About 9 months ago we dug into our kitchen remodel. My husband made me swear that I would not tear into any remodeling until we had lived in this house for a least a year. Exactly one week shy of our one year anniversary in the home we came to the end of our remodeling embargo and started demo on what was to be the kitchen remodel, but quickly became a “most of the first floor living areas” remodel. To be fair, the reason I dug in a week early was because I timed it so that we would start work when he was out of town traveling on business. We bravely (and stupidly) lived in the house while all this work was going on, but our fantastic contractor and his team from JMB Construction did a great job at managing the timeline and getting through it as quickly as possible.

I’m a sucker for a classic white kitchen so I went this direction with a simple recessed panel door, a contrasting gray painted island, classic Carrera marble counters and a light gray subway tile that is pressed with a subtle Belgian linen pattern in a color that compliments the marble.

I’ll start by showing the after pictures first because they’re much more fun to look at. It’s kind of like having dessert first… just get to the good stuff already!





I’m working on having a roman shade made for these french doors.


…in this fabric. Stay tuned for an after on that one. Screen Shot 2015-03-28 at 11.52.22 AM

You can see the fine impression of the Belgian linen detail in the backsplash tile here in this shot.IMG_4032


Sources: Paint on the island is Benjamin Moore Witching Hour. Backsplash tile is by Jeffrey Court. Cabinet hardware is from Restoration Hardware. Paint on the walls is a custom mix.

The original kitchen had a very awkward layout, dated oak cabinets and lots and lots of tile. The same flowery tile was used on the floor and the counters so needless to say it was tile overload. We reconfigured the layout by opening up the wall to the dining room so there could be an island where our girls can have breakfast, do homework and generally allowing for a more open feeling and better flow. Along with the island, the other must-haves were a gas cooktop, double ovens, roll outs and a really deep sink.

And here’s one of the before.

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…and one from the demo after we opened up the wall to the dining room.


and during…



We installed all new hard wood floors in a walnut stain. As many remodels do, one thing lead to another and we ended up replacing the staircase, mantel and fireplace surround and installing much-needed recessed lighting in the kitchen, living and dining rooms. I’ll be posting about those rooms another day as they are still a work in progress.