Friday Night Cat Fight Take Two


Architectural Digest Tub In An Alcove, Black Penny Floor Tile, Vessel Soaking Tub, Gold Mirror and Statement Light Fixture, Black and White Stripe Vanity Chair

It’s been said working with two designers is like putting a pair of cats in a bag and letting them work it out.  It’s not a pretty thought.  While we can see how this might happen, nothing could be further from the truth with our partnership.  This week, with hurricane Irma looming, I am even more thankful for how well we work together from two different cities.

This post was originally published in March of this year.  In six months we have gained so many new followers we thought we could take a small break and repost.  Many of you may not have searched the archives to read every single post. (Don’t laugh, some have!)   

I will, however, add a few soaking tub photos and my thoughts about living in Florida during hurricane season.  Even if you are such a loyal reader, and have read this post, this will give you some new images to enjoy.

Hurricane Irma Preparation

After years of living in Florida, both part time and now full time, we are realistic about the chance of hurricanes during the 6mos season every year.  Yes, June 1 to Nov 30 every year.  In other words, 50% of the time we are under the possibility of a storm heading our way.  El Nino was predicted to hang around this year and he is certainly living up to the predictions.  The leaders of the state, first responders, and most Floridians are at their best during these times.  It’s a state of being prepared for the worst and making the best of it all.

However, it is still stressful in an anxious sort of way.  We don’t want the storm to come yet we want it over with.  No one has any control over this and that makes yours truly uncomfortable.

Myself, like many others who have battened down the hatches, are looking for the comfort and ease of one last soak, or hot shower, before our days change for an undetermined period of time.  Before the stickiness of no A/C after possible storm clean up.  Days of no convenient ways to cook and more junk food that usual. Electronics that have to be used sparingly to be saved for communication if needed.  Extra dog hair and pets who don’t want to go outside any more than we do.  No fun I know, but we will be thrilled to go thru all that to be safe.  Our bathtubs hold clean water during the storm and will be ready to sooth us again once it’s over.

Vertical Ship Lap in Bath, Black Cast Iron Claw Foot Vintage Tub, Telephone Arm Tub Filler, Persian Area Rug

Cast Iron Vintage Tub, Exposed White Washed Brick in Bath, Chrome Towel Warmer, Bar Cart As Towel Stand

Vintage Cast Iron Tub, Brass Plumbing Fixtures and Shower Curtain Enclosure, Gray and Cream Marble Subway Wall Tile, Black Hexagon Tile Floor
Above Three Photos Via Remodelista

One last thought about our neighbors in Houston and everyone in this storm’s path.  We are thinking of you often and praying for continued safety for all.

Back To The Original Post

Kristen and I bring two perspectives to each project.  Most times the overall foundation of our concepts are very similar.  However, no matter how many times we work together we can always count on each other to look at the same thing just a little differently.  Such was the case recently when this kitchen in Houzz caught our eye.

Houzz Kitchen with Black Wood Hood, Full Calcutta Marble Back Splash, Gold Pendant Lighting, White Shaker Style Cabinets with Brass and Acrylic Hardware, Gray Bar Stools with Nail Heads


Black and white are such a classic, fool proof color combo. See Our Recent Post Here One that can stretch to accommodate so many decor alternatives.  There are elements we both love about this design, like the simple wood “cabinet company” hood that has been transformed with black paint.  How cool is this?  We applaud the designer who encouraged the client to consider this option.  We know from what we do every single day…this took some faith and the outcome is stunning!  Bravo!

The pendants hanging in front of both the white cabinets and black hood are breathtaking.  The sconces to the left/right of the hood would be wonderful somewhere else in the room.  However, we can’t help but imagine this gorgeous full stone splash with a little less “bling” or perhaps even nothing.  We also both think the bar stools, while we love that little ring on the back(!), are too formal for most everyday aspects of life.

Using the sample boards that are part of our Digital Design Packages, let us show you the few tweaks we’d do to this design and what might be on these counters if this were our kitchens.

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Kristen’s Friday Favorites

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Laurel’s Friday Favorites

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See, not one single drop of blood was shed by either of us cats!

We’d be honored if you’d decide to join us.

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