This kitchen at first glance was pretty nice – quality wood cabinets and already updated with granite countertops. You almost don’t notice that the cabinets go straight across the gas stove – only 18″ inches above the open flame burners. Definitely not a safe distance for cooking – nor built to code.
With the recent addition of two spacious pantries on the right wall of the kitchen, storage wasn’t an issue, so the cabinets over the stove had to go.
An added bonus was the opportunity to also update the dated tile backsplash that was used throughout the kitchen. We made quick work of removing that as well.
An off-white distressed subway tile with a dark taupe/gray grout was selected to coordinate with the existing granite.
We decided to take the tile all the way up to the ceiling on both walls, which created height and really brightened up the room.
I always think of installing the grout as the easy part of the job, but it is really a workout for your arms when you’re grouting this much tile all at once!
With the messy grout job complete, it was time to install a new stainless steel hood vent, and reclaimed wood floating shelves on the new tile wall. The existing wood cabinets got a good cleaning and new matte black pulls for an updated look.
Then the fun stuff begins – styling! Wired bottles, cookbooks and cooking essentials are both practical and pretty – bringing a touch of updated farmhouse to this kitchen.
The overall feel is spacious and bright. Pair that with the tons of storage, ample work surface and multiple seating areas, I’d say this is a pretty great kitchen for both cooking and entertaining. A win win!
This kitchen was big on space – however it was wide open space that was under utilized. The entire back was open. The homeowner previously had a small kitchen table just beyond the peninsula, but we had other ideas as there was also open space at the other end of the kitchen.
We decided to move the table to the right end of the kitchen opening, which opened up a huge space – perfect for pantries that would provide a huge amount of storage.
Next step was building out two pantries – one to hold food items and a second to hold kitchen appliances and essentials. So much storage – a home cook’s dream!
Originally we considered installing matching kitchen cabinets and granite in the space between the pantries, but decided on a piece of furniture and art which dresses up the kitchen and ties nicely to the reclaimed wood & iron bar table at the other end of the kitchen.
Phase One is complete and the pantries look like they have always been there!
This polar vortex is really grabbing a good portion of the country. Here is Central New York, we woke up to below zero temperatures with a wind chill factor of -24 degrees!
However, I’m focusing on what’s going on inside – a new shipment of beautiful spring stems and succulents!
Nothing chases the cold away like a room full of flowers and greenery. There’s no time like the present to bring the look into your house – whether fresh or faux. Plants and flowers bring warm and happy thoughts of spring and summer.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
Floral branches in white and green. I love a brimming vase of all white and green flowers. It’s so organic, elegant and feminine. Fill a vase and see what it does for a room – just lovely!
Succulents and ferns. Both succulents and ferns are typically easy care options for fresh indoor plants. However, if you are really busy, faux is the way to go. Today’s faux greenery is gorgeous and hard to spot.
Options abound, so don’t let winter get you down… just bring in the green!
It’s January in Central New York and I’m already dreaming about spring… Sunshine, fresh green foliage and flowers – I can’t wait!
In the meantime, there are so many ways to bring the outdoors in – including freshening up your tablescape. Fresh flowers, centerpieces and seasonal linens are always an option to bring in natural elements, but how about your dinnerware?
This gorgeous Riviera pottery is designed by the famous French floral designer, Christian Tortu. The detailed design on these Hydrangea leaf salad plates are amazing.
Whether used in your tablescape, as appetizer plates for your spring gathering, or adorning a sidetable or night stand – they are sure to add a refreshing touch of nature.
These petite Laurel Leaf plates are a perfect little dish for olives, condiments… plus how pretty would it be on a bedside tables and a little jewelry tray for rings and such?
Simply to pretty to hide away – consider using them as art when not in use – hang them with plate hangers or display them on your mantel or buffet with an table top easel. Stunning!
So excited to get to work on this 70’s colonial. This house has great bones, a huge kitchen and a fantastic backyard… just needs a bit of updating to make it feel like home.
Since the first thing you see when you walk in the door is the dining room, so that was the first project to tackle.
For instant gratification, a fresh paint job (walls in taupe-greige and ceiling in a soft gray-blue), a new area rug and window treatments were the answer.
To keep costs down, we elected to work with furniture that we already owned with the exception of two new distressed leather upholstered chairs and a new chandelier.
I love the rustic feel of this chandelier – almost looks barbed wire – with subtle lightly brushed gold accents.
I’ve been obsessed with these distressed leather-covered dining chairs since I got them in my store, and knew they would be a perfect replacement for the arm chairs at the head of the dining room table.
This room was starting to remind me our of trips to California wine country and Sedona, AZ.
Luckily the dining room is huge, so I was able to include a special family heirloom – my grandparents piano, along with a couple of favorite Stickley pieces and a great accent chair.
All and all the room feels like home. It’s warm and inviting and ready for guests, which is a good thing since our first family gathering is tonight!
Who wouldn’t love one of the beautiful new Mesa candles from PADDYWAX? From the great southwestern inspired pottery to the soothing array of scent blends, they make a perfect gift option.
However, these pretty little vessels have another purpose and will long outlive the candle within them. Once the candles are gone, these pottery pieces are designed to be a stackable cream and sugar set.
I just love multi-purpose products for the home! Not a coffee drinker? These pottery pieces would be great for sauces, condiments, etc.
No need to limit them to a life in the kitchen… How about a little greenery?… I can see them holding pretty little succulents arrangements as well!
Look over the flowers and discard any that are truly past their prime (limp or browning petals, etc). Working with the flowers that have potential, remove them from the vase so you can thoroughly rinse out the vase and add fresh water.
Because you’ll probably working with less flowers/greenery, now is the perfect time to get creative and re-arrange the stems to create a totally new arrangement. Many times, I’ll opt for a trio of smaller vases to create a little floral vignette for a new centerpiece or accent to a tray.
Select the vases or vessels you’ll be working with and clip the stems at an angle to the appropriate high for the vase and style of arrangement you wish to create.
If desired, add fresh greenery (I’ve just mixed in a bit of lilac greenery that I slipped from the yard) and embellish with ribbon if desired.
Quick and easy updates that will prolong the life of your flowers!
Wooden Tray are not only useful, but also a great staging tool. Here are some quick and easy styling tips to dress them up…
1) Think in odd numbers – Three decorative items are perfect. 2) Pick items that are different heights. 3) Add something green – plants & succulents are very popular right now and will add an organic element to the room.
Your newly styled tray will look great on a cocktail table, buffet, or dresser!