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Wunder Kitchen Renovation

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When we first moved into our home in January, 2001, the kitchen was lovely. It was never "my style", but it was a significantly nicer space than the kitchen in our first home. It had more work space, more cabinets, double ovens, a tall ceiling, and even a pull-out pantry. On paper, it was more than I could have hoped for, but design-wise, it wasn't "me".

In 2013 my husband and I had saved up enough money to do a significant remodel on our kitchen. Initially, we had planned on expanding the footprint by five feet out, and 20 feet across. I still daydream about having that large of a kitchen, but it never became reality. Instead, we decide to use our funds to remodel the kitchen in its existing footprint, plus two and half bathrooms, the laundry room, add new windows and replace the garage doors. Expanding square footage is incredibly expensive! In the end, I'm so happy with our decision. So, on with the point of this post... The Kitchen!

Before. This is technically after we'd already added some millwork, and changed the pendant light over the breakfast nook. Plus, we had already refinished the floors a few years earlier.

Before. This is technically after we'd already added some millwork, and changed the pendant light over the breakfast nook. Plus, we had already refinished the floors a few years earlier.

This area, whilst useful, always seemed "clunky" to me. The flow just wasn't there.

This area, whilst useful, always seemed "clunky" to me. The flow just wasn't there.

Notice the missing drawer front over the trash cans. Definitely a sign the cabinets had seen better days.

Notice the missing drawer front over the trash cans. Definitely a sign the cabinets had seen better days.

During the renovation...

After...

The new space is now bright, light, and cheery! (Island Lighting | Nook Lighting)

Removing a few upper cabinets and adding windows, really visually opens up the space. I love being able to view more of my garden. And the breakfast nook is sunny and cozy.

Table: Restoration Hardware. Chairs:  Restoration Hardware

Table: Restoration Hardware. Chairs: Restoration Hardware

The island now has more storage space, and the custom walnut top, from  Lorimer Studio , adds warmth to the area. (Duluth Pulls by Restoration Hardware)

The island now has more storage space, and the custom walnut top, from Lorimer Studio, adds warmth to the area. (Duluth Pulls by Restoration Hardware)

Reconfiguring the island enabled us to add a longer top. This put the seating at the end of the island, rather than along the side. Much smarter for when we host gatherings. I can get in and out of the refrigerator, while the guests are sitting at the end of the island. We're no longer in each others way, so to speak. I also love having the wide deep drawers next to my cooktop.

The updated working wall is now functional and pretty! ( Penguin Soda Stream  |  Nespresso Citiz )

The updated working wall is now functional and pretty! (Penguin Soda Stream | Nespresso Citiz)

I knew I wanted to consolidate the two small counter top spaces in this work area. As a result, I was able to add a drinks area, and an additional sink. When considering what sort of oven situation I wanted, I opted for a wall oven and a convection oven/microwave combination for the second cooking and baking source. I rarely used my second wall oven. The microwave unit can serve as a fully functioning oven, should I need to have a second baking source.  I also have a very useful toaster oven that has frequently come in handy for reheating a casserole, warming pizza, and even baking a pie!

Finished-kitchen-sink-corner.jpg

I'm really happy with the design changes I made in our kitchen. I love the bright light that floods the space. There's a nice balance of whites, greys, and browns. And the space functions better overall.

Wish List: Dreamy Doors

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As part of our "WunderReno" project, we've decided to replace all the doors in our home, including the patio french door and the front entrance. While the patio door has been successfully replaced, the front door is probably going to be put on next year's home improvements list. The interior doors are now being switched out for solid doors. Our home came with hollow-core doors meant to look like a solid door. While on the outside they had the classic colonial styling I like, the inside was empty. This is an especially poor choice for doors which are suppose to offer privacy, like in the case of bedrooms and bathrooms. I put together a collection of doors on my

Pinterest account

. Below, I've pulled some of my favorites. Please visit my

Pinterest Door Board

for links.

while we do have raised panels and a french door, neither look this grand... dreamy!

grand main entrance doors with plenty of glass!

we don't currently have a mudroom, but if we did... Dutch Door for sure!

Once our doors are installed, I'll post photos. Until then, I'll be dreaming about these lovelies!

xo

-Patti

Master Bedroom Update: Bedding

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Yesterday I spoke about being creative this weekend, and today I walked the walk. I worked on our master bedroom a bit. There's still a lot of work/decor to tackle; new rug, address our seating, ceiling light, paint a few pieces of furniture, but I can check off "bedding" from the list.

Earlier today on

Instagram

I posted a little sneak peek of our new bedding. I received lovely feedback, which always makes me happy.

So here it is in the bigger picture! Sadly, by the time I got to taking photos, it was dark. Oh, well... you get the idea, right? It compliments my walls beautifully, even in evening lighting.

Part of my creative work today was replacing the knobs on our existing bed-side dressers. We'll eventually move these small dressers to the guest room, but for now, new knobs are a nice change. The lamps & bedding I picked up at

HomeGoods

! The

knobs

rope mirrors

and

ceramic knot hooks

I purchased at Target. Our tufted bed is from

Restoration Hardware

. And that Blacksmith sign is from

Ethan Allen

. We bought the sign years ago and had it hanging above our mantle. About five years ago, we updated the fireplace and the sign went into storage (aka: the basement). I'm so happy to find a new home for it. It makes me so happy to bring it out of storage and enjoy it again. What do you think? Yay or nay?

I love that the ceramic urn lamps look aged. One of the things I've tried to do with our "new-er" home, is to age it a bit. The raised panels in several rooms, the color choices, the classic design elements all serve to age the house and add some character.

(you can see a little bit of our new white window panels in the mirror)

Next on the list is a new rug and addressing the seating. We have two comfy chairs that sit in the window, but the fabric is all wrong for this new scheme. I'm guessing I'll have fitted slip-covers made. I'm thinking a printed sailcloth or a nubby linen would be nice. I'll keep you posted!  For now, I'm going to enjoy our new white bedding and quilt. All in good time...

Happy Weekend and Sweet Dream!

xo

Patti