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Happy Friday!! I’m very pleased to show you the final reveal of our kitchen!
We decided to redesign the main floor of our house in 2013. That meant ripping down all the drywall, tearing up all of the flooring, replacing all of the windows, removing a stone fireplace, reworking the plumbing and electrical, removing a supporting wall, and adding a supporting beam. We did all this while living in our home… for almost 6 months. It may seem crazy but we did this to save money and also because Matt wanted to do this on his own (with the help of some family and friends).
We needed help designing the new floor plan. Darren Sanger Smith came into our home and helped re-imagine our floor plan, and get everything on paper.
Oh, one important piece of information…. I found out I was pregnant just days after we demolished this area. I stepped on a nail and had to get a tetanus shot, before they would give it to me I had to take a pregnancy test, it was positive!! It was a loooonng 6 months renovating but well worth all of the trouble because we saved a lot of money in the end and got the renovation that we wanted.
I started with these pictures as my inspiration for our kitchen. I wanted a fresh, welcoming, bright space, that was timeless. I wanted to mix the new with the old by adding a sliding barn door and the antique pendant lighting I bought at the Christie Antique Show. I loved white cabinets but also wanted to add some depth by bringing in the charcoal gray on the island cabinetry.
We started off with all upper glass cabinets and then realized that wasn’t practical for us or for our budget. Having two glass cabinets was enough to display my dishes. I wanted lots of storage, so we went with a lot of drawers and optimized every inch of that island.
We love to entertain, so having a big island was important and we had the space to add it in. It is definitely the spot to stand around when we have people over.
Our quartz counter is Lagoon by Silestone. I definitely took my time finding the right one, looking at every option (read all about it here). We were limited to a few companies because of the size of our island but I fell in love with Lagoon.
Can we talk about these stools? they are the Jake Backless Stools by Sarah Richardson Design. I fell in love with these stools watching Sarah’s House 4. I did buy stools from the Christie Antique show but they didn’t work, and I kept thinking back to the Jake stools… so I ordered the stools. Natalie Hodgins helped me pick the right height and stain for the legs. I picked Highpoint Oyster from Sarah Richardson’s fabric collection, it was perfect. You can read all about my quest for the perfect stool here.
To compliment the fabric on the stools, I wanted to bring in another fabric from Sarah Richardson’s collection – I picked Walmsley Linen. The wooden blinds are from Home Depot, read here, how you can update your kitchen window treatments.
Hope you enjoyed taking a look at our kitchen! It was a lot of work. I know Matt is proud of how it turned out and I’m very happy that I took the extra time to make the final decision on every aspect of designing this kitchen. When we are cooking or hanging out in the kitchen, I know that this area reflects our personal style.
Over the next couple of months, I will share the other rooms on the main floor!
*All photos via Christina Gapic Photography