Ashley here, sharing all the things about my current home and renovation. We completely gutted a house that most people wouldn’t have stepped foot in—but I saw the potential. We redesigned it basically from scratch, well, as much as you can with a renovation. Aside from taking it down to the studs, we also added on an addition that houses our master suite. We opened up most of the rooms in the front of the house to create an open-concept kitchen, living, and dining nook, but incorporated warmer tones and ample textures to achieve a cozy and inviting space.

The Kitchen

This kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in the house.  The goal was to create a lived-in design with character and charm, so it’s modern materials didn’t feel so “new construction”.   I wanted to keep things neutral in color with the warmer toned cabinets, painted Naturel by Sherwin Williams, and pops of brass throughout. We opted to keep it simple with a 4″ quartz backsplash instead of tile to add an English touch. The focal point of the kitchen was the arched alcove. After that decision was made, I was able to  design the rest of the kitchen around that. We mixed countertops in the kitchen with a lighter quartz on the perimeter and then I was able to find a soapstone remnant for the island. The piece was not quite large enough for the full island, so we got creative and had our trim carpenter add a custom walnut cutting board on the range side to fill the rest of the space.


The Laundry Room

Who doesn’t love a bright and airy laundry room to do your dirty work in? I wanted it to feel crisp and clean, but not lack texture, so we installed vertical shiplap around the whole room and painted it the same as the wall color, Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball. We ended up painting nearly all of the walls in the house Wimborne White—it’s a creamy white with a slightly warm undertone. We hang a lot of our clothes so I knew I wanted something other than a basic metal bar—insert this unique yet functional drying rack which I love! We left the rest of the space open for a future folding counter and hamper storage.


The Mudroom

When you have kids, you need ample amount of storage. We added both locker hooks and wooden pegs for extra hanging spots. The earthy-green paint and white oak bench felt welcoming since this space also doubles as our entry. The paint color we went with on the walls, ceiling, lockers and trim in this room was Honed Soapstone by Sherwin Williams.


The Primary Bathroom

Keeping with the theme, we choose brass hardware, plumbing, and lighting to compliment the dark, rich stained cabinets. I wanted this space to feel organic with modern touches so a combination of muted green shower tile installed vertically in a grid pattern was a must. Instead of a standard countertop backsplash, we pulled the green tile from the shower to tie the spaces together—I love the unexpected pop of color it added.


The Hall Bathroom

And finally, our hall bath. Since this bathroom is the one our guests use most, as well as our kids, I wanted to make it fun yet cohesive with the overall style of the house. This penny tile with the flower pattern added just the right amount of playfulness without feeling overwhelmingly busy. Again we choose a darker stained cabinet but paired it with a marble remnant that has lots of warm veining and movement. I kept it more cost effective with chrome plumbing fixtures and sourced affordable hardware online.


Where we started…

Here are few before photos from fall 2020 to show where we started—we’ve come along way!

Paint & Stain:

  • Wall Color: Wimborne by Farrow and Ball
  • Base + Case: Wimborne by Farrow and Ball
  • Lockers: Honed Soapstone by Sherwin Williams
  • Locker Bench: Whitewash White Oak


  • Kitchen Perimeter: Hestia Quartz
  • Kitchen Island: Soapstone
  • Primary Bath: Parthenon Honed Quartzite
  • Hall Bath: Calacatta Maccha Veccia Marble


  • Kitchen: CKF Marquis Express, Color: Naturel by Sherwin Williams
  • Primary Suite: Marquis Classic, ColorL: Red Oak Java
  • Hall Bath: Marquis Express, Color: Red Oak Frontier

Tile & Flooring:

  • Wood Flooring: Access Pro, Twin Bridges LVP
  • Mudroom: Access Pro, Twin Bridges LVP
  • Primary Bath Tile: Kate Lo, Renoir, Grout: Sterling, 50/50, 12×24
  • Primary Bath Shower Walls: Midwest Tile, Splendours, 3×12, Color: Green, Grout: Sterling, Vertical Grid Pattern
  • Primary Bath Shower Floor: Kate Lo, Renoir Mosaic, Grout: Sterling, 2×2
  • Hall Bath: Affinity Tile, Metro Penny Rounds, White/Flower, Grout: Silverado