(insert the sound of champagne being uncorked here)
Lisa and I are extremely proud and excited to be sharing with you our latest work of heart. Please enjoy the following before and after photos of a dream renovation come true.
the perfect amount of space for dancing
After…all cabinets and walls painted Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore with touches of Tranquility by Sherwin Williams. The entire kitchen ceiling was planked and white washed.
All kinds of organizational magic going on behind closed doors. Part of the design process is helping you decipher what you need and where.
After. Custom exposed shelves with wood brackets from Home Depot. Library sconces – Circa Lighting and white subway tile from Lowes with “oyster” colored grout. Large fluorescent light banished (!!!) from the kingdom and an all new lighting plan implemented, complete with dimmers on every switch. Honestly, I am so happy with how all of this new lighting turned out. The electrician that we hired using this site
did such a fantastic job of installing these new lights in the best possible way. The kitchen is so much brighter now, it feels like a totally different space. With this in mind, if you are considering upgrading the lighting in your kitchen, you can discover some of the ways that an electrician can help to turn your lighting dreams into a reality here: electricworkforceinc-il.biz/service-areas/naperville/
. What do you think of these new lights? Let me know as I would love to hear your feedback.
Spice drawer insert – spice drawer envy
Five course meal? No problem! This view reminds me of a French pâtisserie.
Picture me filled with white daisies.
“Thunder White” granite was used from Premier Granite Surfaces of Cumming, Georgia.
Cabinet Hardware, “Lagarno” from Restoration Hardware
We made the decision to install the majority of the hardware pulls horizontal and centered. I absolutely love
this detail. Hubba. Hubba. Much of the kithcen’s appliances are built-in to the overall design so that they are flush with all the other units to achieve a minimalist design. They are, naturally, high-end and so are things we intend on covering with a suitable real estate home warranty plan
in case an unexpected incident should render our appliances damaged in some way.
Shaws Farmhouse sink. Long live the Queen!
A close up of the sink pendant and roman shade fabric. Pendant also from Circa Lighting. Fabric is “Citysquare” in misty morn by Thom Filicia Fabrics. Love you madly.
Here I am before…
Beautiful view out those windows. A kitchen sink should always have a view outdoors. A brand new sink can really make a world of difference when your kitchen is undergoing a renovation! You may want to consider custom kitchen sinks for your own home improvement project.
And here I am happily ever after…
Moving to the left…
My favorite cabinet elevation after. We added more functional drawers and visual symmetry (Oh how we love symmetry).
And after. Drywall removed and entire peninsula trimmed for a cleaner, fresher appearance. X detail added for visual interest.
Can we pause here for a moment and stare at the shades again? Right now I’m telling myself, no Jennifer you cannot keep using that fabric over and over again. Get over it.
Dining area before…
Af – ter! Custom banquette covered in Sunbrella Sand stripe and Potterybarn’s “Peyton” drapes on the window. The light fixture was a DIY team effort to rival the original from South of Market. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…
A close up of the shade and its twine whip stitch finish.
While we were at it, we added planks to the two-story staircase wall in the background which made their current sofa really stand out and feel new again. The new pillows didn’t hurt. 😉
All of the styling props are courtesy of Lisa Gabrielson’s Interior Design and Vintage Finds. You can follow her new shipments HERE
. Definitely an added bonus when your partner has a stock pile of beguiling accessories on hand to style and finish the look. I’d have to say this is probably our favorite part, the big finish. But who am I kidding? Everyone loves a happy ending.
Pantry doors before…
After. Our clients are fond of the barn door look so we sketched up a drawing and brought in some color with Lisa’s custom faux finish. She used Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in duck egg with a little Paris gray on top and old white underneath. Then covers it all in light brown Bri-wax for depth.
With the existing doors, the homeowners could not access items “buried” to the right and left and it was very dark. So we expanded the opening, inserted new shelves (be gone wire shelving) and made the doors very stout, like knock, knock, we’re here to see the wizard stout. Now when you open – voila – let there be light and automatically illuminates.
We finished the interior doors in chalkboard for love notes, lists or daily inspiration…”you musn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger darlings!” How sweet. In my house it’d be more like…the next person that doesn’t pick up their plate is going DOWN!
Galvanized hardware from The Home Depot.
One last look before we go…
So, what do you think? Does it make you wanna dance? Cartwheels maybe? That was the effect we were hoping for.
If there is any detail I missed, or you have any questions on what you see here, please don’t hesitate to call and of course if you’re on the fence with your kitchen aspirations, we would be honored to help you get where you wanna go. This is the part where I would love to go on about what a great job this is, Fairy Godmother-esque. Dance in, sprinkle some magic, dance out, but I’ll shut up now.
Have a great day and a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to our clients for their kindness and patience while the centerpiece of their home was under construction. They make a great team and were such a pleasure to get to know.
Cheers and ciao bellas from Jen and Lisa!