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  • Sarah Mervis

Upgrades in Florida

Updated: Aug 11

Our yearly trips to Florida are always filled with family, friends, milestone events, and sightseeing. This year while on the East side of the map, a kitchen remodel was squeezed into our itinerary, and I could not wait to get started on it!


The morning of Christmas Eve, I combined forces with my client and her three year old daughter to sip cafe lattes and chat design. As a one-of-kind boss babe raising kiddos and running two successful startup companies, I felt honored to be chosen as her designer. Truly aware of the hectic pace of her everyday life, I knew my role in this project was to make sure the remodel process went as smooth as possible for my client and her family!


Prior to our coffee shop meet up, I asked my Florida homeowner to send me a collection of inspiration pictures, in an effort to help visualize what she desired for her space. Originally, this boss babe had envisioned a trendy design for her Florida kitchen: moroccan tile backsplash, two-toned cabinets, and an overall look that was classic and youthful.


Once the project moved forward, we unexpectedly began to find additional sources of inspiration for the design. My client started to question her original vision, and I ensured her to go with her instincts! Reimagining a design is completely common during remodels, as each space is uniquely different and sometimes requires a few attempts to get things just right.


Design inspiration can come from anywhere- an overall vibe, a color palette, certain architectural features, or maybe a few select pieces of furniture. However inspiration decides to present itself, it is the role of a designer to take the pieces a client provides and turn them into a reality.

This Florida homeowner's new found inspiration was from actress Molly Sims' kitchen, and she felt a desire to mirror the design in her own home! With a simple change of direction, we had ourselves a new goal in mind: a navy blue color scheme with a chic-beachy vibe, and I can't help but love the final result.


We began with white and navy blue cabinets, touches of gold hardware to match the gold sink faucet, and stunning Calacatta quartz countertops. Beautiful rattan pendants and woven counter stools from Serena and Lily found their way into this design, instantly adding warmth to the space! To incorporate a crisp, clean, coastal feature into this kitchen, we chose to install vertical shiplap behind the sink. Frequently used as a strategy to add instant texture and depth, shiplap can be a very versatile material; despite the reputation, it has the ability to be utilized in more than just farmhouse design!

The trendy vibes of South Florida were definitely a factor that came to fruition with this kitchen remodel. Our vision had finally come to life, accomplishing a totally chic kitchen for a boss babe and her family, completely worthy of admiration!


Every renovation project has the endless possibility to become something custom and uniquely individualized. Remember: design concepts are flexible and have the ability to change at any given moment! Go with your instincts and trust your designer- the final result will be an incredible space unique to you and your needs :)