Project Spotlight: Before & After Farmhouse Renovation


This month we are sharing our latest farmhouse renovation project. It was an exciting project for us because we were able to open up the closed in space to create a kitchen with style and function!

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For this project we chose a two tone cabinet design. The bases are chalke green by Farrow & Ball and the wall cabinets are a linen color specific to our manufacturer. We opted for a granite countertop that looks similar to soapstone and a creamy taupe subway tile for the backsplash.

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The existing space was narrow and closed in. We removed several walls to open the space and reconfigured the powder room to add more storage. We added a small office space, built-in pantry storage, and a gas fireplace.

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We chose a table instead of an island so the family of six can share meals together in their new kitchen. The glass chandelier adds an interesting focal point within the space and gives off a ton of light.

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Brick veneers were used to make the new fireplace look like a chimney that was uncovered in the old home. Slate was used for the hearth.

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The sink window location was maintained and two new windows were added near the cooking wall for additional natural light.

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Rustic wood shelves and brackets are a perfect place to store beautiful and functional accessories. The leathered finish on the countertop adds texture to the space.

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Before Photos

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Project Spotlight: Before and After Kitchen Renovation


With a wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, the client’s kitchen was cramped and congested.  To make matters worse, the kitchen was a galley style with an eat in area which literally cut the kitchen in half. 


The clients wanted a space that felt open and inviting for entertaining.  They had two windows in the present kitchen that were lower than counter height and they didn’t want to affect the outside of the home.  There was also a bulkhead in the kitchen that contained ductwork that couldn’t be moved.


We proposed removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen.  We created window wells to keep the windows in tact while maximizing counter space.  In order to address the bulkhead being different on each side of the kitchen we used complimentary crown details and added some character in the corner with open shelves and eclectic brackets.  A blue island and antique brass lights were used to add drama to the space and create a focal point that reflected the clients’ personal style.  They can now easy fit more than 20 guest in the space without it feeling cramped or crowded. 


Since this is their first home together as a newly married couple, we chose products that were great quality and in line with their budget.  Fabuwood, full overlay semi-custom cabinetry, quartz countertops by Ultimate Granite and Stone, that had a marble look for added durability and easy maintenance, and Jenn Air appliances were a few of these amazing products.   

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Before Photos


This the wall from the kitchen side that we removed to open up the kitchen to the dining area.


This is the right side of the kitchen before we updated it.

This is the view from the dining room looking at the kitchen wall we removed.

This is the view from the dining room looking at the kitchen wall we removed.

Got the Winter Blues?

I don’t know about you, but by the beginning of February I am so over winter! Ok, let’s be honest, I’m over winter before it even starts! My mind is already drifting off to sunsets and beaches. Warm weather, grilling outdoors, and Friday night cocktail party’s with friends! So, let’s say a prayer to our friend in Punxsutawney and tell him EARLY SPRING PLEASE! Can my friends in the inner circle call in a favor for me?

Before and After | Master Bathroom Spotlight

In this month’s remodeling spotlight we have a master bathroom full of luxurious amenities located just south of Pittsburgh! Prior to the remodeling, the master bathroom was the only space in the house that lacked a transitional style. The original bathroom was dated and had a very dark complexion due to a lack of windows.  The design we came up with gave the space a more contemporary, warm feel.

It's Football Season!

What better way to enjoy the game then in a decked out basement!  This one is equipped with two large screen TV’s and pool table, juke box, poker table, bar, wine room, and full bath!

We also used a cool hinge to make these cabinets open as doors to conceal a storage room and the AV equipment for the system.  The cabinets themselves house DVD’s!

Holiday Organizing | Neat Method

Hosting for the holidays shouldn’t be stressful. Now is the time to think ahead and organize those items and areas of your home that might have been neglected over the past year—think serving pieces, glassware, guest linens, gift wrap, holiday decor and cards, and entry way closets. Neat Method offers home organizing services to organize any space in your home but specifically those high-traffic areas that need a touch up before the holidays. Our in-home services take care of anything and everything including donating/consigning of unwanted items, purchasing of necessary storage products, and setting up a sustainable, stylish organizational system.

Design Spotlight | Industrial Kitchen

In the heart of Pittsburgh lies the historic town of Squirrel Hill, known for its deep roots that date back nearly 100 years before the civil war occurred. Squirrel Hill's past is well preserved in the visual appearance of the town today, as most of its houses are older and traditionally styled. When taking on a remodeling job in the area, we were tasked with injecting a modern design into a house and town that have forever been about maintaining a historic aura. The need to preserve that “older feel” in the midst of a modern kitchen presented the perfect opportunity to incorporate an industrial kitchen design.