If I've been a little quiet on the blog lately it's for good reason. I am so excited to share what we've been up to. After dreaming, planning, and saving for years, we have finally begun to renovate our kitchen. There are big BIG changes happening and right now my makeshift "kitchen" is a toaster oven, slow cooker, and Vitamix in the laundry room and the outdoor grill. It's... definitely challenging my creativity. And after packing today's lunch, my laundry room smells like fish sticks.
So here's what's happening. The photo above is from when we bought our home about 5 years ago.
Before moving in we replaced the tile and white carpet with wood and my dad and I gave the cabinets a fresh coat of white paint. Oh and some kitchen jewelry too - pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware. We also replaced the dishwasher and trash compactor. Already a nice improvement, no?
Now on to the dreaming... our good friend John of Eleven Modern is a fabulous architect and designed a new layout that's both functional and beautiful. Next we hired an awesome contractor: Below Magid Construction. My mom loved working with them on her gorgeous bathroom renovation so it was an easy decision.
Having the kitchen so separate from the rest of the living areas in the house has been difficult. The kids want to play in the family room, but I haven't been able to see them in there. With babies and toddlers, I was constantly worried someone would choke while I was cooking, cleaning, or washing dishes. I'm always running around checking on my girls, so I knew this wall separating the kitchen and family room had to go. In its place there will be an island. A glorious island! I can't wait for my kids and friends to eat and chat at the bar.
Another reason I've been extra busy lately. We have a new baby, Winston! And are launched right back into potty training.
The weekend before the crew came in for demo the girls and I had some fun and painted on the wall. They couldn't believe it when they woke up in the morning and I had painted a sea turtle. It was so much fun, and I loved the result so much, now I want to paint murals in their rooms.
Bye bye wall!
Here's a little inspiration board for my new kitchen. It's dreamy and bright with lots of neutrals and a touch of European charm. So far I have these French Bistro stools from World Market, white farmhouse sink, English bridge faucet, and double range. I also pin a lot of gorgeous kitchens on Pinterest if you want to see more inspiration.