"Toby knows how to transform a room, and then knows how to practically implement it."
No More Lazy Susans
The land-locked corners in the kitchen of this century home were eliminated by placing a central peninsula against the window wall ~ workable from two sides.
A Total Switch-Around
The cramped working area of this kitchen moved into the dining room, the wall came down, and dining moved to the center space.
A Bar Half Wall
The view through to the family room (with pillar removed) is clean and uncluttered ~ and the custom bar easily serves both rooms, plus the poolside patio through the doors.
Gorgeous Built-in Server
The original kitchen's alcove wall became a generous storage buffet and server. Glass doors front & back are a bonus, bringing light into the rear hallway.
Dated bathroom becomes UNdated
We ripped the main bath in this c1910 house, out to the bare studs, replacing an old tub with a step-in shower with bench and niches and vintage-look b&w mosaic on the shower floor.
The Carrera marble top on this ready-made vanity suggested the entire scheme for the bath, including the floor, marble pencil molding to top off the wall tile, and the calming paint colour. Perfect make-up lighting for a busy lady Executive.
Two Rooms Become One
Combining kitchen and dining into one massive kitchen with a Library wall and sitting area, makes it the favourite room in the house.
Key to the planning was sinking the fridge into an alcove on the blank left wall, above. This created circulation space for a small island with dining table attached (table made by the homeowner).
More formal dining has moved into the former little-used living room.
A wall unit with display doors now faces the enlarged doorway into the front foyer (top right photo).
Restoration Following Fire
This home's interior was entirely rebuilt after a destructive fire. The owner, aged 98, was emotionally attached to many original features.
At left, we duplicated the old phone/message board and shallow pantries at the home's side door, with a leaner, updated heat register, and cabinets above & below the new chalkboard.
Cabinetry is arranged galley style, with no dead corners, for easy wheelchair access.
The island's dropped counter (top photo) allows an amazing lady to continue baking.
"I've worked with Toby on three of my homes now.
Her fundamental approach is to marry form, function and beauty.
She figures out how you live, identifies how you can best use what you have, and what you can add, then helps to make it work and be beautiful at the same time.
Plus she's fun to work with.
I am embarking on a new project (downsizing to a condo).
She's already given me some great ideas and we haven't even started yet."
Client review, houzz.com