My KUFRI House

Remodel Update: Tile, Carpet and Beams

The remodel on our 1979 ranch style home continues. Incase you haven’t been following the progress on Instagram (@kufrilife #MyKufriHouse), you’ll be happy to know it IS possible to do a lot of the things yourself if you’re planning a remodel soon. My hubby and I have done most of it ourselves so far.
Here’s an update of what all we have done so far …

1. Five hideous brick columns separated the dining jail from the living jail areas lol. We quickly learned the beam sitting on these columns was not structura. YAY!  So we took the beam and the columns down to create one big airy space. One brick at a time.

removing beam

removing beam 2

2. Removed all the saltillo tile in the formal dining. We purchased the Bagster from Home Depot for $30.00 and threw all the debris in that. There will be about a $145 pick up charge, but it’s totally worth it.

3. Removed all the carpet in living, dining and den.


4. Removed two massive 18ft beams that divided the living area from formal dining (the beam was used for additional lighting and was not structural). It is kinda fun playing engineer to figure out solutions like “how” do we take that behemoth down? My hubby and I basically managed it on our own! Tricky, yes. Impossible, hell no!

Defeated for now but not broken forever! Remodels are exhausting and frustrating at times. But keep going…!!!

WOW! Place looks like a MESS, but a happy mess! Because what’s around the corner is going to be amazing! 🙂


A Natural Modern Eclectic Home… Moodboard and Material Selections

As most of you, I go through phases where I fall in love with a certain color family. In my 20s I was in love with orange… I once even painted my bedroom walls orange (yikes!). When planning for the color scheme for my home today, I feel myself drawn to blues, greens, teals. I opened my closet and sure enough, blues and teals dominate.

I had a clear vision for what I wanted my home to be… a mix of raw, refined, earthy, organic, vintage, modern, eclectic. What??? That’s not enough genres for you? lol. I wanted to capture bits from my favorite places (New Mexico, California, Africa, coastal India, tropical Amazon) and throw it in a blender to reveal one delicious KUFRI cocktail! The trick is in bringing it altogether and that’s where I do struggle a bit. Even being a f/t graphic designer and having my KUFRI textiles line, it is still challenging to capture those elements without it being too deliberate.

Once I started pinning pictures of interiors I love and developing my own moodboard, the material selection started to narrow down.

Here are some of my material selections and inspirations for this perfectly imperfect home to be:

inspirational moodboard
Materials shown above:
– Textiles for Upholstery and Soft Furnishings: Raw Solids in Chambray, Ira in Grey (heavy) and Tula in Teal all by KUFRI

– Wood flooring: Andalusia Caspar by Hill Country Innovations purchased from ProSource

– Countertop: Vico Stone in Grey Savoie Polished purchased from ProSource

– Paint (from top to bottom): Behr Hazelnut Cream, Behr Marquee Studio Clay, Benjamin Moore Flora, Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray

African beads, Moroccan and other global handwoven textiles and brass accents (and of course, pillows!) will bring the place to life.

The Existing Kitchen

Here’s the existing kitchen. It has 2 sets of cabinets (only original from 1978 and the other probably replaced late 80s).  I didn’t immediately notice there were 2 sets, till we started dismantling the cabinet… there is a slight stain and design variation in the 2 sets. Here’s the best part… sold the sets for $1000 on Craigslist! 😉




See that hideous tile? I LOVED demo-ing it out!! Such a great release! And we saved $800-$1000 by taking it out ourselves. The thinset (layer under the tile) was the worst. We tried many things and finally Mark had to sand down the whole thing.

Mark really wanted a gas line so we could get a real gas range. He installed a gas line himself (of course I thought the house was about to blow up lol, but it didn’t lol).

Our new cabinets are just white shaker style cabinets we got from ProSource (Waypoint brand – same as American Woodmark at Home Depot). They are currently sitting in boxes. The installation of the cabinets is one thing we’ll let the professionals handle.


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