Los Angeles Master Bath

Design choices from previous owners made this very large master bathroom feel cramped and stuffy. By removing the tub, altering some architectural elements, relocating the toilet, and cantilevering the sink, we allowed the room to breath again. We then removed the carpeting and grass cloth wall covering and replaced them with surfaces that glow. Custom vanity and mirrors by Anne Tollett Interiors.

West End Kitchen

Sometimes a dream location also means a builder-grade, generic kitchen. We improved the visual harmony of this suburban kitchen by extending the banks of cabinets and slightly adjusting the size of the island. We enhanced the appearance and functionality of the kitchen by using concealed appliances, and paying careful attention to cabinet placement in consideration of the clients’ growing family: there are now places for toddlers’ snacks, dishes, and beverages, as well as ample work space. The stained island warms the kitchen and fulfills the husband’s request for some wood, and the lanterns above the island give a warm, modern feel.

Austin Front Entry

We took this lovely, historic house to the studs in a complete renovation. Though our original plan was to wallpaper this space, once we saw the gorgeous patina on the original shiplap walls, we knew we had to keep them uncovered. We sanded the wood to a smooth finish, which buffed the century old nail heads to a glimmering sheen. Amazingly, the polished nails now twinkle like tiny stars as the light from the silver-leafed ceiling and the three chandeliers bounces around the room!

Combine The Rooms

A family of five from Texas moved to Virginia and gut-renovated their new home, but left the kitchen mostly untouched to speed up the moving-in process. After living with the layout for a year, they realized they wanted a kitchen that would allow easy, open interaction when cooking and watching TV. By removing a wall and reconfiguring the kitchen to run the length of the house, we created a true cook’s kitchen for this family of chefs and sports lovers. At one end of the kitchen there is a family room with a fireplace provides places to study, watch TV and relax, while at the opposite end of the island, a complete man cave allows sports fans to watch games on three different TVs. The long kitchen layout works as a hub for this busy family, and features a drinks station, three sinks, a super wide refrigerator, and an electronics drawer where everyone can charge their phone at once.

Zig Zag Bathroom

This client, who is always up for anything, said, “I want a zigzag bathroom! And I don’t want to spend much money!” Up for the challenge, we knew that we had to make it impactful without being kitschy, and luxe without being costly. The chevron movement had already been over-played in our eyes, so we drafted a pattern that was oversized with angles falling strategically in the room - and nothing is quite as economical as Mexican ceramic tile especially when you live right next to the border! Every other fixture and accessory was bought from vintage stores or Habitat For Humanity. What a creative way to breathe new life into four walls!

Manhattan Beach Girls Room

Two young girls wanted a purple room that they would love today, and their mother wanted a room that they would love tomorrow. Purple can be a fickle friend, so we chose a sophisticated shade that could become a neutral backdrop to a different color palette as the girls got older. The crisp, white headboards are a custom design by Anne Tollett Interiors and are upholstered in a forgiving all-weather fabric – perfect for young ladies.

Tear Down The Walls

Dark, cramped, dated; this is what these visionary clients bought! On a prime piece of real estate, this house was truly ugly, but they knew we could make it amazing. So we blew out all of the walls and turned three rooms into one funky space. We removed the horrible fake wood floor and painted the damaged boards beneath a deep charcoal gray. We then echoed this color on the cabinets. Crisp white walls and a tiled mirrored elevation in the kitchen bounce light around an inherently dark house. Even more light now floods the room because we added a spiral staircase. This fills the room with afternoon sun which streams in from the new space we created above. Who wishes they bought this property now?

Farmhouse Dining Room

This Texas farmhouse had old and damaged plaster walls that had to be taken to the studs. The striking, high ceilings gave us an opportunity to give the walls some real visual interest. We designed custom paneling and lacquered the walls to create an effect that glows both day and night. The client wanted the room to be sparely furnished, so we created beautiful walls that kept the space from feeling sparse. Custom wall color by Anne Tollett Interiors.

Richmond Master Bath

We created this spacious master bathroom from the tiniest bathroom imaginable. We managed to creatively find room for the toilet in claimed space under the adjoining stairs. By moving the toilet, we then freed square footage for a relatively large shower and double vanity. Expansive mirrors and a fully glass enclosed shower make the new space feel open and light.

Virginia Row House Dining Room

Since the antebellum period, row houses in Richmond, Virginia have stood like tall, slender ladies in a line. Though they combine unique exteriors with elegant high ceilings, they are quite narrow compared to most homes. In this project, we removed a wall and created a wide doorway that blended the space with the adjoining hall. The more open concept provides better flow for living and entertaining.

Double Duty Space

We created this room from nothing and it is now my favorite in the house! We loosely began with Stanley Kubrick’s Milk Bar in mind, but what evolved takes that idea and makes it all our own. These clients entertain all the time and often need room for friends to stay the night, so we claimed the only extra space available – right under the roof. They wanted a room that could double as living space and a sleeping space, so we designed trundle beds that roll in and out of the eaves. Recessed boxes in the walls function as bedside tables or a place to put a drink during a party. Leather poofs, flokati rugs, and golden garden stools provide ample and versatile seating, while white lacquer floors and walls are easy to clean and offer a reflective surfaces to bounce light from the disco ball. It is stunning day and night!

Horse Country lower level

These lovely clients have four children, two dogs, three cats, and a barn full of horses so we had to make good use of every square inch of space in their house! This basement level was musty, utilitarian, and uninviting. By gutting the entire level, we added a full bath with large shower and double vanity, two bedrooms, a laundry room, and a large television and game room. But by far the children’s favorite spot is this sleepover nook, which we created under existing ductwork. Adorable!

Beach House Master Bath

In many second homes by the water, an owner is never certain if they want to keep it forever or sell it for a better investment. For this reason, this renovation required a very sharp eye on the budget. We needed to make a dated space feel fresh and luxurious, with a budget appropriate for a second home by the water. We found an onyx remnant slab for a wonderful price and used it on the existing cabinetry that we painted a tasteful gray and updated with beautiful knobs. The tile floor was installed with a border to create charm and visual interest, and a glass shower enclosure opened the lines of the room.


Victorian houses are rarely known for gracious bathrooms, and in this renovation we could not move walls to gain square footage from other rooms. We decided to enhance the small space by creating a “story of white.” Using varying shapes and shades of white tile created a luminous and unique effect that keeps this small guest bathroom fully functional, but beautiful enough to be used by the family’s many guests.

Too Many Windows and Doors

What do you do when you need to create a bathroom out of a space that has windows and doors on every wall? Make two of the windows work in your favor! We decided this was the practical place for the pedestal sinks, so we frosted the bottom glass and used the break in the window as the logical end for the wainscoting. The trim of the windows was painted to match the black of the tile, which creates an effect that is interesting and unique. Suspending mirrors from the window’s top trim only seemed fitting. And what do we think is most fun about this room? The play on the word “horns”. Our client found these vintage chrome horns and mounted them as a towel rack! A tongue and check jab at the over-use of dear heads these days…. Genius!

Manhattan Beach Girls' Bathroom

When I was brought onto this project, the previous designer was no longer involved and the renovation was underway. We could not change the footprint or layout at all. We were asked to create a bathroom for two tween girls that looked feminine, modern, and light but was also as durable and hard functioning as a utility room. Large white porcelain tile in the bath leaves few grout lines to get dirty and balances the small marble ovals on the floor that we sealed and coated to prevent damage. The quartz composite countertop is crisp and modern but resists stains. The custom vanity is designed by Anne Tollett Interiors and was made in the highest gloss finish – one wipe with a cloth and it’s clean. We painted the walls in a highest gloss Tiffany blue because it is the most forgiving. Crystal accents and white glass sconces add sparkle. Adorable!

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