Kitchens and bathrooms are often the most complex projects for designers. With plumbing, lighting, electrical, structural, and ventilation issues that must be addressed before the pretty design work. Small kitchens and baths present their own unique challenges to make sure you get the most efficient use of your space possible.

Elegant Transitional Kitchen


This kitchen looked pretty good, but the cabinets were in bad shape with warped doors, broken hinges and lots of dead space. Say “Hi” to our contractor on the job with us to take measurements. The room also had a tiny breakfast nook and a small sectional the clients used as a family room. They spent most of their time in the space, but also had a beautiful formal living and dining room that went unused. So we decided to move the big TV into the living room, add a lot more cabinets and a bar, add a desk, and give them a larger table for casual dining.


The dark cabinets contrast nicely with the light floors, walls, and countertops. We added deeper storage above the refrigerator, a large upper and lower corner cabinet to address those dead space issues, and upgraded all the appliances.

The countertops are quartz and the backsplash is a mix of glass and stone. Where the large TV used to live, a new cabinet was installed with space for a small TV.

The former breakfast nook area became the work and play space with a desk and file storage as well as a new wine bar with pretty glass upper cabinets to show off the stemware.

After photos by Joanee Kagel

River Sunset Kitchen

This very small kitchen needed to have big style. We used a two-tone approach with the dark cabinets on the bottom and light on top and extended the cabinets all the way to the ceiling. The small display cabinets on top are lighted to keep the eye up and moving around the space.

A modern glass hood, counter depth refrigerator and drawer microwave keep the space as open as possible. See more from this project on the River Sunset portfolio page.

After photos by Kaunis Hetki Photography

Master Bath 1

This spacious master bathroom needed plenty of storage and counter space while keeping a cool, contemporary feeling. We used an extra long vanity with drawers for a furniture feel and choose modern chrome fixtures with an edge.

We keep the shower enclosure all glass so the clients could always enjoy their fabulous view. The simple marble subway style tile was accented with small blue diamonds and the hip herringbone floor tile in the shower added an interesting pattern contrast. We carried the wall tile outside the shower and surrounded the new built-in cabinet to make that end of the narrow bathroom look larger.

After photos by Resort At Home

Master Bath 2

We do love the coastal look! This fun sea fan print was just the ticket to give this bathroom some pizzazz.

The wainscoting around the bottom of the walls kept the wallpaper pattern from being overwhelming. Keeping with our watery theme, we wanted the shower to fell like flowing water, so we ran this gorgeous iridescent glass tile vertically.

The vertical run also helped make the shower feel taller. A simple sand colored shower floor tile matched the tile outside and frameless glass doors made sure it was plenty bright.

After photos by Resort At Home