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!

BEFORE
North Shirley Before
North Shirley Before
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". 

FLOOR PLAN
North Shirley Kitchen Floor Plan
DESIGN PLAN

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.

North Shirley Design Board
North Shirley Kitchen layout

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! 

AFTER

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

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

Baby Paige's Nursey

Well, I can't believe that my sweet baby girl is finally here and I am so happy to be able to share her adorable nursery.  The color and inspiration all started when I found Sakura Blossom fabric from Tonic Living. The soft peach and pinks along with its delicate floral design made it the perfect setting for a baby girl's room. I then dived in and was so excited to start putting together a collection of items that would make the perfect setting for my new little girl. 

The wall color is a soft peach pink that has a warm glow and brightens the small space. A collection of fun art pieces, including a fun rhino head, create a playful gallery wall above the dresser. Hanging above the crib is a custom name banner with DIY pompom garland which creates the perfect pop when paired with a wooden sunburst mirror. Another fun DIY project was the flower letter "P" that hangs above the rocking chair with two other colorful prints.  The layering of artwork and custom pieces help to create a warm and playful setting with a one of a kind look!

If you getting ready to welcome a new bundle of joy into your family and need some fun design ideas I'd love to help! Contact us to set up your own design consultation and let the fun being! 

Check out more photos of this fun nursery design in my portfolio under Paige Olivia's Nursery.

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

Normandy Park Kitchen Reno, Part 2 | Before & After

Kitchen design is one of the favorites, it's like a giant puzzle and you can change around the pieces until you find the perfect layout. For the Normandy Park Kitchen Reno my clients had found a house they really liked but there was one thing that was holding them back, the kitchen. We started the design process before they had even finalized the purchase of the home and with my reassurance that the kitchen "could" be amazing they took the plunge and put in an excepted offer. 

BEFORE

The original kitchen had dated oak cabinets that had seen better days, generic white appliances and not nearly enough work and storage area.

DESIGN PLAN
Normandy Park Kitchen Reno Design
KITCHEN & LIVING FLOOR PLAN
Normandy Park Kitchen Reno Floor Plan

The plan was to brighten the kitchen and create more space with a custom island that replaced the small eat-in table area. White cabinets with a soft warm glaze were enhanced with white subway tile with charcoal grout, and a tile accent above the new induction top stove creating a new focal point to the kitchen. 

In addition to the new cabinets we also updated lighting above the sink, island and under upper cabinets as well as added new floors throughout to modernize the space. 

AFTER

At the same time that the kitchen was being updated we also updated the trim work for all doors and windows and did a complete overhaul on the existing fireplace in the adjoined family room. 

If you are getting ready to start the endeavor of a kitchen and living room reno for your new or current home don't stress out. 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 Normandy Park Residence.

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

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

BEFORE

BEFORE

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly

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