE (available here at www.Wayfair.com); retro prints of the Riviera by my friends Gray Malin and Natalie Obradovich (available here and here) and gold ornaments from a special collaboration between Georg Jensen and Ilse Crawford (available here). Oh and when it came to the kitchen, instead of stripping it all and starting from scratch, we changed the cupboard handles and replaced the countertops (with Caesarstone quartz), which made the entire room look spanking new. I even designed a new dining table, by placing a slab of Caesarstone on top of some vintage table legs I found in Florida on eBay. Not only did it save me a fortune, it created a one-off bespoke table that nobody else in the world will have. (and Ps. the chairs were a flatpack bargain from Bluefly.com, I nailed them together myself!) Score!
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It was a long but ultimately very rewarding process – I hope my tips have been useful to anyone undertaking a home renovation project of their own! Please leave your questions or comments below, I’m always looking for more home decor tips and ideas.