Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno | Before & After

Another kitchen reno is in the books! And I am loving this one! It has a young and hip vibe, playful backsplash, and oh-so-much storage! Because, let's be real, we all have WAY to many fun (and cute) kitchen gadgets and ALWAYS need more places to put them! Tell me that's not just me....

Keep scrolling for all the details on our Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno!

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My clients came to me with a story that is not unfamiliar. They wanted to update their 70s kitchen, keep the same footprint, add more storage, raise the ceiling, and create a unique space that is a little outside their comfort zone. They wanted a nod to traditional and a stainless steel apron front sink was a MUST. 


These pics may look familiar to some of you. The low ceilings, dark lighting, laminate, where do I even start. We wanted to keep the footprint the same and make the most of the space. The "afters" are almost unrecognizeable!


In order to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary, I mixed a lot of mediums. The raised panel cabinets are timeless and elegant, but I brought things into the 21st century by doing a two tone scheme. The rich dark wood would ground the space on the lower cabinets, while the white uppers would make it feel larger, brighter, and new! Because they wanted to be pushed a little outside of their comfort zone, I selected a multi-tone pennyround tile. It has classic appeal with it's shape and size, but a more contemporary attitude with the graphite, gray, and off white hues. The quartz is a newer material, but in a marble pattern which again is the perfect transition from old to new. Add in some bling with the lighting and cabinet hardware and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a stylish kitchen update! (pun was most definitely intended!)

They also wanted to add storage to their adjoining dining room and create a place to serve large dinners. I designed a built in buffet to accommodate lots of storage for linens and serving platters, while allowing for a buffet in the center. It tied the two spaced together and made the dining room more functional for entertaining. 

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What a transformation! I was beyond thrilled with how this one came together and how it completely changed the space! 

And don't you just love how the dining room turned out? I would love to host dinner parties for friends and families in this space! The hint of pennyround with the dramatic cabinets and lighting are such a gorgeous focal point and really tie everything together!

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Kitchens are the heart of the home and such a smart place to invest. If you are thinking about a complete overhaul or just a small update, don't hassle with the stress of doing it alone. For more information on this project or to start the conversation about planning your own reno, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

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North Shirley Kitchen Reno | Before & After

I'm excited to share another amazing kitchen renovation! Kitchens are one of my most favorite design challenges. Being able to rethink the "what is" and turn it into something amazing and functional is hands down one of the best perks of being a designer. A kitchen renovation is also usually one of the most intimidating remodels for most homeowners. Part of my job as a designer is to help take the overwhelming fear and turn it into the kitchen on my clients dreams.  

The North Shirley kitchen reno started just that way. With clients that had dreamed of remodeling their dated kitchen for years and never knew where to start or how to accomplish their goals. After meeting we worked out a game plan with their must haves for their new kitchen. First on the list was to open up the space for a "open concept" kitchen, dining and living area. Also on the must have list was to create more storage plus a farmhouse sink!

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North Shirley Before

The kitchen and dining room spaces were cramped, dated and both required a complete update to the floor plan. In the kitchen I suggested moving the range to under the second large window and to center the farmhouse sink under the other window. This required us to get rid of the small peninsula in the middle of the space and allowed us to run the cabinets round the entire perimeter, creating ample counter top space and better flow between appliances. The wall between the kitchen and dining room as well as the doorway to the hall were also removed to help with the "open concept". 

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Another key in creating a larger and more usable kitchen and dining room was to build an island which connected the two spaces. The island not only provides a great buffet area but also acts as the back to a large built-in seating area for the dining room. With the new build-in seating the family can now easily host dinners for up to 10 guests!

The last key in completing the "open concept" feel was to create a large cut out in the wall between the entry door and dining room. Since both spaces are on the smaller size keeping the wall was a must to ensure the most usable space. But, by opening up a large portion of the wall you can now look straight into the kitchen from the entry. The space is now bright and feels 10 times larger.

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As with most designs this was a bit of a compromise between the hubby, who wanted dark cabinets and the wife who wanted to create a comfy and traditional space. To help create a more traditional feel to the dark maple cabinets we used a warm color palette and beautiful cabinet hardware. The floor also got a makeover with a hand-scraped hickory engineered hardwood and one of my favorite design details was the backsplash. A fun twist was given to a traditional subway pattern with the use of an accent band and a change of orientation of the tile for the top row. 

The end result is stunning and most importantly, highly functional! 


Are you getting ready for a kitchen renovation? We would love to help! Contact us to set up your own design consultation to let the fun being! Check out more photos of the fully renovated kitchen and family room in my portfolio under North Shirley Kitchen Renovation

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After pictures by the talented Shannon Addison www.shannonaddisonphotography.com | Carpentry done by James Hurlburt of Ideal Carpentry www.ideal-carpentry.com

Normandy Park Reno | Before & After

Well, the past year has been a crazy one and I am excited to final spent the time I want on the design I LOVE! And what better way to start this off but with a great before and after post. Recently I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite couples. They were buying a new house and although we did a complete reno to the main living space and kitchen they didn't want to start from scratch when it came to the formal living and dining spaces. I love to call this a “Room Re-Design” and it is one of my favorite design challenges. With a limited budget I shopped for the missing pieces to turn this joined living/dining space into a welcoming entrance into the family’s home.



Not all rooms have to start from scratch. For the living room I used their original sofa, pair of side chairs and end tables- plus I stole the coffee table from the family room since we replaced that with an ottoman. The addition of draperies, a large rug, lamps for the end tables, accent pillows and using/arranging some photos and accessories on the wall brought this room together and it was finally defined. Since you walk directly into the formal living room it was important to create a “entry” which was done with a perfect little demilune table, round mirror, a few accessories and an existing lamp.

For the formal dining room the couple wanted to use their sentimental family table and with a pair of new host chairs for each end this family table was updated. Draperies on the windows and a new buffet to ground the custom made wine rack (made by the couple) and this space was transformed.

If you are looking for a update in your home and don’t feel like starting from scratch don't worry, it's possible and I would love to help. Sometimes all you need is a fresh pair of eyes and a few key pieces to completely makeover your room. Check out more photos of the fully renovation kitchen and family room in my portfolio under Normandy Park Residence.

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After pictures by the talented Shannon Addison www.shannonaddisonphotography.com