We love when a client emails us for help with a home renovation, and with all of the time we’re spending in our houses these days, this particular before and after kitchen makeover for our clients in Birmingham, AL, happened just in the nick of time.
The tired kitchen needed not only updated finishes and details but to function better for this active family.
Rework The Existing Space
There was a lot of wasted space in hallways and angled walls, so squaring off walls and moving others around was a must for more livable space. Jason Robb did a great job drawing the plans.
We reclaimed square footage from hallways and created a walk-in office and a butler’s pantry that now connects the kitchen and dining room.
Stayed tuned on a future before and after post on the butler’s pantry- you won’t want to miss it.
Quite the before and after kitchen makeover, right?
Create A Timeless, Functional Kitchen
To create a more timeless space that didn’t feel dark and heavy, we removed the dark painted cabinets and replaced them with quartersawn white oak ones. They now feel more like furniture than built-ins.
A custom wax finish enhances the elegance of the wood and reflects the light beautifully.
Everyday appliances are cloistered behind paneled fronts to create a seamless yet functional space. The La Cornue range is like the perfect accessory to a little black dress.
The large center island was also replaced and given a more elegant, furniture-like design with quartersawn oak legs and fluted details. The main sink was relocated to it and a prep sink installed under the window.
This is a great #entertainingtip so the island can be used as a serving area while prep is out of the way.
Customize The Details Throughout
Unlacquered brass accents are found throughout in the faucets, pot filler, island lanterns and on the black La Cornue range and hood. Tile floors were replaced with light blond oak to complete the light, airy palette.
The finishing touch is a large-scale, honeycomb coffered ceiling. It is an interesting detail that catches your eye but doesn’t distract from the timeless quality of the kitchen.
Adjacent to the kitchen, we incorporated a breakfast area with a custom banquette that looks like a sofa. It’s perfect for family meals or morning coffee.
I hope you like the before and after of this home renovation and kitchen makeover as much as we enjoyed working on it. If we can help transform your home into one you love, email us here. We would love to discuss your project with you.
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We work on a lot of renovations, and every one is special in its own way.
This particular one is the wife’s childhood home. As I shared with you here, we renovated to give it new life for their family to grow into it.
I have no doubt many memories are waiting to be made.
Gone are the finishes of the 80s and it is now a chic, livable, family-friendly home that has made quite the transformation.
Here are a few before and after photos:
Custom cabinetry and gorgeous marble slabs create a custom kitchen while the unlacquered brass hardware and lighting finishes the room.
What a difference taking down walls and adding in new windows made, too.
Its hard to tell in the picture, but the kitchen roman shade is green and charcoal gray. Green is the homeowner’s favorite color, so we pulled it into her Dining Room.
It gives me such pleasure seeing this cute family enjoying their new home and adding in items, such as her grandmother’s dining table, that are important to them. After all, isn’t that the reason behind each of us having a home to call our own.
If we can help you renovate your home, contact us here.
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With as many homes I am in and out of, I see recurring problems that come from everyday life and living.
I love seeing a home transform from one that’s cluttered, dark, and doesn’t work for a family to one that allows them to Live Well in their home.
And while your definition of Living Well may be different than mine or your neighbors’, I’m giving a few tips to solve some common problem areas.
Clutter: Organize your home so everything has a place. Incorporate hidden storage where you can create a visual calm and remember to store alike things together.
If organizing overwhelms you, start by cleaning out a small space, such as the towel drawer in your kitchen.
2. A room that is a catch-all for stuff because it isn’t being used
Find a Purpose for every room in your home. No room should serve as a “walk-through” or a one that is used once or twice a year. Once you give the room a function, take a step back and assess the items in it. Do they bring you joy or are they useful? If neither, it is time to give them away or throw them out.
This may also mean switching rooms around, or changing how the furniture is arranged in a room.
Take this home below that we worked on recently. The living room was never used, the family room wasn’t working for the family, so we flipped the two.
Because of where these two rooms are placed in the house, the family now finds themselves using both spaces on a regular basis.
3. Dark, cramped spaces that don’t function well.
Find a Balance with how your home flows and functions. To Live Well in your home, it should work hard for everyday living while easily transitioning to host a party when needed.
Does the kitchen allow for quality work space? Is there a place for guests to sit and linger? If not, it may be time to renovate your kitchen.
We took this outdated, dark, cramped kitchen and made it accommodate today’s living. By raising the ceiling, taking the sunroom into the kitchen space and adding a wall of hidden storage, we created a kitchen that is functional, bright and works hard for this family.
I also love adding a banquette when I can in a kitchen. It allows for more seating AND it adds a layer of softness to a room filled with many hard surfaces.
4. Spaces in your house that don’t feel like home
What makes you smile and brings you joy? Whether it is a sparse room, layered objects, bright colors, or a wall filled with books, use discernment in adding these touches to your space. Find ways to add what makes you smile to bring you Warmth and Joy in your house.
I hope these tips help you make an honest assessment about your home so you can find ways to add to your quality of life.
If you need help turning your house into one you love, reach out to us here. We would love to hear from you!
Here’s to Living Well in your home, whatever your definition may be.
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I had the best time in California last week for a Traditional Home/Thermador event. A group of designers, print media, and bloggers across the country came together to discuss design trends. Thermador was a gracious host and no detail was forgotten by them.
If you aren’t familiar with Thermador, check out their line of kitchen applianceshere. I have Thermador products throughout my own kitchen, and if you have been reading since day one, I listed my Thermador warming in my very first post as one of my top five favorite things in my home. For a family on the run, it is a necessity.
I thought I knew their product line pretty well, but after an extensive tour, I learned so much more.
Here are a few quick pieces of information that stuck with me, and I hope you find them helpful:
1. If I was building again, I would incorporate a steam/convection oven into my home. This is a super neat appliance that keeps food moist (and vitamins in) while browning and cooking at a faster rate.
Look at this 14lb. turkey they cooked for us in it. Super easy and it was ready to eat after cooking for only 90 minutes.
2. I have a Pro Range in my home, but I had no idea it could do this. Yes, these are chocolate chips melting- on a paper plate– on its XLO setting. I haven’t tried this yet, but when I do (AND I WILL!), let’s hope I don’t burn my house down. YIKES!
3. One of my favorite discoveries was the refrigerator columns in their line. Because of their hinges, the front panel on all of their refrigerators can hold over 200 pounds, and I could not help but brainstorm about what I could cover the doors in. In the right setting, how does antiqued mirror sound?
The trip was a lot of fun and I learned so much, all while making a few new friends.
I hope this info was helpful, and let me know your “must-haves” in your next kitchen.
Take care and have a great week, everyone-
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