Category Archives: interior design

April 19, 2017


Last week was pretty exciting at the house.  Pella installed the french doors which lead from the kitchen out to the deck. They are wood doors with grilles (since I am grille obsessed).  Pella only offers grilles on the outside of the window pane with wood doors, so that’s what we went with.  We had the doors painted black to match the rest of the windows. Pictures below 🙂


Should be seeing some real progress in the next coming weeks, so I am going to try and post more often.

Cheers, Hayley

December 10, 2015

Entry way Inspiration

One of my favorite things about row houses are the entry ways.  I love when they feel old and grand.  I’ve been thinking about how we are going finish ours.  None of the original tiles are intact and there is currently no pendant, so we are basically starting from scratch.

Our entryway space is similar in size to this image below.


                       Source: Houzz

I love this wallpaper from Rifle Paper Co.  It’s perfect for an entry way because the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and welcome.

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                                      Rifle Paper Co.: Pineapple (Ebony) Wallpaper

I am leaning towards this tile pattern…

entry tiles

                              Source: The Oregonian

The hardest part is picking a pendant.  Do we go with 1.) Traditional 2.) Geometric/Modern  or 3.) Vintage?   I love them all!

1.) WayFair: Penn Station 3 Light Pendant

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2.) Shades of Light: Clear Glass Prism Pentagon

entry light

3.) Shades of Light: Clear Seeded Glass Globe 

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Cheers, Hayley

October 26, 2015

The Upstairs Office

Now that all the rooms are framed out, we are starting to get a sense for the size and space.  I am starting to think more about what furniture we will need in each room and how to lay it out.  I love West Elm, and I recently discovered their Room Planner and it’s my new favorite thing.

With the Room Planner I created the layout for the office below.  Since we only have three bedrooms (and one of them is our master) we want this room to be somewhat of a flex space that can be used as an office or a guest room in case we have a few people staying with us at one time.  office layout

I think we will paint the walls a light grey which will look nice with the wood trim, shutters, and walnut floor.

BM - Grey Owl

Benjamin Moore – Gray Owl

Originally we were going to do a wall of built in shelves but ultimately we have decided its better to buy some key furniture pieces which will allow the room to be easily changed up/rearranged in the future.  This room doesn’t have a closet so I think adding an armoire makes a lot of sense.  The over sized chair with be a pull out twin bed.

West Elm - Patchwork Armoire

CB - Karnes Cot Sleeper

bar cart West Elm - Mid-Century DeskPB -Nash Swivel Desk Chair

Target - Aztec Rug

I think it all has a fun Mad Men vibe!  Cheers, Hayley

West Elm: Patchwork Armoire // C&B: Karnes Cot Sleeper // CB2: Bar Cart // West Elm: Mid-Century Desk Acorn // PB: Nash Swivel Desk Chair // Target: Aztec Rug

October 16, 2015

Patterned Tiles in the Powder Room

We are currently finalizing all our tile selections for the three bathrooms and the kitchen.  We are going to put a fun patterned tile on the wall behind the toilet in the powder room.  Below are some options we are looking at…


I’d really like to paint the walls a rich navy blue…

We will have a floating toilet and small console sink with thin white subway tiles behind the sink.

powder room

This is my inspiration for the mirror and lighting…

And a “Wash Closet” or “Toilette” sign on the outside of the door!wc signtoilette sign

Cheers, Hayley

October 14, 2015

Contruction Update and Parlor Floor Design Renderings

Now that demolition is complete the framing is going up!  Metal beams have been added to each of the ceiling beams since we took out a load bearing wall and the metal beams you see in the picture below are being used to frame out the rooms.

A lot of other stuff has been going on too that you can’t see like all new electrical wiring and plumbing.

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It’s still a little hard to imagine what it’s all going to look like so I am sharing some renderings our architects did.  The finishes will not look exactly like they do in the renderings but it gives you an idea of the general layout of the first floor.

This space….


Will be transformed into this space…




Cheers, Hayley

October 7, 2015

Kitchen Options

It’s Kitchen Wednesday! That’s not actually a thing but I thought I’d share some design renderings of different kitchen options our architects put together.  Punit and I have pretty much decided the finishes we like and its sort of a hybrid of the different options below.  Also we are going to have a tile backsplash instead of exposed brick.  But I am interested to hear what everyone think about the designs.  What do you prefer?  Anything you would consider?

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Cheers, Hayley

October 6, 2015

Floor Plans

I have added a page to show the floor plans.  Check it out here or below!  Once construction is complete this is what the layout for each floor will look like.  It took us months of going back and forth with our architects, Dylan and Javier, and seeing many iterations before we decided on these plans.

Parlor Floor Layout

Parlor Floor Layout

Second Floor Layout

Second Floor Layout

Garden Floor Layout

Garden Floor Layout

This is the original floor plan from when we bough the house.

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Cheers, Hayley

August 19, 2015

The Cellar

I posted tours of each of the floors except the creepy cellar.  (Check out the parlor level, second level, and garden level.)  The cellar is below the garden floor.  It is actually finished with a drop ceiling and walls but it’s in pretty rough shape.  We plan to refinish it and put in a cement floor.  The washer and dryer will also go in the basement.  Here are some pics and you can see what I mean by creepy.  I had to edit these photos to lighten them up just so you could see something.

You enter through the hallway on the garden level…


Here is a shot of the cellar looking towards the back of the house.  There is a mold problem in the way back corner from a leak we will address.


Here is a shot looking towards the front of the house.


And yes that is an oil tank in the closet!  The house still has oil heat, which we will convert.


Cheers, Hayley

August 4, 2015

“Before” Garden Level Tour

Happy Monday!  I have already posted pictures of both the parlor level and the second level, so today is the garden level.  This is the floor which is level with the street and you can enter the garden level through a door under the front stoop.  We are going to make this level a garden rental which is very common.  However the previous owners were using this as their main living space with a living room, kitchen, and the only working bathroom.  When the brownstone was built over 100 years ago this would have been the dining room and kitchen and the layout today is still basically the same.

After entering from the outside you turn left and enter into the main living space which was once the dining room.


The original fireplace and built in sidebar/bar are still there and we will restore them to their original glory!



If you turn around towards the back this area is where we will install a kitchen.  The closet to the back left will also be used as part of the kitchen space to make the room even larger.  (Dog not included in the rental, although you may bring your own dog).


Heading towards the back part of the house we enter into what is now a kitchen but will become a bedroom.


Turn to the right and there is a door that leads to the hallway which leads outside to the garden.

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Down the creepy hallway to a storage shed that was an add on probably in the 1970’s.


Keep walking out of the storage shed and you are in the garden.


Here is another shot of the garden looking at the back of the house…


A deck will be added to the parlor floor allowing the main part of the house access to the garden as well as the garden rental.  With some landscaping and a new fence this will be the perfect urban oasis!  Maybe a pool?

Cheers, Hayley

August 1, 2015

“Before” Second Level Tour

Yesterday I posted pictures of the parlor level, so today is a tour of the second level.  This is the level just above the parlor floor.  This floor will have our master bedroom and bath, a guest room, a small office, and a full guest bath.  The rooms are not in the greatest shape right now with lots of different floor materials going on and an out of service bathroom.  The layout is going to change a lot when we renovate the second floor.

This is the staircase at the main entrance of the house.  Let’s head up the stairs to the second floor…


As you go up the stairs there is a skylight.  We will replace it because it is in poor condition.  We actually have three skylights total on the second floor.  The other skylights will each fall over a bathroom when the renovation is complete.


At the top of the staircase are two doors.  They lead to two bedrooms at the back of the house.


The room on the right side is very small.  We took up some of the flooring to see if the original wood was there. Sadly no 🙁


The room to the left is bigger and has an old fireplace although the mantle and metal work have been stripped.  We will repurpose the fireplace fixtures from the parlor floor in the kitchen up here.


We will take down the wall separating these two rooms at the back of the house and this will become our master suite.   Also note another type of non-original flooring.


Here is a shot from the hallway looking towards the back two rooms.  The door on the left is currently the only bathroom upstairs.


The bathroom is outdated and doesn’t even work.  I am sharing just the one photo and sparing you all the nastiness, you get the idea.

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At the front of the house on the second floor is the original master bedroom with a sitting area.  We will make this a guest room and office.  The carpet of course will go and we will lay the same walnut flooring throughout the second floor.


Everyone freaks out when we tell them we are removing this lattice woodwork piece.  But I promise we are going to repurpose it in a cool way!  I know it’s original and everything, but at the same time this is 2015 and we have to make the layout work for a modern household.  It makes more sense to have a guest room and office/small bedroom, and the house will then technically be three bedroom instead of two.  All the other original woodwork upstairs is staying like the window trim, shutters, staircase, etc, etc!


Cheer, Hayley

Check out the parlor level and the garden level tour.