Before and After Kitchen–Part 1

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Before…kitchen before kitchen before2 dining before

After…kitchen 2kitchen 5

I say ‘part 1’ because our beauty white hex tile backsplash on the window wall was just completed, but still needs grouting. I can’t prematurely put pics of that wall up yet! It will come though. I might have promised Dev that I would make an attempt at the grouting….eeee…

This room is a bit of every single thing I could have imagined wanting in the kitchen. Originally there were plans to flank the hood with floating shelves, but after hanging the artwork as a temporary space-filler, I started to fall in love with the idea. Both pieces are sentimental (one was taken moments before Dev proposed, the oil is another original piece that belonged to his grandmother) so for now, and likely for the next long while, they will stay. Perhaps a utility rod under the hood and over the range, but I don’t want to clutter things up too much.kitchen 7 kitchen 4

The biggest debate was the counters. I must have looked at every single quartz option available, focusing mostly on the carrera look alikes. I was told by all contractors and countertop companies to avoid marble, but I realized after reading many blog posts and magazine articles that I wasn’t alone and also that I wasn’t crazy. I convinced the wonderful people at RioStone to show me a slab of Bianca Gioia marble. They were amazing, and had it honed for me so that it was perfectly imperfect. Something about the element of real stone, beside the wood island support and the pine pantry doors feels so soft. Old brass hardware from Lee Valley and antique brass sconces from Schoolhouse Electric brought an aged feel, and that stove…well if you’re in the market for a new range, go Bertazzoni. Amazing amazing amazing, and reasonably priced.kitchen 8

Add some persian rugs to the mix and have a wonderful mom who will whip up some art for you at the drop of a hat (LOVE the dining room abstracts) and you’re golden. I must mention our wonderful kitchen contractor here–Mason’s Custom Kitchens worked with every little miniscule detail and supported all my crazy requests (like hanging those pine doors!). And also my husband who ripped out over 20 feet of wall and installed ridiculously huge beams to make this open room possible 😉

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