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Prior to this renovation this kitchen was extremely cramped and dysfunctional, not to mention bland. We designed the new custom cabinetry (in a yummy classic grey with a hint of blue) and created twice the storage space in the same footprint as before.
We artfully renovated this butler's pantry. The only element we couldn't provide was a butler.
One of our favorite space-savers is double ovens where the upper is trivection, which is a combination microwave, convection oven and conventional oven.
This 2016 renovation of a kitchen in Hyde Park respected the home's turn-of-the-last-century architecture while integrating 21st century smarts.
Infinite, intricate details delivered on our clients' dreams for an intimate yet ample kitchen to accommodate their family of seven who digs cooking together. The island is custom-made Alderwood butcher block with an ogee edge.
If you’ve ever wondered what a complete kitchen renovation on a not-to-big budget looks like - this is it. Fear not - you can dream big without breaking the bank.
These clients wanted a place to dine alfresco, but also wanted to give the dining areas it’s own sense of place. We designed this open air pergola to compliment the architecture of their home and set it (and them!) apart.
When we sold these wonderful client’s their dreamy Hyde Park “cottage” the pool that came with it was DOA. We dug it out, re-graded, and moved the poll to a centered location for optimal sight lines and buttloads of family fun.
We continued the step up to the house along the back wall and cushioned it. When you have more butts than seats - we got you covered.
We built this bodacious pool in Hyde Park overlooking CCC for as far as the eye can see. Futuristic fact: this pool is kept “chlorinated” by ultra violet light which is easier to maintain and gentler to the skin.
The “before” of this area was overgrown honeysuckle bushes and trashcans…the after is a useful and verdant courtyard topped with smooth-to-the-foot French pea-gravel.
These clients pointed to a terraced hillside and said “Can we have a pool?” and DIGS said ‘Why not!” Note: this boxwood hedge is acceptable per building codes in lieu of the mandatory fence.
The trifecta. We helped these clients buy this home. We helped these clients with renovation projects to this home (including the pool). We helped these clients decorate this home. Now all we do at this home is hang out and have cocktails with some seriously happy owners
The surprise in this Hyde Park back yard? The grass is fake…no muss no fuss, forever summer. And the dog can pee on it, too!
Would you be surprised to know that this house in in Blue Ash? Our DIGSGroup at Comey and Shepherd Realtors sold it!
Quite possibly our favorite sunroom in the oldest house in Northern Kentucky
One of our favorite tricks to make a new landscape have a centuries old verdancy is to incorporate statuary we source from all over the world. Also note the columns solid stone…maybe you can rock that!
This happy DIGS client really digs the out-of-doors. Putting green. Fire pit. Plunge pool. Grilling courtyard. Screened porch. Yes we can and yes we did.
Let the games begin in this Indian Hill family room. Architectural details and appropriately scaled light fixtures keep this space from feeling too voluminous
These Hyde Park homeowners are not afraid of color…neither are we.
Prior to DIGS completing a substantial addition to this Hyde Park home, the couple that now enjoys this spa-like master bath once shared a small bath with their two boys…way to step it up
Little is the new big…in this Hyde Park highrise condo keeping it simple - glass front cabinets expand the space. Bright and monochromatic helps avoid feeling hemmed in
…and people say you can’t grow anything in the shade. We say: “Not so much.”
Why relegate the man to cave? This is a “man’s room” a woman can love.
DIGS converted this porch to a four seasons room. Elegant though it is, the process was simpler than you might think. Got a porch you’re underutilizing? Hmmmmmm.
DIGS’ designer extraordinaire Brian Gibson is the king of finding cool old stuff to create an acquired look.
Dual sinks save marriages. Note: DIGS is obsessed with making vanities look like furniture and we almost always include bottom drawers that avoid plumbing impedimentsperfect for storing toilet paper.
You’d be surprised how much space in in wall cavities - why waste it? Book nooks are “diggable" and one of our favorite projects.
As Bill Clinton once said - It’s the rug, stupid! We often build a room around it’s most important element - a RIGHT SIZED fabulous floor covering. 90% of people under-size the rug to the room, resulting in the appearance that the room is half the size it really is.
This “kitchen window” is one piece of glass that had to be craned in! When the view matters…
A Viennese garden in 45208
1.This was an extra bedroom these homeowners did not need. C’est voila - a perfect master bath. Note the stack of towels - a DIGS trick is to put a countertop on top of a radiator for the perfect no muss no fuss towel warmer. A radiator is a terrible thing to waste.
The lucky owner of this home asked us to renovate her 1950’s era ranch style home (with 8 foot ceilings) in Kenwood. Let there be light!
For this art collecting couple the decorating edict was “Gray-eige” to allow their collection to be the star of the show.
One of our favorite things is that outdoor fabric now comes in as many patterns and colors as indoor fabric - in fact - we now use outdoor fabric indoors, especially for people with pets.
Many on the DIGS team are card-carrying oenophiles. This wine cellar gave life to an old, unfinished basement and created safekeeping for 2,000 spectacular vintages.
One of DIGS first commissions in Amberley Village. The client said “I want a purple, red and chartreuse motif.” Our first instinct was “YIKES!”. The final result was “Whoda thunk - this is cool!”
Our client said “make my family room feel like I’m on vacation in Colorado.” Done and done-r.
These Hyde Park clients challenged us to make a tiny bathroom master-bath worthy. Splitting the vanities and recessing the toilet were just a couple of the ways we delighted them.
These clients said: “Can you turn this awkward little-used closet into a bathroom?” C'est voila!
This client asked us to add warmth to a “blah” white plain-jane dining room. We installed moldings and woodwork and applied three layers of gouache for a subtle look of old-world elegance.
One of this client’s favorite crayons in the box in burnt sienna - so we covered the headboard in leather dyed their favorite color.
Why waste a perfectly good hall? We hung this client’s art (of one of Cincinnati’s favorite robots) salon style.
Yet another example of a man cave a woman can love. A perfect place to spend a Sunday puzzling.
In the hands of a consummate professional, colors and patterns can be mixed to a fare-thee-well. Note: of our our favorite illusions of space is an ottoman that slides under a coffee table. You never know when you want to just put your feet up.
This somewhat narrow Hyde Park dining room was enlivened and visually widened by a collection of very old antique maps found by one of DIGS designers.
The secret to this spectacular paneling is: we applied gold painted fillet (commonly used in picture frame molding) inset into all of the panels (walls and ceiling) to give naked woods subtle sparkle.
This fabulous historic home in North Avondale benefitted from a design that did not take the period too seriously. Mixed into the motif are contemporary art and funky fabrics.
Little is the new big - this kitchen - though not sizable - is chok -a- block with smart storage throughout. Worth noting - this family of five (plus a golden retriever) lived through this renovation in part due to the temporary kitchen we set up in their dining room. While sometimes inconvenient, DIGS does all it can to make the renovation process as painless as possible.
There is no reason not to do a hardwood floor in a bathroom - sez us.
This client was concerned that fabrics would fade in this fabulous sun room - we said “Fear not!” and used outdoor fabric (just as soft and spectacular as the indoor variety) to ensure fading wasn’t an issue
This giant room was made to feel intimate warm and welcoming tanks to the deft sense of scale, design and color savvy of DIGS’ designer Brian Gibson.
For an extra layer of interest we hung this client’s etchings from chains instead of flat on the wall.
This client asked us to add a porch to the back of their house - and we said “How about one you can use 8 months out of the year instead of 6?”
This is a new construction house in Indian Hill that could have been “cookie cutter new construction blah.” But with artful design and architectural details it’s anything but. The contrasting built-in bookshelves add a sense that this house has a history.
Survey says: blue creates tranquility. Apropos (and then some) for this client’s serene bedroom.
Another trick of the trade is to hang your drapes from the highest possible point above the window to create a sense of height.
We are always delighted to incorporate any client’s collection into an artful décor. #RockOn #BatterUp #HotelCalifornia
This client said “I want to be able to seat 16 for dinner, but I don’t always have dinner for 16.” Our reply - “Let’s do two tables of 8 set akimbo to each other!”
The best way to set off spectacular woodwork is by painting the walls a contrasting color. In this instance, a master suite was made tranquil by the color of the husband’s camel-hair sport coat.
In this client’s billiards room - we measure cue-age before finalizing renovation plans. The devil’s in the details
A subtle yet spectacular detail of this home we constructed is the wood plank ceiling made of fir and continues from the edge of the overhang (bottom right) all the way through the house, thus making the distinction between inside and outside impossible to discern.
This custom made bookshelf divides the owners proves study from the great room. Carefully placed peek-a-boo pass-throughs keep it from being a monolithic divide.
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Why join a private club when DIGS can put one in your own home?
We love mounting lighting over mirrors in bathrooms
This client wanted a large stone fireplace. We used real stone veneer (much thinner) to achieve the look without the weight.
The best outfitted rooms are ones where not everything is matchy-matchy as in this
Open spaces require immense attention to design detail to avoid feeling uninspired and lifeless. One notable detail in this room was“waterfalled” stone down the side of the cabinet all the way to the floor.
This mostly white motif allows important pieces to pop! Note the fabulous coffee tabletop - as if could you miss it.
How relaxing is this custom library paneled in wormy Chestnut? With curated pieces like the Allegra Hicks custom rug and Leather Parson's cocktail from Chile, Brian Gibson's clients say: Very.
We call this “The Mullet House”. The client’s edict - I want to be private in the front and open in the back…and so it is.
A new Michael Taylor bed laid with antique Susani as bedspread perches on the Antique Oushak rug; DIGS' Brian Gibson understands the value rich layers play to create a warm, calm space.
This client’s budget was very VERY tight - DIGS says fear not…beautiful things can be accomplished on a small budget.
Most design/builds would stop at the ceiling…we laid this ceiling design out on paper everyone swooned.
The backsplash in this modernist motif kitchen is solid sheets of glass over painted walls which adds to the simplicity in a subtle and unexpected fashion.
DIGS does houses in 23 states and counting. We oversaw the design and construction project management for this new construction house in an idyllic setting surrounded on three sides by water in Rhode Island.
These clients wanted a kitchen that looked like it could have been there all along. Some of the ways we achieved that was by making the island a piece of furniture and topping the counters with very durable Alder wood
One of our favorite things to do with cool antique rugs that are too damaged for flooring is to give them new life as coffeetables/ottomans
The right rug makes the room in this Covington, KY sunroom.
Sometimes the best way to divide and open space is not with walls but with furniture and lamp lighting. And oh, by the way, dining room chairs don’t always have to match.
Because this master bath was created in a former awkward attic space, in order to appear architecturally appropriate to the exterior, we installed a round window in peak of the roofline. Beautiful on the inside…
absolute perfection on the outside.
Layering color and texture is the purview of a DIGS professional. When well executed (as in this Hyde Park living room) it can almost read as a neutral.
We didn’t build this house - our DIGSGroup at Comey and Shepherd Realtors sold it
There are two rugs on this room - the floor covering is a Savonnerie rug, topped with rustic trestle table. And on the walls Brian hung an early Kilim rug as art.
We never miss an opportunity to create an artful vignette. This one is where our clients store their underwear
At DIGS we believe that lighting is everything - inside and out.
Amongst many of our favorite things in this DIGS’ renovated kitchen are the arched basket niches under the peninsula and the La Coucet oven rage imported from France and installed (much to the chagrin of our installer’s back muscles) for this gourmet client.
This ginormous, sexy kitchen was inside the spectacular house in Glendale Ohio, sold by our DIGSGroup at Comey and Shepherd Realtors sold it
Respecting arched details the existed in this turn-of-the-last-century house, we incorporated them into the cabinetry and door openings (flanked by custom bookcases - one of our favorite things to do.)
Store bought lamps bore us to tears. We had this lamp made (and UL rated) from a found object.
This discerning homeowner wanted to open the dining room to a terrace that did not perviously exist - however the doors had to evoke the tradition of this home.
Mixing continents and centuries is the purview of a professional. Here, Brian Gibson chose an antique Northern Chinese demilune console table w European influence to add worldly detail to this window.
Rule #1 - there are no rules. Rule #2 best to hire someone who knows what rules to break. Who says you can’t hand contemporary art in a traditional room? Not DIGS.
DIGS' designers will always advocate for harmony when it comes to adding visual interest. Here, the French Regency walnut commode echoes the wood ceiling beams. Framed with natural light, the Chinese Scholars rock positively glows.
Another example of how a serious dining room doesn’t have to take itself so seriously. We dig mixing and matching dining room chairs.
There’s nothing that makes a tailored chair more riveting than rivets. Rivets come in all shapes and sizes and different metal finishes. Drill down with a DIGS Designer to nail your perfect chair.
Why have a humdrum backsplash when you can have marble mosaic chrysanthemum petals? Fabulous indeed. Our tile setters rock!
When we meet with our clients, we employ our signature DIGSYou questionnaire to delve into not just aesthetic values, but also how they live. This decorating project included fabrics on all furniture that could withstand pet perching.
We customs built these bookcases and found the “a ha!” place to read.
The cabinets in this Hyde Park condo are “skinned” in Tree Frog veneer, which is both exotic, sustainable and a qualifying point for LEED certification.
Rounding the corner and sliding into home, these baseball-loving clients asked us to incorporate their salvaged riverfront stadium seats into their renovation project. Our solution - what better place to strap on your boots in the mud room.
This outdoor environment by DIGS included a deft detail. the color of the pool (when filled) is the same color as the shutters on the house.
And we said - why just have windows when you can have sliding walls of glass.
These clients were insistent that we perfectly reproduce and incorporate the architectural details found on their turn-of-the-last-century home into the new addition we created. This is their “new” back porch.
Believe it or not we tried very hard to talk these clients out of doing red cabinets. The end result is spectacular. We were wrong but we did it right.
DIGS designer John Harrison made careful choices for this sumptuous yet neutral space. The expansive room strikes the right balance of comfortable living space and beautiful private gallery, with several seating areas for our DIGS clients to enjoy their contemporary art collection. Many pieces were acquired from one of our favorite locals - The Carl Solway Gallery. We can totally see sinking into the gorgeous leather recamier with a delicious cocktail to end the day.
DIGS does it all. We helped this client source, procure and plant her pots
Note the island in this spectacular Hyde Park condo kitchen…one of DIGS’ designer John Harrison’s favorite effects is to “waterfall” the counter surface all the way down to the floor.
We may have to break our “no loitering” rule for this screened porch. Ease (all fabrics are outdoor rated) and sophistication combine to make thisone heck of a relaxing, bright and welcoming space to while away summer days.
This could have been an unremarkable galley kitchen. Not only did we make it uber-functional (little is the new big) but we added spice by staining the cabinets chartreuse and installing 12x5 chalkboard (yes, that’s a chalkboard) which this homeowner uses to channel her inner Cy Twombley.
We dig bookcase lights. We are the exclusive representatives of a number of fantastic lighting lines from traditional to contemporary and everything in-between. Come get lit with us.
A common mistake that people make who don’t use a designer’s talents is getting the scale and location of scones wrong. This client used us to get it right.
In this Indian Hill FAMILY room designer John Harrison created two seating areas by backing sofas up to a lamp’d console table.
This client asked us for fanciful carpet for her children’s playroom that would withstand lots of fun. We designed this carped and had is custom made in Israel. We have the resources to make things that are 100% YOU.
The galley kitchen at Adam’s Place on Cincinnati’s riverfront was tragically dated and dysfunctional before this wonderful client let us work our magic.
This condo kitchen at The Regency in Hyde Park is owned by a woman who dreams in turquoise. We delivered on her dreams.
This client asked for a place where she could orchestrate breakfast for all five of her children.
We used colorful cabinet hardware as a decorative element throughout this poolhouse changing room so no one would lack a fun spot to hang a damp towel.
Either furniture has it’s place for form and function - especially in this lower level rec room. However, too much leather is boring and the cows don’t like it either. DIGS upholstered these hangout chairs in a spectacular crewel fabric to avoid too much matchy-matchy
Aside from the beauty of this living room - which is unmistakeable - what you can’t know is that all of the walls are 18” thick stone. We rewired this entire house for modern and safe electricity by channeling out the stone. Where there’s a will, there’s a DIGS.
DIGS’ stonemasons ROCK.
The owners of this Mt. Lookout home came to us and said "What can you do with our dumb deck that gets too hot to enjoy?" This was our solution. Seven years, and counting, the homeowners report that this space is as perfect as the day it was built, that it's their go-to hangout spot and that all of their friends are exceedingly jealous.
This is the open-air side of our Mt. Lookout clients' previously reported "dumb deck" which we constructed of BrazilianWalnut deck boards - using "biscuit joinery" - no visible screws or nails - and which requires no maintenance to keep its rich hues and smooth-to-the-foot feel. The fireplace is two-sided - in the screened-in section of the deck and pictured here on the open-air section of the deck.
Dumb deck no more. Now this family goes outside to live large with a dining area (including integrated grilling kitchen with stone surround), an open-air living room and a large and lovely screened porch. All together this is the coolest spot in the neighborhood to wile away the summer days in style.
With rare exception, our philosophy is that powder rooms should sparkle.
A detail image of the paneling we reproduced from scratch (great carpentry rocks) to replicate the existing paneling in this turn-of-the-last-century Hyde Park Craftsman Bungalow
The paneling in this room was dark stained wood, which was impressive but foreboding. Don't be afraid to paint your paneling. Your life will be brighter for it.
As we always say: "Lighting is everything". We illuminated this kitchen using 100% LED lighting for it's energy efficient qualities, but also to set moods and illuminate tasks at hand. LED has come a long way in terms of the purity of the light it casts and ability to be dimmed. We used under-cabinet LED strips (no dark spots) as well as recessed cans and decorative pendant fixtures.
This is the breakfast room adjacent our not-too-big not-too-small kitchen for our clients seven member tribe. Bon Appetit!
We dig our carpenters. Every. Little. Detail. Matters. Period.
Our clients’ daughter had a big say in the fit/finish selections of her bathroom. Great design is ageless and our clients’ daughter has a keen eye.
We represented a wonderful family in the purchase of this home and then we renovated it, top to bottom...proving once again that DIGS is the single source for happy homemaking.
To suit our clients' aesthetic we renovated this breakfast room to compliment the classic motif found throughout their home.
It's time to talk about a cool material. Our client wanted marble counter-top and back-splashes througout her kitchen. We cautioned that marble has the propensity to stain and etch. We recommended this man-made quartz composite that replicates the look of marble but that has best of anti-stain and anti-microbial qualities. You can't tell it's not marble, but unlike marble, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
Never miss an opportunity to turn your cool collection into a fantastic focal point.
These open shelves made from the same quartz stone as the counter-top and back-splash created a functional focal point in this kitchen.
We're starstruck! To date we have had the privilege of renovating a number of homes featured in Hollywood blockbusters. In addition to having restored the "Rainman House" in East Walnut Hills, we recently completed renovations at this residence featured in the film "Traffic." If your home hasn't yet been the star of a show - fear not - we treat all of our clients and their digs like stars in the making.
We are proud as peacocks to have been perennially serving this Hyde Park clients' design and construction needs inside and out since 2004. Completed in 2016, this kitchen renovation and breakfast room addition continues our long history of happy homemaking for this fabulous family.
Our client wanted a statement piece for her range hood and we designed and crafted this subtle yet spectacular yet functional piece in our metal shop. It "sucks" like nobody's business (which doesn't suck at all.)
This butler's pantry is visible from the kitchen, dining room ad family room of our clients' home. That meant it needed to be both functional and fabulous. And it is.
3524 Edwards Road Hyde Park, OH 45208 513-533-DIGS (3447)