If you’re an avid social media user and love getting your recipes from online content creators, there’s a good chance you know who @broccyourbody is.
Carissa Stanton, a.k.a @broccyourbody is well-known in the online health and wellness community for creating easy-to-follow, fun, innovative recipes using simple and clean ingredients. While much of her blog focuses on recipes, she also shares a variety of other lifestyle content like travel recommendations, wellness tips, nutrition advice and so much more.
Carissa is a So-Cal native who studied Kinesiology with an emphasis in Fitness, Health, and Nutrition at San Diego State University. After college, she began channeling her creativity and energy into weekly girls’ night dinners with her friends, earning her the name Brocc Your Body, because she loves to cook and move. Brocc soon exploded into an Instagram and social media success, and Carissa was able to leave her real estate job to concentrate on Brocc as a full-time career in food and wellness.
Her loyal fan base, whom she calls her “Broccolinis,” adore her for her authentic, and fun-loving personality, as well as her balanced approach to diet and lifestyle. She encourages her audience to fuel their bodies with healthy foods that nourish them and help them feel their best, while emphasizing the importance of never restricting yourself of the foods and activities that make you happy.
According to Carissa, “I love being able to connect with others through my blog. I’ve touched on everything from anxiety, renovating my home, loving my body as it changes, and encouraging my Broccolinis to embrace and love their lives, whether it’s through food or not.”
Carissa bought her first home in November of 2021 and knew right away she would need to make some updates to her kitchen and bath. As a full-time content creator who spends a lot of her time developing and testing recipes, it was important that she update the kitchen to make it more functional and fitting to her lifestyle. “My kitchen is my office, my therapy, where my friends hang out, EVERYTHING,” explains Carissa. “I wanted to create the perfect place to be creative, host my loved ones, and relax while I cook. I also wanted it to be a super functional space, and of course beautiful!”
When it came to must-haves for her new kitchen, she knew she needed to make updates that would help her do what she does best. “I just wanted a functional kitchen that would make my job easier. I am constantly cooking, so having a kitchen that was suited for the way I cook was my top priority,” stated Carissa.
In addition to the kitchen, the bathroom was extremely small and didn’t feel like the sanctuary she always wanted. When it came to the bathroom remodel, she had a basic idea of what she wanted to update. “I wanted a bright, clean space with a Pinterest-worthy shower, which is exactly how it turned out! I wanted great lighting for getting ready. I also really wanted a steam shower,” Carissa expressed.
Carissa's kitchen and bath before PIRCH
When it came to the remodeling process, Carissa knew very little about what it entailed. “I knew absolutely nothing going into this process. This is my first home, and I had never been through a remodeling process. I don’t really have the best eye for design, so I definitely needed some help,” remarked Carissa.
Carissa didn’t have a clear sense of what products or brands she wanted to incorporate in her new kitchen and bath. She had looked at Amazon and Home Depot for some ideas, but when it came to high-quality products, she didn’t have a clear sense of what was available on the market.
“PIRCH really showed me the level of luxury and functionality my kitchen and bathroom could have. My Sales Consultant Erika was extremely helpful in showing me the products around the showroom. She listened to my goals and showed me a ton of options,” comments Carissa.
“For example, I told Erika how important having a functional kitchen was to me and how I cook a ton, and she showed me the Blanco sink with all of its attachments and the differences between stainless steel and porcelain sinks,” described Carissa. She continued, “There was never a question I had that Erika couldn’t answer, and she was extremely responsive during each step of the way during my remodel.”
Erika toured Carissa around the PIRCH Glendale showroom and guided her through the product specification process, providing several recommendations based on her unique lifestyle. Carissa chose a Brizo pot filler for her kitchen, because one of the things she cooks most often is pasta! “I make pasta at least three times a week, so this pot filler has been a game changer,” exclaims Carissa. “It’s also great for boiling potatoes. Plus, it is just such a luxury item that really upgrades my kitchen.”
Carissa also chose a Brizo touchless faucet, which she loves because it allows her to turn it on and off with a simple tap. “If you get down and dirty in the kitchen like I do, this is a must,” Carissa remarks. “You don’t have to touch the knob; it turns on and off when you just tap it!”
Carissa chose a Blanco sink, specifically for its functionality. “This sink is a must for all home chefs! It makes prep and clean up so much easier with all the attachments and it is super easy to clean.” reveals Carissa.
For appliances, Carissa went with Smeg, a brand founded on the belief that style and technology should always go hand-in-hand. “I love how sleek my fridge is! The French doors are beautiful, and I love how much space it has,” says Carissa. “I also love the fact that there are two freezer drawers so I can keep my meat separate from my ice and frozen fruits.”
To put the finishing touches on her kitchen with the perfect hardware, Carissa went with sleek, flat-black knobs and pulls from Emtek. According to Carissa, “The matte black hardware in my kitchen really elevated the entire look of the kitchen. Hardware can easily make or break the overall look and feel of your kitchen, so I am so glad I went with the Emtek hardware!”
For her bathroom, Carissa chose a variety of top-tier brands and products to help transform the space into the light, bright “Pinterest-worthy” sanctuary she always desired.
For fixtures, she chose Brizo in a gold finish. For the shower wall surfaces, Carissa went with porcelain, from Moderno Porcelain Works. Carissa claims, “the shower with the Moderno Porcelain is probably the most beautiful feature of my home. It’s truly one of the most beautiful showers I have ever seen! I was unsure about my decision, but when I saw the finished look, I was beyond happy with my choice.”
Next, she chose a TOTO Nexus Washlet. TOTO is a brand that offers toilets that are made to center and ground the spaces they inhabit, offering a gorgeous aesthetic that both elevates and enhances the flow and design of a bathroom space.
Carissa states, “If you want to impress your guests, I highly recommend this toilet. Everyone that comes to visit freaks out when they sit on this thing. It’s a true luxury experience from the heated seat to the bidet.”
Because Carissa is a wellness enthusiast, she decided to select a steam shower from Mr. Steam for her new bathroom. “I love winding down each night in my beautiful shower with the added steam unit and aromatherapy,” notes Carissa. “My steam shower truly makes my bathroom feel like a spa! It is so relaxing and detoxifying. It has become my favorite place to meditate before bed.”
She also wanted to make sure she had the perfect lighting for getting ready, therefore she chose a lighted mirror from Electric Mirror. “The lighting this mirror gives is unmatched,” says Carissa.
At PIRCH, what we love most is when a customer’s project is complete, and they are happy. Our goal is to take their ideas and turn them into a reality. We listen carefully to learn about their wants and needs so we can help transform their space in a way that suits their unique lifestyle.
“I loved working with PIRCH, and I am already planning my next project with them! They taught me so much about the process, and I truly don’t think I could have pulled it off without them,” expresses Carissa.
“Being able to cook and create content in my new kitchen has been everything I have dreamed of! It has made my life so much easier and truly made me a happier person. None of this would have been possible without PIRCH,” exclaims Carissa.
“Everyone at PIRCH was extremely knowledgeable about each product and brand in the showroom. They were honest about what could and could not be done, and I never felt any pressure to make one decision over another. They are professional, reliable and will make your home renovation process SO much easier,” Carissa remarks.
Carissa concludes “I have already recommended PIRCH to everyone I know, and my mom has been in the Mission Viejo store as she begins her kitchen remodel. I could not recommend PIRCH enough!”