After the new year, I plan to get serious about re-doing my office space. It currently has wall-to-wall carpeting and I want to remove it and add wood floors. In the ideal world, I’d like to do wide plank herringbone patterned hardwoods. Here is some inspiration.
Here is another before and after from our 1920s remodel. The kitchen had been remodeled by previous owners around 2001 so it was obviously not an original space. Here are a couple of before images of the kitchen…..
My major concerns with the space related to lack of storage space and all of those white builder’s grade doors were killing me. I felt like they chopped the room and disrupted the flow. Also, the hot water heater was behind the double doors on the right. We relocated that so that we could get a walk in pantry in that space.
Also, while the island was huge….it was so large that I couldn’t even reach into the middle….so it was lost on me. See the below images of how it looks now. The end result is a completely functional kitchen that we spend 90% of our time in.
I know I promised the kitchen images today but decided to do Maddie’s room instead. I’ve shared it on the blog before but usually in the form of quick iPhone shots. Here is the “before” of the room my husband shot when he did the walk through the week we closed on the house.
When we remodeled we added wainscoting on the walls, refinished the floors, removed the soffet in the bathroom, installed wallpaper in the bedroom and on the ceiling in the bathroom, changed out lighting and hardware and of course, painted.
I was going to show the kitchen and butler’s pantry today but there are a few shots of the kitchen I want to take before I post. Yesterday, you saw the foyer re-do in our 2011/2012 remodel. This butler’s pantry was built into an unused hallway behind the brown wall in the foyer “before” image (the hall you can see through the small doorway on the left of the foyer before photo.)
Here is a before photo of the butler’s pantry taken from the kitchen. Do you see all of the wasted space? The double doors at the end housed a bar area with no plumbing. We never used it. The closed door on the right was storage space but we did away with it and now have a walk in pantry on the other side of the kitchen (which I’ll share Monday).
I feel a spring in my step with the 6 week one room challenge out of the way (don’t get me wrong, I’d do it again in a heartbeat it just stressed me out in the final stretch). Yesterday I actually did paying WORK and sent my web designers 8000+ new fabrics to be put up on my site. (Pinch myself, I’ll be selling Schumacher fabrics very soon on the retail site!) I also was busy working on the new fabric line that will be initially an exclusive in the US on my site from an incredible Australian fabric designer. Cannot wait to share! I also managed to volunteer at the school cafeteria and meet a friend for a quick lunch! Tonight, my family might actually eat a home cooked meal!
Anyhow, I promised yesterday a couple of other before and after shots of our home….spaces that are pretty much (is anything ever completely) finished. If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you know we gutted our 1929 home in 2011/2012 less than a year after moving in with no intention of a major “live in a third floor walk up apartment with toddlers and a dog for 7 months” type of remodel. But, these things happen when you are 8 months pregnant and moving cross country and are only willing to look in one neighborhood. You take what you can get!
This foyer situation is the major reason we took the plunge and decided to remodel. The house was DARK and traffic didn’t flow well at all. Don’t get me wrong, I loved our house….the location and neighborhood is incredible (We have over 30 young children on our block alone!) But it needed some updates….
I recently stumbled on this space designed by CWB Architects in Brooklyn and loved it all.
But I particularly love the fabric on the chairs.
We were supposed to hop down to Florida for a quick weekend wedding. It would have been the first time ever to leave the kids with a non-family member overnight. We had to cancel our sitter the night before we left as we had one home with a nasty stomach bug. My incredible husband canceled his flight and sent me on my way so I wouldn’t miss my cousin’s wedding. We missed his brother’s wedding in January because we all had the flu. I came home to one child on the mend and the other having caught it.
The weekend with family was great for me.
And my husband is officially a saint!