Friday, January 21

Our Kitchen


It's almost going to be a year that our kitchen has been completed.

There are a few little things to finish.

We had two walls knocked out, beams buried in the ceiling, and floors ripped up.

We kept our kitchen the same size.

By removing walls from the dining room and the family room, it made the whole area open and bigger.

Most of my inspirations came from

Cottage Living Magazine,
I wish this magazine was still around.

Country Living,

Country Home,
I do miss them too.

Most inspired movie was

Something's Gotta Give
I would freeze the movie so that I could look at all the details of that whole house.
I know it's mostly everyone's favorite house movie
but I must have watched it hundreds of times.

I am a little crazy like that.

I adore looking at how people live.

I enjoy looking at old and new movies with great houses.

I also love
Hooked on Houses blog.

You need to check it out! Lots of fun.

First Love and requirements to our kitchen

Glass cabinets,
Farmers sink,
Kitchen island with beadboard
Six burner stove

When we decided to renovate our kitchen the easy part was to say yes to the designer.
He designed the lay out.

I couldn't wait to add touches to make it our own.

I had all my ideas and we were on our way.

The hardest part was to live in one one room for half a year. It's where we ate, played, and hung out.

They say it's best to do the kitchen renovation during the summer so that you can cook outside and be outside most of the time.

But I thought it would be easier to do it while the kids were in school for the most part so that we wouldn't make ourselves crazy being together 24/7.

Making breakfast, lunch, and dinner was hard.

We ended up eating out and lots of food delivery.

Six months they said but it extended to two more months.

Then there was a week that we had to stay in a hotel.

The kids were excited because they had the pool to hang out in after school.
I didn't mind much except for the fact that I still needed to make lunch for school (thank goodness for the small refridgerator), homework to assist without all of our gear, and to top it all off work with my son on his Science Fair project.

It was fun working with the designer and watching all the improvements every week.

We are happy how it all came out and it feels like it's been here forever.

I hope you like it!

Here is what our kitchen looked like before. It served it's purpose.
It was dark and outdated.

I don't have many before pictures.
I guess we never hung out in the kitchen as much as we do now.

Here is when everything was gutted. Viewing it from the dining room.

There use to be a wall between the kitchen and dining room.

Here is another picture looking from the family room.

The dining room is on the right.

Another view from the kitchen to the dining room.
Having the wall come down was great! It definitely opened up the space and
brought more light in.

Here is a view from the kitchen looking into the living room.
Because the corridor is narrow we decided to open up the entry way to the living room.
There is a step down to the living room (70's style)
That's a story for another time.

Another view.

We also put speakers throught out the first floor for music.

It's a fun feature.

We put a speaker in the bathroom too. It's a nice conversation p

Here is our new kitchen.

We chose absolute black honed granite for the kitchen island.

It's fun to entertain, bake, and craft with the kids.

We chose White Supreme granite for the countertops. I love carrera marble (baker's look).
I was told it would stain and with three kids it just wouldn't work for us.

It took me awhile to find something similar but I think this does the job.

Another view. Some areas have more gray veins.

I do love it!

My favorite part of the kitchen is the sink area.

I always wanted a farmer's sink and this was going to be the focal point of the kitchen.

We went with a smaller size.

We wanted more counter space on either side of the sink
in case the island was occupied.

We could still cut and cook.

I also changed the paneling on the cabinet below the sink.

We added tin pierced panels.
Harvest Wheat

You can find them here.

Here is another view.

Some of the entrances to our house we installed pebble stone tile mats to be incorporated with the pine floors.

It's looks nice when you walk into the house. I wanted to do this as well in front of the sink.
We were talked out of it.
They weren't sure it would fit.
I should have insisted and I think it would have been fine. I was determined to have that look so I found this pebble mat.

You can find it here.

This is the wet bar.

This space use to be a double closet. Lots of empty space.
It works better as a wet bar and it has a cabinet for pantry items above and
a wine refridgerator below.

This is my husband's favorite part of the kitchen.
We use to have a closet/pantry for all the
grocery goods.
There was shelving but lots of empty space.
The pantry door faced towards the hallway of the bathroom.

Here is our pantry now.

When they are open.

A picture of our island. Drawers slide out with trays that pull out.
The drawers close on their own.
Love that!!

This is a view of our stove.
Love the six burners.
We love to cook so it's been fun to simmer various things at the same time.

Here are where the ingredients get to hang out together.
Need to fill these babies up.
There is one on either side of the stove.

I am more of a fresh herb type of girl.

Sorry it's tilted. I'm still working on taking closeups.

Four small Celtic Tiles put together in the middle.

Another picture of the Celtic Tile . They were white washed. I might have to do
another coat. Also the border has a Celtic band going all around.
It's prettier in person.

Another view of the backsplash.
Matted subway tiles everywhere else.

I picked out pulls to match the Celtic tiles.

Glass knobs for all of the cabinets.

Another view.

Towel bar at the end of the kitchen island.
Convenient and right near the sink.

Finally we went with wide pine plank floors.
Love them!!
They do scratch and ding easily but that's the look we are going for.

Here are my final pictures of the kitchen and how it's lived in.
Thank you for being patient and I hope you enjoy.

Take care and have a good weekend!



Tessa said...

ga! your home is GORGEOUS! glad you found my blog, so I could find yours!! of course you can list mine on your blog - I'd be honored. and duxbury, ma is one of my favorite places. you lucky girl, you!!
xo, Tessa

Serendipitous Home said...

Hey Claudia, holy smokes!
Now that's what I'm talking about. I too adore Something's Gotta Give style and you nailed it my friend with your own special style added in. 8 months of pain sure paid off. That kitchen of yours rocks. I just love when people aren't afraid of glass, it adds such character. I have never seen granite like that before, I swore it was marble and would never have guessed. I too love white marble but also did granite for fear of staining and ended up choosing one my hubs liked which is nothing like white marble LOL! The pebble stone insert sounds so neat, maybe you could share it with us. Your home looks like such a happy cosy place to be and you should be so proud. Thanks for having us in for a visit. I could almost smell the coffee brewing!. Now I've got to go and paint my cabinets white HA! So dying for a white kitchen.


Thanks stopping by and thought I would say go to Good Will or Value Village if you have one nearby once a week and quickly scan through instead of going less and staying longer. You will find a steal of a deal more often! That is what worked for me in the past.

Deb said...

Wow...your kitchen is just beautiful Claudia...I love it! You have a lot of the same features that I want so it's fun to see it all together...great job! ~Deb~

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

You've done an absolutely fabulous job! I bet you love it every single time you walk in there! Nice work!

Unknown said...

CLAUDIA!!! This kitchen is stunning!!! How lucky for you to have such a gorgeous place to hang out in! I LOVE it! You have exquisite taste girl! And you are so right about that Hampton's house in Something's Gotta Give. I love that movie and love the house even more!!! (That and the one in Father of the Bride!)

Faded Plains said...

What an amazing's gorgeous.

Anonymous said...

I think you nearly have as many pictures up as I do. I love the little sink around the corner , I just love that feature the most..just how the whole counter and cupboards flow there....spectacular

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, wow, your new kitchen is a show-stopper! I love it. And you were so sweet to mention my blog as one of your inspirations. Thanks, Claudia! :)

Noble Vintage said...

what a stunning redo!! Love your countertops- I love the look of carrera, but it definitely does stain- we have an outdoor side table that has a permanent rust ring on it! :(
everything in your kitchen is really lovely. You must smile every time you're in there!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful kitchen! Thanks for sharing!

Free Art Printables said...

The changes you made were amazing! I think the countertops are just gorgeous and I love how you mixed and matched!

Thank you so much for joining in on the party and sharing your home!

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

What a beautiful kitchen you have created!! You should be so proud. It truly is magazine worthy!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your kitchen. Every inch is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Claudia that is gorgeous *screech*... What a make over! I am now your newest follower and would love for you to show it off in my Blog Hop Monday and show me some "follow luv' back =D

See you at my Blog Hop!!

Tales of a Hockey Wife said...

Just stunning...that could definitely be a cover story for Country Living Magazine. We are looking at redoing our cottage are now filed and saved as a go to when we talk to the architect! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Claudia said...

Thank you for leaving such beautiful comments.

All things nice... said...


Wow love your kitchen, I love the blue and white so stylish, the layout will be something similiar to mine only I will have a narrower size fridge and a larger window. Thanks for sharing with me. I've added some of your photos to my ideas folder.

All things nice... said...

Sorry it took me so long to comment. Thanks so much for linking this amazing kitchen up this weekend at my link party! Awesome indeed.


Noble Vintage said...

I still am drooling over your countertops. And sink. And barstools.... ;)
Thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!!

Heather said...


Claudia said...

Hi Heather,
I am sorry I wasn't able to contact you back with your questions. I am not able to send you a comment on your blog. I am not sure why! I hope you get this and thank you so
much for leaving a sweet comment.
The rug is from Crate & Barrel and it's called Biscayne Blue. IT comes in various sizes and colors. It's an outdoor/indoor rug and very easy to clean. I have three little ones! The size is 9X12.
I hope this helps and I do apologize for not getting back in a timely manner.
Take care,

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