Sunday, November 27, 2011

Finally a Kitchen Reveal

The kitchen in our home is by no means large but is attached to very good proportioned dining room(which I really wanted). The layout is very good for a cooking kitchen but it needed a huge facelift. As soon as we looked at our future house in the initial walk through I thought, this would make a great white kitchen. The cupboards were solid oak and it took a lot of convincing that painting them was the right choice. All of that convincing took a few years but, here we are.


The Before BEFORE
this was on home inspection day (Trevor must have been interested in the plumbing)
I wish I had taken a picture of box light on the ceiling, it was terrifically hideous

The Middle BEFORE
the kitchen as we have had it for the last 3 years

the painting had its own challenges ( I almost don't ever want to see another paint brush ever again) and I had a heck of a time going back and forth between countertop options. we finally decided on Absolute Black honed granite, and Carrara marble for the wine barrel island.
The paint colour is White Dove by Benjamin Moore. The kilim rug in front of the sink is from Pottery Barn.

the backsplash we installed is pine beadboard painted the same colour as the cupboards for a continuous flow. we removed the doors on the glassware cupboard and added glass shelving and lighting. It gives the small space a bit more of an open feeling.

the reason for the "FINALLY" in the title. our faucet took 2 1/2 months to come in from American Standard. we installed a single basin sink almost 11 inches deep. i love it!!
(also a sneak peek at some Christmas decor on the windowsill)

Christmas in the Kitchen.

now for some working pictures. exciting time where the question is in your head, "Did I just screw up my cabinets for good??"

1/2 the kitchen painted. you can also see the crown moulding added to the tops of the cupboards. Milo's thoughts " what is going on in here? is this blanket for me to sleep on? maybe I can just get a snack out of the open cupboard and they won't notice"

my handymen. Trevor and my Dad installing the crown to make the cupboards look more finished.

a few more befores.

Well, I hope you enjoyed my reveal. I would be happy to answer any painting your cupboards questions you may have, but I don't think you could talk me into helping.

Have a great day


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Princess Margaret Showhome 2011

In Ontario we have an annual lottery for the Princess Margaret Hospital for cancer research. The grand prize is a showhome designed by the House & Home magazine team.
About a week ago my best friend/ shopping buddy and I decided to go take a tour.

Here are some pictures of the amazing interior. The design work is beautiful with every detail carefully thought through. Although I don't believe I could live in a home of this magnitude, it was still inspiring to see.

the master bedroom was beautiful and massive. all of the bedrooms had their own en suite and this room had a closet the size of my kitchen.

1 of the many bathrooms. this shower was beautiful and I hope to recreate the look in my basement bathroom

another bathroom. a black and white theme. it was striking. the black and white toile wallpaper added the extra punch.

spare bedroom. pretty and industrial all at once.

an interesting idea for a DIY project. this is a burlap covered frame with art sketches attached to it. i really enjoyed this piece.

a children's bedroom. the custom bedding is beautiful.

the laundry room was my favorite part of the home. concrete counters, a tv, craft centre. omg. why would you need to leave.

check out those lights.

1 of the areas of the house I did not really understand. this is the basement hallway. it was HUGE! i am no architect but, it kind of seemed like a beautiful waste of space.

a view into another bathroom.

the french country kitchen. Impressive was the word that came to mind. I love the island.

family room with hide chairs and Ralph Lauren sling chairs.

Hope you enjoyed the look inside the Showhome in Oakville, Ontario.

Have a great day