House Update – Kitchen Reveal

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As detailed in my post about our planned kitchen updates, this kitchen wasn’t always in the plan for house updates in the first year of ownership. A leak turned into a full blown kitchen gut so we seized the opportunity to start from scratch and put back a kitchen that was beautiful and even more-so functioned better than the original layout. We turn our kitchen disaster into the kitchen of our dreams with nods to our coastal location and mid-century home style.

The Tile

Our Fireclay Tile in 6×6 Dust Storm was the very first finish I picked out for the kitchen. The reasons were many, beginning with Fireclay’s steadfast commitment to sustainability and culminating in the sheer beauty of their product. Dust Storm introduced a refreshing coolness to our predominantly warm-toned home, seamlessly complementing the natural wood and tile accents prevalent throughout the house. It was a priority for me to extend the tile all the way to the ceiling, ensuring a seamless transition and eliminating any awkward material shifts in areas without of upper cabinets. Additionally, I opted for the on-end installation technique, a textural choice that not only adds visual interest but also complements the understated neutral cabinets. After some convincing, my husband embraced this decision, recognizing its contribution to the overall aesthetic balance of the space.

The Countertops

We chose quartzite countertops for their exquisite veining and natural variation, seeking slabs that harmonized both cool and warm tones to tie our design elements together seamlessly. As I mentioned earlier, the sink apron was a non-negotiable for me. Opting for a stainless steel sink for its practicality in cleaning, the apron provided the charming aesthetic of a stone farmhouse sink without the added maintenance.

Details: Dutton Brown Cadbury Sconce, Muuto Ambit Pendant, ZLINE appliances, KOHLER Tournant faucet, Fireclay Tile, Vintage Stools from Etsy

The appliances

Upon a friend’s recommendation, we decided to invest in ZLINE appliances, a choice that we have been extremely happy with thus far. Given that the original dishwasher triggered our kitchen overhaul, we swiftly replaced it with a Samsung model, readily available at the time. However, for the remaining kitchen appliances, we opted for ZLINE. With the fridge’s relocation from the back wall to the side, we needed to transition to a countertop depth fridge to ensure a proper fit. Fortunately, we repurposed our old fridge by moving it to the basement, providing extra storage if necessary. Our favorite purchases, the range and hood, were pivotal in eliminating the central hood that dominated the previous kitchen’s layout. By locating these appliances against a wall, we gained unobstructed access to the island, enhancing both functionality and aesthetics in our newly renovated space.

The Details

Our coffee corner is the area that I use most in our kitchen. I wanted an appliance garage that would allow us to keep the appliances on the counter but hide them when not in use. To help maneuver the appliances I found these wood sliding appliance trays on amazon that are unlocked with the leaver in front to the heavy equipment can be easily rolled to the front of the counter.

Our spice and condiment drawer has been a wonderful addition as we previously used to just toss all of the spices and things in a cabinet and it would take a lot of time to find what we needed. Another amazon find, these glass spice jars with wood caps make me feel way more organized and put-together than I am in reality.

The KOHLER Tournant faucet in polished nickel, honestly there isn’t much to say other than I LOVE HER!

The hardware was a tricky one. With the appliances and plumbing being silver I wanted to bring in some gold to compliment the rest of the gold hardware in the house, but also not stick to a single metal in the space. As a fan of mixed metals I wanted to incorporate both the warm and cool (a common theme here). I found these fluted cabinet pulls on amazon and I felt they went well against the fluted glass and shaker cabinets.

I hope you enjoyed this reveal as much has I have enjoyed bringing my design to life. Thats all for now!

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