Moving on to the inside!
I told you guys before about how we thought about switching up the floor plan, but in the end we kept everything where it was (except for the half bath) and just improved upon what was already there – or at least I hope that’s what we accomplished! That involved widening doorways, taking down a wall, and changing every surface we came in contact with. :)
Let’s start at the front door, shall we?
After a new front door, wallpaper removal and jackhammering up the terrazzo, the entryway looks downright welcoming!
And I’m jealous that this entryway has a two full walls for a console table, mirrors or other goodies, unlike our own home. Sigh.
If you head to the right once you enter the house, you’re greeted by the sunny dining room with a big bay window looking out onto the front yard (oh, and we removed those weird half-columns).
All the dining room needed was a new chandelier and some pretty hardwood floors.
You can also see that where there was once nothing, we have added a full wall of goodies – a wine fridge and hutch with storage for bottles of wine and glassware as well as a spot for a coffee or espresso machine . . .
. . . and a built-in desk under the window.
Here’s another angle for ya:
Obviously there used to be a wall between the dining/formal living rooms and the breakfast nook/kitchen . . .
. . . but we did away with that sucker to open everything up.
If it were my house, I would put a loveseat on that left-hand wall to cozy up with a book or play a game while someone other than me was doing all the cooking. :) But someone else might want to use the wall for a buffet with a gallery wall above, or something else entirely.
Here’s another view to show how removing the wall opened things up.
Please forgive the dusty footprints!
The inset area on the left with the window is for a breakfast table (wouldn’t a banquette be fun?), and there’s additional seating space on the right for bar stools. The large cased opening on the right leads into the den.
Before, the kitchen was “fine” but very dated. More scallops and curlicues than you can shake a stick at. And the stove top & microwave were oddly off-center from the rest of the cabinetry. And there was a useless furrdown above the cabinets that was begging to be torn down and filled with more storage space.
So that’s what we did. We also centered the range and all is now right with the world. And I’m still obsessed with the 36″ range.
I’m very much in love with the tile that we used for the backsplash. There’s a closer shot of it here, and you can see how it looks handmade and interesting. I’m super impressed with the job the tile guys did – nary a wonky seam to be found.
That gorgeous faucet was provided courtesy of Kohler. It’s the perfect faucet for this kitchen – ridiculously functional with it’s pull-out design, but still so pretty in a sleek chrome finish. Love it!
More curlicues, anyone? I’m not sure what was going on with the extra set of scallops around the sink cabinet.
You may have noticed by now that we love a white kitchen – fifth time’s the charm, maybe? The Shaker cabinets are classic, and these custom cabinets have soft-close drawers and adjustable shelves to make them even more functional.
How do you think it turned out?
All “after” photos except for the sink closeup are courtesy of Shoot 2 Sell.