Last July we bought a new house (yeah!), but it needed a lot of work and it unfortunately didn't seem like it at the time. It was built in the 80's and I am pretty sure it had not been updated since (maroon paisley wallpaper and all), but we saw potential and loved the location, so we rolled the dice. Through lots of blood, sweat, and tears we have turned it into our home and after almost a year of transforming walls, we were definitely not left unchanged ourselves. We welcomed a baby boy in December, renovated a house while being pregnant, and learned much about home remodeling, contractors, and how to better work as a team and compromise.
While I do not recommend doing all of those things at once, we are better people for it. I would like to share first the heart of our home - the kitchen. It is probably our favorite space and the most changed, but what I loved most is it is something John and I envisioned together. John worked so so so hard on every aspect and also learned a lot from the contractors that assisted along the way; to say that I am amazed and thankful for his tireless work would be a gross understatement - and did I say his patience with a sometimes emotional/short-fused/nesting, crazy prego lady - especially that hehe. Glad she's gone.
When trying to design the space, we tried to think about how we might use a kitchen and what would make our lives easier. One area we decided that we needed was a coffee/smoothie area. We both have a tendency to run short on time and coffee and smoothies are a big part of our morning, so we made sure to create a coffee/smoothie bar (complete with a hot water tap) to make our morning grind go faster and not leave chaos behind. We kept this trend around the space and tried to be very mindful about placing things near where we knew we would use them, instead of where they might traditionally go and this has helped us immensely. Enjoy!
Before Connecting Sunroom (with hottub hehe):
Some fav details:
Some of my favorite/staple cookbooks
Milk glass chicken from my grandma's kitchen
Antique Baker's Cabinet complete with built-in flour mill
Vintage Malt/Milkshake Maker
Faucet: Danze D401557SS Opulence Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet with Lever Handle and Spray, Stainless Steel
Farm Sink: KOHLER K-6489-0 Whitehaven Self-Trimming Apron Front Single Basin Sink with Tall Apron, White
Instant Hot Water System for Coffee Bar: InSinkErator HWT-F1000S Hot Water Tank and Filtration System
Hot Water Faucet: InSinkErator F-HC2200MB Indulge Antique Hot and Cold Water Dispenser, Mocha Bronze
36" Duel-Fuel Range: Kitchenaid Range
Wellborn Cabinets/Cambria Counter/Hardware via Caruso's Cabinets
Clear Pendant Lights allen + roth Aged Bronze Pendant Light with Clear Glass Shade
Counter Seating (John had to adjust height) World Market
Breakfast Nook Table and Chairs via Crate & Barrel (I've had for years)
Breakfast Nook Light: YOBO Lighting Vintage Art Deco Loft Oil Rubbed Bronze Nostalgia Chandelier Lotus Umbrella Pendant Lamp