Saturday, January 3, 2015

Kitchen Rejuvenation!

There's the familiar saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" so this month I've selected some pictures from this exciting kitchen make over to speak for me. Look at these before and after pictures then think about your home. Which room are you ready to transform into an "after" picture?
Kitchen Rejuvenation! 
Because we do so much more than cook in our kitchens, the kitchen has become one of the most important rooms in our homes; it's the heart of the home, a gathering place for all. Take a look at the before photos of this kitchen to see how it was transformed into a space to be enjoyed by all.
Dining Area - Before
Kitchen and Island - Before
The extensive use of busy patterns can make even large rooms feel small.  
Kitchen Sink and Island - Before
Corner Cabinets and Counters - Before.
After: It's All in the Details
Dining Area - After
A colleague of mine likes to say, "The ceiling is the fifth wall of a room," and I couldn't agree more. By adding crown molding and decorative painting to the ceiling, the eye is drawn up, the ceiling appears higher and spaces are clearly defined; the dining area takes on a more intimate air.

The tromp l'oeil over the island and the decorative painting over the dining area add to the old world style.
Under cabinet lighting highlights the beautiful tile backsplash and makes a better work area.
Detail of Crown Molding and Window Treatment

Just as a clear and uncluttered desk makes for a pleasant work environment, so it is with the counters in the kitchen.  Having ample storage off surfaces means there will be plenty of open space for cooking prep, hot pots and serving dishes.

By contrasting the finish on the kitchen island to the other cabinets, it sets the island apart as an architectural element of its own yet is in keeping with the feel of the old world style.

Note how the weathered old world finish with it's layering of colors enhances the detail of the cabinets.
Functional to Fabulous: Freshen Up the Laundry Room
In today's home, the laundry or mud room is our entry way into our home. Instead of treating this space as an oversized closet or storage room, a catch all for the unsightly, make this space fresh and friendly. A cheery space to welcomes you home!

Laundry Room - Before
Because frequently it's adjacent to the kitchen, continuity and uniformity are created between the laundry room and kitchen through the use of similar colors, textures, hardware and finishes.
Custom shelves provide strong stable storage space to keep clear the counters and hanging rod for laundry day.
This custom bench means there's an easy, comfortable place to put shoes on and there are an ample number of hooks, baskets and drawers for hats, mittens, umbrellas and totes all in one compact and neatly organized space.