Take a look at some of my recent projects
As an interior designer, I have the privilege of transforming your home with you, making it reflect your aesthetic and function the way you need. Here is a selection of my most recent projects.
Check back here from time to time for modern interior design and renovation inspiration – then contact me to implement a personalized design in your home. I’d be thrilled to discuss which room you’re most challenged with updating or pulling together, as I excel at merging form (how it looks) with maximizing function (how you use the space) so you get the most out of your investment.
Modern Master Bathroom Remodel
Raleigh, NC Area
This master bath went from builder-grade to 21st century! We kept the layout but made some design changes, especially extending the cabinets and vanity across the entire wall. This maximizes both use and storage capacity. The shower received a complete overhaul by taking the tile all the way to the ceiling to emphasize height, and also new shower glass and new fixtures. We also incorporated some grab bars to prepare for aging-in-place. Taking the backsplash all the way up added drama and color, and then we finished off by hanging some outdoor-inspired hooks which serve as art and function for hanging towels and robes.
SIX FORKS NORTH
This kitchen was a labor of love – a very dated ranch with basement, built in 1972 in the heart of North Raleigh, centrally located centrally between 540, North Ridge / Harps Mill, and North Hills. Paneling covered the walls, and floral wallpaper covered the paneling (even the backsplash). It required a complete tear-out to rebuild from scratch and reimagine the entire box.
The layout did not function, offering next to zero counter space, very few cabinets, and minimal seating at a diminutive table. The existing pantry was too closed in to be useful. Relocating the sink from under the window to the brand new 7-foot-long island used the entirety of the space. This added desperately needed prep areas, a better flow, triple the cabinets, and room enough for four bar stools. Though not structurally necessary, I added a pony wall at the end of the island, to create a visual separation from the kitchen to the living room, without losing that open feeling. New light fixtures illuminated the space properly and defined each area clearly.
The wall on the lefthand side was unusable, due to it being a walkway and entrance to the basement. How to capitalize on this wasted real estate and make every inch of this small room count? These are the questions that make me come alive with possibilities. By moving the edge of that wall in just 15 inches (the original doorway from the living room into the kitchen, left of the refrigerator), I added a place for light switches, a custom built-in, and pantry cabinets. All while keeping the walkway accessible – even widening it by 20 inches.
In the end, two tiny, stuck-in-the-70s, closed-off spaces were brought into the 21st century with more seating, functionality, storage – and style. The dark living room became a light, bright, cheerful place to sit by the window, favorite book in hand. And removing the load-bearing wall completely transformed the entire space and made it the homeowner’s favorite spot in the house.
Teen Boy Bedroom Redesign
Raleigh, NC Area
Teenage rooms are a challenge! This one in particular, as it’s a small space. We kept the furniture simple but added in an under-bed cubby system for more storage and display. He loves Star Wars, and so we pulled that through the room in subtle ways with art and accessories. The desk gives a workstation area for games and schoolwork. The quilt on the bed was a custom art quilt, showcasing the client’s home state in the center. The diagonal from top left to bottom right is the silhouette of Grandfather Mountain, and this became the inspiration for pulling together the room’s color scheme with grey and red. In the end, an age-appropriate look without being too trendy or theme-heavy.
VILLAGE DISTRICT BATH RENO
This project was for the sweetest family, from India but grew up in Britain. They had purchased a gorgeous 1927 Georgian house in Cameron Park, walking distance from the Village District and Glenwood South, not far from Five Points. This house had been partially remodeled in the 1970s and so was a mish-mash of design from one room to another.
When I came in, this ground floor guest / kids’ bathroom was torn to pieces, and they needed an interior designer to put it back together in a modern style that fit in with the rest of the house. You can see the tiny shower, outdated wiring, and vent from the original boiler next to the doorway. The partition between the shower and tub had to stay structurally, but I worked in some additional storage around the water lines and pipes. The door opening to the left, next to the shower, was awkward and would have damaged the new frameless glass enclosure. I had the carpenter flip it to the other wall.
Plaster and lath were replaced with classic white subway tiles, contrasted with black granite – the shower header was necessary to hide piping and also to put in more lighting. They were afraid it would be too dark or masculine, but the white tile, reglazed tub, and new light fixtures kept it bright. To tone down the hard linear lines of the tile, I brought in tumbled river rock for the backsplash and the shower floor. The live edge on top of the wainscoting softens the aesthetic with an organic feel.
A diminutive single vanity became a double with ample counter space and cabinet storage. Take a look at how I incorporated multiple shower heads, including a raincan in the ceiling, increasing the luxurious feel. It’s really timeless, and functions equally as a primary bathroom for adults, kids, or guests.
Kind words from clients
Sadie walked me through the entire bathroom remodel process from concept to completed project. Her vision made the best use of space in a small bathroom, which became more functional as well as beautiful. She is professional and creative, and I am extremely happy with both her services and my new bathroom! Sadie walked me through the entire bathroom remodel process from concept to completed project. Her vision made the best use of space in a small bathroom, which became more functional as well as beautiful. She is professional and creative, and I am extremely happy with both her services and my new bathroom!
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Locations and service areas
We are centrally located in the North Raleigh area and serve all of North Raleigh, Wake Forest, North Hills, Leesville, Bedford and Wakefield, and Five Points / Inside the Beltline (ITB).
About Studio H Designs
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