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Picture yourself on the porch of a Cape Cod beach house. Soak in the sun and salty air, and let the breeze tickle your nose. Now turn around and walk inside the house. What type of interior do you see? Slipcovered white sofas on sisal rugs? Wicker? Maybe some blue and white pinstriped pillows?

All of these elements work together to create a cozy, casual, cottage style. Bright white walls, natural fibers, and beadboard are some of our favorite details of this style. Of course, no two cottage homes are the same. Some fall into the Craftsman cottage category, with abundant woodworking, built-ins, and sturdy ceiling beams. Others, with their cane furniture, oversized plants, leaf prints, and British Colonial references fall into the style we lovingly refer to as the “Tommy Bahama” style. But one thing all of these cottage styles have in common is their proclivity to cozy furniture, natural fibers, and wood ceilings and floors.

The photos below have us craving a good window seat by the ocean – take a look!

CottageSources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

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February 28, 2018

We are so excited to announce that one of our projects has been featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Sacramento Home Magazine! The project, our Glamorous Glass Ensuite, is one of our favorites to date, and we were so lucky to have the lovely and talented Kat Alves as our photographer.


This bright, classic, traditional bathroom was inspired by the client’s love of the crystal blue waters found along the west coast of Italy – a color that also happens to be the client’s favorite. The client’s main requests included: increase the amount of natural light and airiness, add storage, and make the room feel like a retreat. The delicate glass tiles and floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure bounce light around the room like ocean waves, while the undermount tub with Carrera marble deck and sparkling bubble chandelier bring a sense of spa-like luxury to the space. In order to add natural light, rather than adding window treatments for privacy, the clear glass in the windows was replaced with opaque, textured rain glass that filters light evenly throughout the space. This solution also solved the problem of window treatments for the client’s octagonal windows.

Every detail was coordinated to create a sense of gracefulness; from the unusual boat shape of the sinks and mirrors, to the sleek, comfort-grip cabinet pulls, to the sophisticated vanity lights. Although the client declined to install grab bars in the tub and toilet areas, backing was installed in the walls for future grab bar installations, and the slide bar for the handheld showerhead doubles as a grab bar as well. The spacious vanities, sculptural storage tower, and custom closet organizers were all designed to fit the client’s needs and increase usable storage space, and the unique countertop edge detail adds a sense of timelessness that will keep this bathroom feeling elegant and refreshing for years to come.

To see the whole project, click here! And don’t forget to pick up your own copy of the Spring issue!



Sometimes simplicity is the best way to enjoy the things you already have. That’s the idea behind minimalistic design styles – Scandinavian, for example.

Typical characteristics of Scandinavian design include light wood furniture, bright white walls, and pale accent colors. Furniture in this style is usually lightweight, with spindly legs elevating it into the air. Accessories are often neutral in color, but full of texture. Sheepskin rugs, woven wall-hangings, and fluffy throw pillows and blankets turn these minimal spaces into cozy places to curl up.

Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

ScandinavianSources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16

Take a look at some other design styles here!



The dreaded money talk. Often one of the most uncomfortable moments of any design project, it’s also one of the most crucial. Many clients hesitate to tell contractors how much they’re willing to spend on a project, because they’re afraid it will turn the job bidding process into something subjective. However, letting your interior designer in on the secret of your budget early in the conversation will help us to manage your expectations moving forward.

Nearly as anxiety-inducing as the budget talk, but just as important, we’ll also need to know your timeline before we get started. Always be sure to tell your designer early on if you’re hoping to have everything finished before a holiday or major event. Not only will we have a better idea of which of our contractors and suppliers will be right for your job, but we’ll also be able to let you know if your expectations are feasible before you move into the bidding and purchasing phase.

In order to help you get started preparing your realistic budget and timeline, we’ve put together a list of average costs and timeframes for various areas of remodel and furnishing projects.


1. COUNTERTOPS: $700-1,500 per slab of quartz or granite + about $60/square foot for fabrication and installation

2. PLUMBING: around $5,000-7,000 for a master bath, $10,000 + for a kitchen, not including installation

3. APPLIANCES: minimum of $9,000-13,000, not including installation (can go up significantly with certain name brands)

4. CABINETS: for good quality cabinets, prices start at around $500 per linear foot, not including installation (Note: IKEA cabinets are less expensive to start, but they’re much more expensive to install – lots of labor time!)

5. WOOD FLOORS: $5-8 per square foot for the wood + $4-6/square foot for installation

6. PAINT: $800-1200 per room, depending on trim work

7. FURNITURE: minimum of $15,000 per room, not including shipping (Note: shipping will be about 20% of the cost of the items)

8. DESIGN FEES: $150/hour for design time; between $1500-6000 (10-40 hours) per project, depending on scope

9. CONTINGENCY: take 20% of your budget and prepare to set aside that amount for a contingency fund (in case things don’t go quite according to plan – contractors may find a leak or electrical issue along the way that needs fixing)


1. DESIGN PHASE: 2-3 weeks, depending on scope of work


3. PROCESSING: allow 1 week for processing orders on the manufacturer’s end

4. RETAIL/READY-MADE FURNITURE: 6-8 weeks for manufacture & delivery

5. WHOLESALE/CUSTOM FURNITURE: 8-12 weeks for manufacture & delivery

6. BIDDING: contractors often take about 2-3 weeks to get back to us with numbers

7. SMALLER RENOVATION TIMELINE: 8-12 weeks from start of construction to finish (renovating 1 or 2 rooms)

8. LARGER RENOVATION TIMELINE: 4-6 months from start of construction to finish (renovating 3 or more rooms)


Recently, we’ve found that home renovation shows on TV have been misleading client expectations. Make sure to keep in mind that those shows often fudge numbers and use cheap/lower quality materials to get things done quickly and inexpensively. Not to mention the fact that many of the shows are based in other states – California is EXPENSIVE!

In addition, contractors, furniture manufacturers, and other industry professionals on TV won’t usually charge as much because they’re benefitting from the publicity. As great as those shows are for style inspiration, they should never be the basis for your timeline or budget.

If your timeline or budget is too tight, and we feel that it may not be feasible to finish everything up before your deadline and within your means, we may recommend breaking the project into phases, or even postponing the project until after your big party or until you’ve saved up enough to get the job done well. In the end, it will be worth avoiding the heartache of a rushed job, and you’ll be happier in the long run!

If you’re ready to schedule your design consultation, click here! We can’t wait to meet you!