Sweat Equity – Kitchen Makeover

Whether you’re a first time home owner or have owned several homes over the years, you have likely heard your realtor mention the golden term “sweat equity”. This refers to the work you the homeowner can achieve without the expense of a crew, rather, at the simple use of ones hands. The beauty of sweat equity is you keep a lot more money in your pocket. Yes, the work is exhausting, overwhelming and body ailing, but when you are all finished the rewards are endless.

The homeowner we will showcase today knew sweat equity was the only option on a tight budget of $1,500. Plus, with plans to move soon, this homeowner knew the work had to be simple, not complex. The homeowners chose to work room by room and master trades they never imagined possible.

The kitchen featured below was the existing kitchen from this 80’s build.


A simple demolition of the distracting division of cabinets helped open the room. Plus the homeowners were able to be resourceful with the old cabinet interiors by utilizing the existing shelves in their new wine bottle built in.


Check out this good looking white tile counter top, made its debut in the 80’s. It had to go too.


The homeowner wanted a durable, inexpensive yet contemporary new counter top. The choice to engineer concrete counter tops was genius for this particular renovation. Although, the owners had no idea how to build a concrete counter top, they were willing to learn. After several hours of hitting the books for research and tutorials, the end result was impeccable. For more information on these counters click here.

























After the counter top was successfully completed, it was time to install a new glass tile back splash. The color choice brought new life to this once dark kitchen.



Last but certainly not least, the homeowners embellished the room with complimentary colored walls and decor accents.






Stay tuned there are so many more treasures to share from this sweat equity renovation!

Home Office Makeover

Monday will be a whole lot happier if your office is a happy place to be. Now that fall has trickled in, and the calendar is getting a bit lighter, perhaps you can spend time wisely this weekend pampering your home office. Seriously, spoil yourself you’ll be more productive.

The Pezzo Bello design team has established offices in almost every house we have designed. Offices at home are absolutely necessary in a virtual world. Think about it, more often than not we are all working from home at least one day out of the week. So we say why not make your home office experience enjoyable!? Instead of piling on an old desk in the corner, or, working in a nonfunctional area of your home, plan a space to suit your needs. It needn’t be large, nor does it have to have its own room. In fact, you can work a home office into several places. Allow us to showcase the options.

In the spirit of “going paperless” those who need only a space to prop up a lap top and do a little journalism can easily place a neat small table just about anywhere in the home. It’s all about location location location! Since a small table only requires small space, place your home office in the one room that makes you the happiest.

Your once existent window bench in the bedroom

Your inspiring sun room

The lounge space you feel most comfortable

Others may require more storage solutions, but space may be limited. We suggest the old tried and true closet makeover. Instead of just pulling the doors off, follow through on the detail. Doing so will make this new closet office look like a planned process versus an afterthought.

Trim out the opening

Add built in storage

Replace old doors with interesting new doors

For those who are rolling in the space, or simply have a room to allocate to office work, have fun! The beauty of having your own room is you can make it feel like a CEO’s private office space. Design your space as if you own the company. Be powerful, be bold be you. It’s amazing what a little ego boost can do to productivity.

Shades Of Grey Project

This was our very own Shades of Grey project. This home is a 1999 build in the northland. The original colors were pea green and the carpet was a taupe shag. The owners painted the walls at time of move to a Sherwin Williams grey,re-painted all the trim work and replaced the main windows.

Last year, Pezzo Bello helped in the renovation of the homes master bathroom, main eating area and entertainment space. The home received all new carpet, tile, light fixtures, countertops and faucets throughout. There are still new projects on the horizon for these homeowners and we are looking forward to sharing those improvements with you.

Kitchen & Living Room BEFORE

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Project Profile: Phase One – Color Me Happy

We love our job so much, and are so grateful to all the wonderful people we have had an opportunity to work with. Sometimes we have so much fun at this thing called work, we have to pinch ourselves.  This project was one of those “I’m living the dream” projects.  Our clients were so much fun to work with.

Every client calls us for varying reasons; “I have no time, but want my house in order”, or, “our home is a little too neutral and decision making gets too overwhelming,” or simply,” I’m stumped can you help?”

In this case, our client was at a standstill, not knowing what to do with her new home “Blank Canvas.” Shopping for décor and committing to a style was so confusing for her.  So she decided to call on the PB team for help.

Neutral is comfortable and easy.  We love neutral too, but neutral does not always mean grey, tan and white.  Approaching neutral with a different eye can eliminate the color hurdle.  It’s easier to wear our color versus commit to it in our home. After all, you do have to live with the color you choose every day, but with clothing you can make a choice of what color to wear every day.  While clothing pigments are often rich and deep, home decor is commonly more reserved.  Therefore, when you approach home color, look at a muted version of the colors you love most.  For instance, pick a soft yellow over a vibrant yellow.




Selecting subdued color is a safe, fool proof way to bring pigment into your home without being too flamboyant.

In this particular scheme, our homeowner wanted to remain modest with color introduction.  Therefore, we chose to work with muted yellow, light charcoal grey with subdued blue and green. The space retained its comfortable appeal, while the integration of a gentle color reinforced its personality.  It was a huge success, and our customer finally has the space she had longed for, but couldn’t quite achieve alone.  We are thrilled to have successfully helped express her personality in her home.  We can hardly wait to move on to the next phase.

This is phase one of a multiple phase project.  Enjoy!




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You Know If You’re An Eclectic Genius…

The world of an eclectic design guru is colorful, inspiring, notable and meaningful. There is no committed  box to place an eclectic decor fanatic, because they genuinely love it all.

An eclectic personality derives inspiration from all different sources. They do not hone in on one particular reference. These individuals often uncover meaning and value in several different pieces.  If you were to visit a home of an eclectic personality you are likely to hear many attention-grabbing stories behind each treasured piece throughout their home.

This style may appear to be chaos to some, but it may also be an appealing design to others. Typically an eclectic person is not waiting for the perfect piece to place in their home. Instead they might stumble across an old family heirloom in their parents attic, or find an appealing piece at market. These individuals are truly gifted in the sense they can find beauty in many things; making their worlds bright and full of endless possibilities.  Perhaps, the most inspiring trait about eclectic people is their ability to be clever.

Eclectic folks are fascinating and the conversations are wide-ranging.  It is hard not be intrigued by them. Call it fickle, call it brilliant, call it what you wish. Today we praise the masters of appreciation because we are enthused at how you always find a place for anything and everything.

Here are some exciting photographs of what an eclectic home may look like. Enjoy!