Room Inspiration – Tuesday’s With Dorie

Remember when I blogged about Kristen Alber‘s house?

Well, I e-bumped into a friend of hers online not long ago, and I just had to blog about her house, too!

Her name is Dorie, and she and her husband did a heck of a job renovating their 1916 bungalow. Check out the exterior, before…

…and after!

Dorie said, “We bought this dilapidated house that, over the years, everyone had put their “personal” touches on. Including- removing the original staircase and fireplace, covering over a basement, and taking out load bearing walls. Previous homeowners had also tried to make it look more “Victorian” by adding the dormer windows and such, but I KNEW this sweet old house was a bungalow. Sooo, we went down to the archives in the basement of a city building and found an original elevation of our house from 1920. Low and behold- it was a bungalow! This kicked off 2 years of painstakingly finding out where everything originally went and restoring the ol’ gal to her former beauty.

Here’s the kitchen before…

…and after…

The kitchen cabinets are Denovo Cabinetry and the wood countertop is William Rogers Co. Both companies are owned by Dorie’s family. Her hubby heads up the cabinet shop, her daughter heads up the wood top business, and her son is in charge of building the wood tops. How fun is that!? The green paint color on the base cabinets is Bamboo Shoot by Sherwin Williams. The upper cabinets are painted Swiss Coffee (Dorie’s favorite white), by Benjamin Moore. The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s, Hush. They used carrera marble on the counter tops and white subway tile on the backsplash. The mason jar pendants are from Pottery Barn. The old cabinet with the shelves above it is an antique candy makers cabinet that she found at a (sadly now closed) shop in Phoenix.

Dorie said, “We literally designed our entire kitchen around that thing!

Here’s a look at the family room, before…

….and here it is after!

The wall color is Hush by Benjamin Moore, and Dorie said a lot of her favorite pieces of furniture and accessories are from her friend Kristin’s store, FOUND. (Lucky for her, it’s right around the corner from her house!) All the mantels in the house came from an architectural salvage yard in San Diego, CA. They also picked up some of the old door hardware at the same salvage yard. Dorie said, “I was determined to find parts that were from the right era.

Here’s one of the bathrooms before…

And here’s the same bathroom, after…

They got vanity at FOUND, and because it wasn’t quite deep enough, Dorie’s hubby took the original wood top off and added it to the back to make it deeper, then they re-topped the entire piece with carrera marble.

For more pics and posts by Dorie, you can find her blog here: Tuesday’s With Dorie. There’s a lot of fun stuff happening over there!

I enjoyed reading about their cottage at Dana Point, too. Here’s a peek at the kitchen and laundry room there…

Pretty, pretty!

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  1. says

    I am DYING over this bungalow! All of the details are so deliberate and well placed. Even with more accessories than I usually prefer, my eyes don’t feel overwhelmed, but EXCITED to look for little treasures in every corner. Well done!

  2. says

    OMG Layla, seriously!!! You just added two more obsessions to my life – Kristin Alber’s house is just amazing. And Dorie’s house and cottage? I am going to be driving my husband nuts with new ideas. “hey boo, what do you think about . . . “

    • Amanda Jeansonne says

      Just Fab ! Love, love, love the old wood look ! Trying to incorporate that look in my house as well……

  3. says

    Gorgeous!! Where did they get the door in the kitchen that opens to the outside! I need a new front door and want something special.

  4. Ter'e Crow says

    Does Dorie’s house take your breath or what? What calmness and tranquility! I’m dying to see the bedroom. I love love love every tiny detail. GOR-GEOUS!!!!!!!!
    What they did with that pitiful kitchen, is something else!!!!!!! WOW. Dreamland.

  5. Geri says

    Wow! Amazing renovation and beautiful decorating style.
    I love the homey and welcoming feel.
    I could sit in the living room and ay dream forever.
    Such a work of love.

  6. says

    Both houses are just beautiful! I also live in a bungalow that we’re fixing up. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that much restoration. I’m was so happy to see what she did with the fireplace because ours is so blah! Now I know what to do to it to make it nicer without ruining the “integrity” of the house. I don’t know why, but I always worry about that!

  7. says

    Lovely! Bungalows are one of my favorite house styles, so it kills me when people start ripping out the old and add in new architectural elements. It never looks quite right. They did a beautiful job!

  8. says

    Wow! What a transformation :) She has a gorgeous home!!! I love her style and her blog. Thanks for sharing this great site.

    And I just posted our farmhouse kitchen reveal, if you ever get an extra minute to check it out, I’d be honored :) Have a great week!!!

  9. Melinda Ke says

    Amazing reno, it has so much character now! I love, love, love that antique candy makers cabinet, what a great find!!!

  10. Kate says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I absolutely admire people who are committed to restoring homes with this much love. And I love thinking about architectural styles. Are we in a new era now? For example, our home is circa 1992, so I don’t exactly have any desire to add back in any polished brass, hunter green wallpaper borders, or country heart accents. Actually we’ve been doing the opposite and taking alllll of that out! But I don’t know if these are just design trends from the ’90s versus an actual pre-millenium architectural style? YaknowwhatI’msayin’? Would love to hear your thoughts! :)

  11. says

    I’ve had the pleasure for the last two years to tour Dorie’s home during the annual Mesa Home Tours. Believe when I say the pictures don’t do her house justice. It is way better in person!

  12. Tracey Lucas says

    I’ve been obsessed with looking at this house and Kristen Albers ever since you posted them. So GORGEOUS!!! Love all the details they have put into their decorating style. Can’t stop looking at their beautiful homes. TFS