Year in Review 2019
Wow! What a year 2019 has been. Being a Small Business owner, there are plenty of ups and downs that come with the territory. It can be hard not to focus on the negatives at times, so we try to […]
Our Mesa View Project Featured in Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine
We’ve been featured in the September Edition of KBB Magazine! Remember a while back, we shared a 90’s farmhouse makeover?? Well, that project was featured in the Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine this last month! (In case you missed it, […]
Shell Beach Master Bathroom Makeover
Our Honeycomb HQ is in Shell Beach and I absolutely love it. The narrow streets, the funky houses, the smell of the salt air...there is nothing like it. BUT Designing these houses can be a bit of a challenge due [...]
Ariana Lovato, Owner and Principal Designer, Selected for NKBA 30 Under 30!
For the past eight years, the National Kitchen and Bath Association awards 30 Designers from around the country, all 30 years and under, this prestigious award. In January, I’ll be flying out to Vegas for the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and […]
Honeycomb Gives Back – Decorating for Children with Disabilities
A year ago, I met the Henard family while drawing their plans for their upcoming Kitchen remodel. I absolutely adored the family, but I especially felt for their 10 year old son, Luke Henard, who has cerebral palsy. Luke has […]
Historical San Luis Obispo Home Gets A Master Bedroom Makeover!
Working on a historical home is always such a great experience. I was actually involved in the remodeling of this home ten years ago (was an intern fresh out of design school!). Last year, they found our Design studio and […]
A Designer’s Guide To Remodeling
San Luis Home Expo Presentation Last month, I was invited to speak at the Inspired Expos Home Expo in San Luis Obispo, CA. My topic for the seminar was a Designer’s Guide to Remodeling. I wanted to share the good, the [...]
DesignHounds – Signature Kitchen Suite Experience
It’s only been a few days since we all got back from our trip to Napa, but WOW! Is all I can seem to say about my experience. This was my first time being invited to a Design Hounds by […]
90’s Style Arroyo Grande House Gets A Makeover on a Budget
We all LOVE a good Before and After right?! Well, luckily for you, we have a really good one. This story all started when my friend and Realtor, Amber Morgan Wong, introduced me to my sweet clients. We walked through […]
Central Coast’s Hottest New Fitness Studio By Honeycomb Home Design
Last September, I was contacted by the gals at Pure Pilates, a Pilates and Barre studio located in Santa Maria, CA, to help them outfit their new location. When I met them onsite, the building was pretty much an empty shell. […]
HONEYCOMB HOME DESIGN of SHELL BEACH, CA Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019
Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs SHELL BEACH, CA, January 24, 2019 – Honeycomb Home Design of Shell Beach, CA […]
Top 10 Interior Design Trends for 2019 – Here’s our list of what you can expect to see this year!
1. Kitchens that bring the outdoors in We can expect to see more and more kitchens opening up to outdoor entertainment areas, especially in warmer climates. This Kitchen features a folding window system which opens up to the front patio and […]
VIRTUAL REALITY RENDERINGS – IN ACTION!
Today, I’m taking you behind the scenes on my latest project with Allen Construction located in Orcutt, CA. This home was devastated by a house fire, causing it to be an entire re-build. With all of the key decisions that […]
HONEYCOMB HOME DESIGN RECEIVES THE LUX-LIFE MAGAZINE 2019 LEADING DESIGNER AWARD!
What a way to ring in the New Year with this announcement! I am so excited to share that Honeycomb Home Design has been awarded a title of: Excellence in Residential and Commercial Interior Design – California by Lux-Life Magazine! […]
Master Bathroom 90’s MAKEOVER!
Master Bathroom Makeover! Who doesn’t love a good Before and After??? My clients were looking to majorly update their Master Bedroom and Bathroom since it hadn’t been updated for at least 20 years! White tile countertops, faux columns, and oak […]
San Luis Obispo Mid-Century Modern House Gets An Extreme Makeover
San Luis Obispo Mid-Century Modern House Gets An Extreme Makeover Our Biggest Makeover Yet! This house in San Luis Obispo, CA got an extreme makeover, but before I take you there, let’s start at the beginning. My client reached out […]
Coastal Classic Master Bath Remodel
The Before and Afters are really my favorite parts of my job! This Master Bathroom hadn’t been touched since the late 60’s when I first laid eyes on it. It needed a GOOD amount of TLC and updating and we […]
Virtual Reality Interior Design Renderings!
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My Monogram Appliance Designer Education Experience
What a whirlwind trip in the Windy City! On our Riverboat tour! I was so fortunate to be flown out to Chicago to attend the Designer Experience presented by Monogram Appliances. Not only did we cook meals using these appliances, […]
The Hive Arroyo Grande – A Retail Project!
Late last year, we had just barely opened up the doors at The Hive Arroyo Grande when I shared with you a Behind-The-Scenes look in this blog post. Now that the store is settled and filled in nicely, I wanted […]
SHELL BEACH COTTAGE MAKEOVER!
This adorable Shell Beach,CA home is very near and dear to my heart because my childhood Best Friend’s Aunt owns it! Growing up, we would come to this family home to celebrate birthdays and graduations. When Danny’s Aunt contacted me […]
Contemporary Home Office Reveal!
Contemporary, clean, organized… That is what my client requested when I met with her initially in 2017 for her Dream Home Office. My client had recently relocated to the Central Coast of CA from the Bay Area. She needed a […]
Modern Kitchen Makeover!
It’s no mystery that designing Kitchens is something that I love to do! So, when I got a call from the nicest couple living in Baywood Park, CA, to design their new kitchen, I was all on board. They loved […]
Spanish Style Remodel on a Budget
This is one of my favorite Before and Afters to date! The transformation of this 80’s track home is pretty amazing. The most amazing part is that this was done on a major budget and we didn’t sacrifice on style. […]
Million Dollar Listing – Updated to Sell!
It’s not everyday that you walk onto a property equipped with a swimming pool, tennis court, putting green, cabana, guest house and a bird sanctuary in San Luis Obispo… right?? Those were my thoughts when I first met a lovely […]
Here’s a fun “Before” video of a project that is very close to my heart!
This project is located in Pismo Beach, CA and the view is absolutely to die for. I grew up coming to this house as a kid and had so many great memories here. When I was asked to re-design […]
Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends of 2018
You won’t want to miss out on these trends if you’re planning a kitchen remodel this year! Black is back, baby. Black never goes out of style…we all know that, BUT it is definitely showing up a lot more in […]
Behind the Design: The Hive Arroyo Grande
I’m SO excited to share with you this very special project and my second retail space that I’ve designed! There’s been a lot of “buzz” around town about The Hive and what it is. The Hive is a boutique located […]
Designer Diaries: Episode 12 – Another Year Older
Does a year go by fast or what?!? This year was a big year for me in many ways. First and foremost, it has been a full year of running Honeycomb Home Design full time! After the years in design […]
DESIGNER DIARIES Episode 11 – The Upper Cabinet
Ok Guys. This one was a doozy. What I love about these “Designer Diaries” series is that I am able to be completely honest with my audience, even in times of my own mistakes as a Designer. But what if […]
Extreme Kitchen Makeover!
I am SO excited because I just got photos back from this AMAZING kitchen makeover! I met with these lovely clients late last year. They wanted to open up their very closed floor plan and desired a kitchen that was […]
It’s time for Project Victorian Bath or as my client calls it, “Not yo’ grandma’s bathroom” photo reveal!
I had so much fun with these clients. We re-did their Master Bath and their Guest Bath. If you didn’t read up on the Behind the Design, check it out here. Here are the Before and Afters of the Guest […]
HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR KITCHEN + BATH TO SELL
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably noticed it is a HOT seller’s market! Which is no surprise that I have been getting more requests for fine-tuning up homes to sell for their biggest bang! These visits […]
Project Victorian Bath – Behind the Design
Behind the Design >>> I know you all love progress photos…SO without further adieu… here are some BEFORE photos of Project Victorian Bath: The challenge – my client LOVES seashells and has a Victorian home. She wanted something feminine, […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 9: The Day I Cried At A Meeting
Well guys, it happened. I cried at a client meeting…in front of a client. I know what you are thinking… How unprofessional?! Why would she do that?! Isn’t her job like just decorating and having fun? It ain’t all sunshine […]
I want to hear from YOU! Design Advice Contest
OK Avid Readers, I am opening up the forum to see what you need advice on or help with the most. Yup, that’s right, free Designer advice. I want to hear from you. Whatever is on your mind, you can […]
Living Room Makeover!
Who doesn’t love a good transformation?! Back story: I’ve been working with Amy for the past two years while she was building her home. Now, we’ve finally added some key furniture pieces and details to tie everything together and she […]
Why Cheap Can Be More Expensive
Being cheap ain’t always the best way to save money. In fact, being “cheap” can often be more expensive! Example #1: You need new headphones for your iPhone but only have $20 right now. Instead of saving an additional […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 8: Why I Started
Almost every time I tell someone that I’m an Interior Designer they say, “WOW what a dream job…that must be SO fun!” And every time, I nod and say, “it definitely is!” But here’s the truth: While it absolutely is […]
#ProjectMarble – Photo Reveal!
Marble has got to be one of my favorite materials…I mean who doesn’t love it?! It’s glamorous, beautiful, and is a statement piece all in itself. So when I got the opportunity to work with Calcutta Oro Marble, naturally I […]
Why Hire A Designer? We Save You Time & Money!
It is no secret that hiring a Designer will save you time and money during your remodel. But how? We are trained to know where your money to be allocated We are NOT trend seekers. We design based on […]
Project Country Club Reveal!
I have been waiting to show you guys this reveal BUT before you read any more, make sure you have read this post first! I also have to show you a few more before photos to get you […]
Transitional Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel – Reveal!
Photo Reveal Days are my favorite. Mainly because the photos capture what I had envisioned all along. Before I show you all of the final product, I HAVE to show you the Before photos. But even before I do that, […]
Project Kitchen on a Budget!
You know when you walk into your kitchen and it just feels like a cave? It’s so bad that you are actually thinking of gutting the WHOLE thing and starting over. You start to day dream about it but then […]
Project Country Club – Almost To The Finish Line!
So…I probably shouldn’t say this…BUT Project Country Club all started over the homeowners wanting to change out their florescent tubes for some LED cans. Six months later, we are almost done remodeling their whole house! OK so not every one […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 7: The Mid-Remodel-Crisis
“Hi, we’re about half way through our remodel and we’re stuck…please help!” This is a call I’ve received far too often. This is a person having a Mid-Remodel-Crisis. How do you cure this ‘Crisis’? Hire your Designer BEFORE you start […]
Builder Specification Packages
Let’s cut to the chase – you love to Build and I love to Design. By hiring out the finish material specification to me, you save time, money and your sanity. I have worked for Builders and KNOW how important […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 6: New Beginnings
Sometimes, life doesn’t always go as planned. Maybe your son had to move back in after college. Maybe you just got divorced and are wanting a fresh start. I know what you’re thinking – what does this have to do […]
Behind the Design – Project Farmhouse
On Monday I revealed the final photos from Project Farmhouse! (read about that here) but before the dust settles too much, I wanted to share a Behind the Design story about this special project! Last May, I got a call […]
Backyard Style Inspiration!
I don’t know if it’s the recent storms the CA coast has been having or if I just have the winter blues but I CAN’T wait for summer! I’ve been pinning away lately at all kinds of stunning backyard spaces. […]
Why you need to have THIS at your bathroom remodel!
You’re gearing up for a bathroom remodel. You’ve been pinning your heart away and have finally figured out a direction. You’ve determined your budget and now you are ready to get a Contractor in the mix. You do some digging […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 5: “You were right!”
Let’s say you’re thinking about updating your master bedroom/bathroom. Nothing structural, just a cosmetic update. Easy enough, right? You spend hours pouring over Pinterest or Houzz, pinning and saving photos until you are cross-eyed. Once you’ve narrowed down your “look,” […]
Project Farmhouse … Sneak Peek!
Everyone knows I am TERRIBLE about surprises and secrets SO I am showing you a sneak peek of my Foxen Canyon Remodel before I have pro photos taken! I included some before shots so you can see what I was […]
Top 5 Bath Trends of 2017!
Ready to see the Top 5 Bathroom Trends for 2017?! Try to get through this post without wanting to update your own space! UPSIZING TILE Large formatting tile is in, not just because it eases on cleaning, due to the […]
The Honeycomb Home Difference
Let’s face it: remodeling a home can be a stressful, hair-pulling-out process. Even when you plan ahead, purchase everything in advance, and get your ducks in a row, one duck always ends up escaping or getting lost. Well, it doesn’t have […]
How To Update Your Kitchen Under For $5,000
Want to “freshen up” your kitchen without spending a fortune? Here’s how! Let’s face it: the kitchen is the heart of the home. No matter how nicely decorated the rest of your home is, the kitchen is always the place […]
Coming soon… The “Ariana” Collection by Miaco Carpets!
I am SO excited to share with you my latest collaboration with Miaco Carpets for the “Ariana” Rug Collection! If you would have told me a year ago that I would be designing a rug collection named after me, I […]
January Lighting Favs!
Everyone knows that a decorative light fixture can totally MAKE a space come to life. I’ve rounded up my TOP 5 picks for the month of January! West Elm has been KILLING it lately with just about everything. BUT when […]
5 Things You Need To Do Before You Start Your Remodel
Thinking about remodeling but not sure where to start? Well, you came to the right place. If you’ve never remodeled before, it can be an overwhelming, costly, and exhausting process. Here are five helpful tips to get the ball […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 4: The Silver Lining
You’ll never know where you’ll end up in this crazy ride we call Life. I consider myself to be an optimist and believe that Life is filled with plenty of open doors that will pull you towards the next adventure. […]
Designer Diaries Episode 3 – The Balancing Act
One of the things they do not teach you in design school is being able to plan and balance your various projects. It sounds pretty straight forward, right? Well…it gets a little complicated. Currently, I have about 10 active projects. […]
Goodbye 2016…Bring it on 2017!
Personally, 2016 was a pretty good year. My husband and I adopted our first dog, Molly, who quickly filled up our time and our hearts. I worked over 50 hours a week for a large Builder in the area and […]
Space Planning Cheat Sheet!
Space Planning got you stuck? How many feet do you need between furniture pieces? I’ve created a cheat sheet of Dining and Living Room measurement guidelines for you to use when space planning your home. This sheet has a lot […]
Designer Diaries – Episode 2: The TV
I recently collaborated on a Guest House Project with another local Designer (and also my mentor). We spent three 10 hour days installing, arranging, bed making, hanging art, installing blinds, last minute shopping, re-hanging art… you get the picture. Not […]
Designer Diaries – Episode I: Mondays
Hi there! I’m kicking off my first Designer Diaries post. You’ll want to read the introduction to the series first. If you already have, then keep reading! What’s my “normal” Monday look like? Well, it’s kind of all over the […]
4 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Ready For Company!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the weather changes (CA dips below 60 degrees which is ‘winter’ to us), we eat more, we drink more, and we visit with our family and friends. If your family lives out of […]
Designer Diaries Series – Introduction
Being an Interior Designer is really great…we get to dream, plan, shop and create a home that our clients have always wanted. Seems amazing right?! What could go wrong! WELL, there are always ups and downs with everything (’tis is […]
Why Hire A Designer?
Why hire a Designer? Will your money be well spent? How do you budget for a Designer? What does a Designer actually do? These are all valid questions! I’ve got some answers… read on. I think the term “Designer” has a […]
E-Design FLASH SALE
SO since the Holidays are quickly approaching and we’re feeling generous… We decided to launch a $250 per room FLASH SALE on our E-Design Services! That’s great, but what are E-Design services exactly? E-Design is virtual online Interior Design. It’s […]
High Point Market – Fall 2016 Recap
Hi Everyone! I have finally unpacked my bags from my trip to High Point, NC, this past week, and I am ready to spill the deets on all the hottest design trends that I saw at HPMKT! For those of […]
2017 Color Report – Benjamin Moore
OK so I am a couple days late to the party, but Benjamin Moore just announced their color trend report for 2017 AND the color of the year! Last year, the color of the year was Simply White. This year, […]
Designer Advice Series
Hi Everyone! Earlier this week, I asked my followers on Instagram what their design dilemmas were. One follower, @agirlonawhirl, asked, “Do my counter tops in my kitchen need to match my bathroom counter tops?” This is a really good question […]
Honeycomb Home Weekly Favs – Z Gallerie
Hi Everyone! Every week, I will be choosing my favorite pieces from online retailers. This week, I will be showing you my favorites from Z Gallerie! How glam is this platter?! I would love to do a beautiful cheese display […]
My favorite Fall porches!
YAY! It’s officially Fall and it’s time to bust out your Autumn wreaths, pumpkin spice candles, and cozy throws! But before you deck out the interior, check out these beautiful Fall porches so you can decorate your front doors in […]
High Point Market – Sneak peeks at the season’s hottest picks!
As a Designer, you always want to stay up on all of the hottest trends. This fall, High Point Market in High Point, NC, is the BEST place to get inspired, see the best styles, and test out all of […]
Welcome to Honeycomb Home Design!
I am SO happy to have you on my site! I will be sharing the latest in design trends, my favorite interiors, insight to my #honeycombhomedesign projects, guest bloggers and MUCH more on this blog! Stay tuned!