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Modern Renovation | Before & After

Local designer, Alima Deneke, and her husband, recently bought an older home in need of renovating. Like many older homes, it had great bones, but was covered in dark wood paneling, dated colors and tiles, and divided into small spaces. Her designs have completely transformed the house into an open, bright, inviting, modern, and stunningly beautiful home!


“We started by removing that paneled wall between the den and kitchen to open up the space. Taking that wall down brought in so much natural light and made both spaces feel larger. Next, we demoed everything including 6 layers of flooring in the kitchen (no lie) and all the cabinets and appliances.”

Here’s what we all love…some BEFORE pictures!!


Now, here’s the good stuff…the AFTER!!

When we asked her what inspired her design, she said, “I love modern clean lines, but I also wanted a kitchen that was simple and classic and nothing too trendy that I would be tired of in a year. I had white cabinets in my last 2 homes so I was really ready for something different. I went back and forth between navy and black and in the end I really love my black cabinets. The shaker cabinet style is classic but the black gives them that modern edge that I love. I chose my tile backsplash on the same premise. I love a simple classic subway tile, but I went with a 2 x 8 and added a little unexpected twist with the vertical pattern. I’m so happy with how it turned out!”

“I’m so glad I went with my gut on the black cabinets even though almost everyone told me I was crazy. I LOVE them.”

“And that backsplash – those 2×8 subway tiles are so good! They are still classic, but just different enough from the standard size. And having them installed in a vertical pattern adds that modern twist that makes me so happy. I had a local company build my open shelves and I love the way they break up the dark cabinets and give me something to constantly re-arrange and style.

We love the vertical pattern too! It totally changes the look and feel of the space!


Wet Bar:

Next, we moved over to the wet bar. Alima did an amazing job of creating this beautiful space, and continued the vertical subway tile pattern on the backsplash.




Powder Room & Laundry Room:

“In my powder bath and laundry room floor, it was an easy choice. The minute I saw that 2″ black hex at South Cypress I was sold. Hex tile is my absolute favorite for flooring and that size was the perfect scale for those 2 smaller size spaces.”





Subway Tile: Manhattan 2″x8″ Subway Tile, Hexagon Tile: Manhattan 2″ x 2″ – Night Matte Hexagon MosaicPhotography: Ashley Lauren Studios, Designer: Alima Deneke Interior Design, Sconces: Cedar & Moss


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