02 February 2018

DC Master Bathroom Reno all the way from rural Rwanda!

So E-design has been where it's at for me lately! Besides working on my own house, I have been having some fun working on homes across the US from my little bungalow on the equator as well. I've worked on a few small projects, but my biggest and most exciting one is a past client's Master Bathroom in VA. I had worked on Michelle & Jeff's kitchen and living room previously, and when they wrote needing help with the bathroom, I was thrilled. 

Their kitchen and living room were a simple fix; With color consultations, ideas, and a few accessory shopping trips, we kept most of the furniture and layout the same. They just needed a re-fresh. But what an improvement! 

The Kitchen Before:

After the consultation, accessorizing, hardware and paint selection:

We are working on the backsplash and custom hood in there next! 

The Living Room Before:

And After:

Just some small adjustments, furniture placement, accessorizing, and fresh paint on the walls to get a brand new, contemporary living room! One of my favorite small tips from this consultation was a simple removal of the curly decorative metal at the base of the wall sconces. It made them like new!

The bathroom remodel was not going to be so simple however! I was excited to take on this new e-design project, and after working with Michelle & Jeff in other areas of their home, I already knew their family's style and I knew they would want to have some fun with this bathroom! The plan is for these two to move into the downstairs Master Bedroom of their house from the upstairs one, and it needed a bigggg facelift before they would make the switch. Check out some before pictures:

I started first on the bathroom. What a fun project! We're gutting everything and starting fresh. It will be such a transformation. Tune in to the next blog to see the plans and exactly how we're going to turn this bathroom into something fabulous and very 2018!


26 January 2018

It's Finished!!! Right Before we probably move again......

Who knows when we actually will move, but I am feeling that itch to start working on another home. ;) Sorry Patrick- stop reading now.... Most likely we will move out of our beautiful rural lake house to Kigali though (the capital city), so I can focus more on an interior design career there, and probably designing my own furniture collection too! Patrick's position is global, and he can work in Kigali's offices as well. Although, we could stay rural longer if I get even more E-design clients!! (Tell your friends to hit up NAFASI for E-design packages!! Let us live here longer!!!) ;) But seriously, it will be hard to leave this place. Just look at it though... 😫

You all ready for the final reveal? The house has been done since about September, it's just taken me a minute to take the photos, buy flowers, get it clean, edit photos, and then write about everything. Life. So NOW....... drumroll please..... Here's our little home! Starting with the porch:



What a fine young animal that is. Let's move through those french doors on the right into the Living Room now. (The left doors are the bedroom.)

Keep going a little further into our bright blue kitchen!


Take a left down the hallway...


And your first left is the bedroom! 


Keep going down the hallway...


And there's our bathroom. Our pride and joy. :)


And there you have it! All of the pictures are linked to my portfolio, where I have loads and loads more photos of the house, if you're interested! Also, for my Rwanda friends, the towel ladder in the last photo, as well as the black nightstand in the bedroom (which also comes in mint green and raspberry) are currently in stock as the first pieces of my furniture collection! Each at 30,000. 

And for real... E-Design.  Continue to follow the blog to hear about my current E-Design project where I'm gutting and renovating a client's bathroom in DC. Think black + white + brass, plus soft organic textures and of course some salvaged wood. 😍


14 December 2017

One More Glitch

...Before I get to the final house pictures. But this one's a doozy...

Yeah that third shelf fell. I tried putting a big beautiful plant with a clay pot up there. It looked beautiful! For about 1 hour. The shelves even with anchors can't hold very much weight in old cement walls. It ripped out huge holes in the walls where the brackets were and dirt and pieces of pottery were all over the floor. It was so sad!

The good news here- the maintenance team came and fixed it all immediately! Before I knew it holes were patched, the mess was cleaned, and by the next week the bracket was back up and I had painted over the new cement. The only down side is we had to move the shelves higher than their old placement to drill into a more solid part of wall, and the 2nd and 3rd shelves are now a little too tall to reach. Patrick's having an OK time with it though at least!

While we're on the topic, another fumble occurred in our bathroom. The best part about having a finished house is hosting parties, which we both love to do! So during one party, a light fixture that I got in Uganda broke and we were left with just one. (See the blog about the light here!) It turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I found Itara Lampshades made locally right in Kigali! Talia, the owner, worked with me to make my custom shades and have them delivered to me so quickly! And I love how they look on my Ugandan base sconces! (Which are actually 2 different shapes if you look closely! haha- I like the quirkiness though!) 

Check out how much cooler they look now!

I also made a vegan ;) leather ottoman...

And painted our closets in the bedroom. 

With a little fear of spilled paint (Which actually cleaned up ok!) And replacing the hardware... 

I put the Agate handles and other hardware from the States on the kitchen cabinetry and island also!

And added some magnets to make sure everything closed properly and stayed closed.

The light fixtures were all installed and the rugs went in, and at this point... Everything was finished!

Final pictures to come next! I can't wait!