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!
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!
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!
The main objective with the redesign/staging of this dining room was to lighten and freshen the space while working with the furniture that was already there.
The first order of business was selecting a new color palette of taupe for the walls, a pale blue for the ceiling and crisp white trim. Replacing the ceiling medallion and painting it the same color as the ceiling was a quick and inexpensive way to add some overhead detail.
The furniture needed to stay so the goal here was to minimize the heavy, dark and dated feel it brought to the room. By simply removing the hutch top and working with just the buffet (which we found was plenty of space once all the clutter and used items were removed), and covering the side chairs with neutral cotton chair covers did the trick.
Removing the hutch allowed us more wall space which was the perfect location for a great architectural feature – a pair of antique armoire doors.
Some art and a bit of greenery for an organic touch and this room is complete!
This charming village home, now owned by a lovely family, wanted a pop of bright holiday color for their historic carriage house.
I was thrilled to take the job as this home has special meaning for me>.. my mother-in-law, who recently passed, owned and loved this home for over 30 years.
Accents in lime green and purple on an evergreen base looked great with the neutral brown/taupe of the exterior shingles.
The homeowner loved them and I think Norma would be pleased with the results as well!
Wishing you all happy holidays, a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!