Three years ago, my family and I moved from a teeny-tiny row house in downtown to a spacious farmhouse in suburbia. We fell in love with the staircase overlooking the downstairs, the adjoining kitchen and family room, the two willow trees that line our backyard, the overgrown apple orchard and of course, the cows that live next door!
However, there was a lot of work to be done! My husband’s hand was shaking as we signed on the dotted line. “Katie,” he said. “You will HAVE to be okay with not fixing EVERYTHING in the first 5 years. This will be a house that we slowly remodel.”
“I realize that ETHAN,” I snapped back. I don’t remember if I actually knew I was lying at the time (I tend to get tunnel vision when I want something). However, deep down in my decorator’s soul, I remember feeling the thought, I will be renovating this house in about two years and no one is stopping me.
So here we are, only one year shy of my secret estimation and we’ve painted all the rooms, renovated the pool, replaced our three-season room with a large deck, changed the landscaping, and now, finally remodeled our kitchen and family room. It’s been a labor-of-love. I didn’t have a bad kitchen before by any means but I can now say, our house officially has my Ivory & Bone stamp.
To me, that stamp means more than just “my” particular style. The stamp represents a reflection of one’s self. In every project, whether it be mine or my client’s home/restaurant, my customer’s voice needs to be heard. His or her vision needs to be materialized or I haven’t done my job.
When your home or your business reflects the person you are, you can relax. “Making your mark” derives a feeling of empowerment, pride, and ownership. After my renovation I certainly feel all of these things and it only reinforces my passion to do the same for others.
And because it takes a village….
- Thank you to my husband, Ethan for dealing with your stuff-hound of a wife.
- To the brilliant team at Wojcicki Development for the construction.
- To Brian, Theresa, and Jose’ at Seacoast Stone for my countertop.
- To Paul at Custom Kitchen Wholesale for my kitchen cabinets.
- To Brett at Portico Fine Tile & Design for my tile.
- To Kate at Freebird for all the photos you see below!
Please comment below with any questions. I love hearing from you!! ~Katie
Before & After