Our Kitchen Reno Before & After

OUR KITCHEN RENO BEFORE AND AFTER KATE DWELL IN STYLE

You guys already know I would have done a lot more with our semi-open galley kitchen if we actually plan to stay longer but we always knew we’re gonna up-size later. Having a cut-out L-shaped wall means I don’t have to decide the finishing for the back of the cabinets—are they gonna be glossy white like the doors? Waterfall edge countertop (more costly)? Open shelving? Cabinets on legs for an even airier look? These options are enough to drive me crazy. 

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An Awful Case Of Buyer’s Remorse

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The first question is—have you ever experienced a buyer’s remorse? Then the second question is—have you ever felt disgusted or dirty from buying something?? Now before you think I’m exaggerating things, nope I’m not. It’s hard to admit at first, I struggled to acknowledge it (to say it out; to put it in words). It’s that feeling when you are disappointed with yourself…

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Our First Home Reno Before And After

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There was definitely a period of time when me and some of you thought that this post might never happen. Not because the reno didn’t meet our deadline (more on this later) but I was too lazy to update the blog for 4 months while in my new home. No, not really…actually we got ourselves busy with a kitten (that got ill) and to be honest I kept thinking my home is not “photo-ready”.

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My 2 Bedroom Apartment Design Plan Options

MY 2 BEDROOM APARTMENT DESIGN PLAN OPTIONS KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Here’s the floor plan of my 700 sq ft apartment (technically smaller than that) and I figured I might as well features two different options. (Why not? Since this is also provided as part of the E-Design service for my clients). One focus on working with the original layout and the second one has a daring all-out reconfiguration! You can probably tell that the second option cost a lot more because we’ll be changing a ton of stuff. I came up with two mood boards for both options, let’s get to it.

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A Trip To The Tiles Shop

A TRIP TO THE TILES SHOP KATE DWELL IN STYLE

Last Sunday we went to select tiles with our contractor which happened to be Jim’s birthday. We didn’t throw a party (we are not party people) but when we left the shop after three hours, I felt like as if I was having a hangover from last night’s party. No worries, we also snagged some Subway tiles while we were there. I’m all about exploring new ways to showcase classic designs (and within budget). Let’s see

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