San Roque house reveal!


I wish I had a picture of this house the first time I saw it. JB would be in the background, as well as our real estate agent, because we almost bought this house.




Gutted kitchenThe kitchen Before





We bid well over the asking price, but, still, our offer was rejected.






Kitchen afterThe kitchen After with Option A as a kitchen mat.





Which, by this point, we were growing accustomed to.




We were stuck in a cycle of elation; despair; repeat. It took nine offers on nine houses until we finally bought the house we’re in now.






Kitchen after 3Another After with Option B as a kitchen mat. Option A won.







Cararra counter grey glazed subway tileCloseup of the pretty, handmade grey tile with its translucent finish that read like the water’s surface on a winter’s day, but, unfortunately, in this picture, looks like fifty shades of purple.





But, before that…






Gutted walk-in shower





there was a lot of hoping and dreaming.





And sighing and wondering when it would be our turn.




Grey faux wood rectangular tile





Each time was like meeting a really great potential mate…





Master bath with electrical and plumbing




someone who made your heart flutter, who you could feel, in the pit of your stomach, was going to be your forever person…




Plotting master bath medicine cabinets blue tapeAh, the many uses of painter’s tape.




who wouldn’t even agree to go on a first date.




Unfinished master vanity




We only made offers on houses we were SERIOUS about. Houses that felt like they held a future for us. Before we could be sure, I’d run through my design plan for each room and JB would patiently listen to what I thought would go where and how we’d transform the space and which drawer would be best to hold the silverware.





Grey faux wood rectangular tile





And then we’d get the call. Someone else got it. But don’t worry; you’ll get the next one.





But each time we did worry. And feel sad and I’d try to erase from my mind all my plans of finishes and furnishings and forget about how cute I knew the kitchen could be. Or how I’d make the bathroom better.





Cararra marble walk-in shower after





Because it was going to someone else. Their house. Their life. Their design ideas.





Carrara shower niche





Which always kind of made me want to drop my business card off with a note that read, “Call me; I’ve already picked out the color scheme–and I know which drawer you should use for the silverware!”





Master bath after grey vanityAren’t those lights amazing? You can find them here.





But I never had the guts. So imagine my surprise when a client of mine called to say we wouldn’t be meeting at her house that day…






Grey vanity Cararra marble after




We’d be meeting at the new house her mom just bought.




Cararra marble counter RH faucet





The one that needed a mega remodel…





Master bath Hinkley Congress Vanity lights




and my design help!





Master bath reveal towel warmer chromeThe heated towel bar which may be in “off” mode during this heatwave, but will be a comforting touch this winter.





Mermaid bathroom artMermaid art courtesy of my mom (Lyn Gianni) hanging in the water closet above the ooh-and-ahh Toto Washlet toilet.






Glass paned doors master bathThose doors may have a modern feel but were original to the 1950s house and salvaged during demo.







Hexagonal cararra penny tile white bath afterBath #2




I was beyond thrilled!




Guest bathroom afterIf only I could go back in time, I’d replace the toilet paper roll with one that is less smooshed





And bursting with ideas!





White ruffled shower curtain glass door knobI’m enamored of this doorknob by Emtek.






So even though I wasn’t designing the house for us anymore…






white subway tile shower niche fern leaf







Oak floors white walls hall





I lucked out and had a client who shared my vision.





Guest bedroom nautical flush mount






So here is the rest of it…






Master bedroom swing arm lamps




in all of its




Living room before










Living room after





unfinished glory.





Hall laundry






The house that was never ours…






Improvements on front of house





but I got to redesign, anyway. 🙂






Charcoal front door




PS, After losing one more offer on one more house, we finally found our home which I’m happy to say, ended up being the one we loved the most. During the moments of rejection and frustration it was hard to keep the faith, but sometimes just when you think you will never win, the thing that was best for you after all, comes your way.




Here’s to hanging in there. Happy Tuesday! 🙂




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2 Comments on San Roque house reveal!

  1. Hamony Foss
    August 26, 2015 at 12:36 PM (5 years ago)

    Thats awesome beautiful. it sort of looks like your house! well the layout of kitchen

    • Kisha Gianni
      August 26, 2015 at 2:22 PM (5 years ago)

      That’s funny. The last kitchen I designed someone said a similar thing. Maybe I need to start diversifying the style more. Haha. 🙂


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