Let's Step into this Colorful and Organic Room Brimming with Charm & Storage Space


The host of today's special family tour is Dr. Celine Ord, an oncologist who renovates the house in her spare time (no big deal, right?). Since 2012, Ord (along with her husband Justin) has renovated a total of 6 houses, and their latest project is their own house in Reno, Nevada, built in the Monterey colonial style. To get to know her, a quick glance at her Instagram will tell you that she is a dedicated and talented doctor with impeccable taste and a keen insight into neutral tones and organic textures. She is no stranger to decoration, her home is very practical, equipped with ample storage space, but not stingy with style. 

Ord tells us that this house stands out among their other projects because it has her favorite floor plan and flow, which is immediately evident through the natural flow of the open kitchen and living room. The kitchen itself is separated/grounded from the island (using SSS black beaded front) and serves as a focal point while maintaining an open and airy feel. All natural light helps, and it's very beautiful.

Speaking of that island, it's not just storage space, she also added modern and simple legs to the countertop on that side for casual eating and/or hanging out with friends. This is definitely a trend that we have always noticed (and loved) but don't actually feel or look fashionable (which is also a dream). Then these stools not only have a backrest (Emily highly recommends comfort), but the natural wood frame and the hood are easily balanced.

Ord wanted to reimagine the kitchen with a mix of navy blue and black, so she used Supermatte Night Sky Slab doors as floor-to-ceiling cabinets, while Broadway black quartz (designed by Daltile) backsplashes and countertops accentuate the dark colors. We like her way of using dark colors, but thanks to light wood floors, crisp white ceilings and minimalist pendants with exposed light bulbs, the kitchen remains warm and bright. Oh, let's not forget that incredible grooved hood!

So to talk more about this island, notice how Odder quietly plays with vertical lines of different proportions. The island has a larger pattern with a modern and traditional beaded cabinet design, and then the cover is a small-sized groove pattern that complements it. This is what brings life to the beautiful but dark neutral palette.

The barstools have woven backs and seats that complement the line patterns I just spoke about as well as the other black accents in the kitchen.

Sidenote. While we love all of the closed storage here (visual chaos is not ideal), that glass front drink fridge is such an unexpected way to bring in color. Seeing those colorful cans gives life to this kitchen in the best way (ok yes they were styled but also most cans are colorful and cute these days).

Finally, the gold accents and cabinet pulls create a modern, traditional feel and brighten up the dark countertops and cabinetry. A little sparkle never hurt a kitchen:)

Opposite the kitchen is the living and media room where Ord embraces an eclectic modern Americana style. Of course, I can’t possibly move on without talking about that exceptional sofa. It is the perfect bright complement to the moody blue cabinets and acts as a divider between the kitchen and living room spaces. The curves and color are stunning and bring in movement and a special playfulness to space.

The next stop is this spacious pantry where Ord used several natural elements including the terracotta tile flooring to incorporate a charming old-world feel into her home. A small window provides a bit of natural light and the cabinets outfitted in Supermatte White Slab fronts brighten the space. The combination of the crisp white cabinetry and earthy tiles makes this space feel modern and vintage.

The muted Zellige tiles bring in even more earth tones, which emphasizes the organic and natural feel of the space.

Practically speaking, the walk-in pantry is stacked with built-in cabinetry which you will notice is a theme throughout the home. Ord expertly manages to include tons of storage while never compromising style. I mean that peg rail is just so freaking cute.

Continuing into the bathroom, Ord nails bringing in warmth through the light wood tones and again contrasts the soft neutrals with a dark grey skinny subway tile. That pattern brings in so much movement to the space, right?

Reflecting both the natural tones and bright-white spaces found throughout the home, the bathroom design accomplishes a sense of relaxation, akin to a spa or wellness retreat. Also, look at how much vanity storage they have! If you have the space, and are designing your bathroom, definitely think about maximizing on storage like they did. I can just feel that everything has its own perfect place.

The rattan mirrors from Burke Decor complement the other wood tones in the room, including the gorgeous vertical grain Impression Tahoe cabinet fronts. The rattan mirrors also look vintage so it adds the perfect amount of soul to a very modern bathroom.

The large storage cabinets function as extra wardrobe space and the SSS White Beaded fronts bring in warmth and compliment the natural tones in the space.

Also, can we table about that wood bath surround peeking out of the corner?? It’s stunning and another way Ord brought in more texture and pattern!

Quick side note: If you have read any of my previous posts on this blog, you might know I am a SUCKER for good storage so I am absolutely drooling over how much Ord managed to incorporate in her home. She makes the most of every room by providing ample storage solutions. What a dream!

The laundry room concludes this home tour and you will notice Ord’s theme of mixing wood cabinetry with exciting tiles and materials is continued here. Again, she blends function and style effortlessly, so not a single room in the house is lacking.

So if you are renovating, Celine has shown use that maximizing on storage is always a good idea, and make sure to play with pattern and texture so your home feels/looks like it has real visual depth.


The host of today's special family tour is Dr. Celine Ord, an oncologist who renovates the house in her spare time (no big deal, right?). Since 2012, Ord (along with her husband Justin) has renovated a total of 6 houses...Read more