Saint Louis Design

Project Reveal | Conway Springs, Private Residence

It's finally here - Our Conway Springs project reveal that we have been teasing you with for the past two weeks!! These photos are hot off our photographer's desktop and we couldn't be more excited to share them with you. We started this project less than six months ago, and pulled off concept to completion in a snap since this family of 4 was quickly becoming a family of 5!

Our primary goal was to lighten and brighten this young family home by focusing on the renovation of their kitchen, master bathroom and kids bathroom.

The Kitchen

Low ceilings were our biggest struggle. How were we going to make this space feel larger and taller without busting through the roof? First, we opted to go with open shelving on one wall and only overheads above the cook top. Visually this felt more open and in turn made the ceilings feel higher. Another trick was LIGHT colors. We used a large scale white subway tile on a portion of the walls and a very light gray paint on all of the other walls.

We are only sharing a peek of this project here on the blog, for all of the images and details head on over to our projects page here!

This custom table was built by David Cervantes of Cervantes designs specifically for this client's space. They had limited space for an eat in kitchen but really wanted a place for quick meals. David built this table to fit perfectly within the space and also added casters to roll the table over the custom bench when it wasn't being used! Talk about a space saver!

The Master Bathroom

Our clients were ready to be adventurous with this space. They let us go with a periwinkle gray rather than your standard gray subway tile and we think it makes a serious impact. This bathroom says 'I'm young and fun and I'm not afraid of color' - which is so true about these clients. The truth is, they kept asking for more color, so we kept on giving! The space turned out to be so elegant and refined but not in a boring way.

The Kid's Bathroom

Designing this bathroom truly brought us so much joy. We had so much freedom to be playful but also incorporate some classic elements, like the white subway tile. We like to call it classic turned upside down (get it?)! How many kids do you know that get to grow up with royal blue penny rounds on their floor? Not many... And the wall paper, we just can't get enough of that wallpaper...

All in all these clients are so pleased with the end result and that is what this is all about. Happy. Smiling. Faces. Have a beautiful weekend everyone and don't forget to check out our project page (by clicking here) for even more smile worthy photos (thanks to Corey Hogrefe - Maria's dashing and EXTRA hardworking fiancé)!! Cheers!


Perfecting the Work | Life Balance

We all have those days, weeks, or months that seem to consist of an endless battle between our personal lives and our professional lives.  There never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything on the 'to do' list.  It's a common problem that most everyone struggles with at some point and can become incredibly stressful at times.  Managing stress is a major challenge, and unfortunately there is not one solution or remedy to fix it.  Channing and I commonly discuss ways that we, as young entrepreneurial women, can find ways to build our business and thrive in the professional world while living successful personal lives at the same time.  We wanted to share with our readers some ways that we find successful in perfecting the work | life balance.  

  • Know what's the most important
    • One of our pacts as a firm is to always put family first.  No matter how crazy the day, how slammed you are with a never ending stack of papers, or how invested you are in a certain project, family is always the most important thing.  Period.
  • Take time for yourself
    • I think we can all agree that if we don't get that time for ourselves to go to the spa, take a walk, grab a coffee, or whatever it may be, that we begin to mentally shut down.  Maybe it has something to do with being in the creative industry, but we have to nuture our brains and bodies if we want to provide the best work to our clients.
  • Do something you're passionate about
    • If you're not passionate about what you're doing day to day, it may be time to take a step back and think about your personal goals.  Having a job that doesn't feel like you're wasting your precious time is incredibly fulfilling and satisfying.  Stress begins to melt away once you begin doing what you love!

We aren't perfect here at the C&M studio, but we sure do strive to being happy and healthy people, in the office and at home.  Check out some of C&M's personal photos to see that we too, have personal sides in this creative world we live in!