Old World < New World

Over the summer, we started working on a kitchen renovation for a client who was putting her home on the market.  The home was built in the mid-70's and was in need of a makeover. The client purchased the home about nine years ago. The distaste for their kitchen was very real. In reality, they hated it but never knew what they wanted to do with it. 


The kitchen was beyond the need for an update. The cabinets were barely hanging on for dear life and the paint seen better days. The client's style was more of an old world fantasy of a French chateau in the countryside, and couldn't bare the look of something little more modern.  We gathered many great ideas, and while the client still wasn't sold on a more modern kitchen, she understood the home was going to be sold, and she would be able to do what she wanted at the next houese. Our client was also on a budget, and knew she couldn't go overboard. We decided to us Ikea cabinets and hardware, reusing the exsisting appliances. We also chose a cheaper quartz counter top that allowed us to stay within her budget. While we didn't give our client the dream kitchen she always wanted, we created a space where the new homeowners can enjoy a clean, and more modern kitchen for years to come. 

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Just looking at the new kitchen you can see a MAJOR difference between the two.  Using light finishes and cooler metals, we were able to make this kitchen look young and fresh. The contrast between the white cabinets and duel counter tops make the space seem more upscale and comfortable. 

This Face lift has made the kitchen a place to enjoy a nice glass of red wine, while you gossip over a cheese board with your closest girlfriends!

Dada for the Art

The interior of your home feeds off of your personality, which in return creates a livable space thas suitable for family, loved ones, and visitors of all walks of the earth. When you dig into the nitty-gritty of an interior space, there is one item in particular that sticks out....ART. Art has a voice of it's own and can honesty make or break a space. Art comes in an array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. 

Dada is one of the most unique movements in the art world. This rebel inspired art is something we here at Studio R love to use in our spaces. We use Dada art in modern and traditional homes as well as transitional, and comtemporary as well. 

Here are a few of our favorites.

The 3rd | Isabel Reitemeyer

Art Source :  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Impermanence | Deborah Stevenson

Art Source:  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

We have Electronique | Micosch Holland

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Going Directly To The Source | Deborah Stevenson

Art Source:  Saatchi Art

Art Source: Saatchi Art

Green For DAAAYZZ!

Bold colors have started showing their faces in kitchens through the tile, paint, and our favorite, CABINETS! Using color is a bold way to complement any space. Green seems to be the color people are most afraid of when it's actually one of the calmest colors to use. Being on the cooler side of the color wheel, no pun attended, green gives the space a calm and collective feel. Going a bit darker shows a great deal of sophistication when styling with classy brass or steel hardware. Using in small amounts can juxtapose any modern or transitional space with overall cleanliness while leaving a statement. These loud kitchens will be around for a while but will soon fade as every other trend.

Here are a few kitchens using green to make your edgy dreams come true. 

  Photo Credit: Top to Bottom; Studio McGee, Becki Owen, Sarah Gibson, Camille Styles

July Picks - Dorm Edition

Natural Abode

Boss Lady

Its that time of the year again…..Fall semester. Being a recent grad myself, I've experienced the depression of heading back to school and starting the never-ending nights of no sleep and gallons of coffee. It seems this way for design students. Regardless of your degree, there are thing we all have in common, dorms. Some choose to stay in dorms because they're forced by the University. This sucks because you want the freedom of living off campus, but many enjoy staying on campus and staying all four years. With that said, we all need to have a fabulous dorm  where we can come home and separate ourselves from our busy college schedule. 

Here are a few items that we have pulled together from Targets On To College section. 

Paint Colors of the Week!

Dark colors are here  to stay! These phenomenal colors will  transition any space into a nice cool place to hang out, and be comfortable!  We see more, and more homes getting a full black makeover, and we are perfectly fine with it.

Here are a few of our favorite dark colors and how we say to HELL with white! 

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What you need to know before hiring an Interior Designer.

Some clients have told me they have had bad experiences with Interior Designers or it's their first time using a professional. In all professions, this is always a fear, it's expected. You should treat us as a doctor. Would you just go to any doctor? A remodel, or even a refresher can be a time-consuming process from the start. Finding a qualified professional isn't as hard as you would think. Always educate yourself on the profession and understand the wants and needs before starting a project, believe me, it will save you money. 

I've received many questions and thought I would write a blog post about what you need to know before hiring a design professional. I will go over the dos & don'ts as well as what to look for. 

Here are ten things that you should know before working with a designer. 

  1. We are experts at what we do, so trust us. We know what you want and need for your lifestyle through the number of meetings that you have, and we are here for you. Interior design is a profession and not a “hobby.” We take that seriously. 
  2. Interview some designer before selecting one. Remember designers designer will always charge a fee to consult with you. I recommend that you should interview a total of 3 designers and find the one that fits your personal and you feel that most comfortable with.
  3. There is a difference between Interior Designer and Interior Decorator. Interior Designers are licensed professionals who manage projects involving construction and architecture. Interior Decorators make aesthetic improvements, but don’t make any structural changes to space. Do your research and ensure you are getting the right person with the proper knowledge, it will make things run more smoothly.
  4. Tell us EVERYTHING!! We want to know every little idea, inspiration, feeling, and don’ts that you have on your mind. When we understand what you want and don’t want we can design a well-planned space.
  5. Let us take control of your project. We will find the contractors and subs. We have a vast network on them that have been vetted to fit our clients. I mean you are paying us to these things anyway. 
  6. Since we are finding the trades let us manage them for you. Take a step back and let us take on the stress and worries of your project. We know what you want and probably do you better than you know yourself. We got your back. 
  7. Don’t shop for your designer. We take a lot of time on finding the right things to fit your space is all ways. We are getting a price, and we like to pass some of it on to you. Remember you are paying us to do these things, so why are you doing them?
  8. We cant tell you all of our secrets. You hired us for that, and we will make the magic happen. Just watch, and see. 
  9. Don’t tie us down. Tell us what your style and preferences and let us take it from there. You might be afraid of being creative, and that is fine, but we aren’t, and that is in your favor. 
  10. Last but not least, HAVE FUN!!!!! Make the best of it. We are fun and like to make the best of it and to make sure that you have the best experience. Believe me, when you get excited about a tile or light we are screaming like a fangirl inside. 

Now get yourself a designer and make things happen!!

Paint Colors of the Week!

Paint color is an essential part of a home refresher and remodel. It can be the cheapest solution for making your home new again. We're excited to announce our weekly blog post about color, and what it means to us! Color is a wonderful way to express one's self or spruce up your space and make it ascetically pleasing 


We are starting with the color that has replaced the boring beige that builders turn towards. Gray gives your space a modern look that fits in any style of home. While gray is becoming more common, it has been a color of the background of our everyday life. 

Here are our favorite grays that we use on the daily. 

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TBH Picks of June

We love to shop at places that all the cool kids wish they were shopping. TBH are clients allow us to shop at freaking cool places for cool things. We strive to introduce them to different shops that would have things that not average Joe would have (you know how we hate being anything like the Jones). As we were looking through a few of our FAV sites we thought we should share them with you guys. 

Here are a few of our favorite stores to date: 

1. Schoolhouse Electric


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F**k Chrome

Our friendly material for every bathroom, kitchen, well hell your whole house, has turned against us.  We have fallen into the traps of "nasty" trends of mixed metals and low-grade builder approvals...CHROME. Yes, that's right chrome is showed its faces as the go-to metal for all interiors and that is not ok. The home builders, "sent from God" material is no longer a metal for homes of tomorrow. These trends from the early 2000's have been legering around wasted homeowners money. While it seems to be a "safe-move" when designing (with it's lower end price point and simple aesthetic) it beats the purpose of giving your home a new look and fresh feel. Although this finish is liked by some, I fully support their choice of a selection that makes any homeowner comfortable in their own space. While the finish may be a number one pick in cases, there are other fresh sophisticated, and pleasing metals that can be used to give you the same look. Here are three of our favorites which are sexier than the "old biker" metal.

1. Oh My! Brushed Nickel

As I like to call it, "The sexy younger brother of chrome" has made its place in the home that leads more to a traditional /transitional style. Standing boldly with elegant hues of stainless steel, but showing a little bit of leg with gold undertones. 

Think of brush nickel as the high school jock you wanted to date, but never made up your mind if you were going to ask him out, or his brother chrome. ( Sorry this got a little bit personal) 

2. Holy Graphite!!

Holy Graphite!! is what we say everytime we spec this product for a client. The simple lines, masculine feel, and the bold statement makes this fairly new metal a heartthrob in all eyes, especially the fellas. Introducing such dark heavy metals in a space can scare even the strong-willed of us. The Modernist line from Dacor gives us a reason to slap our momma in the face, but your ass knows better! We see this metal sticking around for a while and even being "fondled" by many.  

Go ahead and close your mouth, we completely understand your sense of aw. 

3. Its all about the Brass!

I know what are you probably thinking, "Brass...the stuff that my grandmother had in the 80's." Brass made quite the comeback a few years back. Giving a vintage vibe to a modern home, brass puts the sexy back into metals. Mostly used in Mid-Century modern homes, brass can be placed through hardware on cabinets, used for faucets in both kitchens and bathrooms, and also being spotted as detail goose eggs in wood furniture. I like to call brass the women's metal that fits all too well in the men's interior department.