Kitchen Remodel

August 27th, 2015

Hello ! Today’s the day to share pictures of the kitchen remodel with all of you! I’ve written about the process a few times before and I partnered with Cliq Studios using their cabinets to jump start this remodel.

I’m breaking this remodel feature up into two posts, today is the beauty shots with some before images for comparison, it’s quite a transformation! Next week I’ll share the back story with all the little decisions, details, and setbacks that occurred during the nine month renovation, plus sources too.

white glass tile backsplash

So, back to the beginning. We bought this house last summer but didn’t begin the kitchen renovation until December. It began with demolition, we removed all the cabinets, the wallpaper, the florescent box ceiling light, and the flooring. Here’s what the range wall looked like before the demo.

range wall before

This kitchen demolition went down to the drywall, and we installed new cabinets from Cliq Studios, read about the installation of the cabinets in February here. I wanted light and bright since the space has no windows so white cabinets were the starting point. For a modern twist I used the Harbor color below, here’s what the range wall looks like completely remodeled from floor to ceiling.

white upper cabinets range wall


This backsplash I love, it’s Tessera from Oceanside Glass Tile.

white upper kitchen cabinets gray lower glass tile backsplash


I wanted something different and fresh, modern and geometric and found it in this hexagon pattern broken up into smaller triangle shapes. This is the Kaleidoscope pattern available in dozens of colors but I chose tone on tone white, mixing both matte and iridescent hand cut tiles, half of them shimmer in daylight and are so pretty! The grout is a pale gray to provide a touch of contrast, I’ll share more about its installation next week.

irridescent backsplash


glass tile backsplash detail

There is no window in this kitchen, the space gets its light from the windows in the family room, breakfast nook, and living room so the backsplash changes throughout the day, more subdued in the evening when the tiles aren’t reflective but they sparkle in the daylight.

hexagon irridescent glass tile backsplash


hexagon glass kitchen tile backsplash

On the adjacent side is a second wall of cabinets, notice the the old florescent light box and wallpaper, both were removed. There was a pantry on the right on the angled wall that took away counter space, I moved the pantry to the adjacent breakfast nook space (see pictures below).

oak kitchen before

For storage I chose another wall of upper cabinets but included some glass cabinets in the center for display. The old box fixture was replaced with four recessed cans.

white and gray kitchen remodel

I painted the inside of the glass cabinets the same shade of gray as the lower cabinets to tie the upper and lower cabinets together.

painted interior glass cabinets


The countertops are Caesarstone quartz in Pure White with a square edge, read all about the story of the countertop installation, it’s featured today on the Interior Collective blog.

caesarstone pure white quartz countertops

On the fridge side, more 1980s wallpaper! All of it was stripped and the cabinets removed.

kitchen 7

The old and perfectly good refrigerator we moved to the garage. I didn’t care for how the standard depth stuck out into the entry so I found a used counter depth fridge which doesn’t block the entrance and designed the new cabinet plan around it, framing it for a more custom look.

counter depth refridgerator


Here’s a better view of peninsula that looks out into the family room (but after the wood plank tile floors went in.) Later we removed these cabinets, cut down the pony wall, and patched the tile floor underneath so that the new cabinets and dishwasher sat on the same tile, more on that next week.

peninsula wall

We kept the appliances in the same spot, this is a slab foundation so it makes it difficult to move plumbing. We cut down the peninsula so that it’s counter height and at one level which is a huge improvement, the counter is now one level surface.

refridgerator and peninsula

Looking in from the other side…

kitchen remodel full view

Over the peninsula hang a trio of weathered wood and glass pendants.

pendants weathered texture

The hardware on the cabinets is the same square nickel pulls I used in the gray and white kitchen remodel completed earlier this year, the same faucet too!

cabinet hardware

Here is the breakfast nook before, the kitchen is on the left. Over the course of a year, we removed the popcorn ceiling, old wallpaper, and ceiling fan and replaced the flooring and window treatments too.

breakfast nook before

As mentioned above I moved the pantry out of the kitchen to allow for more counter space in the kitchen and created a new storage area in the breakfast nook for food and bulk items with twin tall cabinets, in between are glass upper and a lower cabinets with the same Caesarstone quartz countertop for small appliances.

breakfast nook and pantry


breakfast nook beaded chandelier


breakfast nook table


pedestal tabletop

Just a few feet away sit two faux bamboo white barstools which provide additional seating, they swivel so they can face into the family room for TV viewing or conversation. I recovered the seats in a turquoise fabric to coordinate with the layered blue palette.

open back barstools


chippendale back barstools


white blue gray kitchen remodel

 Next week I’ll share more of the back story behind the scenes plus all the sources for everything you see! What’s your favorite change in this space?

*This post is sponsored by Cliq Studios, we were provided with discounted kitchen cabinets, all opinions are my own.  

Favorites Under $50: Decorative Objects

August 25th, 2015

I’m making a few improvements to my home this fall, in addition to the fireplace project, I’m readying the studio above our garage for a multitude of guests arriving through September and October, also a house sitter will be living there when we take our big trip abroad in November. My stepdaughter moved out last week, she occupied the space for over a year after college while she worked two local jobs, she just moved to San Francisco, so again the space is vacant.

Four years ago we installed Billy bookcases as built ins along one wall to add storage, I have plans to extend them up and also add lights, I’ll share that improvement when complete. Again I get to style them with books and collectibles, I have a lot of accessories I’ve collected over the years, but I’ve been on the hunt for a few new ones too.

I love to look at images of well styled bookcases and analyze why they look so appealing. There are mixed opinions on how to style bookcases, designers loving to use them as opportunities for chic displays with cleverly placed books and objets d’art.

stylish bookcase

 traci zeller

There is no one formula or way to do it, I prefer a mix of sculptural objects and books, I find that the most visually appealing, but after all they are bookcases so as a practical matter, stacks of books just make sense.

black bookcases

jessie d miller

 navy blue bookcases

b gallerie

In formal spaces, shelves themselves can be the focal points rather than used solely for the purpose of practical storage. With étagère shelving units like these, avoiding overcrowding and using a minimal amount of objects shows off the beauty of the shelves.

minimal bookcase styling

rue mag

The best objects for styling bookcases are the ones discovered as a diamond in the rough on a flea market or thrift store treasure hunt, or mementos handed down from family or picked up from traveling. But I also keep my eye open for objects with textural or sculptural interest, a metallic sheen or a pretty pattern, one I’ll love for years to come.

If buying objects for the sole purpose of filling a space, I’m not one to spend a bundle of cash since there are several sources for affordable finds from Etsy (for vintage) or HomeGoods and Target. I rounded up some favorites for positioning around the house in vignettes, on a mantel or bookcases, all under $50.

objects under 50

jumble sculpture / polyhedrons / silver urchins / petrified wood / white block planter / clement bowl /  marble & wood block / metal box / kastor vase / colada vase / clio vases / teak vase

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing all the pictures of the Las Vegas kitchen remodel so come on back in the afternoon, it’s a fabulous transformation, you’ll love it!