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TOTAL KITCHEN OVERHAUL

The next step on the home tour is the kitchen.  Everyone’s favorite place to hang out!  We truly have learned that in the short time we’ve lived here and the few get together’s that we’ve thrown, the kitchen is the heart of the hangout!  



The kitchen was originally pretty small, dark and not all that functional.  Since we didn’t have a ton of space to work with we knew that we needed to not only maximize the space but make it feel visually larger.

 
We were lucky with this house because right off the kitchen there was a mudroom/laundry space that wasn’t big enough to be functional that we were able to combine into the kitchen which made the space far larger than I would have ever imagined.  My husband and I both love all white kitchens and so deciding on white cabinets and subway tiles was an easy decision for us.  We chose a medium grout so that tiles could pop a little and also bring out the veining in the marble.  An all white kitchen look is great because it serves as a blank slate and allows for fun and eclectic decor.
 
 
I’m so glad we chose the hardware that we did, I absolutely love how it contrasts all of the white but still keeps the space so simple.  I also like the visual interest of the vertical and horizontal lines it creates. 
 
 
This is my husbands favorite thing about the kitchen.  It’s our pantry and extra storage for all those appliances you forget that you have.  It’s currently about half full but we know through the years we will be happy with all the extra storage!  Plus, the hardware looks especially cool here.
 
After a lot of back and forth we finally decided on these chairs and I’m so glad that we did! Since making so many decisions through the whole process some of the smaller ones were really hard for me to commit to.  These chairs ended up being a great choice because they’re pretty affordable and honestly one of the most comfortable barstools I’ve ever sat on!  And the dark wood really contrasts nicely with all the white.

Counter Stools // Plates // Pendant // Hickory Hardware Pulls c/o

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BATHROOM RENO: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

I’ll start by saying this past year has been a bit of a whirlwind.  My husband and I bought a house (woohoo) and renovated it.  I don’t think either of us realized the number of decisions we would have to be make and the amount of time a project of this magnitude takes. Special thanks to my mom for stepping in as our project manager!  Regardless, we’re finally at the end of all the work and we are both so happy with all the decisions that were made.

I want to introduce you to one of my favorite parts of our home–my bathroom.  Initially we weren’t going to do the bathrooms because the previous homeowners (the original homeowners might I add) had “updated” them and with a little paint on both the walls and the vanity it could easily have worked out for the time being.  Home renovation tip number one… When you buy a home built in the 50’s and then no one maintains the plumbing for sixty years, it’s going to need to be updated.  Needless to say it turned into a bigger project than we first thought.

Since we were forced to address renovating the bathrooms I knew I wanted something really cute and girly with some type of pattern.  I found this image on Pinterest and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  As it turns out hexagon tiles don’t come in sheets in that pattern and so the amount of work needed to make my dream a reality was just too unrealistic.  And I want to tell you that I’m not ashamed (not even a little bit) that I was unable to handle the answer of “no” on this one.  So I kept looking and found this image and was finally able to get the previous idea out of my head.  That’s when I found myself at another “no.”  That tile is crazy expensive and has to be special ordered, turns out I have expensive taste, who knew (alright, so not that shocking).  I ended up finding these beautiful blue painted tiles that work perfectly as a tile rug and filled the rest of the floor with penny tiles to create this classically elegant tile floor.  It worked out better than expected and combined both of my Pinterest inspirations.

Since I wanted my bathroom to be very feminine I went with these crystal knobs we found from Hickory Hardware.  I love how they pop on the dark vanity and help to create a classic, vintage feel.  The elegance of the crystal knobs contrasted with the dark wood vanity creates just the right amount of drama.  And the way it all plays off the floor tiles turned out amazing.  Since it’s a small space, all we had to do to finish the look was add some personality to the space by adding a few fun accessories.  The picture of my husband and I at are wedding is one of my favorites so I wanted it somewhere I could see it on a daily basis.  The painting is a piece I picked up years ago on a trip to Italy and it fits perfectly in this space.  Check out the before and after photos below and let me know what you think!


BEFORE:

AFTER: 

Knobs c/o Hickory Hardware // WestElm Shower Curtain // Home Depot Mirror