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Step Inside This Colorful, Organic Home That Is Dripping With Charm & Built-In Storage

The owner of today’s featured home tour is Dr. Celine Ord, an oncologist who renovates homes in her spare time (no big deal, right??). Ord (along with her husband, Justin) have renovated a total of six homes since 2012, their latest project being their own home in Reno, Nevada, built in a Monterey Colonial architectural style. To get to know her a bit, a quick peek at her Instagram will inform you that she is a dedicated and talented physician with impeccable taste and a keen eye for neutral tones and organic textures. She is no stranger to renovations, and her home is uber functional, equipped with ample storage, but does not skimp on style. What a dream.

Ord informed us that this house stands out from the rest of their projects because it has her favorite floor plan and flow, which is evident immediately through the open concept kitchen and living room that flows naturally. The kitchen itself is broken up with/grounded by the island (featuring SSS Black Beaded fronts) and serves as a focal point while maintaining an open, airy feel. All that natural light helps and is SO pretty.

Speaking of that island, not only is it full of storage, but she added on that side countertop with modern but simple legs for casual eating and/or hanging out with friends. It’s definitely a trend that we’ve been noticing (and love) but doesn’t actually feel or look trendy (which is also the dream). Then those stools not only have backs (a very big Emily recommendation for comfort) but the natural wood frame balances with the hood so effortlessly.

Ord wanted to reimagine the kitchen with a blend of navy and black tones so she used Supermatte Night Sky Slab doors for the floor-to-ceiling cabinets, and the dark tones are accentuated with Broadway Black quartz (by Daltile) backsplash and countertops. We love how she uses dark tones yet the kitchen maintains a warmth and brightness due to the light wood floors, crisp white ceiling, and minimal pendants with awesome exposed bulbs. Oh and let’s not forget that incredible fluted hood cover!

So to talk about the island a little more, notice how Ord quietly played with different scales of vertical lines. The island has a larger scale pattern with a modern traditional beaded cabinet design and then the hood cover is a small-scale fluted pattern that complements it so nicely. It’s what brings life to a beautiful but dark, neutral color 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:)

Sofa

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.

Mirrors | Cabinet Fronts

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.

What is your favorite room?? I can’t decide so I’d love to hear your thoughts below! Until next time. xx

*Design by Celine Ord
**Photo by Nick Sorrentino

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Esthet
17 days ago

Gorgeous! Where are the stools from?

Celine
17 days ago
Reply to  Esthet

Target!!

Susan
17 days ago

I don’t understand the need for a large kitchen with ample storage AND a large pantry with just as much storage. How much “stuff” do 2 people actually need and use? We are in the middle of contemplating a new build in a modern clean style so I do appreciate seeing this, but we are looking at 1000sq ft and thinking about how we can simplify every aspect of life. Whenever I see loads of storage I get twitchy thinking about how most of us use 5-10% of what we own over and over again, and we “store” the rest. I’d like to get my own ratio down to keeping only what we need and use over and over again. I think our consumerism is directly linked to the record heat waves we are having as we change the planet through our actions. There is a hidden “cost” to our excessive consumerism and I believe we are already paying the price.

Celine
17 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan, Celine here. Thank you for bringing up the planet. It’s something I’m very aware of as well. To clarify, this was not a new build. This space already existed, which I am very thankful for. This pantry is located right off the garage and was a lifesaver during COVID. We kept it fully stocked with food because with the exception of my going to work at the hospital, we did not leave the house, ever. It is also where my dogs sleep at night. It’s all where we keep giant recycling containers and store broken down cardboard boxes until we can take them to the recycling center downtown. The cupboards are full of dry goods, small appliances , dog food, etc. and it’s fully used at night. It is a space we use all the time, not just a Vapid Instagram thing.

k
17 days ago
Reply to  Celine

Hi Celine- Beautiful home! Does EHD staff need to change the opening paragraph to fix that this home is not a new build? That seems like an important detail to get right.

Carrie on
17 days ago
Reply to  Ryann Miller

It still says “new build home” in the paragraph about the pantry.

Rusty
17 days ago
Reply to  Celine

Yaaay!🌏😊

Kara
17 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Here’s a different perspective from someone who has lived in many places without enough storage and who uses 90% of what I own (I am ruthless about only keeping things we use): when you don’t have storage that means you have to display what you can’t store, which means you will want to buy things that are only pretty or replace the perfectly good hand me down items you have because they don’t look cohesive for display, and if something breaks a little but still functions, you will want to replace it much quicker just because it looks worse broken, so less storage does not lead to less consumerism. Celine makes such a good point about food storage. Our counters are stuffed with food overflow, and it’s stressful to look at. It’s hard to find things when the cabinets you do have are tasked to hold as much as they can–I can’t wait to live in a place where I have enough storage simply so what I do own can breath, and I don’t have to move half the contents every time I need an item. I loved the thoughtful storage throughout this house tour and didn’t see it as… Read more »

Kim
17 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Thanks, Susan. I was thinking the same thing while reading through this… how much stuff do they have? Maybe most of that “storage” is empty? My whole kitchen is probably not much bigger than that “pantry” and I have available storage.

Marcia
17 days ago

I appreciate the use of the same hardware shapes along with same cabinet proportions throughout the house. The cabinet fronts & hardware are different finishes in each space, but there is enough carry through room to room that it gives the whole a consist vibe. You can tell room to room that you are in the same house but it’s not monotonous. Well done!

Jaclyn
17 days ago

This house is gorgeous, and I immediately went over to check out and follow her Instagram feed. However, I immediately noticed that this home appears to be a remodel and not a new build. This blog post led me to believe it was a new build. Am I missing something? Thank you!

Celine
17 days ago
Reply to  Jaclyn

You’re correct; It’s a remodel!! 😉

Cris S.
17 days ago
Reply to  Ryann Miller

Hi Ryann – you don’t have to approve this to publish. I did a refresh and tried a different browser and then tried again on my phone and the second sentence of the post is still displaying “new build.” Perhaps its me, but I thought you might want to know so you don’t have to keep answering the same question on this lovely house.

Anne
17 days ago

That terracotta tile floor is drop-dead gorgeous. That sofa, on the other hand, looks like something that was pulled out of a dumpster. It looks so awkward and ill-constructed with those gaps showing between pieces! Yes, the color works well with the blue, but the actual design is so ugly.

Christina
17 days ago
Reply to  Anne

I think it’s important to remember that this is someone’s work/home and opinions can be expressed in a much kinder way! Sheesh!

Celine
17 days ago
Reply to  Christina

Thank you Christina. I found it strange that someone would voice such a strongly worded opinion on someone’s personal home. I’m no professional and that is literally the couch I watch The Bachelorette from… but ok. 😂

Cris S.
17 days ago
Reply to  Celine

I forwarded the sofa link to a friend who has been looking for something exactly like that. Amazingly, while it is vastly different from my English roll arm sofa, two different things can be awesome at the same time! Thank you for sharing your home here and thank you for the hard work you do in the medical profession.

Michelle
17 days ago
Reply to  Celine

Your comment made me laugh. Fellow doc mom here. Your house is stunning and I can’t stop looking at that pantry floor….. and the couch looks super comfy so… you are awesome.

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

Xo PMG??

Melissa
16 days ago
Reply to  Celine

Also pmg here! I’ve been eyeing this couch – super trendy right now!! Is it comfy?

Celine
7 days ago
Reply to  Melissa

YES!! For sitting and lounging, but not necessarily for laying across to nap.

kk
17 days ago
Reply to  Christina

Yeah I for one LOOOOVE the sofa! I love Italian design! I think it makes the room and elevates the decor of whole home ! …. Hope this neutralizes the other comment and yeah there are tactful ways to discuss design..

Kara
17 days ago
Reply to  Anne

Repeat this to yourself: “good for them, not for me,” and move along. I personally like the sofa design.

Alice
17 days ago
Reply to  Anne

Everybody has different opinions. For instance, you probably think your comment is valuable feedback, while to me it looks cruel and thoughtless. All in the eye of the beholder, eh?

Mona Goldstein
15 days ago
Reply to  Anne

Hey Ann, I also love the terra-cotta tile floor but really everything about Celine’s house and particularly her sofa starting with the shape and those cushions! It reminds me of ligne roset’s Togo. It’s never too late to brush up on early childhood lessons about nice vs mean comments.

Sally
14 days ago
Reply to  Anne

I’d love to find a sofa like that in a dumpster. Looks like the B&B Italia Camaleonda to me. They retail for more than $30k in Australia, but Italian design is highly esteemed and popular in Australia, although beyond the purse of most. I imagine it’s incredibly comfortable.

Irene
17 days ago

My favorite room in this beautiful home is the kitchen. The dark colors contrast so nicely with the lighter living area. I love all the different tiles, especially the dark subway tile in the bathroom and the terracotta flooring in the pantry. All that storage everywhere — what an inspiration!

Thanks so much for this post, Ryann. It’s one of the best design articles I’ve ever read on the blog.

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Irene

Wow. Irene, thank you for the very kind words. ❤️

Michelle
17 days ago

Can you tell us the source of the hardwood floors?

Celine
17 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

ADM flooring. In Vincenza.

17 days ago

Love this tour! I live in Truckee in an early 80’s contemporary and a lot of the choices feel very relevant/inspiring to our space and lifestyle as we update without losing character. Celine, I’m definitely going to follow you on IG! Beautiful home <clap> <clap> <clap>

Elizabeth
17 days ago

I have followed Celine on Instagram for years and she knocks it out of the park every project. I LOVE the combination of black and navy in the kitchen and the use of wood to warm a more modern aesthetic up. And that couch…maybe my favorite ever. I hope it is as comfortable as it looks!

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

So kind Elizabeth. The couch is super comfy!!!! My daughter and pups love it too!!! 😘😘

Lisa
17 days ago

That sofa is the coolest!!! What a fun form and beautiful colour – I really like how well the back height flows with the height of the kitchen island when seen from the living room *chefs kiss*. The pantry is equally gorgeous and kinda looks like my dream kitchen actually (mind if I move into your pantry, Celine? I’ll happily share it with the pupper… jk)
Overall the combination of textures and forms is just really really beautiful – you have a wonderful eye, Celine!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!! 🙂

patty
17 days ago

That mirror! Part of me wants to buy it on the off chance I may ever NEED it. haha

Roberta Davis
17 days ago

I’ve got cabinet envy! All the rooms are great. I love built-in storage, too, and so many new homes just don’t have it.

Rusty
17 days ago

Those. Terracotta. Tiles!❤

Annie
17 days ago
Reply to  Rusty

Agreed. I am in love with them!

Jenny
17 days ago

STUNNING!!! Love every room. Bravo!! Would you mind sharing the source for those gorgeous terracotta tiles?

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Jenny

Hi Jenny!! They are Cle Tile but I don’t think they make this color way anymore. 😭 Thanks for the nice words.

Dena
17 days ago

Hi Celine,
The house is gorgeous! I love that you did different colored cabinets and flooring in the different spaces! The explanation of the pantry makes perfect sense. Sometimes you want more room to get more neatly organized! It can help so much! Following your IG now!

Erin
17 days ago

Wow! I just saw a photo of Celine’s kitchen on Semihandmade’s website yesterday and kept thinking “I need to see more of this!” So lovely-well done, Celine! It’s great seeing a home with so much storage and style combined with the fact that I am using Semihandmade fronts (should be shipping next week!) and I am just thrilled that affordable, non-custom cabinets can look so high-end. Any chance you would mind sharing the wall/trim paint colors?

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Erin

Thanks for the nice words Erin.😘 My walls are SW pure white and the trim is SW Crushed Ice.

Carrie On
17 days ago

I love the house and all the storage. I’m glad to see pops of color and personality that show this is a home that’s lived in and wasn’t just curated to look pretty in a catalog. I think that’s why it seems so warm, despite the cooler color scheme. I’d kill for a pantry like that – mainly so I can store things like dog food and bulk purchases (paper towels, laundry detergent, etc.).

I also want to compliment Celine on how classy she has been in responding to some of the comments on here. Some of this is not to my taste, but clearly she loves it and it makes her happy, so why make negative comments?

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Carrie On

Thanks for the very nice words. I appreciate you!!! Storage is amazing. I’m too messy to have everything out in the open. #stopstorageshaming 😂😂

Christa
17 days ago

This home is spectacular! Flawless! What a beautiful mix of materials. Congrats on your lovely home.

hickenack
17 days ago

The only thing I like more than this space is Celine’s graceful personality as displayed in her replies.

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  hickenack

Awww. 🥰🥰🥰 You made my day. Thank you.

Lea
17 days ago

This is one beautiful home! I love every detail of it!

Ann
17 days ago

Love the kitchen island! I think the area with stools facing each other makes for a perfect casual eating area. I wish Emily would consider something like this for her 10’ island! It could be a great option as opposed to the built-in bench area in the living room. Gorgeous!

Marisa
16 days ago

Wow, this is gorgeous! I’m also so curious whether the couch is as comfortable as it looks. I also love the stove hood cover but at wondering whether it’s hard to clean? As a fellow healthcare provider slash design lover, I love seeing your work!!

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Marisa

Great questions. The couch is super comfy for lounging & TV watching, especially with the ottoman. It is not a napping couch; it’s hard to lay across. The hood cover has not been an issue to clean, surprisingly. 😘

16 days ago

Very nice! Love the terracotta tile in the pantry. Can you tell us what it is? Storage is always good to have. Even more important in smaller spaces. I design ADUs and finding creative places to put extra storage is always fun!

Celine
16 days ago

The tile is old Cle Tile, but they don’t make this color way anymore. 😭

Teri
16 days ago

I am in awe over the many design elements here. There’s just one thing I’d like to know: how does a busy oncologist find the time (and energy) to renovate homes? I’m very impressed by this lady.

Celine
15 days ago
Reply to  Teri

LOL. Thank you Teri. The answer is lots and lots of coffee.

Kelly
16 days ago

Ok I can’t believe no one has asked where those beautiful light fixtures are from? They’re gorgeous!

Celine
16 days ago
Reply to  Kelly

Thank you!! They’re the Pirlo pendant from Tech Lighting.

16 days ago

so cool :))))

Katherine
16 days ago

One of my absolute favorite houses you’ve shown! Celine, you are very talented and there’s loads of inspiration here! The plentiful storage is one of my favorite features in the house.

Amanda
16 days ago

Gorgeous!

Blake
16 days ago

Everything is beautiful! I am really interested in the bathroom floor tile. Would you mind sharing the source?

Celine
15 days ago
Reply to  Blake

Hi Blake!! It’s Rizo Cenere from Tile Bar! 💕

Kj
16 days ago

Love you whole house. The wood-look tile on the tub surround is genius! Are your bathroom and laundry room floors tile? They are fabulous.

Celine
15 days ago
Reply to  Kj

Hi KJ! Yes, they are both tile. They are the Rizo collection from tile bar.

Susan
16 days ago

I love the placement of her cabinet hardware, do you know how far down she is placing her pulls? It doesn’t follow any of the rules and it looks amazing.

Celine
15 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan! The pulls are 1.5” from the top of the drawer face. It really helps, especially for the lower drawers, so we don’t have to bend over so far to open. Thanks for the nice words.

Menglan
15 days ago

Wait! are the kitchen cabinets from IKEA since it’s using semihandmade cabinet fronts?! NO WAY

14 days ago

Navy paint & gold accents look amazing on that kitchen, very soothing and refined, I love it. The sleek bathroom lights look very neat too. Congrats on the work and on your website.

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