Sometimes life throws a ton of blessings and business your way and the only thing you have time to do is sleep and drive... That is the story of my life at the moment. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been slammed with work and have been a bit behind on blogging... "A little bit" is quite the understatement, but hey.... Not only am I working on a ton of design jobs and stagings in San Francisco, but my rental has been under a complete re-do as well! My life as been a never ending construction zone everywhere I go. I finally have a peaceful place to land again!
Here is what my kitchen used to look like!
Many of you have asked about my loft/kitchen/living area and since my living situation has come across as a bit confusing, I thought I would break it down for you so it is easier to understand my layout, design and the changes that I have made to their rental of mine.
I live in a two story home where I have converted the upstairs loft into a separate, apartment-living space (more before and afters coming next week) with its own bedroom, bath, living room, dining room and have almost everything I need with my espresso bar armoire and mini fridge. Downstairs is a shared kitchen (with my landlord) and an additional couple living areas and wonderful little yard. My apartment has been my little feminine haven and the perfect bachelorette pad for Penny and me. Recently, I have completely redone the downstairs part of the home and have made it appeal to future renters and that isn't too girly for my landlord. This has been and will continue to be a long, slow, work in progress, since it is a job that is done on a budget and in my (very rare) spare time. I have also made quite a few major changes upstairs and look forward to next year when we lay laminate flooring upstairs and add marble to my bathroom sink. I am beyond grateful to live in a place that I can design and I think my landlord is pretty elated with the outcome as well. We both win!
So much of the furniture that I am using downstairs has been out at stagings and is slowly coming back in! I am so stoked to entertain again and deck the place out for all the seasons. This is the year of getting my "me" back. Now that I have a kitchen that inspires me, I will be doing a ton more cooking and creating, something that I am passionate about and have most certainly missed.
I will also be breaking down all of my resources for you and how I did this makeover on a moderate budget. Once again, you don't have to break the bank to live luxuriously.
I am also "shaking in my boots "to share all the changes that I have made to my little femme loft, including some seasonal touches that I have made. I have worked my tail off the last couple years and have a place that I am so proud of and feel relaxed in. When I commute as much as I do (sometimes 6-8 hours a day with traffic) I need a sanctuary like the ones I create for clients. I have been indulging in comfort lately and it's just what my tired bones have been needing.
Get your coffee or cocktails ready and get ready for some major content, including before and after photos, entertaining ideas and recipes and some travel and style images too! Psst, My blog is getting a makeover also!
By the way... got a chesterfield!!! Im so in LOVE!!!