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Our Home

I love food blogs, but I also love finding inspiration for our home on design blogs. You’ll see some of my favorite decorating and design blogs in the “reading list”.  I thought I would share with you some of our home before and after photos and some inspiration photos.

Bench Transformation DIY


I truly believe the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place friends gravitate to during parties, it’s the place I spend hours each day making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for my family, it’s where I roll out cookie dough with a curly haired three year old. 

What we have done:

  • hardwood floors by Renga Interiors (obviously the most dramatic transformation) 
  • fresh coat of white paint over dingy beige cabinets
  • new hardware. Pulls from Restoration Hardware, knobs from Capitol Hardware
  • new stainless trash compactor and dishwasher from KitchenAid


After/In Progress

  Things we would still like to do with the kitchen: 

  • replace counter tops with white marble 
  • replace back splash with subway tiles
  • new faucet. A farmhouse sink would be lovely too. 
  • In my fantasy land, I would knock out the wall where the fridge is so that the kitchen is only separated from the family room by an island peninsula.

Here is the inspiration: 

Country Living photo. This is the kind of faucet I’m thinking of. 

kitchen from Brothers and Sisters
 Christopher Peacock’s kitchen. Love that pop of orange on the window treatment. Really I love everything about this kitchen. We love the white cabinets with the dark hardwood floors (obviously since that’s what we went with in our house).


The coveted kitchen  from Something’s Gotta Give.

 Ina Garten’s kitchen as seen in House Beautiful. Her kitchen won “Kitchen of the Year” from House Beautiful. It’s so gorgeous. I love how open it is and that it’s rustic, but still elegant and refined.

Kitchen Desk


What we did:

  • fresh coat of white paint on cabinets
  • cup pulls and crystal knobs from Restoration Hardware
  • Calacatta Gold Marble slab. I found this beautiful piece as a remnant at Century Stone. Now just imagine the whole kitchen like this. Calacatta Gold has these amazing flecks of gold in it. I highly recommend it. Unless you obsess over keeping your counter tops in perfect condition – white marble stains easily, but if you think like a European and take the stains and imperfections as a sign of a good life, then go for it. I love the story of Meg Ryan rubbing tomatoes into her new white marble kitchen. 

Powder Room


This powder room was clearly horrendous. The sink had already been ripped out when I took the “before” photo, but the sink was on a boxy cabinet that made the room feel tiny and dark. The brown toilet had to go. Immediately. We re-did this room on a budget, but the change was dramatic.

What we did:

  • I painted the walls Sherwin Williams Agreeable Grey
  • new toilet and pedestal sink from Home Depot
  • goose neck faucet from Amazon. Looks just like Restoration Hardware, but a fraction of the price.
  • glass ledge over toilet and new hardware from Pottery Barn on sale.

Kids table and chairs re-do

I love refinishing furniture. It’s so much more satisfying than buying something new and is much less expensive. The transformations are so fun to watch.


I found this set on craigslist.org for around $30. I actually liked the weathered blue and red chairs, but they just weren’t exactly our style. After a little work they fit perfectly in my daughter’s pink bedroom.
A few coats of antique white and light pink paint and the table and chairs have new life. Perfect for tea parties. The process was easy. I lightly sanded the table and chairs, then covered with spray paint. Yes, the kind from a can at Home Depot. Once the paint was completely dry I went over the edges with sandpaper for a distressed look.

Total cost for table and chairs: approximately $40
Pottery Barn Kids has a similar table and chairs here. It retails for $237, but is on sale for $199.

Pottery Barn Kids Carolina table and 2 chairs
It will be so fun when the girls can sit at the table together for crafts, games, and tea parties. Until then, L can use the chairs to practice standing up ♥

More furniture re-dos coming soon!