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Before and After: My Dream Kitchen

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I have loved hearing all of your feedback about my home renovation reveal in the December issue of Traditional Home. Now let’s dig into some of my favorite details from my project, starting with the Kitchen.

As you all know, I love to cook, so of course, my kitchen is one of the hardest working rooms in my house and designing it was definitely a labor of love.

The “after” is full of amazing Thermador appliances, fabulous storage solutions, and all wrapped in the most calming shade of blue! But let’s talk about the transformation from drab, dark, dated and dysfunctional to my dream kitchen.

Ok, I’m cringing revisiting my kitchen before photos. The colors were dated with a sort of mauve and celery green speckled granite, glazed cabinets, celery walls, dark stained trim and a very 70’s pass-through over the sink into the sunroom. I honestly can hardly remember it looking like this even though I lived it in for TWO YEARS!

The overall layout of the kitchen before is actually not all bad, the U-Shape kitchen is very common and considered one of the most functional kitchen layouts. But this old space didn’t provide enough of a work surface for my cooking or my daughter’s baking. And with the upper cabinets stopping below a soffit, and having fixed shelving inside, they didn’t provide ample storage for all my china, serving ware and small appliances. It was definitely time for this space to go!

First, we gutted everything, and eliminated a laundry closet behind my range. This allowed me to extend the kitchen an additional 3 feet and to make room for  a massive island!

Seeing this photo of the space all the way down to the studs was still prettier to me than the before. After two years in this drab space, this looked like amazing progress to my eyes.

Just getting sheetrock on the walls made the kitchen look large and fresh. This is when things started to get super exciting!

Cabinetry was next and I was dying for the interior window to go in over the sink. Remember the old pass-through before? …

How could you forget, right?

My solution for a more classic style was adding an all wood oval window between the kitchen and the sunroom. This interior window now looks like it’s always been here. It feels architecturally appropriate for this 1960’s home and it’s many people’s favorite feature in my kitchen, including mine.

I love having a view out through my sunroom and to the pool beyond. And the gorgeous Kohler sink and faucet make this area even more lovely.

Everything in my kitchen design is so relaxing, and better yet, functional. I changed from the U-shaped layout to an island layout that provides me with so much more workspace. And in the 9′ long island I have included fun details like Thermador refrigerator drawers, microwave drawer, and warming drawer, plus baskets for fruits and veggies, a paper towel holder and a baking drawer that holds my dry ingredients like flour and 3 types of sugar.

And you can’t see it from here, but on the sink side of the kitchen are 2 dishwashers, which means my sink almost NEVER has a dirty dish!

Now after seeing how gloomy my previous kitchen was, you can see why I went with a bright white, pale blue, and polished nickel color palette! But before we go a few last details…

Remember my old and very odd refrigerator in the before? It was tucked under the entry stairs and accented with beauty mold around it like we wanted to highlight it, ha! It was next to a desk space that was a catch all for everything that made it’s way into the kitchen. And let’s not forget to mention that retro intercom system and gigantic doorbell hanging on the wall.

The after of this same wall is now my fantastic Thermador 30″ refrigerator column, 24″ freezer column, and an 18″ wine column.

And to the right of these is where you can find my steam oven with lots of storage above for baking sheets and small appliances and pulls outs below for anything else I want close at hand. Tucked into the wall where that old refrigerator was, this is definitely my favorite new gadget in the house!

My previous kitchen had a teeny tiny range with a microwave above that didn’t allow me to cook fabulous, big meals for my  family. The wall ovens were functional but equally dated. I needed to replace all these black appliances with some new, top-of-the-line Thermador pieces that work hard for my family and me.

Let’s get up-close and personal with my amazing new range from Thermador. This 48 inch professional series dual fuel range has 6 burners, a griddle, and 2 convection ovens! I can make literally anything and everything my family and friends would ever want to eat here. And the griddle can be switched out for an indoor grill. We created this custom hood with local craftsman. It houses a Thermador vent insert inside and has stainless steel straps on the exterior and is painted in my dreamy blue cabinet color called Slinky by C2 Paints. And here you get a great look at my marble subway backsplash Speartek, Daltile bistro floors that are actually glass tile even though they look like marble, and lacquer-look white Dekton countertops.

So there you have it…the sad before and the fabulous after of my new kitchen. I’m in love with everything about this space and I can’t stop singing its praises! I can honestly say, this kitchen has everything I could want. And I know my daughter and I will be cooking and baking in it together for years to come!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my kitchen transformation. What’s your favorite part and what questions do you have? And to see more of my home renovation pick up the December issue of Traditional Home Magazine. And be sure to check out all the online content from my year-long renovation column with Traditional Home on their website. There are all sorts of tips, details and inspiration there for designing your own dream kitchen and dream home.

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Shopping Guide: Thanksgiving in my New Home

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As you all know, I love to host my family and friends for dinner parties, and Thanksgiving is no exception! I’m so excited that I am finally able to share my newly renovated home with all of you, especially my dining room and breakfast room with Thanksgiving being next week! I love my yellow and pink floral wallpaper and pink velvet chairs, and I can mix in my different china collections. If my new dining room has you inspired to take your Thanksgiving in a bolder and more colorful direction, here are a few pieces that I think will give you the same look!

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  1. Lizzie Table Runner in Mineral: You could say that I’ve been dreaming up this color scheme since I started designing my fabric line! My Lizzie fabric in mineral features the same bold yellow and pinks as my dining room wallpaper.
  2. Geo Placecard Holders: I love adding personal touches to each setting, like a hand written placecard in one of these beautiful geometric holders. They come in an assortment so there is some added interest to your table!
  3. Gold Bamboo Serving Spoon: I love the bamboo motif on the handle of this beautiful 24K gold-plated serving spoon for all of our side dishes in timeless style!
  4. “Bamboo” Serving Bowl: Taking another cue from the bamboo motif and the natural floral elements in my dining room, this white ceramic serving bowl will be a beautiful addition to the table to hold different side dishes!
  5. ‘La Cite’ Pitcher: Let’s bring back cocktail hour with a glamorous glass pitcher with a 24K gold design! Or fill it with water or iced-tea to relieve you from having to fill everyone’s glass and enjoy your meal!
  6. Cape Recycled Glassware: These lovely glasses are handcrafted in Africa from 100% recycled glass with the slightest tint of green to go with the floral designs! Being eco-friendly and chic make this glassware set a must!
  7. Bamboo Salt & Pepper Shakers: Beauty is in the details and these salt and pepper shakers with a bamboo motif are certainly no exception!
  8. Gold Rimmed Bubble Glassware Collection: These bubbly Old Fashioned glasses are the right mix of whimsy and classy with a gold rim!
  9. Tobi Fairley Tommye Napkins in Buttercup: If you can’t tell, I’ve been dreaming about this dining room color scheme long before it became a reality! My Tommye leopard print in bright Buttercup yellow pair perfectly with the fun floral table runner!
  10. Jadeite Pedestal Server: I love collecting vintage tableware, especially jadeite. I can’t wait to serve some of the amazing desserts my daughter and I will bake on these gorgeous pedestal servers!
  11. Gilt-Edge Shell Napkin Rings: Napkin rings are really like the jewelry for your dining table, so why shouldn’t they be fabulous? Adorned with rose quartz and brass these feminine rings will pop against the bright yellow napkins!
  12. Pink Brushstroke Dinnerware: This dinnerware set is pretty in pink and ready for dinner! Both dishwasher and microwave safe and large enough to hold the generous portions of Thanksgiving, your hubby won’t even notice the slightly feminine tone!
  13. Torta Gold-Plated Cake Server: This stunning crystal handle and 24K gold-plated stainless steel cake server may have my guests reaching for dessert first!
  14. kate spade new york Malmo Gold 5 Piece Place Setting: The essentials are key to a good tablescape, starting with your flatware! This set in a fashionable gold finish will add a dose of chic style to your place settings!

Shopping Guide: Glamorous Thanksgiving

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I’ve been dreaming about a glamorous Thanksgiving with a tablescape dressed in moody hues! Sleek and sexy dark metallics paired with black, with plenty of votives and white calla lilies make for a perfect evening in my book! I’d love to serve an elegant meal surrounded by family and friends at this dazzling table. Let’s take a look and what this fashion-forward Thanksgiving could look like!

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  1. Ita Cheese Plate & Forma Spreader: I’ll start this dinner off with wine and cheese served on this elegant polished agate plate. Both natural and chic, this server will add some sparkle to my table.
  2. Waterford Corra Tablecloth: Setting your table starts with a good base, so a fabulous tablecloth is essential. This dramatic wine colored linen/cotton tablecloth will set the mood.
  3. Vera Wang Wedgwood Polished Noir 5-Piece Place Setting: Stainless steel place settings in a polished black finish are the fashion-forward element your table is looking for!
  4. Crystal Votive Holders, Set of 3: Line the center of your table with these sleek cube crystal votive holders for a warm sense of high-end style!
  5. Juliska Emerson Side Plate: Beautiful white ceramic stoneware side plates, with a fabulous pewter-glazed trim, are just edgy enough for this tablescape! And, they are dishwasher, oven, microwave, and freezer safe – does it get any easier?
  6. Apilco Reglisse Dinner Plates, Set of 4: I love how dramatic each setting looks with a matte black (and scratch resistant!) dinner plate! These plates are on the larger side to hold up to those generously sized Thanksgiving servings!
  7. Silver Heritage Bottle Opener: Everyone will want to serve drinks with this alluring crystal handled bottle opener with a pure silver edge detail!
  8. ‘Pewter’ Stoneware Soup Bowl: This warm pewter-glazed stoneware will hold everything from soups and salads to pastas and even dessert! And when you’re guests have gone home, just pop them in the dishwasher to make clean up a breeze!
  9. Classic Serving Set: The shiny mirror finish on these teardrop-shaped servers gives them a classic look that you will enjoy for years to come! These will fit seamlessly into your décor any time of year.
  10. Mode Living Positano Linen Napkins, Set of 4: I want to add a little feminine touch against these sleek, modern elements. A lovely floral linen napkin ties together the color scheme!
  11. Amulet Napkin Ring: These napkin rings are to die for! These brass napkin rings in a silver finish will add plenty of sparkle to each setting with its faceted face!
  12. Tri-Corner Bowl: Beautiful curves meet with 3 gentle points on this serving bowl to elegantly serve all of your special sides to your loved ones!
  13. Carine Red Wine Goblet: These gorgeous red wine goblets feature an organic-inspired textural finish that will add plenty of interest!
  14. Waterford Crystal London Smoke Decanter: Cocktail hour and after dinner drinks will be a fabulous way to end a perfect evening with this decadent crystal decanter.

Book Review: From Classic to Contemporary by Cullman and Kravis

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You all know how much I love design books. I can’t get enough of them! I even have a new library in my recently renovated home where my collection of design and architecture books live and they are alphabetized so I can get my hands on the perfect book at a moments notice.

I love to scour design books to find new inspiration, to fill my weekends lingering on innovation and creativity and I use books in all of my designs as accessories for a collected look that’s functional too!

Today I’m excited to share From Classic to Contemporary a new design book that is sure to become one of my favorites. This is the third book by the distinguished design firm Cullman and Kravis; you might recognize them from the 2017 AD100 list! This amazing firm out of New York City focuses on mixing traditional interiors with contemporary art to create fabulous interiors, which are comfortable without being overly formal. And friends, if you love color like me, then you will LOVE their work.

As you can tell from the cover, this book is a collection of their most extraordinary designs. Throughout the book, you will see several traditional design elements such as detailed crown molding, ornate antiques, and elegant chandeliers. These classic components are contrasted by contemporary art with clean lines to give these spaces a fresh look that is right up my alley!

Here’s just a little sneak peak at what’s inside the book! I love this study in bright sky blue and bold red. The traditional carpet introduces all of the colors that are echoed in the beautiful bulls eye art above the sofa. Yes, please!

And is there anything more chic than an all-white living room? Cullman and Kravis add pops of color in the art mixed with the metallic elements in the art and coffee tables for sophisticated style. I love the exposed wood backs on the settees to mix in a more natural element. This design is more modern than the previous study space, but carries out the idea of a formally comfortable space.

And I’m in love with this kitchen! The octagon motif on the ceiling, the crisp white cabinets, and the serene green accents are fabulous! It features all of the modern appliance luxuries for anyone who loves to cook while maintaining a cozy aesthetic with dark wood floors and exposed hinges.

I’m already feeling so inspired and cooking up some fresh ideas for a few upcoming projects! What do you think? If you want to get a better look at these interiors and the rest of Cullman and Kravis’ amazing designs, get your copy of their book (or gift it to the design lovers on your list this holiday season) here- From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis

 

 

 

 

 

Shopping Guide: Farmhouse Chic Thanksgiving

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It’s fall y’all, and time to start thinking about setting your Thanksgiving table. I’ve been thinking a lot about a farmhouse chic tablescape in beautiful shades of white, orange, and light blue with pops of copper! This tablescape puts a polished spin on the rustic Thanksgiving décor from the 90’s! Add in a few blue hydrangeas for a centerpiece and you are ready to set your table!

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  1. ‘Berry and Thread’ Dinner Plate: A beautiful shade of light blue glazed ceramic plates with a thread and berry embellishment gives these plates a charming country feeling! Better yet, they are freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe to make your Thanksgiving clean up a breeze!
  2. ‘Berry and Thread’ Salad Plate: That same lovely embellishment, this time in a white salad plate, will add another layer of color to your tablescape!
  3. Parquet Napkin Ring: I love mixing wood and brass for a glamorous natural element like these hexagonal napkin rings!
  4. Sentiment Napkin, Thankful: Simple linen napkins get an upgrade with a little embroidery to express the sentiments of the day.
  5. Ralph Lauren Home Wyatt Salad Bowl: A simple white porcelain bowl accented with removable leather handles is a clean and chic element to serve up a colorful salad for your guests. Then, just pop off the handles to make it dishwasher safe!
  6. Vista Hammered Copper Flatware Place Setting: Hammered copper flatware adds a metallic pop of sophistication to your farmhouse setting! And this set is so beautiful; you will want to use them every day!
  7. ‘Berry and Thread’ Rimmed Soup Bowl: Serve up some pumpkin soup in this generously sized soup bowl with a vintage berry and thread embellishment around the rim.
  8. Marble and Copper Salt & Pepper Shakers: Adding in natural elements is essential to the farmhouse look, so these marble and copper salt and pepper shakers are both fashionable and necessary!
  9. Copper Salad Servers: Toss up a yummy seasonal salad with these gorgeous copper salad servers!
  10. Chalkboard Runner: How fabulous! You can decorate this chalkboard table runner with names for each of your place settings, label your different dishes, and entertain the kids all throughout dinner!
  11. Round Copper Finish Aluminum Tray: Warm bread or cute pumpkin desserts would be stylish on this hammered copper tray!
  12. ‘The Skye Collection’ Wood Tiered Dessert Stand: Stack your appetizers and desserts high on this sophisticated wood carved two-tiered stand.
  13. Alexandra Ferguson Give Thanks Placemat: Layer in all of your fall colors starting with these bright orange placemats.
  14. Williams Sonoma Encore Goblets, Set of 4: These fabulous all-purpose goblets are great for water, iced tea, or wine for your casual Thanksgiving dinner!