Before & After: Kitchen Remodel with Maximized Seating

 

I've been meaning to share this dramatic transformation for a few weeks now. Alli and I met these amazing clients last Fall and fell in love with them and their sprawling Frisco home. They called on us to remodel their kitchen and to decorate their Living Room and Dining Room....so in an effort to prolong the drama, I'll be blogging about each room individually over the next week or two. You're welcome ;-) Let's start with the kitchen, shall we?

For a home of this size, the kitchen was lacking appropriate seating. This family of 5 loves to entertain and host dinners, so we needed to come up with a plan to gain seating.

King Kitchen Before
King Kitchen Before

I'll be honest...that hood might as well have reached out and slapped me in the face when I walked through the door...we needed to tone it down a bit.

Can you see the small counter top ledge/sitting area behind the settee in the above photo? It was meant to seat 2, but it felt like an afterthought and was completely non-functional.

King Kitchen Before 2
King Kitchen Before 2

The above  photo gives you a feel for the original travertine countertops and backsplash...they read very yellow in the space.

So after several weeks of blood sweat and tears, our client finally has a functional kitchen that they are excited about!

Look at all that counter space! And it goes without saying that we loooove the new custom faux crock counter stools...all eight of them! Stylish + kid friendly = perfection!

We reshaped the wood hood, which feels so much more chic. And besides the new counter tops, we added a subway back splash, new lighting, new plumbing and a boat load of storage under the seating area! The only thing we really kept was the wall color.

Here is a look from the sink area, which is allowing you a little peek at the Living Room.

Do you see those cabinets on the left at the end of the kitchen? Here is what that area used to look like...

King Kitchen Before 3
King Kitchen Before 3

The "mommy desk" wasn't functional for our client...she needed a place to store back packs and school related items, so we flipped the desk to the other side of the kitchen (as seen on the right side of the last remodeled kitchen photo) and we turned the original mommy desk into storage.

The new desk area provides so much more functional storage that was customized to our client's needs!

AWDH King before and after sneak peek
AWDH King before and after sneak peek

Stay tuned for the Living & Dining Room reveals!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources and/or materials used***

Photography by: Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Before & After: A Fresh New Kitchen with a Splash of Color

 

Remember me?! 2015 is CRAY-Z! In the best way possible! But the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat to all of our projects. For more frequent updates, follow us on Facebook! Anyways, just wanted to pop in to show you one of our latest projects... Our client lives in a newer suburban home with the quintessential dark cabinets, tumbled stone back splash and granite countertops. There is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things, of course, but it just wasn't meshing with her style. She and her husband wanted something fresh and bright with a pop of fun color that would tie in with the rest of their house, which is, by the way, literally dripping in vibrant shades of reds, golds and turquoise. Love!

Here is the kitchen before the remodel....

Adams Before 1
Adams Before 1

And after... We sure are loving that turquoise island!!!

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Adams Kitchen After 1
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Adams Kitchen After 4

We opted for a bronze penny tile on the back splash and quartz countertops with the most gorgeous gray and turquoise veining.

Below is a shot of the former breakfast area...

Adams Before 2
Adams Before 2

Not only did we paint the cabinets and walls throughout the kitchen, we also switched out the lights, added cabinet hardware and traded her breakfast room furniture for something a bit more playful (and kid friendly, of course!).

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5943 Bloomsbury Place

One last before shot of the kitchen...

Adams Before 4
Adams Before 4

And after...

5943 Bloomsbury Place
5943 Bloomsbury Place

Thanks again to this awesome family for trusting our Design Team with your home! We know you'll enjoy your new kitchen for many years to come!

***Due to client contracts, we are unable to share sources specific to this project***

Photos by: Nate Rehlander of Nate Rehlander Photography

 

Client Project Reveal: An 80's Kitchen Transformed

 

We are excited to be revealing the kitchen remodel that we told you about several weeks ago! If you follow us on Facebook, you know that we held an open house last week per the request of several neighbors who were anxious to see the finished product. As I mentioned in my last post, this project took place only one street away from the house that I grew up in...it seems that the neighborhood is just as friendly now as it was then! We had a great time at the open house, so thank you to those of you who came out and to our awesome clients who so willingly welcomed their new neighbors into their new home!

Now to the good stuff! Let's recap incase you missed our last post about this project....

This house was built in the early 80's, burned to the ground in 1988 and was immediatly rebuilt. And from what I understand, the previous owner was a single male who smoked in the house for a number of years causing the walls and trim to yellow. Our clients purchased the home about 3 months ago and immediately hired A Well Dressed Home to execute the remodel wich consisted of the following:

- a completely remodeled kitchen complete with a new layout, new cabinets and appliances

- repositioning of kitchen walls to allow for more square footage

- new hardwoods downstairs

- removing carpet and adding wood treads to stairs

- new carpet upstairs

- new paint throughout, including on outside trim (we used Kilz to eliminate the odor)

- new windows

- new lighting and door hardware

And to give you a better understanding of the transformation, we had our photographer position his shots from the same angle as the original photos. Here are the photos taken when the house was on the market...

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McCormick Remodel 1
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McCormick Remodel 2
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McCormick Remodel 3
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McCormick Remodel 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 3
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 1

The new kitchen layout allows plenty of space for a breakfast table and chairs. And the spacious island not only allows for work space, but it also contains cabinet doors on the sides and back of the isalnd for maximum storage.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 4
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 5

Notice the far wall...the "before" photo shows the tiny built-in desk and wall of windows. We opted to remove the desk, push the wall out 3' into the back patio and replace the windows with french doors for easy access to the goreous back yard and pool.

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awdh McCormick Kitchen 2
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awdh McCormick Kitchen 6

Ahhhhh...gotta love that gorgeous marble backsplash!

Thanks again to Dana, who was the lead Designer on this job, to our awesome construction team and to our amazing clients! We hope you all enjoy your new home for years to come!

Photos by Nate Rehlander www.naterehlander.com

***Due to client contracts, we decline to share sources***

 

Gray and White and Pretty All Over

 

Has it really been over a month since I've done a blog post?! Yikes! Time really does fly when you're having fun! Ok, so if you're a regular here on the blog, you know that we've been wrapping up a few design projects for one of our all time favorite clients. You can read about her master bedroom HERE.

Well, we finally had the opportunity to have her living room photographed... But before we reveal those photos, check out her AH-mazing kitchen design! For the most part, my client knew the direction she wanted to go before we even started committing to selections, but I was thrilled to help guide her and reassure her in her decisions. I'd have to say my fave part of this design is the gold hardware against the gray cabinets!

awdh.staging.wpengine.com Curry Kitchen
awdh.staging.wpengine.com Curry Kitchen

And directly accross from her kitchen is the living room. My clients wanted to keep the room light and airy. In order to keep the design practical, we opted for a microsuede fabric on the sofa as she does have two (adorable!) little munchkins running around.

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awdh Curry LR 1

I'm in love with the painted ceiling beams!

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Screen shot 2013-07-08 at 11.29.30 PM

Ahhh...I could seriously live in this house! And with a kitchen like that, I would TOTALLY learn to cook! Wouldn't you?!

Photos by Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography.

 

Before & After: Cantrell Kitchen Remodel Reveal

 

I'm so excited to finally reveal the remodel that I posted about last week! A great big thank you to the home owner, Jamie, for giving me free reign on this design, and to her husband, Shawn, for saying to her, "It's whatever you want, babe..." during our initial consultation! (I swear he totally said that...and when he did, it was like the skies parted and the angels started singing.......ahhhhhhh!!!)

Ok, onward...

When I first stepped into the space, this is what I saw...

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IMG_0746

Dark oak cabinets, a rust colored travertine floor and dated wall paper. And no offense to the builder, but what is up with that "serving bar?" It totally closes off the kitchen from the adjacent living room. And the counter top overhang was no more than 3", making it virtually impossible to comfortably incorporate barstools for dining.

And did I mention the miniature island in the center of the kitchen? You can't see it because it is blocked by the serving bar, but it was literally 2'x3' and offered zero work space.

Here is a "before" picture of the breakfast area...

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IMG_0750

And another view of the kitchen from the breakfast area...

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IMG_0748

And here is the new kitchen design from the very same angle...

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Cantrell Kitchen 6

My favorite part of this remodel has to be the custom island.

By removing the "serving bar," as well as the island, we were able to build a 10' x 5' custom island with built-in counter height dining and a freak load of storage. It's the perfect place for their boys to sit and do homework while Jamie prepares meals.

Removing the serving bar also allows the kitchen to feel more open to the living room (which also has a new design in the works, btw!)...I know that Jamie & Shawn will really enjoy this aspect of the kitchen when entertaining friends and family.

Below is a shot from the opposite end of the kitchen...

Cantrell Kitchen 5
Cantrell Kitchen 5

We replaced all of the cabinet fronts with paint grade wood and had all of the cabinets painted white.

We also added glass uppers, island pendants and additional canned lighting as well as the most beautiful taupe/grey solid surface counter top. We opted out of marble and granite as we wanted to keep the counter top free of pattern and movement.

The new wood floors were a must... We extended the existing living room floors into the kitchen to merge the space.

And of course, the herringbone pattern backsplash styled with fresh white subway tiles .... Love.

Cantrell Kitchen 1
Cantrell Kitchen 1

And finally, the breakfast area...

Custom drapes, woven shades and a lively graphic print rug.

Cantrell Kitchen 4
Cantrell Kitchen 4

Such a fun project! Can't wait to show you their living room remodel in the next several weeks!

***Out of respect to my clients, I decline to share sources***

Photos by: Jay Davis of Jay Davis Photography

 

Gray Cabinets, Gold Hardware and a DIY Vintage Christmas Stocking

 

Ahhh....it's been a while, I know... So much going on around here! I plan on making some time to have a couple of my most recently completed projects photographed in the next few weeks, so I'll finally be able to show you what's been keeping me so busy these last few months.

Oh, and do you remember the "forever home" that I've been working on with my long time client, Seema? I first mentioned it HERE. Well, the house will be ready to close in January, so we are now hard at work tackling the furniture design for her Living Room and Master Bedroom.

What I haven't shared with you are the amazing details of her new kitchen.... Think gray cabinets, Carrara Marble and gold hardware! Yes, GOLD!! I'm obsessed and can hardly WAIT for it to be installed!! Oh, and wait until you see the matching gold pendants over the bar...ah-ma-zing! I came across this picture online, which reminded me of our design...

seema kitchen
seema kitchen

On another note, I found some super cute Christmas stockings at West Elm this weekend. One in particular caught my eye and I thought it would be perfect for Miss Stella's first stocking!

vinatge stocking
vinatge stocking

Cute, right? I thought the felt flowers made it look at bit vintage, which I love...I always seem to lean towards a vintage look when it comes to decorating my house for the Holidays. Remember the paper flowers I made for my tree a few years ago?? I haven't used them since, but it was fun for one year.

I just love the chic, sophisticated feel of the whites, creams and golds and can never have too many feathers, mercury glass or glitter! My husband's worst nightmare.

But when I brought the stocking home, I knew I needed to add a "little something" to spice it up a bit...after all, it IS Stella's first stocking! So, I raided my jewelry cabinet, pulled apart a bunch of necklaces that I've never worn, and voila!

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a well dressed home vintage stocking 1

Loving the detail of the steel gray and baby pink flowers...and of course, the feathers and pearls! I also plan on having her name embroidered in the center of the stocking.

a well dressed home vintage stocking detail
a well dressed home vintage stocking detail

Now to figure out the stockings for the rest of the family....hmmmm...

Happy Monday everyone!!

 

Frugal Find of the Week! Lantern Pendant Lights

 

I have received several compliments on the pendant lights that I used in our kitchen remodel. I found them for an amazing price, so I decided to feature them as this week's frugal find! I originally considered purchasing the Hundi Lantern from Pottery Barn.....

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Hundi Lantern-1
Pottery Barn Hundi Lantern
Pottery Barn Hundi Lantern

And then I found this one from Overstock.com for $166.99...

Glass Lantern Chandelier
Glass Lantern Chandelier

I loved the lantern as well as the price...so I ordered two for my kitchen and saved over $200!

PS Kitchen After PS1
PS Kitchen After PS1
 

Great Fabrics for a DIY Fabric Shade

 

Over the last week, I have received several inquiries from readers regarding the fabric I used for our window shade in our kitchen. Per my responses to these comments, I purchased the fabric at Fabric Factory in Dallas for $12.99/sy.

 Unfortunately, most of you do not live in Dallas, so this information was not of much help to you. HOWEVER....I was bouncing around on Fabric.com a few days ago, and look what I found!! The name of the fabric is Dwell Studio Bella Porte Brindle and it is priced at $15.98/sy. More than what I paid, but still not a bad price!     

Shade Fabric
Shade Fabric

 It also come in these different colors...      

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Fabric 1
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fabric 2
fabric 3
fabric 3
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fabric 4

While browsing the site, I also found a few other fabrics that I would rate near fabulous....so I thought I'd share them with you!    

Dwell Studio Maze Work Brindle
Dwell Studio Maze Work Dove
Waverly Sun N Shade Lovely Lattice Citrine
Dwell Studio Soft Scrolls Charcoal
Waverly Ellis Turquoise
Dwell Studio Vintage Blossom Citrine
Michael Miller Summer Soiree Chevron Black

I hope these prints have inspired you to make your own window shade!

 

Some exciting news for all you Austin, Tx readers!

 

To those readers in or near Austin, TX ......cancel your weekend plans and put on your shopping shoes! Nothing could be more exciting than this!! Sunday, October 24th, is the much awaited Grand Opening of HOME GOODS!

That's right! All of you that follow my "Frugal Finds," will now be able to partake in the excitement as sooooooo many of them come from Home Goods (where else?!)

Remember Z Gallerie's Nova Throw look-a-like that I found at Home Goods?! And the super versatile apothecary jars?! And who can forget that coveted mirrored nightstand?!

I have accessorized my entire home with great finds from Home Goods! The lamps and pillows in my Living Room, the frames on my Stair Wall, and the apothecary jars I used in our Kitchen Makeover ............ all from Home Goods! 

Visit www.homegoods.com for hours and location. Be sure to email me with your exciting finds...I would love to see them all!!

 

Quick and Easy DIY Window Shade

 

After posting, "Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete," I received several emails regarding the fabric shade over the kitchen sink. Most of you wanted to know where I purchased it, but truth be told, I made it! A couple of months ago I was perusing through one of my favorite design blogs emilyaclark.blogspot.com. Emily is an incredibly talented Home Stylist with many crafty DIY ideas...but this one in particular really captured my attention, and I just knew I needed to try it myself!

During the process of our kitchen remodel we decided to remove the previous shutter over the kitchen sink as it was hindering the amount of natural light we acquired. I still wanted some sort of a window covering for privacy, but I preferred something less obstructive and with a little more character. I knew this would be the perfect time to try out Emily's "Easy (and inexpensive) DIY Fabric Roller Shade."

So I purchased a roller shade from Home Depot for about $9 along with a yard of patterned fabric for about $12 and put myself to work! First, I cleared off a work space on my kitchen floor, unrolled the shade and placed the fabric underneath it. I then proceeded to trim the sides of the fabric to a width that is about 2" wider than the shade.

DIY Fabric Shade 1
DIY Fabric Shade 1

A great big thank you, once again, to the talented Emily Clark for inspiring me to take on this project! It was fun and easy, and I am thrilled with the end result!

 

Our Kitchen Remodel is Complete!!!

 

I am THRILLED to announce that our Kitchen Remodel is complete! As I mentioned in "Making His House Our Home," I originally assisted in designing this home 6 years ago when my husband, who was single at the time, elected to build a rustic style home where him and a couple of his roommates would live in "bachelorhood" for the next several years. Little did either one of us know, we would eventually end up getting married and living in the home together!

Soon after we got married we discussed possibly selling the home and building in a neighborhood with a better school district...but because we love the area and do not yet have kids, we decided to stay in the house for the next 3-4 years....I agreed, under one condition of course...that we do a total home make over!

For the last year or so I have been hard at work converting my husband's bachelor pad into a stylish, more sophisticated home for the two of us. Our latest and most substantial project was our kitchen remodel. In my recent post, "A Little Design Inspiration for Your Wednesday," I introduced a few of my ideas and inspiration photos. I have been dreaming of white kitchen cabinets, Absolute Black honed granite counter tops and a backsplash filled with White Carrara marble, similar to this kitchen....

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Kitchen Remodel Inspiration Photo

I am happy to finally have my dream kitchen become a reality! So with no further ado, here are the photos of our kitchen before....

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Kitchen Before 5

Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen 3

Our Kitchen Before

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Kitchen Before 7

Our Kitchen Before

And here is our kitchen today!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

Not only did we paint our cabinets off white, we also added glass uppers to extend the cabinets to the ceiling (of course one of the upper lights went out right before I took the pictures...go figure). I am now on a mission to find the perfect decor for these fun little cabinets. I would love to incorporate the blue-ish turquoise color that used I in the adjacent living room...

We replaced the tiled counter tops with honed Absolute Black granite. I am pleased that I selected honed rather than polished as it gives it a more casual feel...

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Our Kitchen Remodel

The tile backsplash has been replaced with a 1/2" x 1/2" White Carrara marble which is polished, so when the under cabinet lighting hits it just right, it's as if it sparkles!

We removed the stained shutter over the kitchen window and replaced it with a fabric shade which was my Friday night D.I.Y project......I'll tell you more about it later this week!

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Our Kitchen Remodel

As you can see from the before pictures, this bar was about 12" taller before the remodel. We had it dropped to a more comfortable level and added a trash drawer (which I love!), 2 pot and pan drawers and wine storage...which in return added more counter top space. We also added 2 clear glass lantern pendant lights over the serving bar

Kitchen After PS3
Kitchen After PS3

Trash Drawer, Wine Rack, Pot & Pan Drawers

We selected these satin nickel drawer pulls for the drawers...

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Kitchen After PS5

Drawer Pulls

And this satin nickel hardware for the cabinet doors...

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Kitchen After PS10

Cabinet Hardware

Thanks for visiting today...I will keep you updated on what I find for the glass uppers...I have a feeling that might turn into a huge project of it's own...!

 

A Little Design Inspiration for your Wednesday...

 

A couple of days ago, I wrote about the transformation of our Living Room as well as some of the current finishes in our home in my post, "Making His House Our Home"... And today I am excited to announce the beginning of our Kitchen Remodel! Actually, this whole idea started with me (of course) suggesting we remodel our kitchen. The conversations went something like, "Hey, I think we should paint the Kitchen cabinets white...it would really brighten up the space." Which then led to, "Well if we are going to do the cabinets, we might as well install granite counter tops." And then, "You know I love White Carrara Marble...I would love to find a way to incorporate White Carrara...maybe on the back splash?" And so on...

Now that we have a plan in place, I have been told by our team of contractors that the entire remodel will take 2 weeks....so I have prepared myself for 3. And if it takes any longer than 3 weeks I am in serious trouble because I promised my husband that it would in no way interfere with his beloved annual Texas/OU game watching party which is held at our house...so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

Anyways, I've pulled together a few pictures that I've used as my inspiration for our new kitchen....

Our kitchen only has 30" solid front uppers, so instead of tearing them out and adding 42" uppers to extend to the height of the ceiling, my oh-so-smart friend Katie suggested having glass cabinets like these built above our existing cabinets. I am in love with the idea! In fact, I have already started thinking about how to fill these fun little cabinets. I'm thinking of either painting the back wall of the cabinets a bright peacock-blue color and showcasing some of my white serving dishes....OR...I might leave the inside of the cabinets painted white and find some really fun turquoise vases to showcase....what do you think?

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kitchen 2

More Glass Uppers...

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kitchen

Ok, let's face it...I am in love with this kitchen....from the white cabinets to the White Carrara subway backsplash. Of course, I love the wood hood, 6 burner stove top and the pot filler as well, but we'll hold off on that until our next house. :-)

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Kitchen 6

We have selected an Absolute Black Granite for our kitchen...honed of course. I have been there, done that with Absolute Black polished and am ready for something a little different...

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black_honed

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures!