By far the most costly area of the home to renovate or remodel is the kitchen. It's also the room with the most complexity. The expertise of an interior designer can really make a difference in how your project turns out. I can assist you with space planning, selection of fixtures and finishes, and provide you with a set of drawings for your general contractor. Be sure to click on each image to enlarge and scroll through before and after photos.
Same image as previous photo with hidden, push-latch door open. It's just deep enough to house cutting boards. Customization was key to making this relatively small kitchen efficient.
This kitchen is relatively small so cabinets were custom made to maximize what could fit. There are toe-kick drawers to house baking sheets and a folding step stool. The dishwasher blends seamlessly with the hickory cabinetry. Interior Design: Kim Boss, Boss Interior Design. GC: Neighbor's Construction.
Countertops are Quartz in pure white with a waterfall edge.
A proper closet was created in the master bedroom behind two sets of double doors.
Eight feet were added on to the back of the kitchen and a previously useless hallway was incorporated into the space.
This is the same view as the previous photo! The original kitchen was cramped and laid out poorly.
The space under the stairs was poorly utilized before the banquette was added.
While the footprint of this compact kitchen could not be enlarged, the new layout accommodates all of this family's needs for appliances without cluttering the counter top. Interior design by Kim Boss, GC Fred Mertz, and custom cabinetry by Kitchen Kreations.
The soffit could not be removed but replacing the exhaust fan with this flush-mount model opened up the space tremendously. The microwave drawer helps keep the counter free to use as prep space.
Compact but Loaded with Amenities
I work on more bathroom remodels than any other type of interior design project and each has it's own personality. I can help you determine the optimal layout for your bathroom and draw up plans to give your contractor. I can also help you with the myriad of decisions to be made such as selecting faucets, sinks, toilets, light fixtures, tile, mirrors, vanities, and accessories. Click on the images to enlarge them and scroll through before and after photos along with descriptions.
An old medicine cabinet was replaced with one that has a more vintage vibe and since this is a bathroom for children, cute touches like whale tail hooks were used to bring in the beach house feel.
Designing a custom vanity was the only way to fit storage into this unusually narrow master bath.
This bathroom still had original fixtures and lacked character.
Some homeowners go for the gusto and do all their renovating at once! This was the case here where all 3 bathrooms were remodeled at the same time. The homeowner's only direction - "I love the beach and the color blue." All 3 bathrooms were narrow and needed to accommodate a family of 5.
The only things the homeowners liked about the bathroom before were the gray paint and the toilet!
The home-owners wanted a subdued color scheme so the designer added detail with textured tile.
This is the same view as last photo. The new homeowners asked for the addition of a walk in shower, double vanity, more storage, and a design that befits the mid-century architecture of this home.
50 Shades of Gray in Mid-Century En Suite
The owner's of this mid-century gem in Bellflower, CA hadn't even moved into their new home when they found out they were expecting baby boy number 3! They were overwhelmed and needed help making their en-suite bathroom fit the architecture of the home and practical for bathing 3 boys under the age of 3.
Here's a view of the original shower next to the tub. The owners never used the tub so they elected to take it out in favor or a larger shower.
This master bathroom was originally a Jack-and-Jill and had a door that opened to a child's room. The door was walled in. Here you see the new custom, floating vanity and custom windows. Interior Design: Kim Boss, Boss Interior Design. GC: Neighbors Construction.
This was the view from the door that was walled in (the bathroom was painted blue later). You can see the original vanity, window, and location of the toilet.
Serene and Spa Like Master Bath
This bathroom is shared by two little boys. To keep costs down, the vanity is from Ikea and was lacquered bright orange.
The bathroom had not been updated since the house was built in 1948. It was quaint but the tile was stained and had many cracks, and the single sink wasn't functional for the two boys sharing the space.
Cheerful Jack & Jill Bathroom Shared by 2 Boys
You can see in this picture that the room once had a shower. It was tiny and since the house has two other full bathrooms, the shower was eliminated.
This tiny powder room features a new, floating, Duravit vanity and sink, vintage lighting, and an incredible walnut framed mirror.
The addition of wallpaper, vintage lighting, and a stain glass window give this room personality.
Lively Powder Room with Vintage Lighting
Sometimes all you need is a push in the right direction. Mood boards with suggested product purchases can help you collect the elements you need to create a serene master suite, a colorful kid's room, or a sophisticated living room. After a consultation to determine your needs and taste preferences, Kim can create a mood board that will allow you to make purchases as you are able without losing track of your design goal. If you're ready to go further, Kim can assist you with your purchases and arrange the new decor in your home. Click on each image to enlarge and scroll through the photo galleries.
Here's a view of the same room from the opposite corner. The table belonged to the homeowners but now there's room to fully extend it and host large family gatherings with comfortable seating for all.
The entry, living room, and dining room were totally updated in this modified traditional ranch home in Bixby Knolls. Interior Design: Kim Boss, Boss Interior Design. GC: Tait Williams, Custom Carpentry. Decorative Painting: Kai Goodwin.
The entry had outdated wallpaper and hand-me-down furniture that didn't reflect the owner's taste.
Custom designed cabinet to conceal front loading side by side washer and dryer. Interior Design: Kim Boss, Boss Interior Design. Cabinetry and Installation: Kitchen Kreations.
Kid's Bedrooms with Loads of Storage and Custom Bedding.
Other Projects, Before and After Photos
This is how I found it. How could I pass up the peg legs and those interesting knobs?
This old fashioned dresser discovered at a second hand store is made modern and fresh with a coat of Aubusson blue chalk paint and dark wax.
This was cute but boring. Purchased from a second hand store, I knew it had potential.
Custom shelving in this 940 square foot Mission Revival bungalow built in 1924 in Bluff Heights provides much needed storage and is consistent with the architecture.