Thursday, January 3, 2013

2012 Progress: Kitchen/Den


Our kitchen is DONE. There is not one thing I would change. 

Before:
 After:
This is the only project that was not a DIY. When I first started reading blogs, I would see someone do a kitchen renovation and I remember thinking that I could not imagine ever being in that place It was kind of depressing, loving design but something like a kitchen renovation  seemed unattainable. 3 years later after lots of saving and planning we finally finished our kitchen. It was a huge accomplishment. I think it is important to remember when you are reading these blogs, nothing happens over night. 


Den Progress:
2010
There are no words. Things were bad. We painted the brick white. It made a huge difference. I know some people are scared to paint brick because you cannot go back. Paint that mess. 
This room is awkward. It is so long and skinny it is hard to do much with it. I would love to add some panels on the windows behind the sofa. Does anyone have a sofa that sits on a window like this? I would love to heard any tips. I thought about putting something to stop the sofa from smashing the panels.

41 comments:

  1. Your home is incredible!! Love the kitchen and dining especially :)

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  2. Oh my gosh. We are currently in the demo phase and it looks so bad. I just keep reminding myself how great it will be when it's complete and gorgeous! I think people forget the time lapse some of us do in blog posts.

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    1. renovations are no fun but it is so worth it! i think we did not have a kitchen for 3 months.

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  3. Looks great! Gives me hope for my kitchen/bath Reno this year! About the sofa...could you put stained blocks of wood behind the feet? That way the sofa couldn't move so close to the wall. Let me know what your fix is!

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  5. You have done so, so, so much -- it's incredible. Congrats to you!

    www.districtsouth.com

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  6. You have made SO MUCH PROGRESS! So good seeing you on NYE. Let's get together soon.
    XO,
    Whit

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    1. it was so good to catch up. dinner date soon!

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  7. my den is atrociously long and skinny. so awkward. why did anyone designing the beloved brick ranch think that was acceptable? we don't have a tv in ours yet, so we aren't in there much, but it desperately needs some furniture. it bugs the life out of me not having window treatments either, but whatevs. everything looks fantastic! when i made my resolution "visit friends", i was totally thinking 'i have to see Jessie soon!'

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  8. loving all the glimpse's of the befores. And it does take years of planning and saving to get things right. Thanks for the reminder! As for the sofa smooshed under a window situation. I'm in the same boat and I got back and forth. You can just pull the couch forward enough to not smoosh the panels. But love what you have too

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  9. You know I adore your home. After all, I painted stripes on the biggest wall in my house because of you. :) My sofa sits against a large wall of windows. I have drapery panels on the windows, and so they're not squished, I have my couch out a couple inches. How's your bedroom coming along?

    www.XoLindsay.blogspot.com

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    1. i cannot wait to see the reveal! there has been zero bedroom progress.

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  10. Your house looks so great. Your living room and mine are so similar. I have my couch up against the window and just have blinds on that window right now- no valance or curtains at all. I think eventually I'll add a valance like yours but I think my dogs would tear up curtain panels since they live for looking out that window! But you are so right- none of this stuff happens overnight!

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  11. I don't know why I'm just noticing the color in your kitchen, but what is it? We're moving and I've gotta get some paint colors, pronto!

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    1. hey! it is silver sage from restoration hardware.

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  12. new follower! wow - i love your kitchen makeover. we've been in our house for about a year and i'm dying to re-do our kitchen. but we're not into diy-ing something that big, so hopefully we can pay someone to do it soon. HOPING for this year. excited to look through more of your blog!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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  13. Just gorgeous!!! Way to go!!! Really it's incredible.

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  14. Such incredible transformations- adore your home!

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  15. Where did you find that coffee table? I'm obsessed!!!

    {skyeyork.blogspot.com}

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    1. hey gracie, it is an ej victor sample piece.

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  16. your home looks amazing - I cannot imagine what living through a huge kitchen reno like that is like!!

    http://itsthelittlethingsblog.blogspot.com

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  17. Oh geeze~ Your kitchen is such an inspiration! So in love with everything about it. I really really love those lights! Can I ask where they are from?! Looking forward to what 2013 will bring :)

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  18. Girl- I am OBSESSED with everything! You have some serious taste and I love just everything you have done. It takes quite a bit of vision to see the possibility here, and you did just that. Congrats!

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  19. I mean.... The transition is incredible!! I'm so impressed!! I just love your home so much :) xoxo

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  20. Wow - please come decorate my apartment! I'm amazed by your design vision - I NEVER would have looked at what you had before and thought "yeah, I can do something with this." Amazing!

    Natalie
    Name's Not Ashley

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  21. LOOOOVE your kitchen!! what a transformation! Love the pendants. and your living room is beautiful. You are doing wonders over there!

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  22. Your house is literally breathtaking. I love all your renovations!!

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  23. Love the kitchen! Just curious, what color did you paint the walls? My kitchen is white with black countertops and I am about to paint the walls from a gray to a blue, very similar to yours.

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    1. silver sage from restoration hardware.

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  24. We are just starting to tackle our kitchen, love yours!Gorgeous girl :-)

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  25. It looks so good Jessie!! Your kitchen is one of my favorites...can't wait to see what else you do!! XoXo

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    1. thanks dominique!! we are enjoying it. happy new year!

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  26. Still need to know where this tortoise table is from!!!

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    1. it was a ej victor sample. i have no clue where you can normally find them and i would be scared to see how much it would cost retail. i will keep an eye out if the place in my hometown has any more tortoise stuff.

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  27. Amazing progress. The kitchen is gorgeous! Love the colors, farmhouse sink & subway tile!
    Do you have a working fire place & if so do you use it? Considering painting ours white, but its really old and a little stained from 80+ years of use, plus we use it regularly in the winter..so a little hesitant.

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  28. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the mixture of the brass pendants and stainless steel appliances. I always think that silver and gold are besties!

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  29. Your kitchen is divine! I also am hugely admiring your coffee table - and I have been trying to talk my mom into painting her brick fireplace for a few years now. What an impact! Happy New Year!

    www.chattafabulous.blogspot.com

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  30. Your living room is gorgeous! it's amazing what paint and time can do!

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  31. Your kitchen looks lovely! I love your white tiles and the gold light fixtures!

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  32. It's lovely to see a house this organized! Both of the rooms look very neat and in order. In fact, the remodeling gave them a beautiful cohesion. Brick fireplaces do need makeovers. Those reddish-brown colored bricks belong outside, not inside the house! Good choice painting yours white! :)

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