There is something about traveling abroad that inspires the designer and artist in me! I just love the architecture and scale of these centuries old buildings. You can almost see using some reclaimed doors and tile in an amazing home remodel!

Texture & Neutrals create a Serene Space in a Ponte Vedra Beach, FL Home by Kelly Canada


It was a pleasure to work with a lovely client here in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL to do a complete interior remodel in her dark and dated home, transforming it into a home filled with texture, light and a sense of calm. A wall was opened up into a sitting room and I installed pecky cypress beams over the doorways and also as a fireplace mantle. Beautiful marble tiles, with swirling gray was placed around a new fireplace.

The wall that had originally closed in the small kitchen was removed and new clean, white cabinetry with glass backsplash was installed. What a difference removing one wall can make in a space!

New textured light wood floors and clean new trim was installed, as well as beautiful new lighting & furnishings throughout.

Nothing makes me happier than to see a client smile when she walks into her new home. I hope this inspires you to see the beauty there beyond the surface in every space!

Kelly Canada

Abode Interiors




My story of the Modern Makeover for a Dated 1937 Beach Bungalow


Most of you that know me well, know that I can see a diamond in the rough. The ability to see what could be and the patience to use the most basic of materials and turn them into something very unique.

I struggled for months trying to locate a house that I felt stood out from the others. One that I could put my mark on and make my own. I almost purchased several other homes only to get “out bid” by other investors. Also I cancelled two contracts due to builder issues and previous poorly done upgrades found in the inspection phase.

I originally wrote this 1937 Beach Bungalow off as a potential purchase because the property was so large, and replacing all the grass and shrubery as well as caring for it later seemed a burden to me. A good friend insisted I go and see the home. I remember now driving into the area to see the home, I almost felt I had entered another city. Huge oak trees lined the streets and sunlight entered  the property setting it apart. I remember thinking as I drove up to the home that my deceased mother Celia would have absolutely loved this house.

The home was small, but had so much character. This 3 bedroom, one bath home had the kitchen and bath remodeled, and the wood floors had been refinished. I knew I would have to take out an existing wall between two bedrooms and add a bathroom and new closet. There would also have to be extensive painting inside and out, new irrigation, and all new landscaping. There was a new shed on the property that I would remodel as well, creating another very usuable space. (will post these photos in another blog)

10 weeks later, the construction was complete. Weeks of living on an airmattress in the living room and contractors at my door everyday at 7:15 am was not fun to say the least. It certainly gave me a better appreciation for clean floors and sleeping in.

I think my mom Celia would have really liked this home and so this post is in memory of her and for her teaching me to love all things, even a old piece of driftwood.

Salvaged door from EcoRelics in Jacksonville, FL. Antique mirror replaced existing glass

Salvaged door from EcoRelics in Jacksonville, FL. Antique mirror replaced existing glass

Barnwood from Home Depot applied on back wall of bathroom

Antique Mirror applied to backside of door facing into bathroom

New hardware applied to door

Barn door replaced where two standard doors led into two separate rooms

Reclaimed Driftwood from St Johns River made into shelving in old linen closet and LED strip lighting was added




Reclaimed Driftwood from St Johns River made into shelving

BEFORE PHOTOS:Wall behind bed was removed and Pecky Cypress bean replaced the structural support provided by wall

Small closet on left was bumped into room and a 82” closet was installed

Old bedroom before bathroom was added into new space. New bathroom sits where the sofa is currently located

Custom Live Edge Wood Tables & Countertops


With projects I prefer to think “out of the box” and try to incorporate at least one really unique custom item into each room. Working with Live Edge wood to create amazing tables, shelving and countertops is the perfect customizable project.

The dining table below was a fallen Pecan tree that I found at Tom’s Cypress “digging around” in their many piles of treasures (aka wood piles). The legs were custom made (not expensive) and then the pieces were joined together with colored resin. The bartop in Ponte Vedra Beach, seen below was made in the same process but, with Cypress wood and is under-lit from below for a nice ambiance at nighttime.

My favorite by far is the custom bar-top designed for clients in Boca Raton, FL seen below. I hand selected the Cypress wood slabs for their unique wormy texture and then selected a beautiful White Onyx from Cavastone. The wood had to be planed down to the same thickness of the Onyx and then the fabricators joined them together. The edges of the Live Edge are wrapped in a ethereal white Resin for a smooth edge.

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Live Edge Wood Meets Resin in this Custom Dining Table…looks like running water through a stream

Wine Cellar with Live Edge Wood Countertops, Granite slab wall and Arterior Homes wall sconces.

Custom Live Edge Wood & Resin Bar with under lighting designed for clients in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

White Onyx perfectly joined with Live Edge Cypress for a wonderfully unique bar top designed for clients in Boca Raton, FL

Designing with Custom Driftwood Tables-order yours from!!


My go to for custom furniture with fabulous texture and character is Driftwood. It is a perfect option here in Florida and blends in well with many interior styles.

I work with an amazing artist in central FL that has produced for my clients oversized driftwood floor mirrors, shelving, console tables, coffee tables and more. She is able to do extensive options for finishes, stains and even paint. Her items are crated for protection and white glove delivered to your home.

If your interested in a quote for a custom designed piece for your home please contact me at 904.234.4937 or email me directly at 

One of a kind driftwood console table designed for Guinta family in Lighthouse Point, FL

Spa bathroom remodel with custom cabinetry and Cavastone Group tile in Parkland, FL


Outdated before pictures shown below of a recent master bath remodel project in Parkland, FL for the Strode Family. My goal was to create a more up to date, Spa like retreat, filled with texture and emanating a calm and peacefulness in the space. Goal was achieved and the Strode’s couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome!

“Help me with my outdated bathroom!”


The After photos shown below include amazing Custom Cabinetry by the one and only Elliot Rivera (never says never to my ideas!), floor & wall tiles are from Cavastone Group in Boca, FL  (have the look of aged wood and distressed fabric), and Interior Design by Abode Interiors. 

Organic Modern Tree Stump Tables made EASY!!!


Hurricanes tend to bring “downed trees”…so I used the opportunity to snag some free tree stumps to do my next project: 4-5 tree stumps on wheels I will cluster together to make a coffee table that can be moved out of the way for parties. Great texture & unique character!

First I had to chizel off the loose bark before they are taken to be cut down evenly at the mill to 18” height. Just a “little elbow grease” needed!Next step is to sand, sand and sand some more the top and sides until smooth! How smooth is really a preference. I prefer a slight texture and roughness to the stumps.

I will paint the sides with an off white satin paint leaving the top a sealed natural wood tone. Final step is to select wheels. See two options below I selected at I will post the final product when complete! 



My inspirational images for this project:

Concrete Countertops Created Easily!


I have long admired the use of concrete in home & furniture design…even so much I had stained concrete created in the bottom floor of my new home. We are blocks from the ocean and I knew it would be a great option with less upkeep with all the sandy wet toes that stray in from outside!!

They did a fabulous job matching my sample (can you see the small  2.5” x 2.5” sample on my concrete floor?)


So…I had seen recently concrete side tables for $400 each and thought I can do this myself! 

I decided with the help of my neighbor, who had just completed his own fireplace hearth in poured concrete, to assist me with two bedside tables. 

We used the following youtube video: to help with materials and steps. We used Quikrete Countertop Mix:#1106-80. Total spent on materials for two end tables was $50. I used my local metal fabricator to make the simple metal base for $100 each. (Your local metal fabricator could easily make these for you) 

I happened to paint mine white to match the custom headboard I designed. See the finished product below..

It was very easy to do! Yes…it really was! It also was cost effective as two tables only cost $250. 

A little bit of elbow grease and a desire to learn something new! 

Cheers and have fun with your next project!



Pecky Cypress Beams


I have always admired the use of beams over doorway entrances…So much texture and uniqueness in its use to expand on an otherwise “normal entryway”.  I opened the original doorway to expand on the ocean view, but also to be able to place this old cypress beam to expand on the other items placed in the space. Today my talented craftsman, Greg Morgan and Buddy Hull began the install. All that’s left is a little plaster and paint touch up…and it’s my client’s next “conversation piece” !

Contemporary White Christmas


Beautifully designed interior space with classic flocked tree and simple holiday decor conveying a light, airy feeling to the room. I am “currently” obsessed with white horses and the textures of wood and Mongolian lambs fur anything!

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