Sunday, 17 November 2013

Kitchen reveal

I survived a never ending kitchen (turned entire main floor and upstairs bathrooms plus painting everything) renovation! This renovation began in april, my friends and it is now november.  Now you understand why this became a matter of survival.  We received our countertops a week ago and our contractor has still been in and out of the house with a list of things that still need to be done.  But, it is 99% done and it feels so good! 
My poor husband was such a trooper as he came home to many new undertakings and surprises.  I learned from the two most important women in my life (my mom and my aunt) that our men are better off not knowing what we have up our sleeves because they will just argue with you about your decision and then wind up LOVING it when it's all done.  Of course they'll never admit to it, but it's the truth.  
Anyway, here are a few surprises that I'm convinced my husband now LOVES…Happy wife happy life, right?! 

I chose to be quite involved in the design process and was able to have a hand in designing this custom hood.  

We went with a large farmer's sink so I could do more dishes all at once..yes! - not

A kitchen made for baking

A little nook for some cookbooks

I died over this faucet! 

Quartz countertops to resemble the marble I really wanted.  Marble is wayyy to porous and soft for our crazy family so we opted for a more durable, equally gorgeous option.

We will always be newlyweds in my eyes 

I wanted some open shelving to display some precious items so I  hunted down these adorable shelf brackets from Anthropologie to complete the look.  I think I might wallpaper the wall behind the shelves, or at least paint the silver screws that were used to mount the shelves for now (do they not make white screws?!?)

We knocked down the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create a more usable space.  In the dinning room I had a chalk board wall made to write grocery and chore lists and the kids have been writing sweet little messages.  "Smile the day away" - Such a nice reminder as I make my morning coffee.  They are so stinkin cute! 

I fell in love with these upholstered stools the moment I laid eyes on them.  I feel like stools are always neglected and we spend a lot of time sitting on them.  These babies are not only super comfortable (with a back for added comfort) but they are so chic.  They come in different heights for bars and counters as well as chairs.  

While knocking down walls, we found the original brick fireplace (our house was built in 1892) as well as old beams.  I had my contractor use an old beam as a shelf to hold the tv and we tried our best to salvage the old brick.  It's a nice reminder of the charm and character our old house has despite all the updates we make.  

New wide plank floors :) These were a really, super special surprise for Quinn that he's still working on loving.

We chose wire to open up the cupboards up top and then added pot lights to light them up.  I love how it really showcases special pieces, like the vintage tea set handed down to me from Quinn's grandma. 

I find my style to be neither here nor there.  I love a rustic earthy look but then I felt the need to balance it out with a touch of glam with the chandelier.  It's as though I can never fully commit to a certain style or look, I always need to throw in an unexpected element to break it up. 

A computer desk and homework station for the monkeys.  "Do what you love" written above as a reminder to embrace their free spiritedness. 

I wanted the coffee bar to resemble a piece of furniture as well as an extension of the kitchen right around the corner.  

Bench seating to accommodate larger dinner parties.  This has really come in handy and I would definitely recommend having one on hand. 

Surprise!  A new dinning table. This table is such a statement and we both absolutely love it

I really wanted the kitchen to resemble a boutique of furniture pieces so I scoured the planet for these knobs and pulls.  The antiqued brass pulls below were actually taken right off some vintage dressers and the glass knobs were ordered from a furniture hardware company.  

A gold lined teacup that was given to Quinn's grandma on her wedding day that sits front and centre on the open shelves. 

There you have it!  7 months in the making and I have to say, I am so happy with how it has turned out. 

Em xox


  1. Well done! I love what you've done. And am having serious chandelier envy right now. What a gorgeous piece! And the brick is so charming.

    1. Aww thanks Adrienne! And thanks for popping in, I'm headed on over to you right now.