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Redecorate and remodel any home using Chic on the Cheap principles. Your house can look extravagant on a budget.

Chic on the Cheap is a FULL SERVICE interior design firm.  We do so much more than pick out pillows and paint colors. We can design new home floor plans from the ground up. We can move walls, add windows, tear out kitchens and replace it all with something spectacular. The Chic on the Cheap team includes one of the area’s most reputable and trusted contractors to make your vision into reality. With our decades of experience and guidance, we can help complete your project on time and to the highest standard and quality.

Check out some of the work we’ve done recently:

Rivo Penthouse Now Has a Kitchen Worthy of Wow!

This downtown Sarasota penthouse in the Rivo building was nice before, BUT we stepped it up a few notches!  The cabinets and layout made the kitchen feel small so we added white cabinets, relocate the pantry to make way for a dry bar!  We also added a warm marble mosaic and beautiful granite.  Now this is a kitchen meant for a swanky penthouse!

A Long Overdue Overhaul of My Mother’s Kitchen

This 1979 antique kitchen belongs to Jill’s mother. It was time for a shake up!  She wanted to make a big change but wasn’t willing to replace the flooring.  This is a BIG challenge.  This was accomplished with a lot of creativity and a little help from Jill’s dad- he saved a dozen tiles when they replaced the floors many moons ago.  A breakfast bar was added, the wall between the kitchen and living room was removed, the ceiling was raised- bye bye dome light fixture!  The drywall pantry came out to make way for the new stove location. Floor to ceiling cabinet pantries were added to add storage and make the kitchen larger.  The light colored granite has beautiful movement and the backsplash is simple and elegant.  This kitchen is more functional than ever and is ready for it’s next 30 years of life. 

Prestancia Foreclosure with a Powder Bath to Die For

This Prestancia home may have been foreclosed, but it wasn’t fogotten.  The homeowners contacted us immediately after they bought the house because they knew it was going to be an enormous undertaking to bring it back to life.  We saved the original travertine floors but everything else was removed and redone.  We updated the outdated kitchen and turned it sleek and sophisticated- including a stainless steel backsplash.  We re-planned the bathroom layout and even added an exterior door for a future outdoor shower.  And check out the powder bathroom.  It will be talked about for years to come.  We used IKEA laminate wood flooring on THE WALLS!  Yes.  That’s how we roll.

Turtle Beach Retreat

Often our clients have a great eye for property potential and they call on us to help them pull it all together.  There’s not much to not like about Turtle Beach, but the inside of this dated and dingy condo needed a lot of work.  The owners were able to look past the yuck when they purchased it for a family winter retreat.  With our assistance, we opened up the entire floor plan and added sandy neutral colors in the main areas.  Always budget minded, we included affordable fixtures but paired them with pops of high end accents.  It’s the details that make the difference, so why not focus your budget on the smaller items that stand out.  After the job was finished, this one time dumpy dated condo has turned into the show place of the entire community.

Small Bungalow, Big Style


This 1,300 square foot charming West of the Trail bungalow was dark and cramped. Going for style and volume, we vaulted the ceiling and added tongue and groove to the ceiling and the walls. Removing a pantry and a wall allowed us to rearrange the kitchen and add a spacious island. Keeping a mostly white color palate with pops of navy blue unified the main living spaces. We refinished the floors, added can lighting and installed a leather textured granite. Woven window treatments finish off the cozy feel of the space. The bedrooms got new furniture and a fresh coat of paint. The guest bath was gutted. We used white horizontal tongue and groove for the walls below sink, and vertical tongue and groove extending to the ceiling. To give an old-Florida look to the shower, we used gray grout with white subway tile. For a little punch, we painted the ceiling a gray tone to coordinate with the decorative mirror.

Vacation Beach Rental Inspired by the Sunset


When you live on the beach, the best décor is the view of the sunset from your windows. We took that inspiration and redesigned this Siesta Key condo. The owners have loved this property for many years, but it was in original condition. Since they plan to use it more frequently, it was time to remodel. A warm tile floor set the tone so we kept the walls neutral and put pops of color in the furnishings. The closed off kitchen is now integrated with the main living space and open for everyone to enjoy the glow from the sun outside.

Retiring to Paradise


This Massachusetts couple is retiring from the cold north to sunny Palmer Ranch and wanted a tropical feel for their new home. We know a little bit about that. :-) The first thing we did was remodel the kitchen to bring out it’s best features since it’s the focal point of a great room floor plan. Wood flooring in the bedrooms brought out the Tommy Bahamas feel the couple was going for. The best part is getting to furnishing the entire home from scratch, all on a budget. Now the owner sends us an email every week telling us how much she LOVES her new Florida home.

From Foreclosure to Fantastic!


Bright, light and very happy describes our latest remodel. This amazing home was a foreclosure in the Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. The new owners saw the potential and asked us to bring some new style into the house. We completely renovated the kitchen and turned an old closet into an enormous new butler’s pantry. The dining room, living room and family room got a complete work-over so that the flow in the house made more sense. All the dark colored paint made this enormous home look small and dark. We brightened it up with lighter colors on the walls and in the furnishings so you can really see the splendor of this place.

Sanderling Road Revival!

This mid-century modern gem needed a fresh look.  Previous owners built new additions to the home over the years. Instead of continuing the trend by adding on, we used the already amazing “bones” of the home to bring it back to it’s intended splendor.  We refinished the floors, revamped all of the lighting, and painted the walls to bring out it’s fabulous features.  Reworking the kitchen island and adding a pool added a ton of value to this property.  We picked out stylish yet simple furniture and created white walls to show off the homeowner’s art collection.  What was a cluttered ranch home is once again a modern wonder!

Two Bedroom. Family of Five.  Now it Sleeps 10!

At Viente we took a tired and dated two bedroom and make it suitable for a family of 5 with the capabilities of sleeping 10!  We divided the unit into thirds, with 1/3 as a private master suite that sleeps 4. Another thirds of the condo includes the living room which sleeps 2, and a brand new open kitchen concept.  The last third is a semi private den and bedroom for the family’s 3 children.  The space can sleep 4 people and can also be closed off to make a private area from the rest of the home. Overall we were able to achieve a chic, sophisticated beach home that can accommodate 10 comfortably.  So who’s coming down this weekend!?

Furniture and Finishing Touches on Longboat Key!

This villa on Longboat Key was recently remodeled but the homeowner called us to add the furniture and finishing touches.  He had a clean slate and that was overwhelming…oh the possibilities! He was stuck and didn’t have a clear vision of what he wanted or where to start.  We swooped in and saved the day by starting with a colorful area rug.  From there the color scheme fell into place.  The living room is colorful and sophisticated and the bedrooms are mellow and monochromatic.  To add some personal touches, we added shelving for display and storage.  Yes, we can just do furniture (and we can do it WELL!).

A Family Friendly Retrofit!

When our clients said they wanted a more family friendly space, we got to work! The boxed in layout  of this home wasn’t working for this Bird Key Family.  By opening up the kitchen, we connected all of the main living spaces so the family could be together.  We carved out a space for a home office which was high on the priority list.  Also, we enclosed part of the living space for a laundry room, which allowed us to re-work the layout of the kitchen.  The laundry room is perfect for the family’s 4 dogs because it has a built in bed and a new dog run outside.  By using one floor tile and keeping things neutral, we created a home that is sophisticated and accessible.

The Suite Life!

The owner of this Promenade on Longboat Key condo wanted to feel like she was living in deluxe suite at a 5 star hotel. No problem. We started with the philosophy that less is more. We replaced the mish-mosh of northern furniture with simple contemporary pieces that complement each other. We removed the smaller pictures on the walls and replaced them with larger artwork or mirrors that tie the space together. Then to add warmth, we created a funky fireplace wall as the focal point of the living room. Want to know a secret? It’s not a real fireplace; it’s a Florida fake fireplace! Completely electronic, so you can turn it on in the summer without breaking a sweat! The bathrooms got a cost friendly makeover with new cabinets, faucets, sinks and tile. The money saved on the bathrooms went to completely renovate the kitchen. Now this one time tired condo has a “suite” new style!

From Foreclosure to Furnished in 21 Days!

This client bought a mid century modern home on Siesta Key in foreclosure and needed it completely furnished ASAP.  In just three weeks time, we used our savvy shopping skills at local retail stores and online to pull off this amazing transformation in time for his family’s spring break vacation.  By the way, this was done as a surprise present for his wife and kids….what a nice guy!

Hand Me Down Condo Takes a Step Up in the World

Sometimes the words “original condition” can be a selling point for things like baseball cards and old cars. But for this Casarina Condo on Siesta Beach, “original” was a nice way of saying “awful.” It had a closed kitchen, wild wallpaper, florescent lighting, and a useless breakfast room. We completely modernized the entire space from the floors to the walls and ceilings. The first step was ripping up all the flooring and installing sand looking tile on a diagonal throughout the condo. We even carried the floor tile up the shower walls in the master bath for a bit of whimsy. The kitchen was the star renovation room. We knocked down walls to create the “open concept” kitchen/living room that everyone wants for today’s lifestyle. We also added the “new” beach colors of sands, grays and aqua, and Voila! a beach house fit for any generation.

Plain Jane Bathroom Turns Into a Spa Retreat!

Outdated! That’s the only way to describe this 1980′s nightmare. Now the owner has an open spa inspired retreat that’s beautiful and functional too. First, we got rid of the gigantic, enormous, space hogging tub and replaced it with a gorgeous white tiled, over-sized rainfall shower. The old layout crammed the cabinet space into a corner and didn’t allow for some of the drawers to open. In its place, a new waterfall style counter top with a 9 foot long mirror to reflect the glow from the new recessed lighting and sparkling pendant lights. But the wall to wall and floor to ceiling cabinet leaves more storage than any couple could ever dream of in a bathroom. This Plain Jane bathroom is now ready for it’s Hollywood close-up!

We Landed a Great Catch at the FISH SHACK!

In just 90 days Chic on the Cheap completely gutted (like a fish) this BeachPlace condo on Longboat Key.  We moved mechanical equipment, knocked down walls, and raised the ceilings, so the bones of this dated unit got a complete overhaul.

We installed tile floors that look just like wood and built a custom light fixtures for the dining room. The coffee table in the living room is made of driftwood that washed ashore. Check out the vanity in the master bathroom; we added a nautical touch by using dock cleats for door hardware. Right now warm gray walls are the NEW go-to color for a beach feel because they’re soothing and unexpected. Plus it’s a nice compliment to the blue water and white sand right outside the windows.

All of this is a great example of what can happen when a designer and homeowner develop a trusting relationship.

Lots of Drama in this Home Renovation!

Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director, Michael Edwards, knows a lot about big time productions.  So when he told Chic on the Cheap to completely renovate his home and surprise him with the results, we knew it was show time!  The kitchen and living room are the stars in this remodeling story. For just over $5,500 we replaced ALL of the kitchen cabinetry with more sophisticated dark wood cabinets and stainless handles. The bold back splash added a pop of drama to the space while keeping the fresh modern feel. For the living room, Chic on the Cheap turned to IKEA to put the fun back into funky. The ENTIRE living room- furniture, fixtures, and everything in between- cost only $3,500. But it was the drapes that stole the show, costing only $149 for the panels and rods! The living room now has a clean minimalist look to it while keeping a warm inviting atmosphere.

So what was Michael Edwards reaction when the curtain opened on the final home design renovation? A standing ovation, of course!

Custom Furnishings Can Cost Less Than Buying Retail


The owners of this beach house didn’t want to settle for anything less than what fit their needs exactly, and we agreed! Chic on the Cheap collaborated with an expert woodworker to create their vision of a comfortable beach lifestyle. We gutted the fireplace and two bathrooms, replaced all the beige tile with warm hand scraped engineered wood, and designed a half dozen one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.

The fireplace mantel and parts of the buffet were made out of locally sourced pecky cypress. The custom driftwood coffee table makes for a very unique conversation piece at the sitting area. We also created two new sinks out of two antique wash basins for the bathrooms. The best part is that all of these custom furnishings were created for LESS than what you’d pay in retail stores! They owners didn’t compromise on their dreams, and neither should you!

Even a Model Home Needs a Facelift at Some Point

Back in the day this University Country Club model home was HOT! But this place needed a little nip and tuck to get back to its glory days. No worries. In just ONE MONTH the Chic on the Cheap team surgically gutted the house to give every room a lift. They ripped out the kitchen, tore out the dated flooring, and reconfigured the master bathroom. Now warm, hand-scraped, engineered wood floors flow through the home and every room has a fresh new feel and better functionality. The whole process, from design to finish, took only 30 days!

Too Much of a Good Thing

Sometimes too much of a good thing is still too much. The all white decor in this condo might’ve been en vogue back when Miami Vice was cool, but not anymore.  The new owners asked for an updated vacation retreat.  Right off the bat, we added color and warmth to every room with paint and fabric. The kitchen is the real steal though. The cabinetry looks like a high end European brand, right? Surprise! It’s from Ikea and cost a fraction of what you would pay for the “real thing.” In fact, one of the neighbors compared it to her $50,000 kitchen remodel. We didn’t have the heart to tell her she overpaid big time.

A Sarasota Family Homestead Gets a Second Life.

The owner has lived on this property her whole life. Her father built her this house when she was 18 and we helped her remodel it last year. ALL the cabinetry in the entire house came to $9,000 and was bought directly from the manufacturer.

Adding Artwork Can Make All the Difference

This home had beautiful bones, but needed a fresh start in a new decade.  We added artwork to the large wall areas purchased from Rooms to Go (but please don’t tell anyone.  It’s our little secret.)

Back to the Future

Hello 1980, this is the future calling and the island light bridge has got to go!  What was stylish back then doesn’t always work for today’s interior design styles. Out with the white, and in with more natural materials. We did the same thing in the living room by warming up the wall colors and bringing in more family friendly furniture. Now this family room really is where the family hangs out.

Hello! Is There An Echo in Here?

Large rooms are sometimes a designer’s greatest challenge.  At this home we used color and space planning to make a huge home feel cozy, warm and welcoming.  Paint, window treatments and area rugs are some of the most affordable ways to warm up any sized room.  The large master bath started out looking dark and dated.  We brought in some lighter touches and white marble to make the room feel like a spa retreat.

Something Old, Something New

This house was dying to show off its curb appeal, but it was hidden behind overgrown landscaping.  We cut back the trees to show off the home’s original character.  The pergola on the front makes the entire entrance feel larger and more welcoming.  A new coat of paint and a pop of blue color pulled it all together.

The kitchen in this older Paver Park home needed help. To keep under budget we replaced the appliances, but kept the original cabinetry, adding some new doors and handles. A new sink, better lighting, and affordable granite counters give this small older space a luxurious new feel.

Many of the amazing “before and after” renovations you see here were constructed by our friends at J & K Building and Remodeling in Sarasota.