we love transforming little spaces

Late last summer I received a phone call… “We need help turning an attic space into a bunk room. And if we could squeeze a bathroom into the space too that would be great.  Oh and if the room could at least sleep 6, that would be nice.”


Not bad (my attic doesn’t look this good)… but not fully-functional for their needs.

The plan, elevations, and selections:

Notice trundles pull out beneath two beds so they can pack in like sardines.  I’d hate to have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night with that one trundle closest to the bathroom pulled out, but kids like obstacle courses, right?





The room is tucked in off the stairwell, see the door?



a kitchen before and after

Elizabeth and her family live in Lexington, Kentucky.  She emailed about a year ago and said can you help me?  And attached these photos.

We helped.  Poor Elizabeth was without a kitchen for a very long time.  She had us on speed dial and we (I say “we”, it was mostly Allison) offered design and moral support for Elizabeth during this renovation.  We’ve never set foot in Elizabeth’s house.  All of this work was done via email and phone.  There were times of panic (Elizabeth, I hope you can laugh now)… the faucet was back-ordered, should she wait for it, or should she reselect?  The cabinet guy goofed on the door style, but he made it right.  The lights, we ended up ordering two chandeliers and played a lot of “hold this up and send us a picture”.  And at the very end of it all, Elizabeth decided she wanted tongue and groove pine on the ceiling.  The kitchen was completed and then the ceiling work began.  I know she was stressed out.

Living without a kitchen for a long period of time is total insanity.  You don’t realize how much you appreciate your kitchen until it’s gone.  Elizabeth did dishes in her bathroom sink for months.  I think in the end she would agree… it was all worth it.

[All photos were taken by Elizabeth, she's pretty darn good with a camera! Thanks Elizabeth!]


I have a love-hate relationship with Ikea.  This, however, pulls me towards the LOVE side of that relationship.

Nothing will wake a sick girl up at 6:30 in the morning like a good Ikea Make-Over.


(Oh, how I want to reach into the photo and twist into place that left ring pull on the bottom drawer.)

Believe it or not, what we have here is an Ikea Rast 3-drawer chest.  $39.99. 

Project from Penny People Designs, via Little Green Notebook.  Good find Jenny, awesome job Lindsay!!