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80’s Houston High-Rise Before and After | Design by Cara McBroom

This high-rise condo in Houston, Texas was stuck in the 80’s, with its plethora of hallways, closed-off spaces, laminate cabinets and colored toilets.  My clients know good bones when they see them, however!  We enjoyed working together on their Panama City Beach remodel so much, that they called on me to help them visualize the potential in this gem!  We knew we wanted a transitional look that would marry their traditional accent pieces with their contemporary affinity.  We began by reworking the footprint of the condo, and doing everything we could to maximize the openness and function of every space.  Then we focused on lighting, making sure we had ample recessed l.e.d. lights, mixed with accent lighting and correct electrical outlet placements.  Next, I started drawing/designing all the bathrooms!

The next step was for me to fly over to Houston, 7+ months pregnant, during a classic Houston heat wave (one day my client’s car said it was 109 degrees, and my feet were ginormous!!! I waddled everywhere).  But, in three days, we were able to choose every tile, cabinet, cabinet hardware, flooring, light fixture and plumbing fixture!  Having the bathrooms already planned and drawn-out made the selection process much more organized and streamlined (and helped us avoid any pretty, sparkly tangents, or “squirrels”, as we laughingly called them.  What’s a “squirrel”? Watch the movie UP.)!  Anyhow, without further ado, here is the awesome transformation:

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

The first thing we decided to do is open up the doorway leading to the rear entrance.  This allowed us to extend the kitchen some, and brighten things up a bit.  We also opened the walls that separated the kitchen from the living and dining areas.  We replaced the living room wall/wet bar with an open counter-height bar, and accent lighting.  I chose almost-white cabinets for a bright contrast against the cherry wood floors. The shining star, in my opinion, is the stainless steel backsplash tile!  This took a little convincing, but was well worth it!  It reflects light, adds texture, and creates the illusion of depth, much like a mirror would.  We wrapped the structural column on the bar with stainless steel so that the column looks integrated and weightless.

Kitchen before (opposite view)

Kitchen before (opposite view)

Kitchen After (opposite view)

Kitchen After (opposite view)

View into dining/kitchen Before:

View into dining/kitchen Before:

After

After

Dining Room Before:

Dining Room Before:

Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

Here is my concept sketch for the new custom dining casepiece, which will dress up the Dining Room!

Dining Room After:

Dining Room After:

In the dining room, my clients needed a little bit more storage, so I designed this narrow buffet/hutch built-in, with beautifully stained wood, sparkling hardware, antique morrored doors, and grasscloth textured accent in  the middle.  I wanted this piece to look like a transitional piece of furniture (not like an extension of the kitchen).  This helps to define the space and keep things from being too matchy.  Pewter and blue silk drapes add some warmth, softness and drama!

Living/Dining Before:

Living/Dining Before:

Living/Dining After:

Living/Dining After:

Here you can see what a dramatic difference wood floors can make, as well as a bit of color on the ceiling!  In this case, I chose a gray paint for the walls, and a slightly bluish gray for the ceiling.  The color scheme is a mixture of rich cream, gray, and powder blue.  Above the sofa is a commissioned piece of art painted by the Emerald Coast’s Allison Wickey.  You can see how I mixed her traditional fauteuil chairs with some more modern upholstery, and recovered the chairs in a clean, masculine gray, with blue fabric in the outbacks.

Living Room Before:

Living Room Before:

Living Room After:

Living Room After:

Sun Room Before:

Sun Room Before:

Sun Room After:

Sun Room After:

Entry Before:

Entry Before:

Entry After:

Entry After:

Bye, bye, generic doors and sad floors!  Hello, beautiful wood panel doors and custom tile “carpet” design.  I created the most durable, inviting entry rug “look” out of this beautiful gray damask inset tile.  It mirrored the new custom recessed tray with cove lighting that I designed to give the entry some “wow” factor.  Not seen in the photos is a drop-dead gorgeous rectangular crystal chandelier—decadent, yet still modern. The stainless penny rounds I installed in the recessed tray reflect the crystal lighting and twinkle, like stars!

I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU ALL THE BATHROOM BEFORE-AND-AFTERS!:

Powder Bath Before:

Powder Bath Before: Cramped, dark and klaustrophobic

My concept drawing:

My concept drawing:

Powder Bath AFTER:

Powder Bath AFTER:

We removed the wall, which was creating a small linen closet, and expanded the bath vanity.  I aimed for all white in here, to maximize the brightness.  The asymmetry of the cabinet works well, with the waterfalling counter top and opening adjacent to the toilet, to prevent any cramped feelings.  Some unique tile application, a horizon band mirror, and some effective lighting give this bathroom the right finishing touches.

Master Bath Vantiy Before

Master Bath Vantiy Before

Master Bath shower/closet before:

Master Bath shower/closet before:

Master Bathroom AFTER: (we created a new closet elsewhere in the condo, and created a makeup vanity, with open shower design instead.

Master Bathroom concept drawing: (we created a new closet elsewhere in the condo, and created a makeup vanity, with open shower design instead.

Master Bath After:

Master Bath After:

The Master Bathroom nearly tripled its size!!  Not just in square footage, but also visual lightness!  I chose a porcelain Carrera marble (beautiful and white, but without the porous stainability and upkeep of real marble) for the main floor and wall tile.  I accented with a blue art glass mini-mosaic tile, and added transitional rectangular panels in the shower area.

Master Vanity Concept Drawing:

Master Vanity Concept Drawing:

Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting.  We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

Master Bath After: We created a beautiful, open and functional double vanity, with ample lighting. We also added a brand new oval tub, with curved tub deck.

Office Bath Before:

Office Bath Before:

Office Bath Concept Drawing:

Office Bath Concept Drawing:

Office Bath AFTER:

Office Bath AFTER:

HIS Bath Before:

HIS Bath Before:

HIS shower Before:

HIS shower Before:

Concept Drawing:

Concept Drawing:

HIS Bathroom AFTER:  Whoa, what a difference, right??  Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional.  The electric mirror provided beautiful bright ligh, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash.  textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

HIS Bathroom AFTER: Whoa, what a difference, right?? Clean lines, masculine, bright, functional. The electric mirror provided beautiful bright light, which reflected off of the glass tiles on the backsplash. textured grasscloth stand up to the warm colors and finishes in this bath.

HIS closet BEFORE:

HIS closet BEFORE:

HIS closet AFTER:  Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors!  They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

HIS closet AFTER: Look at these gorgeous frosted glass sliding doors! They dress the closet up, keep the room feeling open, and look totally handsome and rich!

Master Bedroom Before:

Master Bedroom Before:

Master Bedroom AFTER:

Master Bedroom AFTER:

Master Closet center storage concept drawing:

Master Closet center storage concept drawing:

Master Closet AFTER:

Master Closet AFTER:

I hope you enjoyed your walk through this Houston remodel, as much as I enjoyed designing it!

A Cozy Home in Watercolor | Design by Cara McBroom

Welcome to a super fun project I had the privilege of designing in 2013!  These clients wanted something bright, colorful and boldly, but tastefully, coastal.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Floating rope console and coral mirror set the tone for the rest of the house: Casual, whimsical, bright and fun.

Living Room

Living Room

The living room is mostly subdued, with bold color appearing through art and pillows.  Long ethereal drapes soften the wood walls, and emphasize the height of the room.  The sofa and swivel chairs are slipcovered in washable linens, perfect for salty bodies, and sticky fingers!  The large square wood cocktail table is virtually indestructible–ready for toy banging and foot propping!  Comfort and livability were important considerations.

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Dining Room

Dining Room

The dining wall was prime real estate for some large, impactful color!  I liked the idea of having a variety of chairs, so I paired a turquoise settee with some French burlap chairs, and some slipcovered host & hostess chairs.  This amazing table is solid bleached pine!  Incredibly beautiful, and incredibly heavy, and perfect for this beach family.

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

Kitchen: This all-white kitchen begged for little, but texture, some whimsy and a few touches of color!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

First Floor Bedroom: We brought in glorious orange to complement the turquoise in this room!

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Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Holy fish pillow! I was in love with the throw pillow I designed, with its jute bullion fringe, and large fish block print.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. The green flatweave rug helps to break up all the blue, and the mid-century modern casegoods add a rustic/mod vibe to the room.

Second Floor Guest Room: This room was centered around this modern tree print fabric! The headboard is covered in a blue Sunbrella mini-print. Beaded sconces free up the narrow nightstands, and mirror the blue circles in the modern tree print fabric!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

The mid-century modern casegoods bring a funky mod vibe to the room, keeping it young and fun!

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

Guest Bedroom #3: This room is a mix of teal, chartreuse and minty aqua.

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

The bird print and the waves fabrics are by Lulu DK; the felt applique pillows are by Surya. Cute eclectic mix of colors, textures and pattern!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom began with a canvas of soft gray in the bed, drapes and coverlet, and was finished with splashes of bright turquoise, lime green and orange!

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Seating Area in Master: These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints!  Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair?  The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

Seating Area in Master:
These clients specifically mentioned that they love chevron prints! Why not go bold, and cover a whole chair? The results are bright, fun and dynamic!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics.  It's always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange), to liven things up!

I love to mix florals with geometrics when choosing fabrics. It’s always fun to throw in one unexpected color (in this case, orange) to liven things up!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines.  In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched "poufs", currently stacked in the corner.  Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs!  In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

On the third floor, we have a loft that overlooks the pool and beach pines. In here you can watch t.v., play games around the oval reclaimed coffee table, and sit or play on the mismatched “poufs”, currently stacked in the corner. Stealing the show, are these two blue seatbelt chairs! In addition to being sculptural, unique and colorful, they are also surprisingly comfortable!

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

A Barn door separates the loft from the Bunk Room.

For the bunk room, I chose a wide array of colorful, mismatched chevron patterns, and tied them together with one central, colorful print.  The twin-over-twin bunks offer some swing arm sconces, storage drawers on the bottom, and quaint picture framed “windows” that look out into the main room (alternately providing openness, while the wall itself is providing privacy).

twin over twin bunks

This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

This game table and chairs is a nice place to have a snack, make art, or play games!

bunk room

Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

Teal, chartreuse, lime green and turquoise!

bunk room

I’ve never been afraid to play with bright colors, so I was glad to have met these playful, daring clients, who were willing to go bold with me!  This project was a joy to design, and I think it shows!

Keen on Green | by Cara McBroom

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright

Why do we crave the natural world? How does this relate to the way we decorate our interior environments? I would like to talk about the importance of incorporating plants and flowers in your living spaces.

photo via Bhouse

photo via Bhouse

Ever notice that in almost every staged space you see in design magazines, you can always find a plant or flowers of some kind? I know that any time I finish installing a project, I never feel “finished” until I’ve added some fresh flowers, and maybe some fruit in a bowl. As a final touch, plants and flowers add so much life, happiness and love!

Watch what a difference the final layer of plants make in this gif from House Beautiful. It makes the space feel more inviting and lived-in.

There is some science behind this need for green. Biofilia can be defined as an innate love of that which sustains us (in this case, nature). “We evolved from the natural world…Nature provided shelter, clothing, food, light, heat and water. We have lost touch with the direct effect of nature. We no longer seek these elements from their primary sources…Yet, given the opportunity, we enjoy the sounds of nature—the soft running water, bird-song, the smell of fresh air, the feeling of earth beneath our feet, and the sunshine on our face. We need the nourishment of the living world for our health.” ~Barbara J. Huelat (2007) Healing Environments: Where’s the Proof?

So, basically, our enjoyment of plants, and a fresh bouquet of flowers is more than just an aesthetic preference!  Studies have shown the healing effects of exposure to nature on hospital patients. 

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

More studies have proven an increase in productivity for offices that incorporate live plants into their interior design.

This photo shows beautiful use of a

This photo shows beautiful use of a “live wall” in an office setting.

What an incredible office design! photo credit

What an incredible office design! photo credit

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium.

A 32’ x 60’ (1,920 sf) Interior Living Wall in a corporate atrium. This is live art!

Here are some ways to incorporate plants into your home:

Just kidding!!! I was just seeing if you were paying attention!  I’m not suggesting you turn your home into a jungle.  Here are some lovely, tasteful ways to incorporate greenery into your home:

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Think about incorporating plants, even BEFORE your house plans are finished! This home has a built-in garden, but it still looks clean and modern. photo credit

Don’t have a green thumb?  Sometimes all it takes is a trip to the florist (or a walk through the forest foraging for branches and wildflowers) to lift your spirits and give your home a welcoming feeling.

Try to use unique

Try to use unique “found” objects as vases! photo credit

Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

Use clear containers, and fill the bottom with fresh fruit or berries, for an inventive, gorgeous arrangement! photo credit

The last time I staged a home for photographs, I was able to bring home a huge bouquet of white hydrangeas, and I was SO HAPPY and excited! They literally made my entire week. So go ahead–feed your biofilia!  Go out and treat yourself to some fresh flowers! Give interior plants a try! Good luck!

A Seagrove Beach Cottage Design | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

This design takes place in Tre Viste, a 3-unit Condominium in Seagrove, with a secluded beach cottage feel.  This condo was actually beautifully furnished before, but the sellers could not part with all of their goods, so my clients called upon me to fully furnish the entire place in a matter of weeks!  Let me tell you, I had to put on my comfy shoes, for all the shopping up-an-down the Emerald Coast that this required!  Luckily I had the help and companionship of my lovely summer intern, Anna!  She and I had so much fun shopping together, and we were able to see our design come to fruition in a matter of weeks!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design!  I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors!  The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

This chandelier by Made Goods was the only jewel we were able to keep from the previous design! I found this beautiful trestle table at Beau Home Interiors, and the buffet from Lovelace Interiors! The seascape art is an original painting I found across the street at Design Avenue, and the four antique ceiling tiles, with shell/coral motifs are made by local artist, Lisa Dubreuil!

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach!  (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

I found these upholstered dining chairs at Duh in Pensacola, and the ikat flat weave wool area rug from Nest Interiors in Panama City Beach! (I told you I shopped everywhere!)

There's a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo!  Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

There’s a whole lot of stuff that makes me happy in this photo! Original art, fresh hydrangeas, handmade pottery, natural coral, burlap and bling! (The picture frame has a rhinestone cross holding the burlap bow!)

Here is our quaint little living area!  Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think!  The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Here is our quaint little living area! Aqua, chartreuse and taupe blend together beautifully here, I think! The striped rug is from Design Avenue, the slipcovered sofa and chairs are from Tracery, and the cocktail table and recliner are from Lovelace Interiors!

Living Room

want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel?  Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral!  When the client's came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Want an easy way to accessorize your coastal fireplace mantel? Find a variety of colored bud vases, some candles (in this case I used some glass hurricanes), and a great piece of coral! When the clients came to see their design for the first time, I had some bright yellow fresh flowers in each vase!

Living / Dining

This console can be a desk, or accent table.  I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

This console can be a desk, or accent table. I flanked the table with some linen and wood wing chairs, and threw in some color with some custom-made pillows, covered in a bright Manuel Canovas fabric.

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong's studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

Check out this awesome art I found at Mary Hong’s studio! This woman does wonders with glass and wood!

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

In the Master Bedroom, I used a solid oak bed by Restoration Hardware, and lightened it up with some light, natural linens and subtle touches of color.

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I'm in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This chaise lounge by Lee Industries is sooooo comfortable! Give me a good book, and a fresh latte, and add the sound of the waves when you open the slider, and I’m in heaven!! (a girl can dream!)

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua!  I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

This, the Second Master Bedroom, was a favorite of mine! I love the mix of bright white with teal and aqua! I made some bright, fun euro pillows and a paisley fluffy foot blanket to match the drapes, then happened to find the perfect sealife art while shopping!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe!  The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

The bolster pillow is made out of two different fabrics (teal and aqua), and a whimsical jute ball fringe! The cute little turtle lamps were a must-have!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior's showroom!  It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

I had to show this great piece of art I found in Lovelace Interior’s showroom! It had the most perfect colors for this room!!!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows.  I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

In this room, I used this fabulous carved wood headboard that I found at Nest Interiors, and paired it with some jute fringe euros, and some custom pillows. I absolutely love the aqua, green and periwinkle color combination in this foot blanket!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Just a simple, clean comfortable design for a guest room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!!  I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Finally, welcome to the poolside Cabana!! I went for a brighter, more whimsical design in this room!

Cabana

That's me, taking pictures!  Anna snuck this photo of me.  I'm not a photographer, but I try!

That’s me, taking pictures! Anna snuck this photo of me. I’m not a photographer, but I try!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve!

Here is my beautiful intern, Anna Laneve! I snapped this while shopping for recliners!

We had so much fun putting all this together! Although it was a lot of work, I am up for another challenge like this! I finished just in time for this family to enjoy their new beach residence for the summer!

Most clients want a complete custom design, and are willing to wait, but If anyone is facing time restraints, hire a designer, (hire me!), to make sure you get the look you want, in the right time frame!

A Princess Pad | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

Come and see this fun room I had the opportunity to design for a client’s teenage girl, in their vacation condo!  When this client told me their little girl loves pink, I got so excited, because I NEVER get to use pink!! Everything is always blue, blue blue, green, blue, and other variations of this.  What did I come up with?  An explosion of magenta, coral, and purple, contrasted with pale ice blue!

The chrome canopy bed is by Bernhardt Furniture.  I designed off-white canopy sheers, with magenta trim and ties, for a romantic feel!

The chrome canopy bed is by Bernhardt Furniture. I designed off-white canopy sheers, with magenta trim and ties, for a romantic feel!

Flanking the bed are two gray nightstands, and some cream Eventide Wall Sconces by Currey and Company.  Not only do these sconces look ethereal and free up the nightstands, but they also leave sculptural shadows on the wall, which I love!

Flanking the bed are two gray nightstands, and some cream Eventide Wall Sconces by Currey and Company. Not only do these sconces look ethereal and free up the nightstands, but they also leave sculptural shadows on the wall, which I love!

My inspiration began with this fabric, by Romo Fabrics:

Eden Amaranth by Romo.  I loved all the colors in this fabric, and so it became my color inspiration.

Eden Amaranth by Romo. I loved all the colors in this fabric, and so it became my color inspiration.

From this, I was able to envision the walls in the background blue color, as I knew this pale cool color would allow all the bright pinks and corals to shine!

Benjamin Moore 1647 Silvery Blue

Benjamin Moore 1647 Silvery Blue

Other bedding fabrics followed suit:

Designers Guild Cordellina Peony cut velvet stripe

Designers Guild Cordellina Peony cut velvet stripe

I love to mix textures, so when I found this thick, textured woven pink, I was excited.  I knew it would look great as Euro pillows, behind my linen and velvet pillows.

I love to mix textures, so when I found this thick, textured woven pink, I was excited. I knew it would look great as Euro pillows, behind my linen and velvet pillows.

I used this adorable beaded trim on the striped accent pillow!  It is by Kravet: Peace Magenta

I used this adorable beaded trim on the striped accent pillow! It is by Kravet: Peace Magenta

Finally, I wanted to show you a close-up of these fun, natural twig sconces by Currey and Company!  "Eventide Sconce"

Finally, I wanted to show you a close-up of these fun, natural twig sconces by Currey and Company! “Eventide Sconce”

Designing this little room was a breath of fresh air!  Being able to use pinks and corals freely had me feeling liberated as a designer!  It was FUN, even though it was only a small room.  I am now in the mood for Spring!  Beautiful flowers, clear blue skies, and Easter dress shopping!  Who is up for making me a dress out of this Eden Amaranth fabric? Anyone?

Cozy Beach Cottage in San Destin | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

This quaint little rental house in San Destin was in need of a major facelift!  We wanted the design to be more toned-down.  I love bright colors, but for this project, we thought the house needed to be quiet, relaxing and charming!  I brought in some coastal flair, and some cottage casual, as well as some light French influence.

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

I gave the walls some "love" and attention, by applying beadboard up to 42".  Grassweave Roman shades in the windows added texture, and the long burlap drape panels created some much-needed height and drama!

I gave the walls some “love” and attention, by applying beadboard up to 42″. Grassweave Roman shades in the windows added texture, and the long burlap drape panels created some much-needed height and drama!

I felt that a sectional suited this space much more than a sofa and chair, which was crowding the staircase in the "before" photo.  The large chest I used as a cocktail table actually has hidden drawers in each end!  Nothing says relaxed like a great slipcovered sectional!  With the option to pull the cover off and wash it, it allows my clients to just relax and enjoy their space!

I felt that a sectional suited this space much more than a sofa and chair, which was crowding the staircase in the “before” photo. The large chest I used as a cocktail table actually has hidden drawers in each end! Nothing says relaxed like a great slipcovered sectional! With the option to pull the cover off and wash it, it allows my clients to just relax and enjoy their space!

BEFORE: The triangle valances were distracting, and the armoire was feeling bulky for that corner. The denim, yellow and green color scheme was in need of a change.

BEFORE:
The triangle valances were distracting, and the armoire was feeling bulky for that corner. The denim, yellow and green color scheme was in need of a change.

AFTER: After I took this photo, we mounted a television on the wall above the console.  This opened the space up and allowed for a larger t.v.

AFTER:
After I took this photo, we mounted a television on the wall above the console. This opened the space up and allowed for a larger t.v.

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

 

AFTER:

AFTER:

Although the kitchen was not a separate room, it sure felt closed off from the rest of the space.  I sought to explode this barrier and open this space up, so that the entire room felt larger! We didn’t want to replace all the cabinets, so what I did, is I replaced the upper cabinets only, and painted everything a new, fresh white.  I placed glass cabinets above the bar to allow more light to spill into the kitchen.  I placed some faux doors on the other side of the range hood vent so that we didn’t see a strange patch of drywall, like before.   I replaced all the appliances with stainless, and installed a gorgeous slab of White Ice granite. I tiled the backsplash with ice blue glass tiles, which matched the wall color, and helped to hem the two rooms together.

In the dining area, I chose a small farm table, with some ladder back chairs, and a fabulous rope chandelier!

This key holder/shelf was the only item I kept from the previous design!  I repainted it white, and leaned some art.

This coat rack/shelf was the only item I kept from the previous design! I repainted it white, and leaned some art on it.

Powder Bathroom:

BEFORE:  A very generic bathroom.

BEFORE:
A very generic bathroom.

AFTER:  Now a quaint cottage bath!

AFTER:
Now a quaint cottage bath!

This small bathroom received a minor facelift, with major effect!  Because the walls are blue in the main Living area, I decided to let blue be a small supportive role in this story.  Instead, I painted the walls a rich camel color that blended with the shower drape fabric.  There are hints of blue in the drape fabric that I reinforced with this painted vanity sink.  One way to instantly make your bathroom look more custom is to hang a shower curtain that is taller than the standard 72″.  This one is about 84″ long.  Applying beadboard is another inexpensive way to add a lot of character to a small space.  We replaced the toilet with a more efficient one, added some cute art, and voila! A whole new space!

Master Bedroom:

BEFORE:

BEFORE:

AFTER:

AFTER:

The Master Bedroom received new carpet, new grassweave window treatments, a fresh coat of paint and new furnishing!  I centered the bed between two of the transom windows so that the placement made more sense.  I flanked the bed with matching white twig sconces, and added some plush, inviting bedding.

BEFORE

BEFORE:

 

 

AFTER: I maximized the recessed nook to the left by placing a floor mirror, a comfortable chair and some pretty artwork.

AFTER:
I maximized the recessed nook to the left by placing a floor mirror, a comfortable chair and some pretty artwork.

 

coastal vignette

Master Bathroom:

MASTER BATH BEFORE:

MASTER BATH BEFORE:

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The Master Bathroom needed rescued from the 80’s “Florida” look!  I raised the vanity sink on the left to be 36″, like the one on the right.  I installed one solid slab of granite, replaced the pink tile floors with some wood tiles, and polished the look with a nautical riveted mirror, some jute pendants and large art around the tub. New cabinet hardware from Restoration Hardware also did wonders for the new look.  I almost forgot to mention what a difference paint makes!  Bye-bye, pink walls!

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3rd Floor Loft:

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LOFT BEFORE:

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The loft turned out so pretty! The first thing on my list was to paint all the pink-undertoned wood paneling! This paneling covered the walls all throughout the hallways, and all the way up the 3-flight stairwell. The ceiling of the 3rd floor loft even had the same paneling. The wood is pretty, but in order to open things up and feel more coastal, I needed to paint all the boards white. The wood ceiling received Palladian Blue paint, to mimic the sky and draw the eye up. I kept their wooden daybed, and simply painted it an ice blue color! I added a burlap skirt, some new bedding and some navy end tables!

Guest Bedroom:

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Wow, where do I start? New everything, that’s where! There are still two twin beds, but I implemented a much more toned-down design. The floor-to-ceiling burlap panels help to dramatize the small windows. The bedding is actually ready-made duvet &  coverlet from Bed, Bath & Beyond.  The bedskirt is from Ballard Designs, and the toss pillow is from the Lovelace Interiors Showroom! The reclaimed wood chests at the foot of the bed are a great place for toys, shoes, bedding, etc.  They also make a great place to sit and put shoes on.

BATHROOM BEFORE:

BATHROOM BEFORE:

BATHROOM AFTER:

BATHROOM AFTER:

The second floor guest bathroom was a simple redo: new countertop, cabinet hardware, toilet, mirror and sconces! This made a great difference!

I thoroughly enjoyed working on updating this rental!  Call me if you have a rental you would like updated!  Facelifts like this will raise the value of your rental, and pay for itself!

 

 

St. Thomas Condo Remodel | Interior Design by Cara McBroom

This project took place inside the St. Thomas tower at Silver Shells in Destin, Florida!  We aimed for a modern/transitional style, with a soothing, masculine color scheme.  Neutral taupe, hemp and gray color tones were livened up with the occasional splash of coastal ice green and powder blue.  You may recognize this unit from one of my previous posts, titled, “Diary of an Install” (click to read!), where I chronicled the ups and downs of installing a custom design.  I know I promised professional photos, but I’ve been busy!  My home-made photos will have to suffice for now!

Let’s start with the main Living areas:

Living Room Arrangement

Living Room Arrangement

Living Room; coastal modern

I balanced sleek chrome and high gloss floor tiles, with natural, coastal elements, such as a jute rug, soft linens and a large, custom television console, with an antiqued powder blue finish (Thanks for the beautiful craftsmanship, Armored Frog!) I opted for a low, modern sectional layout, with a seat-height corner table, which enabled a more open feel.  This optimized on the wrap-around view of the beach, while still providing comfortable seating for entertainment, or conversation.

This Living / Dining / Kitchen area has an open layout, with unification of the different areas through color, texture and style.

This Living / Dining / Kitchen area has an open layout, with unification of the different areas through color, texture and style.

Having a sectional, with a low back and open corner allows the coastal seascape backdrop to shine!

Having a sectional, with a low back and open corner allows the coastal seascape backdrop to shine!

Having a large leather ottoman, versus a cocktail table allows for more versatility and softness/comfort.  You can add a tray if you need a place to set a drink!  This square ottoman is made by Lee Industries.

Having a large leather ottoman, versus a cocktail table allows for more versatility and softness/comfort. You can add a tray if you need a place to set a drink! This square ottoman is made by Lee Industries.

This angled wall was the perfect spot for a multi-functional mirrored console.  It can be used as a server for the dining area, but I added the stools so that there was extra seating during a meal or a place to sit and do work. The ottomans can be easily utilized in the Living Room as auxiliary seating for kids!

This angled wall was the perfect spot for a multi-functional mirrored console. It can be used as a server for the dining area, but I added the stools so that there was extra seating during a meal or a place to sit and do work. The ottomans can be easily utilized in the Living Room as auxiliary seating for kids!

For the Dining Area, I opted for curvilinear lines to help break up the square seating arrangement I designed in the Living room.  My reclaimed wood oval dining table by Restoration Hardware was the perfect anchor for this area! The modern, industrial chandelier is by Arteriors Home, and the square-back chairs are by Vanguard Furniture.  I decided to play a little blue “peek-a-boo” with the backs of these chairs, to liven them up, and add some color to the area:

The warm brown hue of the reclaimed wood table top contrasts beautifully with the blue accents in the room!

We really opened this kitchen up! The cabinets are two-toned, with a custom-painted blue gray finish on the upper cabinets, and a walnut stain on the bottom.  I tied all the colors in the room together with this glass tile backsplash!

We really opened this kitchen up! The cabinets are two-toned, with a custom-painted blue gray finish on the upper cabinets, and a walnut stain on the bottom. I tied all the colors in the room together with this glass tile backsplash!

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Transitional Kitchen

When you enter from the private elevator, this modern acrylic mirror and resin-cast silver leaf console table is what greets you!  I watned to make a statement in this small space!

When you enter from the private elevator, this modern acrylic mirror and resin-cast silver leaf console table is what greets you! I wanted to make a statement in this small space!

Speaking of the entry, take a look at this fabulous wallcovering technique!  The walls are covered in a striped Romo mica wallpaper.  The ceilings are covered in an iridescent gold leaf block paper!

Speaking of the entry, take a look at this fabulous wallcovering technique! The walls are covered in a striped Omexco Mica wallcovering. The ceilings are covered in an iridescent gold leaf block paper, by Phillip Jeffries!

The tile inset visually balances the high interest we created on the ceiling.

The tile inset visually balances the high interest we created on the ceiling.

These custom barn doors, leading to the Den, add a touch of modern, and a touch of coastal charm! I  had them finished in the same powder blue as the entertainment console in the Living Room.

These custom barn doors, leading to the Den, add a touch of modern, and a touch of coastal charm! I had them finished in the same powder blue as the entertainment console in the Living Room.

Peeking through the barn doors, is a surprise burst of cobalt!  I wanted this room, which overlooks the bay, to have darker blues, but still blend with the rest of the unit.

Peeking through the barn doors, is a surprise burst of cobalt! I wanted this room, which overlooks the bay, to have darker blues, but still blend with the rest of the unit.

The Settee is by Caracole, the club chairs by Sam Moore, the upholstered stools by Vanguard Furniture, and the chevron rug by Surya.

The Settee is by Caracole, the club chairs by Sam Moore, the upholstered stools by Vanguard Furniture, and the chevron rug by Surya.

The brown leather and polished nickel nail heads on the club chairs counterbalance the brown wood and polished nickel brackets on the settee!

The brown leather and polished nickel nail heads on the club chairs counterbalance the brown wood and polished nickel brackets on the settee!

I wanted the large roman shades to remain mostly neutral, but I felt they needed some color and interest. Instead of doing a typical accent color band at the bottom, I chose to use nautical grommets on a reveal band at the bottom.  Behind the grommets, I designed a cobalt liner, which created the hint of color I wanted.

I wanted the large roman shades to remain mostly neutral, but I felt they needed some color and interest. Instead of doing a typical accent color band at the bottom, I chose to use nautical grommets on a reveal band at the bottom. Behind the grommets, I designed a cobalt liner, which created the hint of color I wanted.

The Master Bedroom maintained the feel of the rest of the condo, with a little more mood and intimacy.  Adding a sheer panel to a canopy bed is a quick, easy way to create intimacy and drama in a bedroom! In this case, I chose a taupe shimmering sheer fabric, and banded it in a turquoise sheer, with a small geometric pattern on it.

King Canopy Bed

I like to mix patterns and textures when designing custom bedding.  A botanical fabric works great with stripes and geometric patterns! Linens can be mixed with satin, velvet, and shimmering linen blends, with metallic threading.

I like to mix patterns and textures when designing custom bedding. A botanical fabric works great with stripes and geometric patterns! Linens can be mixed with satin, velvet, and shimmering linen blends, with metallic threading.

The green accents in the room are minimal, but effective!

The green accents in the room are minimal, but effective!

I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to gut this Master Bathroom and start over from scratch!

Here is my drawing for the new Master Bathroom vanity.  The wide horizontal band of micro mosaic tiles wrapped all around the room.  We were able to put in a gorgeous soaker tub, and a glass-enclosed steam shower!

Here is my drawing for the new Master Bathroom vanity. The wide horizontal band of micro mosaic tiles wrapped all around the room. We were able to put in a gorgeous soaker tub, and a glass-enclosed steam shower!

Here is the final result!!  I couldn't be more pleased!  The client wanted a balance between high tech/modern, and transitional.  I chose the stained cabinets to keep the design warm and grounded, and added polished nickel accents, unique plumbing fixtures and modern lighting.

Here is the final result!! I couldn’t be more pleased! The client wanted a balance between high tech/modern, and transitional. I chose the stained cabinets to keep the design warm and grounded, and added polished nickel accents, unique plumbing fixtures and modern lighting.

Here you can see how I designed the roman shade so that the wide accent band continued around, unobstructed, when the shades are down.  The raindrops chandelier brings in an organic, but modern element!

Here you can see how I designed the roman shade so that the wide accent band continued around, unobstructed, when the shades are down. The raindrops chandelier brings in an organic, but modern element!

The horizontal band continues on through the steam shower.  The shower & vanity are separated only by a pony wall and glass.  I tried to do everything possible to make this bathroom feel more spacious!

The horizontal band continues on through the steam shower. The shower & vanity are separated only by a pony wall and glass. I tried to do everything possible to make this bathroom feel more spacious!

The horizontal band of tile is transitioned into the sleek porcelain tile with some taupe glass pencil trim.

The horizontal band of tile is transitioned into the sleek porcelain tile with some taupe glass pencil trim.

Here is the chandelier I used, which is the "Ice" 13-light pendant manufactured by Eurofase.

Here is the chandelier I used, which is the “Ice” 13-light pendant manufactured by Eurofase.

This might be the first toilet I've ever felt the need to show off!  This toilet senses you and opens/closes automatically, plays music, heats up, and all sorts of fancy stuff!  I got a kick out of how many workers it startled, as they were in there to hang pictures, etc.  I covered the walls in a warm gray and silver grass cloth.

This might be the first toilet I’ve ever felt the need to show off.  It’s so pretty!  This toilet opens/closes automatically, plays music, heats up, and all sorts of fancy stuff! I got a kick out of how many workers it startled, as they were in there to hang pictures, etc. I covered the walls in a warm gray and silver grass cloth.

Me, taking pictures...

Me, taking pictures…

Stay tuned for a post about the daughter’s room!  It is so different from the rest of the condo, that I want to post separately! Thank you for visiting, and please follow!

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