A Beautiful Bath Without Breaking the Bank

Looking to update your bathroom and still have some money left in your wallet? Try re-glazing your tile or tub (or both!) to save some cash. This can be done with any type of tub: clawfoot, drop-in, alcove, freestanding, etc. Hire a professional to do the job, or flex those DIY muscles and do the job yourself. You'll be shocked (and thrilled!) at just how re-glazing these surfaces can make them look brand new. [Image Credit: Domino]


Finishing Touches

When taking on a large renovation or small DIY project, picking paint colors tends to be the most difficult part. But what about the paint finish? This is a small detail that is quite important and often overlooked. But don't fret...we're here to give you a quick rundown to help you select the right finish for your job! 

Satin: Pick this finish for rooms that get alot of use. Think kitchens, bathrooms and living spaces. It's easy to clean and holds up in damp conditions.
Semigloss: This finish has a small sheen to it and is used mostly on trim and woodwork. 
Flat: Use this finish for low-traffic areas and ceilings (it's quite hard to clean).
Eggshell: Easily the most popular finish; it's easy to clean and will take wear quite well. Use this in spaces you utilize most often.
High Gloss: Looking to make a statement? Choose this finish! It's high sheen will create drama and add a glam touch to your space.

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Digging for the Diamond - TANYA HEMBREE DESIGN

Digging for a diamond in the rough can sometimes take some time. In one of my recent projects I had a beautiful home as my palette, it just was about 15-20 years behind in style. So although we had a gorgeous ocean view and good bones we were just missing the beauty the owners were longing for. In an effort to keep the hassle down, we decided to start with the hub of the home, the kitchen! Where better to start, right? As we began to assess what look we were after, we first determined that we could salvage some of the cabinet layout. Although they weren't new they were still in great condition.



To help open up the space we decided to tear out the wall that divided the kitchen from the living room. After the tear down, we were able to create one open and inviting space. In the demo we also reduced the high bar counter to allow the ocean view to be more visible. Next on the agenda was specifiying the new cabinet finish. I wanted to keep this kitchen fresh, slightly modern, and definitely updated for the style the homeowners were wanting. I chose a creamy base with a light pewter glazing to give it that coastal cottage look. Then it was on to countertops. To bring in a counter that would look like concrete but not be as porous or as long of a lead time (9 weeks for that area!). Instead, I selected a beautiful new quartz countertops in a gray tone to give it that concrete look the owner originally was hoping for. 



For the backsplash we went with a mist colored elongated glass subway tile to keep the style fresh, slightly modern, and sleek. Adding custom knotty oak stained floating shelves allowed us to display the owners dishes and toned the more modern look back for an overall more rustic beach cottage feel. We are now 90% done with this project and I soon will reveal more pics, but it's turning out so great. As it unfolds I'll be sure to keep you up to date with pictures showing our progress. As you can see there is beauty behind every project, you just have to dig for it a little deeper sometimes. For more design tips and style follow us on social (links below).

 this is a glimpse at the kitchen 90% Done. We have a few more knobs to put on and the range hood and lighting to install. 

this is a glimpse at the kitchen 90% Done. We have a few more knobs to put on and the range hood and lighting to install. 

Paint It With Your Best Shot — TANYA HEMBREE DESIGN

Pink, purple, white, blue, yellow, red and bright greens are all of the colors I see emerging from the barren branches. Just a few weeks ago the days were colorless outside, cloudy, and a bit dismal. Today reached a near 83 degrees and flowers are clustering around like a party is about to begin. Color. It's all around us. Spring has announced its arrival with pops of color. As you can tell, March posts have really focused on the power of color. Color can sway a space and a mood with very little effort. So when it comes to selecting colors for your home or space, be sure to consider the mood or style you're after. Picking paint is the best place to start when trying to revitalize a new mood. Paint, as you know now comes in various lines and options and can be the cheapest way to make BIG change. So how do you chose the right color for your space? What things should you consider when selecting a paint? Well, let me tell you what I know when it comes to paint.

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  1. Paint defines a space's mood.
  2. It comes in every color known to man, and then some.
  3. Brings the biggest bang for your buck with less than $100 for most rooms
  4. It comes in a variety of sheens for all locations

Okay, you might be saying I already knew all of this. How do I chose the right color? Here are some colors that might help you determine the style and mood to choose:

  • Soothing and relaxing- gray, white, taupe, blush, cream
  • Modern and upbeat - white, yellow, orange, black, chartreuse, gray
  • Shabby Chic and fresh - blush, cream, white
  • Classic and cool - navy blue, white, taupe
  • Vintage and vibey - green, orange, pink, black, white
  • Urban and Industrial - gray, blue, black, orange, chartreuse

As you can see colors paint a picture. So what mood or style are you after? Which of these best describes your space? Of course, my brief list is not all encompassing, but it's a great way to get started. As a starting point, chose a piece that you love within your space. It could be a piece of furniture, a rug, or even a piece of art. Determine the style and mood you're after and select the paint based on the piece you love and your style. Add some additional design flare with other elements of color like pillows, fabrics, artwork, and more. Don't be afraid of painting with color or changing it up a bit. Remember, paint is cheap and you can always paint right over it if you hate it.

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I get regular requests for remodels these days. Often new home owners are moving into homes that need updates or a change in style. More specifically, kitchens and master bathroom remodels seem to be most often on my project list.  These two desirable and impactful  spaces always make for a good investment. People can hardly go wrong putting their money into a remodeled kitchen and bath since these are great selling features for any home.  The kitchen is certainly the hub of the home and is where most people gather and the master bath is every owner's retreat. Knowing that, it's hard not to put effort into making these space great.  Now a days there are so many styles to chose from, from modern sleek to industrial and farmhouse chic. No matter the style, an updated space with details like cabinets, counters, and lighting will really pull the biggest punch. Additional details like paint (of course!), tile, and hardware will bring it to top level. Here is a simple before and after of a master bathroom I did last summer you might enjoy.

This bathroom took just a few weeks to remodel but we were able accomplish a huge transformation. We really wanted the new space to feel spa like, serene, and spacious. Although these self-taken photos don't show the full span of the remodel, I think these give a glimpse of what was accomplished. Lighter more serene paint, new custom cabinets, quartz counters, and brushed nickel fixtures and hardware along with a new glass shower enclosure, as you can see made a huge impact on this space. This master bathroom really did turn out beautiful. I was so happy with the results and so were the owners.

Think about your kitchen and bathrooms. Do they need subtle updates or full-remodels? What needs to be done to your space to give it a fresh new and updated look that you can be proud to enjoy?

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