Modern Hawaiian Remodel

After twenty-five years in the original design of their house, our clients were ready for an update. We had already redesigned their downstairs living space, which you can check out HERE, so this time we moved upstairs to remodel their master suite and guest room. Living only a few miles from the ocean and being lovers of Hawaii, we knew their master bedroom needed to be serene and resort-like. We began with muted colors and created a modern fireplace for an atmosphere that’s inviting and calm. Adding in a relaxing sofa and cozy reading chairs, we transformed the room into the ultimate at-home getaway. Finally, to get a touch of the island, we made sure to use warm lighting, natural textures, and tropical greenery.


When it came to the master bathroom, we wanted to create a spa-like atmosphere. The dark wood closet doors are reminiscent of what you would see on the island, while the stone detail on the tub brings in a sense of serenity. Of course, the sea glass chandelier is what completes the look with a bit of ocean detail. 


Our clients wanted their guest room to be relaxing and inviting for friends and family that come to stay. Using robin’s egg blue and lighter fabrics, we carried over that same sense of calm from their master suite so that future guests feel that same resort-like ambiance.


We love that this design makes our clients home feel like a sanctuary and we hope it’s now a place where they can truly relax and unwind. Thanks for reading!

A Bright and Airy Update

Older homes often come with plenty of potential, and if you’re willing to put in the work, that potential can turn into a home with tons of charm! That was the case with this historic coastal home. After designing the master bedroom and family room (which you can see HERE), the living and dining space was up next. Beginning as a fully wood paneled room, it felt outdated and dark. We believe preserving history in an older home is important, but we find that it has to suit a client’s lifestyle in order to be enjoyed. This room had great features like the wood beams, fireplace, and french doors, but with so much orange-stained wood, the space wasn’t inviting and all of those special features just blended in. We decided that instead of preserving the entire room, it would suit the clients and the space better to highlight the best features and bring the rest up to date. So, with lots of creamy white paint, natural colors and textures, along with fresh greenery, we brightened it up and created a space with timeless coastal charm. Check out the before and after photos below!





While we designed the rest of their house to be kid-friendly, our clients requested a more formal room where they could entertain. Of course, the layout of the space meant it was too big to be just another family room, and we really wanted it to be functional as a more formal space. So, we had the idea to make two rooms in one. On one side is a comfortable tone-on-tone sitting area, and by the fireplace is the formal dining space. To finish it off, the lighting fixture acts as a defining detail making the two spaces feel separate while remaining complimentary.


Now bright and airy, the best features of this room have come out of the woodwork (so to speak) and are now showcased in this timeless space. It’s now ready for good conversations, scrumptious meals, and new memories to be made! Thanks for reading!


 Design by: Julie Benitez

Elegant Outside

Bringing a backyard to life is about more than making sure there’s enough seating for BBQs and get-togethers. We take into account the purpose of the space, the size, the way it connects to the interior of the home, and of course, the elements. Once we’ve figured out those aspects, it’s time to bring our vision to life and create a space that invites its owners to enjoy the outside.

We recently finished the interior of this elegant home (which you can check out HERE), but to make it the complete package, we needed to carry on its cozy coastal features to the outside. One of the great qualities of this home is its ability to open up. The patio connects to the family room through glass french doors which creates an outdoor extension to the room. These clients love to entertain and host family and friends, so we wanted to enhance the patio’s ability to connect to the inside by using complementary colors. Just open the french doors, and it becomes one continuous space. The clients wanted a firepit, so we found a great one that doubles as a coffee table when not in use.


With cream, navy, and robins egg blue acting as the primary colors for the interior, we carried this palette out into backyard as well. The pool area was already beautiful, but with so many hard surfaces, it needed to be softened. Using fabric as our means, we placed custom upholstered pieces throughout the space which adds both a cozy and useful flair. The seven umbrellas also soften the space while creating shade and dimension.


Just off both the family and the living room is this outdoor dining terrace. With enough seating to host friends, it’s ideal for scrumptious dinners on cozy evenings. By finishing the area with a large rug, this area feels inviting and complete.


We love that this backyard has been transformed into a place that’s useful and welcoming. From pool party to elegant dinner gathering or enjoying the rising sun with a cup of coffee, it’s genuinely become another cherished part of the home. Thanks for reading!


Not Your Mama's Southwest Style (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of Not your Mama’s Southwest Style! (You can check out part one HERE). As I mentioned in part one, Southwest style can get a bad rap, so if it makes you think of the 80’s—erase that idea. No peach, no turquoise, and no white wicker here. When it comes to today’s Southwest style, we want to create a natural look with pops of color and character. Here are a few tips if you’re looking to integrate this fun style into your own home. First, mind your color palette. Choose a variety of warm and cool earth tones. The desert has tans and terra-cotta, but it also has cool navy blues too, which we used in this particular design to balance out our colors.


Second, find a few statement pieces and have fun with them! We used antique wooden shutters, the clients favorite artwork, and other wooden tidbits with character to really add in that southwest flare. As with any style, always think scale, proportion, and balance. Make sure your furniture and accessories are all big enough to fill your space. Every detail should compliment the scale of your home.


Texture can also be brought in through patterns. With lots of natural fiber and neutral hues, adding in pops of colorful, patterned fabric ties in the art and creates that modernized southwest style.


We loved bringing together this southwest home and creating a fresh style for this family to enjoy. We also hope you’ll never think of southwest the same! Thanks for reading!


A Playful Project

Whenever we get a new client, they become a part of the Kathy Ann Abell Interiors family. After all, they allow us to bring our creativity and influence into the place they call home, the very space where they make memories and live everyday life. So, of course, whenever we get the chance to revisit a past client, it’s like visiting another part of our design fam. This next project meant visiting longtime clients and friends who, after having us design most of their home over the years, called us in to do something special for their own family…their two kiddos! Now, while a master bedroom might be all about relaxation, a kid’s room is all about vision! It might be based on a favorite color, a special jersey, or the princess that currently takes up the T.V screen every morning. And, really,  it’s all about making a kid feel like it’s their very own special place.

The Girl’s Room

The first room up was for a very sweet girl. Her requests were the colors of light pink and mint, or, in her own words, “I want my room to have the colors from this sign, please,” as she held up a little portrait with a painted mint green bike on the front, complete with a basket of pink flowers. (See inspirational sign below). Her wish was granted by painting the walls “Sea Salt” from Sherwin Williams, and adding pink and mint accessories along with custom pillows and drapes.


This cute bike sign was the inspiration for the whole project!


The Boy’s Room

For their son’s room, we kept to his favorite theme–sports! Through art, cool knick-knacks, and a lounge area we created a space perfect for just hanging out. We also added custom pillows and blinds to create a more unique and cohesive look.


What a fun project! We gotta say, we had a ball creating these special rooms for two sweet kids. The best part, of course, was seeing how much they truly loved the outcome of their very own spaces. Thank you for reading!


Tranquil Traditional

After a full remodel of their home, these clients wanted fresh decor to compliment their new space. But after trying to design it themselves, they found the look was never quite what they hoped. Color, scale, and proportion are the design ingredients that make or break a space. They can either act as culprits for a design that doesn’t fit or create a well-balanced, curated home. Once we got the call to step into this project, that’s where we began. We pulled current fabrics that would compliment the tones found in their living room rug, the only piece of decor they wanted to keep. Drawn to a more traditional style, rich woods, and neutral hues were the key to the surrounding furniture, while pops of blue tie the rug, art, and accessories together. These details combined with a balanced proportion and scale finally gave these clients a home that truly fit their vision.


While the rest of the house needed to be durable and fit for the whole family, their master bedroom needed to be a place of relaxation and rest—a getaway with something special. Keeping the colors light and the decor bright and airy, we gave them a room that acts as a retreat for just the two of them.


We love that we got to bring these clients vision to life and made their house into a true home. Thanks for reading!


A Breezy Backyard Patio

These next clients made the best of this fair-weather city by building a covered patio that has more than enough space for their whole family, which is perfect since family is everything to them! Being lovers of the outdoors, they wanted this area to be an extension of their home—a place to hang, chat, and eat together all year round. In essence, we created a second living room and dining room, just outside! And, of course, we used durable Sunbrella fabrics and slipcovers that can easily be washed and cleaned. The ideal space for games, food, and conversation, this backyard living space has it all.


Our clients also requested a table that seats ten, so we had a custom farmers table made that would fit the design and ten people. To finish the look, we added slipcovered host and hostess chairs. The result is an open dining area with a beautiful view of the surrounding valley. 

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We loved bringing this patio up to its full potential and hope this design gave you some inspiration for your own outdoor space. Thanks for reading!


Not Your Mama's Southwest Style (Part 1)

When you live in a beach town, the desert doesn’t get a lot of love. But, these next clients find that a more arid terrain has just as much beauty as the Big Blue. In fact, their whole design is based around Utah photographer, Michael Fatali’s, beautiful photos of the Southwest. Sloping red rock, cacti, and orange echoing caves fill the frames hanging on the walls of their newly remodeled home, and our job was to find a way to create a design that fit right in with those photos. 

Southwest design, like the desert, also gets a bad rap. But, this isn’t your mama’s Southwest style from the 80’s…you won’t find any peach or turquoise here. No, this design incorporates the beauty of the Southwest desert through warm and cool earth tones along with carefully curated antique details. The result is something similar to the desert: colorful, textured, and the perfect home to those who appreciate a different kind of beauty.

The Family Room


The Patio

With such a beautiful view, this house provided the perfect patio for leisurely seating and outside dining. Keeping with navy blue and terra-cotta accents, we used durable fabrics to create a space that fits in with a Southwest design but will last through every season. It’s the perfect place to put your feet up with some chips and a bowl of guacamole!


Color, natural textures, and rich accents make this Southwest design truly a fun yet modern approach to the space. And, if you love this design as much as we do, then you’ll be happy to know this is the first blog of two. Keep an eye out for Not Your Mama’s Southwest Style (Part 2) where we’ll dive a little deeper into the how-to’s of a Southwest design for the modern age. Thanks for reading!


A Freshly Picked Laundry Room

When it comes to designing smaller rooms, I have a theory—the tinier the space, the more fun to be had. And that theory holds true in one of my latest home projects…our laundry room! When we built our house thirty years ago, I wanted my laundry room to be a part of my living space—close to the kitchen and easy to access. But, being so visible, I’ve wanted to bring it up to date to match the rest of my home, and, of course, have a little fun in the process….


First, I began with the layout of the room. We expanded the linen closet by about three feet, so that the space became more useful. Then we added in counter space above the washer and dryer. In a client’s house, I usually prefer to bring the counter out so that it ends in line with the appliances, however, with the angled walls, we had to stop a little short. But, you have to do the best with the space you have!


Because this is a smaller room, I decided to go with simple, patterned Schumacher wallpaper. The tiny blue flowers add color and whimsy, and, of course, the cabinets and window trim, painted in Sherwin Williams Naval, also add in tones of navy. Blue is a featured color throughout my home, so I carried it over into this space to tie everything together. 


Finally, to create a current feel, I chose gold hardware, which adds a little twinkle to the room and a slightly modern edge. Keeping right along the same line, I also chose a marble herringbone floor. It’s fresh, bright, and easy to clean—that’s what I call a win-win!


It took me a long time to finally take the plunge and whip this laundry room into shape, but I love the final outcome. This space is now more useful and more beautiful. I figure, if I gotta do laundry, I might as well do it in a pretty space! Thanks for reading!


Elegant Coastal

Whenever we receive a new project that begins with an empty house, it gives us the opportunity to really envision a design that’s fresh and new. With so much open space, this next project definitely enabled us to dream a little! These clients asked for a coastal style and, while most people might picture a beachside cottage, we envisioned an elegant resort-like home. Of course, with any house that’s made up of such large spaces, we had to keep proportion, flow, and space in mind. The final result is a grand house that still feels inviting…a true place to call home.


The bones of the house featured neutral tile flooring, large arch ways, and columns—making the home seem more tuscan or mediterranean. In order to make the coastal design feel natural, we played off that mediterranean style and went with a resort flare.


This was such a fun project, and we hope these clients enjoy their home as much as we did designing it! Thanks for reading!