Making a home (Part 2)

The Kitchen is the heart of our home.  I spend about 75% of my day in the kitchen.  I’m not one for dark wall colors or cabinets.  So the existing kitchen colors had to go.  Despite the tons of natural light in this kitchen, it kind of felt like a cave.  Plus there were a few quirks with the layout that just weren’t practical.  Like the sink at the end of the counter, I wanted a work space there.

 

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I love cooking!!  It was really important to me to have a very functional (and pretty) kitchen.   Having a gas range and an externally vented range hood was a must.  I’ve always wanted a double oven, but I really didn’t want a separate range, so we found a great alternative with this GE Cafe dual fuel double oven!

 

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We moved the range, the sink, the dishwasher, the fridge and even the microwave.

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All those dark cabinets were replaced with a bright modern white look.   The walls were painted with Sherwin Williams Rainwashed.  I absolutely LOVE this color.  It is so pretty throughout the day.

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Now that the refrigerator has been moved, you can actually walk through this doorway when someone has the fridge open!

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It’s the little details that really make a difference.  I certainly never thought of “where is the most practical cabinet to have the trash can?” or “on which side of the sink would I prefer the dishwasher?”  This made for hour and hours of planning, arranging, and rearranging.  stressful?  Yes.  Worth it?  Most definitely!!!

 

Making a home

Last summer we bought and renovated a house. I loved the layout of the house, but the inside was quite dated and in desperate need of love.  I know for some people it’s hard to see the end result when you’re house hunting.  I love envisioning what it would look like if you change this color or that floor.  There was so much potential in this house, it just needed help.  So here’s a little glimpse into the process of making a house into our home.

 

The dining room was really drab and dark.  The chandelier was really low. (Eventually, that particular one will be replaced, but all in good time!)

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So we lightened up the walls with Sherwin Williams Aloof Gray.  We put in new floors throughout the house,  this happens to be Mullican Maple Cappuccino.

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We used our existing Ikea table and a bookshelf turned side table.  Recently added the rug.  I have a really hard time committing to pictures.  I hate holes in the wall, so for now, the walls are pretty bare.

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I love the colors and how well they tie into the “office”.