Workout Room Meets Craft Room

One of the biggest transformations in the home was the creation of two separate rooms that was once a large laundry and storage room.  My clients wanted a separate workout room and a craft room large enough for additional storage and my clients stain glass supplies. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and both new rooms are used daily and add a lot of valve to the home.  The wall color is Greystone and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.


Living Room with Stunning Views

The original living room was stark and all white and my clients wanted a warm and inviting feel from the front door that looks directly into the living room.  The fireplace surround and hearth was retiled with a warm natural stone and a new custom mantel now provides the space for decorative items. New window coverings add to the warmth of the space and provide coverage for all the new furnishings during hot summer days.  The new large sectional, cocktail table, area rug and sitting chair provide ample space for my clients to entertain and enjoy the beautiful view. I created a custom paint wall color and used Champagne on Ice for the ceiling and trim.

Sparkling Clean Laundry Room

On the main floor adjacent to the master bathroom was a small bedroom.  My clients, who are both in their sixties, wanted to have a main floor laundry instead of going to the basement to do laundry.  The small bedroom was created into the new laundry room. The custom cabinets are by Organized Spaces and the wall paint color is a custom color I created called Powder Green Light and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.

Zen Guest Bath

The original main floor guest bathroom had a door leading into the adjacent bedroom which took up a lot of valuable space in the small bathroom.  The door was removed so that a full vanity could take up the entire window wall. The shower was enlarged by removing a hallway closet and the pink shower tile was updated with 12” x 24” size tiles in a neutral off white color and installed vertically to create a larger feel.  The wall paint color is Glacier and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.  The guest bedroom now has modern en-suite bathroom.  


Basement Bathroom Refresh!

The basement guest bathroom is just off the guest bedroom and the original space was dark and cold. We kept the plumbing in the same locations and simply updated the tile, Strasser cabinetry and lighting to create a warm and inviting bathroom. Floor plank tiles were used on the floor to create a rustic feel. The wall paint color is Dove Grey and the ceiling is Champagne on Ice.

Bright and Airy Kitchen Remodel

The original kitchen had blue painted cabinets and simply needed a refresh.  New cabinets and appliances were installed and a wider peninsula island was created for the cooktop placed and to have ample room for bar stools across from it.  The back splash mosaic tile, a new center island and new lighting make this a modern kitchen. Adjacent to the cook area is now a built in desk space and extra storage.  The custom window seats were made to fit in the corner dining area and now this comfortable space is where the family starts the day. I created a custom paint color for the walls and Champagne on Ice was used on all the ceilings and trim throughout the house.


The Perfect Family Room

This family loves to be together while watching TV and the custom J. Redmond sectional was designed to sit all their friends and family and the Maxwell upholstery fabric was selected for its clean ability and durability for any accidental spills and stains.  The custom upholstered ottoman with a wood center top is the perfect solution for the center of the sectional. And the custom TV cabinet by Old Biscayne anchors the wall and has amble storage below. The one of a kind shell lamp by Currey & Co. sets the tone for all the movie watching evenings.

Dining in Elegance- A Before & After

This home was completed in spring of 2018 and my client’s family decided it was their dream home so to create long term memories and it was in the perfect location since their 10 year old son didn’t have to change schools nor friends and they all love the clean modern aesthetic.  The couple has stressful careers and wanted a sanctuary to retreat to after a long day. They love to entertain and the eight and a half foot long custom Old Biscayne dining table can sit several friends and family comfortably. The Pindler modern chenille upholstery fabric is the star of the room and the wood Antrim custom area rug sets off the entire table and chairs!

Living Room- From Staged to Sophisticated

The goal of the living room was to have a more formal looking room and with a comfortable feel to each of the furniture pieces.  The custom Interior Crafts sofa with side wood panels upholstered with a warm taupe chenille Pindler upholstery fabric sets the tone of the space.  The two custom sitting chairs are by Hickory Chair and Vanguard and adorned with Pindler and Kravet upholstery fabrics and they are placed on a custom Antrim wool area rug.  The case good are by Vanguard and Charleston Forge and bring in elements of wood and metal to add interest. The rich blue glass table lamps are by Currey & Co. And the round kitchen table is conducive for family dinners!

Zen Bathroom Remodel by Kathy Banak

My clients two teenage son’s bathroom went through a transformation with the addition of a walk in shower and vanity cabinet instead of a pedestal sink.  The Stasser vanity in a light grey color has plenty of storage for both boy’s with the addition of a medicine mirror and ample lighting with the Quoizel light bar. The Authentic Home Greystone Light paint color definitely enhances the lightness and brings a modern touch to this small bathroom!

Beautiful Spa Like Bath Remodel by Kathy!

My client wanted a tranquil bathroom and her master bath went thru a huge transformation just with the change of the paint color from a vibrant red to the Authentic Home Dove Grey.  The layout wasn’t functional for my client to bathe every night so I change the location of the toilet so that the shower and tub was the focal point upon entering the very small bathroom. The custom Furniture Guild vanity and crystal vanity light bar make this a unique and elegant small bathroom!

Kathy's Recent Project- Kitchen Before & After!


My client purchased this 100 year old Craftsman style home when she was raising her family and was excited to update and personalize it to reflect her personal style.

The initial undertaking was the flooring since it was original to the home and has some holes in it that couldn’t be repaired.  DuChateau luxury vinyl tile, LVT, was the final flooring choice since my client was considering renting out the house once her youngest was out of high school and LVT is very durable and waterproof.  The light grey color tones of the LVT works well with the Authentic Home Dove Grey paint color that is throughout the main floor, both bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen cabinet doors were resurfaced and quartz Grey Savoie countertops and backsplash and new Top Knobs hardware bring the space much needed lightness while adding a bit of a feminine touch. A new side counter top was added during the remodel for additional storage and to have the flexibility of sitting on bar stools.  The clean white modern table and clear acrylic chairs finish the space with a light and airy feel suitable for any gathering. And the new range and hood along with the farm house white porcelain sink make this a wonderful kitchen to create meals and entertain in.

Fresh Color Palettes for Spring!

Fresh Color Palettes for Spring

There are no more vibrant, saturated colors than the ones created in nature. With the amazing paint technology today, you can replicate the color of an old growth oak tree’s moss in your backyard. You can bring in the vibrance of those daffodils you planted in the spring. You can well, pretty much paint your home in any of the  colors you see everyday. This brought us to thinking, what are our favorite natural color palettes?

Fresh Color Palettes- Bringing the Outdoors In

1.Spring is in the Air. This gorgeous, feminine palette is so calming and rich. It would work beautifully in a sunroom overlooking a garden, a little girl’s bedroom, or even a dining or living room. When you put soft color palettes into your space, you create harmony that reduces stress from the every day. And, this color palette is Pantone’s pick for 2016! Authentic Home’s Playful Palette has the perfect selection to achieve this look!

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2. Organic Bliss.  Keeping a clean, bright and nature-inspired palette will truly give your space a freshness like no other palette. This beautiful neutral palette works beautifully in large, airy spaces as it allows the architecture to stand out. Typically seen in the Northwest, a paint palette like this works best in cloudier climates as its warmth balances out the wet dreary weather. You may find Authentic Home’s Fresh Palette perfect if you’re going for this look!


3. Southbeach Charm. This bold, bright, and cheery palette is perfect for smaller spaces, preferably in brighter, warmer climates. These cheerful citrus tones stand out in sunlight while blending in with organic colors found in outdoor surroundings. We love this palette for a powder room or a dining nook-reminiscent of sunny spring mornings.


4.  Zen Garden. The perfect combination of cool tones meet warm. Soft and airy, this palette brings forth a sense of calmness into your space. The gorgeous lavender and green tones would work beautifully as an accent color- an arm chair or throw pillows would really “pop” against the remaining colors in the palette.  The more neutral colors are perfect for wall paint and larger accessories such as furniture. See Authentic Home’s Elegant Palette if this is the look you desire.


5. Bright and Cheery. So rich and delightful, this palette is perfect for someone looking to bring a little cheer into their home. These tertiary colors are close friends on the color wheel and can be applied to any space, working beautifully in harmony. If you are seeking a bright, saturated palette like this one, we recommend allowing the brightest colors to “pop” as accessories, and setting the more neutral colors to stand as a backdrop. If you like bright and cheery, you will love Authentic Home’s Playful Palette.


Love color, but can’t decide? Contact Kathy Banak for a consultation!


Metallics: Reflections of Refinement

There is something so rich and sophisticated about mixing and matching metallics in your Interior. Beautiful metallic decor has been making its debuts at High Point Market- it’s not only trending, but it truly is a timeless way to bring beauty and sparkle into your space.

Metallic Decor- Our Favorite Designs

1. Gold Accents.  Mixing and matching various gold accent pieces can really give a sense of cohesivity and eclectic vibes to your space. Creating a photo collage with unique frames, all in gold hues give a rich, smart feel to the wall space. To really emphasize the metallic theme in your decor, implement a metallic pouf, or throw pillows to make the smaller accents really “pop.”

Image Source:  Ohbintang, Online

Image Source: Ohbintang, Online

2. Rustic Meets Organic. Combining natural elements with rustic pieces brings forth a level of nostalgia and eclecticism like no other. Scour your local flea market or antique mall for original, one-of-a-kind rustic metal decor, and pair it with unfinished woods and other organic elements.

Image Source:  Maison Decor, Online

Image Source: Maison Decor, Online

3. Reflective Surfaces and Finishes. There is no such thing as too many metallics in a space. Well, maybe– but we have yet to see it. Beautiful mirrored furniture pieces paired with gold and bronze accents will surely bring glamour and sophistication to any space. Geometric patterned metallic throw pillows, and simple metallic poufs can really bring forth a level of beauty to a space.

Interested in a design consultation? Contact Kathy Banak today!

Revamping Your Kitchen

If уоu are a homeowner, I аm sure thаt you hаvе hаd to соnѕіdеr renovating уоur kіtсhеn аt ѕоmе time or оthеr. If уоu hаvе оwnеd уоur home for ѕоmе tіmе nоw, уоu may bе thіnkіng that the kіtсhеn іѕ starting to lооk a bіt shabby оr maybe уоu hаvе just mоvеd іn аnd уоu wаnt tо renovate thе kіtсhеn tо suit your оwn ѕtуlе, or уоu mау be thinking about ѕеlling уоur house. Whаtеvеr thе mоtіvе fоr thе refurb, іf уоu rеnоvаtе уоur kіtсhеn іt will аdd vаluе tо уоur home and quality оf lіfе tо thе реорlе lіvіng in іt. In fасt, rеnоvаtіng your kіtсhеn іѕ the ѕіnglе most worthwhile job уоu саn do. Eѕресіаllу, іf you wаnt tо add vаluе tо уоur hоmе. 

Remodeling Your Kitchen? Keep these Ideas in Mind!

It dереndѕ оn thе ѕоrt of hоuѕе mоrе thаn the mоnеу that it’s оwnеr has аvаіlаblе, hоw much уоu ѕреnd on уоur kіtсhеn rеfurbіѕhmеnt. Thе reason fоr thіѕ is thаt еvеrу street has a mаxіmum реrсеіvеd value реr hоuѕе. If уоu ѕреnd a fоrtunе оn your hоuѕе аnd іt іѕ ѕіtuаtеd in a ѕtrееt of hоuѕеѕ іn the wrоng еnd оf town, you mау nоt get аnу рrоfіt аt аll, but уоu wіll ѕеll уоur residence mоrе quickly. There is no рurроѕе іn buіldіng a Buсkіnghаm Pаlасе іn a ѕlum, to рut іn ѕеvеrеlу. Aѕk any еѕtаtе аgеnt аnd they will tеll уоu tales of hоmе оwnеrѕ who have been disappointed with thе еѕtаtе agent’s rесоmmеndеd selling рrісе аftеr thеу hаd spent thоuѕаndѕ on dоіng thе place uр. Lооk аt it thіѕ way, іf thеrе аrе a hundrеd houses іn уоur ѕtrееt аnd thе аvеrаgе ѕеllіng рrісе іѕ 100,000, уоu аrе vеrу unlikely tо gеt 125,000. Bear that іn mind whеn rеfurbіѕhіng to ѕеll.

Quality of Life. If уоu аrе іntеndіng to stay іn your house, a kitchen rеmоdеl іѕ the mоѕt up-lifting rеnоvаtіоn thаt уоu саn mаkе tо уоur hоmе. Mоѕt fаmіlіеѕ ѕреnd a lot of tіmе іn the kіtсhеn аnd thаt іѕ another rеаѕоn why a refurb will bе hugеlу аррrесіаtеd.

1. Let in the Light! Mоѕt older kitchens can be dіngу or gloomy, ѕо thе wау tо gіvе thеm аn immediate fасе lift is tо gеnеrаtе mоrе light. Yоu оught tо hаvе аt least twо windows іf уоu саn manage іt or уоu could enlarge thе оnе wіndоw that уоu hаvе. If these ideas are not an option, you can always brighten your space with a fresh coat of paint.  A beautiful Authentic Home paint color such as Crystal Blue will give your kitchen space a cool, calming appeal.

2. Reface Your Cabinets with nеw ones іn a lighter соlоr and tо repaint or rерареr thе wаllѕ аnd сеіlіngѕ wіth a lіghtеr соlоr. A dеsigner’ѕ tip tо bооѕt the аmоunt of light in a room, іѕ tо paint the window reveals whіtе ѕо thаt more ѕun lіght іѕ reflected bасk іn tо thе room.. Anоthеr twо tips аrе tо rе-еmulѕіоn thе сеіlіng whіtе аѕ іt stains ԛuісklу аnd to hаvе a white floor-covering. You wіll be amazed, these lаѕt thrее tірѕ mаkе a lоt of dіffеrеnсе tо thе brіghtnеѕѕ of a kіtсhеn.

3. Switch Out Your Hardware. You will be delighted at what a big difference such a little change can make to a kitchen. If your kitchen cabinets have older knobs that look dated, go down to your local hardware store and find some that are more modern, or have a timeless classic look.

4. Unclutter the Knick Knacks. Kitchens are the number one space in the home that collect clutter the fastest. We tend to keep random items in a junk drawer, clutter our counters with appliances, and use our kitchen counters as catch-alls for our mail, keys, and other belongings. We often use our refrigerators to showcase our utility bills and other random items. By clearing off your surface spaces, your kitchen will feel fresh, open, and clean. Uncluttering your home in general is a great way to clear your mind as well!

5. Reduce Noise. And by noise, I don’t mean sound. If your tile backsplash currently is multi-colored or has a busy pattern, this can create a sense of visual chaos to your space. Replace your kitchen’s patterned surfaces with simple, neutral lines and your space will appear larger and cleaner.

Image Source:  CliqStudios, Online

Image Source: CliqStudios, Online

Timeless Design | How to Achieve "that" Look

Because Interior Design is an ever-evolving industry, it can sometimes feel overwhelming to keep up with what’s trending– especially since a beautiful design can be a long-term investment. However, there are some essentials to Interior Design that will never age themselves, remaining timeless and classic in your space. This home, designed by Kathy Banak, is the perfect example of how to achieve a quality, classic interior that will evolve with the ever-changing times of the design industry.

Classic Design: 5 Essentials to Achieving A Timeless Look

1. Window Treatments. One of the most influential and easiest ways to give your space a completed look is by adding window treatments. Choosing rich fabrics and quality craftsmanship is key- it truly will give your home the classic, quality look you’re going for.

Image Source:  Nina Hendrick, Online

Image Source: Nina Hendrick, Online

2. Organic Natural Finishes. The first thing you see when looking at this beautiful kitchen is the richness in the quartz countertops.

Image Source:  Granite Gurus, Online

Image Source: Granite Gurus, Online

3. Soft, Bright Color Palette. Choosing the right color palette for your home is key when designing your space. Since we reside in Washington which is gloomy most of the year, it is essential to select colors that feel bright and airy even during the darkest months. Rich, fresh upholstered details bring a sense of cohesiveness to this charming family room.

Image Source:  Editorial Ink, Online

Image Source: Editorial Ink, Online

4. Accessorize All Of Your Spaces. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Does your hallway or foyer have an alcove perfect for a side table and some ambient lighting? It is these spaces that work perfectly to debut your favorite pieces.

Are you looking to revamp your space and not sure where to start? Contact Kathy Banak at Authentic Home for a consulatation.

2019 Pantone Color of the Year- Living Coral

With all of the muted colors trending, it is quite refreshing to see that Pantone’s 2019 Color of the year is Living Coral, a vibrant, saturated hue that truly makes a statement. With all of the gray interiors that have popped up in the past year, this gorgeous color truly stands out and can be used for both accents as well as primary color schemes.

Image Source:  Dezeen Blog

Image Source: Dezeen Blog

“PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar, and energizing aspects of color found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent color mesmerizes the eye and mind. Lying at the center of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of color. “ - Pantone Website

Here are Some Interior Spaces that Are the Bee’s Knees When it Comes to Application of this Beautiful Hue…

  1. Coral Accentuated Dining Area. Through the use of coral window treatments and accents, this hue truly makes a difference to this otherwise very neutral dining room.

2. Bold Coral and Teal printed wallpaper. Because coral and blue hues are compliments of each other, they make a true statement, especially when applied in bold prints like shown in this powder room.

Image Source:  CHD Interiors, Online

Image Source: CHD Interiors, Online

3. Simple Coral Accents. By implementing just a touch of coral into your interior, you can change the entire look of it. It brings a sense of warmth into a space, while being playful yest sophisticated.

4. Furniture Accents. What a cool way to accentuate a piece of otherwise plain furniture! This beautiful piece has been brought back to life with just a touch of coral paint detailing.

Image Source:  Behr, Online

Image Source: Behr, Online

5. Coral and Green. Another color that is making a comeback in 2019 is Hunter Green. Paired with the Color of the Year, it can truly bring drama and refinement to your space.

What are your thoughts on the Pantone Color of the Year? If you’re seeking Color Consultation, contact me at Have a great 2019!

Spa-like Guest Bedrooms

Zen spa decor is quintessentially calm and peaceful. It is often a favorite decorating scheme for homeowners seeking a relaxing appearance for their bedroom spaces. By incorporating a nature-inspired color palette, luxurious bedding elements and calming accessories, this design is fairly easy to create for a bedroom that looks and feels like a sanctuary retreat in the comfort of one's own home.


Natural Colors

Use cool colors. Increase the spa-like feel of the room with a cool color palette that features blue and green. Paint the walls a soft, blue color to simulate the look of water, known for its calming properties. Add an area rug in light green, and place it at the foot of the bed to help anchor the space. A green rug gives the room an illusion of grass, which is a nature-inspired choice to add to the calm environment. Lastly, select white bedding, window treatments and furniture pieces to create a simplistic, Zen-like appearance to the room.


Bed Textiles

Incorporate simple bedding. Zen bedrooms are often minimal in design, so reflect this with a comforter set that is streamlined. Avoid patterns, as they can create a space with visual clutter. Choose styles with tone-on-tone piping details to give the set a bit of style without being too fussy. Select white bedding to complement the spa feel of the room. Add a bit of luxury with high-thread-count sheets in solid white to give the bedding a pampered, spa look and feel. Finish the Zen spa bedroom with two soft, fluffy robes draped on the end of the bed for a relaxing and calming appearance to the entire decor.


Minimal Clutter

Organize the bedroom. Clutter is to be avoided on all counts in a Zen spa environment. Use organizational tools to get clutter down to a minimum. Place shoes in a hanging shoe rack in a closed closet. Purchase organizing, closet clothes systems for a more functional closet space. Use under-the-bed storage boxes or plastic containers to store items not used on a daily basis, such as seasonal clothing. A clutter-free room is inherently more peaceful, adding to the visual appeal of the Zen spa space.


Bathroom Trends!

3. Classic Whites

White subway is best used with a light color grout like gray or white.  Especially in the bathroom because it is easiest to clean stains caused with mold and soap residue. 


Brass fixtures give your bathroom a sense of luxury. It’s not the flashy brass of the 1980s. The current brass is softer, duller, and warmer. Here are 5 ways to use it in your home.


2. Smart Storage

Practical storage will never go out of style. Whenever possible, take advantage of vertical space and take your cabinetry up the wall. 


1. Mediterranean-Inspired Design

Glitz meets Old-World style in these tiles inspired by ancient Mediterranean countries like Spain, Morocco and Portugal. The look elegantly combines the charm of hand-painted terra cotta with modern metallics. 


Greens! Are they Here to Stay?

The color green is thought to bring balance and harmony to its surroundings so it’s no wonder that it’s a favorite choice in interior design. Aside from the psychology of it, its connection to the outdoors and especially spring and summer makes it a great color to pair with others, after all every flower, no matter what color, has a green stem. This means that even in a monochromatic green scheme, a pop of any other color won’t look out of place and that’s the kind of interior design that can grow with you.


If you love the color green but prefer a neutral palette on your walls, there are so many other ways to inject it into your decor. When using the color in details consider using a whole variety of shades from dark to light – see room above. 

Tiles come in almost the same range of colors as paint but also come in or can be used in patterns so when considering a green theme for your home go beyond your favorite shade and think pattern too.

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