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  • Writer's pictureTiffany Hatfield

Laying to Rest an Outdated Design

When we first met Mr. Tobias, he was ready to update his kitchen and his bathrooms. He and his wife had built the home together and after her passing, he had been reluctant to make any changes. Unfortunately, the function of the spaces and the condition of the existing materials left him realizing that it was time for an upgrade.



Mr. Tobias noted in our initial design session that he loved the color green which was why they had chosen to include it in their original kitchen design with green floor tile and green paint on the walls. When we asked him about the things that he didn't like about the original design, he cited that the kitchen felt closed off from the dining space and that it was hard to have a conversation with people through the wall cabinets that hung over the peninsula and created a visual barrier between the two sides of the kitchen.


We started by removing everything down to the studs. We built the space back out with taller wall cabinets to provide more storage. We added all-new lighting, a wood-look tile flooring, and gorgeous quartzite countertops. We wanted to make sure that Mr. Tobias got his green incorporated into the design, so we added it through a handcrafted emerald subway tile. The color combination felt warm and friendly, just like Mr. Tobias, which is always one of our goals--to create interiors that reflect the personality of the people who live there.



The master bath had builder-grade materials and a smaller footprint. Mr. Tobias wanted to keep the layout but upgrade the materials with products that felt upscale with a traditional style.


We removed a portion of the wall in the shower and added custom shower glass to open up the space visually. We added marble tile and an inlay that brought a little masculine flair to the space. On the vanity side, we added a center tower to provide more storage for towels and toiletries.



The hall bath was being used primarily for the care of Mr. Tobias's elderly mother who had some mobility issues. We wanted to give her a space to shower and get ready that was a little easier to navigate.


We created an easier showering experience by adding an ADA-compliant shower, complete with folding seat and handheld sprayer. We used a lighter marble with an arabesque inlay to give the space that upgraded traditional look that Mr. Tobias wanted.


Cabinets: Charleston Toffee (kitchen) | Charleston Saddle (bathrooms); CC Home Remodeling

Countertops: Taj Mahal Quartzite (kitchen) | Taj Royale quartz (bathrooms); Caesarstone

Flooring: Cafe Ansley tile (kitchen) | Lifeproof Heirloom Pine LVP; Home Depot

Tile: Nabi Emerald Green Subway (kitchen); Tilebar | Cappucino marble collection (master bath) & Queen Ivory marble collection (hall bath); Tile Shop

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