Monday, September 23, 2013

Details on our kitchen renovation: part 2

We've been enjoying beautiful fall weather. Crisp and cool in morning and evening but sunny and warm days. Ahhh I love fall! We have a few facelift projects in the works for the stairway, craft room and nursery. Some involve simple decor changes, while others are pretty major undertakings! As soon as the weather is too blustery to be out in the garden, my mind always shifts back to indoor projects. A summer of outdoor projects always makes me keen to get back to our indoor projects!

Onto the topic at hand..... More kitchen details! Let's get started!

Counter top:

We originally wanted to save money and re-use our granite. We ended up selling it to the people who bought our cabinets, and I was secretly pretty happy about this! It allowed me to get my dream counters: wood island top and marble perimeters.

Here is a good view of the marble we used. I also wanted to show you this pretty shelf that was added since I last took a picture of this area. It totally finishes off this cupboard.

Here you can see the island top next to the marble perimeter.

You can read all the details about our wood top here.

Our marble is Danby White, Vermont marble, in a honed finish. I looked at many different types of marble, but as soon as I saw this slab, I knew immediately. I wanted a whiter marble (many were quite yellow), with subtle veining.

There is a lot to think about when choosing marble for the kitchen. My best advice is to do your research and know the pros and cons. I found these two posts from these popular bloggers to be very informative:

Joan, from For the Love of a House
Tina, from The Enchanted Home

Personally, I LOVE our marble counters. We did pay $500 extra for a 15 year warranty against staining. So far, there has been red wine, raspberries, olive oil, lemon juice etc etc and NO stains. Etching, yes. However, unless you know what you're looking for, and look under a certain lighting, at a certain angle, you can't see the etching. We really use our kitchen. 3 kids one husband: nuff said. Our counters have so far stood up to whatever is thrown at them.

There is nothing like the soft, cool, velvety feel of marble.

Sink and Faucet:

One of my regrets is not being able to install a farm style sink (long story but basically by the time we knew we weren't reusing the old counters and could therefore put in a farmhouse sink our cabinets were built. The sink cabinet was built to accommodate an undermount sink, not a farm sink) We did go with an undermount double stainless, which still looks nice.

Our faucet has also been a bit of a disappointment.

Holly suggested the beautiful Rohl faucet, but I was scared off by the price. We ended up with this Moen, which is by no means cheap, but about half the cost of the Rohl. I love the look, but it isn't as great of quality I would expect from a Moen, or the price we paid. I now wish we splurged on the Rohl.

We still need to get our water filtration system installed (the extra hole in the marble). It's those final details that seem to take forever!

We kept all of our previous appliances, with the exception of the oven/stove top. We really, really wanted a gas range, and ended up reconfiguring the layout to accommodate our new Viking 36" range. This was a big splurge, but we LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I'm forever now going to want/need/have to have a professional gas range to cook on. What a difference!


We were dealing with pot lights, pendants over the bar counter, dining room and breakfast nook (which are completely open to the kitchen), and island lighting. That's a lot of lights in one area!
The previous lights were nice, but they ALL matched every other light in the house.

Our challenge was to find fixtures for all these spots, that didn't match, but were complimentary to each other.

Holly had put the Bolton lantern (Pottery Barn), and brass pendants (Visual Comfort) on the original design board. As soon as I saw them, I HAD to include these in our kitchen-I was in love!
It was a bit of a risk, since the finishes are different, but we tried to tie in the brass pendants with the brass hardware on the island and nook cabinets. We did want to keep the dining and nook lights more simple, so went with orb chandeliers from Pottery Barn ( Armonk). They are gorgeous, but don't compete with the more showy lantern and pendants. I couldn't be happier with our choices.

Dining Room light: Armonk 6 arm, Pottery Barn

Breakfast Nook: 3 arm-Armonk {and a sneak peek of some fall decorating.....details on my next post}

Breakfast Bar: Visual Comfort pendant:

I still can't show you a great picture of them in place. I made a very expensive boo boo when having the drywaller place the holes. The lights were backordered for several months, but I had the drywaller here for other jobs so went ahead and had him cut the new holes and patch the holes from the previous pendants. I did mock-ups of the lights and held them in place but still they ended up being too close! I'm sick about it-a very bad, expensive mistake since our ceiling is totally open in the great room and would have to be completely painted to match the patched areas. We have an alternate plan that we hope to get to this fall. Once it's done and the spacing is fixed, I will be sure to post a better picture. They are totally fabulous lights and such statement pieces!
Island-Bolton Lantern Pottery Barn:

This one is a top contender for my favorite. I'm quite obsessed with lanterns lately and would love one in every room-or perhaps that would be too much? =)

You can read some more details about the lighting here.

To read about my complete kitchen reveal, go here.
To read part one of the renovation details, go here.

I have almost exhausted my posts on my new kitchen but have one more in store for you: Accessories and organization. That's a fun topic and I'm excited to show you what I did behind those cupboard doors.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Home tour!

Today my home is graciously being featured at Diane's Cozy Canadian Cottage. I loved seeing how she put together this tour. Thank you Diane!!

Please stop by to see it here.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

An update, a quilt, and a sweet new blog

Hello! I've been trying to get to my little blog for another post on my kitchen. These last few days of summer, the start of the school year, and busy life in general seem to have put my blogging on the back burner. I have so much to share with you and hope to start being more intentional with my posting now that we are all settling into our school year routine.

Today I want to share with you a quilt that I have just finished:

Did you know that quilting is one of my passions? I've shown you a few of my projects on my blog but in reality it is something that is very important to me. I try to quilt every day (even if for just a few minutes here and there, or when the little one is napping). I have many, many projects on the go and love to spend as much time as I can in my craft room (which is getting some updates that I will share with you when they are done!).

This quilt is a Fig Tree pattern. It's a classic Log Cabin quilt done in warm fall tones with the classic red center. I stitched in the ditch around the coloured parts of the block, and did a stipple pattern in the cream parts of the block.

This is the first time I have free motion quilted on a larger quilt and while there are many mistakes, I'm very happy with how it turned out. Practice makes perfect!

I also wanted to share the talents of one of my Instagram friends, Jen. She just started a new sweet blog called Apple and Orchard, and is having a giveaway of one of her beautiful creations. Please visit her and show her how amazing and supportive this blogging community is!

I'll be back soon with another kitchen post. We've finished up a few details in the kitchen which I'm excited to show you!

Have a wonderful day!

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