Selective Upgrades


I came across an interesting phrase last week while looking through a remodeling magazine- “selective upgrades”.  I really like this and intend on claiming it as my own!  Now of course, I guess, if you want to be technical about it, all interior design projects are “selective upgrades”.  But, for the purpose of this blog, I am going to use it in reference to small parts of an interior design project.  For my clients who want a new look without wanting to dive into a full blown remodel, selective upgrades are a great way to save money and really change the look of your space.  A face lift, if you will.  I recently did a little face lift of a client’s kitchen.  The kitchen was in good shape, but the warm tones of the maple cabinets with granite tile counters stood out against the grays, black and whites of the rest of the home.  With a few affordable changes, and one month of construction these homeowners are able to have a kitchen they love (and that coordinates with the rest of the house- PHEW!).  The upgrades included:

  1.  New quartz counters.  We selected budget-friendly slabs from MSI International.  The waterfall edge at the bar was an unnecessary expense, but well worth a little more!
  2. New stainless steel sink and faucet.  The homeowners wanted a apron front sink, but white was just a little to traditional for them.  This stainless steel sink is not only more edgy, but it save thousands of dollars.
  3. New crown molding.  This is a custom crown molding that was created with three different pieces of trim that cost just a couple dollars per linear foot.
  4. Selective appliances.  The current appliances were stainless steel and in good shape, so instead of upgrading all appliances, we opted to just install a new Wolf cooktop and hood.  And, we removed one base cabinet in the the butler’s pantry to make room for a wine fridge.
  5. Final touches.  We repainted the cabinets white, installed new graphite hardware, gray 4 x 8 subway tile and added a few key accessories.

Selective upgrades, whether it be for your, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom or living room, can be a great way to give your space a new look without incurring a huge construction bill.  Below are a few more photos of the before and afters. . .

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Before and After

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Before and After

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Custom Crown Molding, Waterfall edge and Accessories


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Since starting K. Kelly Interior Design in 2014, Kati has worked hard to develop designs that channel each clients’ personality and suit their familys’ lifestyle.

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