Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Favorite Room Feature: Kiki's List

Hellooooo S + S readers!  I was so honored when the ladies asked me to do a Favorite Room Feature.  Our entire house is in a constant state of progress, and the kitchen is the ONE room that is almost complete.  It was a labor of love and I couldn't be happier with the results.  We spend most of our time in the kitchen.  Updating the most popular room truly turned our house into our home.  I absolutely love to cook and makes me to happy to be in my new kitchen.  It is such a representation of our style.  I hope that you like what you see and are inspired to make your space your own.

Here is the kitchen today.  You can see some before shots here.

We added two bookshelf extensions onto the cabinets.  Since we painted the cabinetry, it was easy to blend.  I now have so much more storage.

Not to mention counter space.  And surprisingly enough, our kitchen actually feels bigger now.

I debated on some of the more expensive details like the planks on the ceiling and apron sink, but I said yes to both, and I am so glad that I did. 

They give our builder's home such a custom feel!

We went with a honed Carrara marble for the counters.  There are certainly some marks that upset me at first, but now that it's been almost two years, they have formed a patina that I love.

We raised one set of cabinets and installed a cafe shelf underneath.  

It makes my cooking staples easily accessible.

We also chose a white subway tile.  Simple, classic, timeless.

The only appliance that we have replaced (so far) is our cooktop.  We went with a Thermador 5-Star Burner.  It heats up so much faster than our old range.

 We try to eat at the table as a family almost every night of the week.  I lost the battle with my husband to move the TV on the yellow wall.  

My girls love to do art, so our farmhouse table has been destroyed by my two little Picassos, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I place pops of green throughout the house.  It brings so much life to any space.

This is the view from our table.  Our family room wall is covered in 40 sheets of this hand-painted wallpaper.  We are in the process of replacing our fireplace surround and getting rid of those hideous doors.

I chose to hang two chandeliers above our table.... Go big or stay home!

Here is the view from our family room.  Most people think that black will darken a space, but as you can see there is no lack of light in my kitchen.

The cabinet hardware is from Restoration Hardware.  I just love how it shines.

The knobs are perfect to hang some of that artwork!

As is our sorry old fridge.

All of our friends' kids call me the "Candy Lady" because I keep jars full of candy on the counter.  I may need a Swedish Fish intervention.

After two years, I FINALLY got my Imperial Trellis roman shades hung.  I feel like they really pull everything together.  I hung this wreath for Lou's Birthday Party, but loved it so much, I kept it up!

I love candles and if I am home, you will smell one burning.  This is my favorite candle for Summer. 

..And there you have it..  I hope you've enjoyed our kitchen.  Stop over at Kiki's List anytime to see what else is going on around here.
Thanks again Lindsay and Lindsay. I had a great time pulling this together!


  1. This is used so many of the elements that I enjoy using in a kitchen, the light and dark contrast, white marble, the open shelving is stunning, Shaws sink, polished nickel....its a gorgeous kitchen!! Thanks for sharing.....

  2. This is seriously my dream kitchen. The first thing that caught my eye was the Roman shade. I'm all about pops of green. Every detail is just perfect!

  3. What color grout did you use for the subway tiles? The kitchen looks amazing!

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