Dino & Heidi’s Kitchen Remodel

By Kate Riley May 18, 2016

Hi everyone! Over the weekend I popped in to visit some good friends, Dino and Heidi. Their son and my son are really good friends so we hang out often. Dino and Heidi had been considering a kitchen remodel for years and they finally went ahead and did it! I snapped a few photos of their new space on my most recent visit to their home and I think you’ll agree the remodel is really beautiful!

 white kitchen remodel beveled tile backsplash

Here’s a peek at the space they lived with for a few years after they bought the house. They felt the cabinets were dark and bulky and the granite countertops were not their taste. The couple researched for months what they wanted for this space, they even considered hiring an architect to move walls, but in the end decided to save money by maintaining the old footprint and upgrading the space with new cabinets, tile, and appliances.

 heidi kitchen before

 white kitchen cabinet remodel

Instead of a cooktop and double ovens, Heidi and Dino opted for a range instead and repurposed their Thermador hood. This range is really beautiful in person, it’s a Bertazzoni 36” professional gas range. Dino loves to cook so this is his favorite feature for sure!

 white kitchen remodel tile backsplash

Here’s a closer look at the beveled tile backsplash (the tile was purchased locally). Instead of a traditional offset, Heidi liked the idea of stack bond or horizontal grid, it feels very fresh and modern. The grout lines were kept to a minimum and the grout used is a pale gray to complement the Bianco Carrara marble countertop. The single basin sink is Silgranite Blanco Precis and one of their favorite new features, don’t you love that dark color? Beautiful! The faucet is Blanco Meridian Semi Professional in polished chrome.

 kitchen faucet

Heidi loved the idea of wood floating shelves instead of upper cabinets, the warm wood finish ties in with the floor and and is such a nice contrast against all the white finishes. I asked Heidi how she feels about living with open shelves and she loves them! She’s very organized so she loves that her favorite dishes are out in the open. Not shown are the mini puck lights hidden under the bottom shelf for task or mood lighting in this kitchen.

 white tile wood floating shelves

 floating wood shelves

I love this black Aurora pendant above the sink, it’s unexpected and such a beautiful contemporary shape.

 black pendant

Another touch of black is found in these Top Knobs Noveau III pulls and knobs in matte black. I love the clean lines of the Shaker style drawer fronts and the rectangular black pulls against the white!

The cabinets are Dayton by Cliq Studios, the same used in this kitchen remodel last year. The countertop is marble chosen from a local slab yard, always classic!

 white kitchen cabinets

The cabinets feature many amenities inside, including drawer dividers, turntable shelves in the corners, and a pull out spice drawer too.

 pull out spice drawer

The double ovens that were rarely used were removed and replaced with a pantry that was lacking before. Heidi kept the same simple black counter stools, another clever touch of black in this mostly white kitchen.

 old fridge side

 fridge view

Overall the space feels bright and modern and most importantly fits Dino and Heidi’s lifestyle and personal tastes.

 oak kitchen before

 white kitchen wood floors

Nice job Heidi and Dino, your new kitchen is light, bright, and lovely!

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Ave Home: Colette Desk

By Kate Riley May 16, 2016

Hello friends! Today I’m featuring a furniture shop that allows us DIYers and designers to personalize raw furniture with our own finishes. I was introduced to Ave Home and their collection of raw furniture and was excited to see their furniture in its raw state allows anyone to tailor it to their individual preference. This desk is the first of three pieces I’ll be finishing and featuring this year.

The first piece I was drawn to was the Colette Desk – I’ve needed a new desk for my office and this one with its classic French style appealed to me. It arrived via freight then I unpackaged it to get started on painting it.

 colette raw

When it arrived in its raw wood state I chose to paint it with a classic white and gold combination, keeping the surface and fluted legs white and gilding the egg and dart detail and also the hardware.

 gold and white colette desk

 

 colette desk flowers