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Casa Covet Living: She’s all done, folks!

Kitchen | Interior Design by Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living
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Kitchen, After | Interior Design by Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

It’s been so long since we last posted about our beloved dollhouse project / labor of love that I don’t even know where to start…  I could break this up into about 10 different posts, entitled things like:

  • Hardware is a real b*tch” (for how tricky it is to find inexpensive hardware that isn’t heinous… especially brass.)
  • Couldah Shouldah Wouldah” (for the things we may’ve done differently if we had ’em to do over… but for every one of those, there’s also a ‘this fortunate accident actually turned out way better than we’d expected.’)
  • Ohhhhhhhhh F**********dge” (for the mistakes we caught just in time that could’ve been REAL ugly.)
  • Fifty (million) shades of grey” (for the daunting paint selection process… because no matter how many ‘these are the 5 best no-fail neutrals’ posts that are out there on Pinterest, the truth is that EVERY paint color looks different in EVERY individual house, and sometimes you have to just have to slap a bunch of ’em on the wall and stare at them for a few days until you’re cross-eyed. Slash, I say that, and yet there are actually a few neutrals I’ll keep in my arsenal from now on.
  • Splurge & Save” (for what not to skimp on, and where you can cut corners).
  • Timing is Everything” (aka a good solid order of operations / checklist you need to have in place when you’re approaching a renovation.)
  • Talk to me, Goose” (for how ABSOLUTELY VITAL it is to have a solid working relationship and open line of communication with your contractor, because the second that breaks down is the second something slips through the cracks. And while we have spatted (is it spat or spat-ted?) like brother & sister a few times – he yanked my pigtails, I’ve def put him in timeout more than once, etc – I do adore, have the utmost respect for and have been incredibly lucky to have been able to work with Karrie & Tim’s contractor, Joe Borci.  Who really is the absolute best at what he does.  And who – bless his heart – we legit tortured with things like hilariously inappropriate group texts, April Fools jokes, endless intricate details for him to implement that probably made him want to lose my #…

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We also tortured him delivering weekly payments delivered in envelopes like this:

poor joe | casa covet living
poor joe | casa covet living

And wardrobe razzing like this:

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But I’ll save all those tangent posts for another day, cuz this sucker’ll be long enough.  Probably best to go take a bathroom break now before you settle in and start reading.  But I bet y’all just wanna see some before & afters & some highlights, right??!  Welp, here you go!  We’ll start back at the beginning… remember this chopped up, super vintage fixer upper it seemed there was no hope for?

{ BEFORE }

BEFORE Floor Plan | Casa Covet Living

{ THE PLAN }

The idea was to open the space up, which basically required blowing out most of the interior walls in the main living area and kitchen.  The major challenges were then that we needed: a) a long wall to put a built-in media center on, b) a home for the washer/dryer, and c) an office for Tim.

blowing out walls | casa covet living

{ AFTER }

This is where we landed… After we blew out those interior walls (and had to bring in a few huge support beams), I extended the hall bath wall to create an office for Tim where the “bar” once was, which gave us a spot for the entertainment center.  We also decided to house the W/D inside of cabinetry in the office.  AND reconfigured the master suite some – removing that giant heinous fireplace wall

AFTER Floor Plan | Casa Covet Living

{ KITCHEN… BEFORE.  HOLY MOSES. }

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before kitchen 1

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{ DEMO }

…To sum up all of us during the demo / design process, I was kinda like this:

Interior Designer Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

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And Karrie was kinda like this: (“…hey girl, a little to the right.  Waiiiiiit, whaaaaaat?  Timeout – could somebody bring me a mai tai?”)

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LAWD.  Which prompted me to stop and refuel at the West Hollywood mothership (Gracias Madre) a few times – and by refuel I mean wash down a hill of nachos with a margarita or 3.

working lunch, gracias madre | casa covet living

nachos, gracias madre | casa covet living

gracias madre margarita | casa covet living

And, Tim – bless his heart – was all posted up in a suit and serious at all the Friday a.m. construction meetings, trying to reign me & Karrie in and (unsuccessfully) trying to put the smack down on things like the mint pineapple hall bath wallpaper.  Ask him how that turned out for him.

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{ CABINET DETAILS }

We did a few extra custom details to make Karrie & Tim’s house extra warm & fuzzy.  Behold: the X wine rack over the refrigerator… because wtf does anyone ever really do with that space??  Other good options would’ve been to do a top hinge, so that the door lifts upward and it’s easier to access what’s inside… or to have added vertical dividers and stored baking pans / cookie sheets up there, since it’s 26″ deep and there’s plenty of space for lesser-used items.  But we wanted to open the space up some, so this was a perfect solution.  Also… a moment of silence, please, for Henri – Tim’s godawful life-size-wine-rack-man that used to sit in their breakfast nook in Santa Monica.  And that I always wanted to chuck over the balcony.  He’s currently sleeping peacfully in a dumpster behind their old apartment.

x-wine rack over refrigerator | casa covet living x-wine rack over refrigerator | casa covet living

{ HARDWARE }

We sprung for the most beautiful tarnished brass hardware on the island (look at the x-detail on those sweet aztec knobs – color: light bronze | hex pull – color: light bronze), and cut a major corner by scoring cheapie and fabulous ORB hardware for the perimeter cabinetry.

Brass Cabinet Hardware | Casa Covet Living

ORB Hardware | Casa Covet Living

Master Bath got glass knobs & pulls, courtesy of Home Depot (again – we needed hardware on that vanity that would “go away” and not detract from that gorgeous finish):

Master Bath Glass Pulls | Casa Covet Living

And for the Hall Bath, we recycled the perfectly gaudy vintage cut glass golf ball knobs that were there when Karrie & Tim bought the place:

vintage hardware | casa covet living

hall bath | casa covet living

{ SCALLOPED TOE KICKS / FEET AT THE KITCHEN SINK }

scalloped toe kicks | casa covet living

{ X-TOWEL RACK IN MASTER VANITY }

x-detail, master vanity | casa covet living

{ L-O-V-E HOW THE CUSTOM FINISH CAME OUT ON THAT BAD BOY, BTW }

It’s almost got a bluish undertone, which I love with the lagoon glass shower tile.

master vanity | casa covet living

{PS, ME & TEEM TOTALLY WON THE BATHROOM MIRROR BATTLE …hip hip, hoooraaaay!}

Sidenote: chalk this up as maybe the first thing in history we’ve ever agreed on.

master bath | casa covet living

The sconces in the master bath were also a huge score… the finish is “brown nickel” – which I have never seen done before and which is super baller in person.  We needed something that wasn’t too matchy to the polished nickel plumbing, but brass (albeit amazing) wasn’t the right call either.  These are perfect… even Joe thought so.

master bath | casa covet living

polaris sconce, arteries | casa covet living

{ THE PRECIOUS GEM THAT IS THE MASTER SHOWER }

Shower Tile Going In | Casa Covet Living

master shower, blue glass tile | casa covet living
master shower, blue glass tile | casa covet living

Karrie | Casa Covet Living

{ AS A REMINDER, THIS WAS THE MASTER BATH BEFORE.  YEAH. }

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{ DELIVERING OUR COOING, BOUNCING TWIN BABIES TO THE JOBSITE }

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I'm an aunt! | Casa Covet Living

{ AND THEN WATCHING IN WONDER AS WERE HOISTED TO THEIR RIGHTFUL HOME IN THE SKY ABOVE THE ISLAND }

island pendants | casa covet living
island pendants | casa covet living

island pendants | casa covet living

kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

{ RECLAIMED OPEN SHELVING }

I sourced the open shelving from Reclaimed Wood San Diego, from this giant hill of lumber.  The best pieces were on the bottom… whoops slash HUGE thanks to the amazing folks who work there who heave-ho’d it out for me.  I grabbed 2 long planks of White Oak that we had cut into 27″ shelves.

reclaimed wood san diego | casa covet living

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Their lead time was too long so we had to have it custom stained in LA.  And buzzang – did they come out PERFECT:

reclaimed shelving | Casa Covet Living

{ TABARKA INSET JUST WENT IN THIS WEEK.. CAN YOU DEAL? }

PS: Amiel for President.

tabarka inset | casa covet living

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kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

kitchen AFTER | casa covet living

{DRUMROLL… HALL BATH BEFORE & AFTERS}

* sink *

before hall bath

hall bath | stephanie ballard interiors | casa covet living
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* shower *

before hall bath shower

brass hall bath shower | casa covet living

hall bath | casa covet living
…don’t worry – I already christened this bad boy with a bubble bath the other night.

hall bath | casa covet living

* I can’t take it. *

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hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

* Look at our boy Javier go! *

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hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

hygge and west mint pineapple wallpaper | casa covet living

{ KITCHEN SINK }

kitchen sink | casa covet living

kitchen sink | casa covet living

kitchen sink | casa covet living

{ FAMILY ROOM BUILT-INS }

PS, this is about the coziest dang situation I’ve ever seen in person.

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GYAH IT’S JUST NOT UGLY.  The construction / design portion is finished, and Karrie & Tim are merrily unpacking boxes as we speak, but we still have SO MUCH work to do on the decorating end it’s not even funny.  Starting with barstools… and we’re using this stunning Carolina Irving fabric:

Carolina Irving Aegean Stripe | Casa Covet Living

And for the breakfast nook / dining area, which currently looks like this…

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We’re in the process of making nook seat cushions…

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Using the NUBBIEST EVER Thibaut Crypton fabric for the bench cushion seats… that way ain’t nobody can ever screw ’em up. Crypton is amazingly pet / kid / Pig Pen Karrie friendly, because of its stain, moisture and odor resistance.  The fabric literally has an integrated moisture barrier, so most stains come up with a damp cloth and water, or if they’re super stubborn, mild soap and water.  Bing bang boom.

thibaut crypton juno in flax | casa covet living

Also in the process of choosing throw pillow fabrics.  Which is basically like trying to choose a favorite piece of candy from Candy Land.  And by Candy Land, we mean Nicky Rising & Hollywood at Home.

Interior Designer Stephanie Ballard | Covet Living Interiors | Casa Covet Living

We’re leaning somewhere towards here – for one, because we’ve both loved this Tulu Textiles fabric since the beginning of time, but also because it’ll show fewer spaghetti sauce / red wine stains.  Jury’s out but we’re percolating… hard.

Breakfast Nook Fabrics | Casa Covet Living

One more time for good measure. Cuz this post isn’t long enough:

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Before & After | Interior Design: Stephanie Ballard | Casa Covet Living

Last but not least, this is about how we all feel about the house at this point… all a little bit deliriously happy.  I don’t think it translates via pictures or even video, but it is magical in person.  So cozy, and exactly what we wanted.

{ KARRIE }

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{ TEEM }

{ ME }

stephanie ballard | casa covet living

Also – totally holding Karrie to this:
 

And this was the scene last week when I popped up to shack up at Casa Covet Living. Home sweet home.
 

done! | Casa Covet Living
 We’ll keep you posted as we continue to layer goodness into Karrie & Tim’s happy new abode!!!  Thanks for following along with the renovation and helping us make decisions along the way and cheering us on!!  You guys are the BEST! Sidenote:

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PS: Steph’s Interior Design website is currently under construction, so in the meantime, stay tuned here and over on her insta for updates! She’s currently booking out projects for the Fall of 2016 – email: stephanie.m.ballard@gmail.com with inquiries.

xoxo,

Steph & Karrie

Casa Covet Living: Karrie & Tim’s Gut Rehab

Gut Rehab: Karrie & Tim's House | Covet Living

Ladies & Gents, this is a pipe dream come true: our very own house to renovate!  And by “our”, naturally I mean mine and Karrie’s Tim & Karrie’s new pad!  (But c’mon let’s be honest – gurl you know I already called dibs on the front guest room for all of eternity!  And the day we went to look at the house together, high-fived Tim and yelled “SU CASA ES MI CASA!!!”)  HablhdsahjhahahaJFkldfhdhfjkahjhahhahah.  PS Karrie and I really do share a brain:

Karrie and Steph Convo | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

But for real – I could NOT be happier for my bestie and her hubs.  They have both been busting their respective humps for years in La La Land and just closed on a sweet little 50’s bungalow right on the border of Westchester & Playa Del Ray.  Which, sweet as it may be, needs a shiny new sledgehammer to be taken to it stat for a little update.  How cute is this note, by the way, that the previous owner left for them??  “…the bar top took me a year of Saturdays to finish” = I DIE.  I told them they should frame it and put it up somewhere.

Note from Existing Homeowner | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Thank goodness Tim is as wise a man as he is and has given wifey and me the reigns (insert squealing and jumping up and down in circles).  Anyhow – Karrie and I will be sharing weekly updates with you as we just entered serious planning stages and demo starts (gasp) in a few weeks.  Here are a few shots of the hizzle as is:

EXTERIOR

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

KITCHEN

…don’t worry – we’ll fix it!

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Tough to see but the kitchen is to the left of that sliding door…  if I had panned a few feet further left, you would see that lovely yellow peninsula countertop.  We’re thinking of widening this opening and putting in La Cantina doors to create an indoor/outdoor feel.  The area just beyond the sliding glass door is currently an extension of the paved driveway, but we’re thinking about tossing a deck out there.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

FAMILY ROOM (looks into a little bar in the back)

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

BAR

…this is the bar the sweet former homeowner built.  Sniff.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

MASTER BEDROOM

…that little fireplace is coming out but we’re going to reuse it outside on the future deck/patio.  That wall of mirrored closets is also getting da boot.

Master Bedroom

MASTER BATH

…sweet Lord, that’s a shade of mint I’m not sure I’ve ever seen.  Plan here is to carve a little more space out for the master bath and give them a large glass walk-in shower, his and hers vanities, etc.

Master bathroom

HALL BATH

…does Thally Draper live here?  No but for reals.  I’m campaigning to bust out that soffit, add wall sconces in lieu of hanging pendants, put open shelving where the cabinet is above the commode, and the wall at left separates the sink area from the tub/shower combo.  That oughta be glass up top for sure, because this area is too small and dark for comfort as is.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

LAYOUT

The biggest challenge and what we’re trying to tackle first is reworking the interior… the existing floor plan is – true to the style when it was built – uber compartmentalized and funktastic.  Karrie and Tim want to bust out some walls and have more of an open layout – with a fatty gracious kitchen and big eat-in island that’s open to a cozy family room.  Other challenges include:

  • Creating an office space somewhere without occupying a bedroom
  • Relocating the washer/dryer from the kitchen (it was inside that big built-in cabinet/armoire thing) to a location that makes sense
  • The walls between the kitchen and family and between the kitchen and dining are most def coming out… which opens things up but then creates one long, huge open space.  The wall at the right between the living/hall and family/hall may also come out… all of which means we’re going to have to put some MAJOR support beams in.  In any case, we’d like to open this up but still have a designated kitchen, dining (doesn’t have to be separate/closed off) and cozy family room.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

So, that’s where we are kiddos!  Karrie and I also may’ve accidentally jumped ahead a few steps and hit Country Floors last month (like a candy store!) and ordered Tabarka samples (thanks, Amiel!), which we fully plan on decking out the kitchen with.  Which do y’all like?

Tabarka Tile at Country Floors | Covet Living
Palio 1 | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

PS…  how sweet is this pic of Karrie & Tim dancing in their new living room that I may’ve snapped when they weren’t looking.  *tear

Karrie & Tim's New House

Anyhow.. We’ll be rocking out weekly updates so stay tuned… and as always we love hearing from you!!

xoxoxox,

Steph & Karrie

*Credits: As-Built CAD drawing by DJR Design Group