Monday, March 24, 2014


Some of the before pics...
This wall, the below bathroom and the staircase to the basement were all taken out to create a larger kitchen area!!  This picture shows the original wood floors - we put all new wood floors since the wall, stairs and bathroom were moved.
This bathroom and these disgusting stairs were taken out to expand the kitchen!
This house actually didn't have a kitchen when purchased!  This is where it was designed to go - it was WAY too small!!
 This was the original dining room but now it will be the main part of the kitchen.
I love the original radiator cover but couldn't make it work to keep it there (they are just for show because it was converted to forced heat/air many years ago).
The stained glass was taken out decades ago - I might put them back in!

Here is a look at the progress...
They are working on my island this week - I can't wait to see it!
I found this vintage table for sale but I wanted something counter height so it wouldn't work. 
James (the cabinet guy) is going to try to reproduce the table the best that he can but have it function as a counter with barstools.
Thanks for all of the compliments:) - I had no clue how stressful a remodel could be!!
Xox Traci

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My kitchen Renovation

Well my VERY long kitchen renovation may just be coming to an end!  I'm getting really excited! 
I've had many friends and customers ask how it's going so I thought I would share a little of the process up to this point.  When I first began I really had no clue how much things would be.  Pinterest and Houzz is such a wonderful way to get ideas but there really should be a BIG WARNING that goes along with these kitchens.  They should all list the price so you can snap out of a dream and into reality!!   
The initial budget (because I had no idea how much things were) for the cabinets would have allowed for something like this!
After deciding to add more to the budget we worked with a custom company.
here are some drawings...
There was a ton of open shelving (which is more cost efficient than having doors).
I like the look but began to think about how functional that would be - The magic question would be who is going to dust all of that!?!

The range was set to go on the wall by the window to make it easier to vent. 
There was something about the way the hood cover seemed to be so random (like it was in the wrong spot) that I just didn't like it! I had to go back to the drawing board:)
After adding more to the budget I found another custom cabinet company.
 M and M cabinet and millwork in Shorewood is an amazing father and son team.  They truly care about you and your ideas.  All of the other companies require you to get someone to install (I found that strange).  With this company they do it all from start to finish (what a relief) and their pricing was an incredible deal!
After a very long 9 months with absolutely no kitchen (only a beverage fridge and microwave) things are being installed NOW!
Here are the drawings... 
 I decided to move the range to the other wall and have floor to ceiling cabinets flanking my massive window.  The sink will be centered here.  I decided to use cremone bolt hardware on the large glass cabinets - I love that look!!
Deciding on a color was a TOUGH decision!  I have always absolutely loved white kitchens but I just didn't feel like it would work with this house.  I found these kitchens with a grey/taupe color and thought this is classic and just as beautiful as white!  Now that the cabinets are starting to go in I am so happy with my decision!

I just love this color especially with gold!

Picking out the counters
 I decided to get what everyone has advised me NOT to get!  I am doing it, I am getting marble!  Honestly I really, really tried to find something else that was close to the look of marble but it does not exist!  Nothing looks like marble but marble!

When I went to the supplier I thought I would be choosing calcutta gold marble but found something I liked more.  Vermont Imperial Danby marble is known for being an easier marble to care for - crossing my fingers that this is true!  What I like about this marble is that it's very uniform but still has pretty veining.  Here is one of the slabs I chose ...

Here it is with my sample cabinet.

This is the only area my fiancĂ© has expressed a strong opinion so I caved.
I wanted...
Isn't this Lacanche range beautiful!  I love the mix of stainless and gold.  I am a little sad right now reflecting on how much I loved this range!  He didn't like that the service would be a hassle since it is not common in the US and I sort of agree (but don't tell him).

He wanted...
A wolf single oven with red knobs.
I really don't care for the red knobs but I have an appreciation for the quality of this brand.

We ordered this oven and a half - the size I like but the brand he likes (it still has those bright red knobs though)!

All of the other appliances will be covered with panels so the kitchen should look pretty seamless!

I'll post some pics of the progress in a few days so check back!!
I've learned a TON so about kitchen renovations through this process so convo me if you have kitchen questions!
XO Traci