Spring is in the air.....

Spring is in full swing here in Florida! I know most of the rest of the country is still having intermittent winter, but this is truly the loveliest time to be here in the almost tropics! It's warm, but dry and sunny everyday!

Because we had just moved in at this time last year, and then summer came with it's humidity and bugs, and then fall with its kitchen renovation (UGH) I haven't done much with the outside spaces here in our new home.  But I want to capture as much time outdoors as I can for the next few months while it's still pleasant, so I've gone looking for inspiration!


Kitchen Reveal!!!



It only took 4x longer than promised, but it is finally done! I can't even begin to describe how nice it is to have the kitchen done.  Like I told my husband this afternoon, now that I have a new kitchen with functional appliances and a workable layout, I no longer dread dinnertime.




A layout that functions with more than one person in the room.




A real honest-to-goodness dual fuel range and a functioning vent hood!




Counter space that goes on forever, and that waterfall edge! And storage galore!!!




This new kitchen has changed the feel of the entire house!  


In case anyone forgot what it looked like before:














Who's coming for dinner?!?!?



oh yeah, we're doing this, too...

While the kitchen is the main focus of our big remodel, we also are slightly tweaking our master bathroom at the same time.  Nothing major, just replacing the vanity, faucets, mirrors and lighting.  The layout is good, and the tile is fine, so just fixing the few major things was our top priority.


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Obviously, the biggest features in the room that we will be working around are the grayish tile in the shower and tub surround, and the wood look tile on the floor.  While neither of these are something I would have necessarily chosen for myself (and definitely not together) I really wanted to make them work.  Tile is just SO expensive and time-consuming to replace.

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I wouldn't have chosen the wood tone cabinets either, especially not with a wood floor so close in color.  And while the upper cabinet seems like a good idea, in reality it is obtrusive and takes up so much counter space.

Based on the architectural style of our house (1950's beach cottage/bungalow) and our own preferences, I found some pictures to inspire me:

I love the mid-century feel of this vanity, but I'm trying to get away from adding back in more of that medium brown wood.

This is beautiful, feels modern and light, but our pipes come up through the floor, so we need to cover them up (don't want to pay to reroute them through the wall, and can't patch the floor!)  Also, not sure white is the direction we want to go in.

Love Orlando and love this bathroom!  I especially love the black accents!

Another favorite, I really love this vanity.  Restoration Hardware makes one just like it, but it isn't long enough, and again with the pipes showing.

I love the wall faucet! So much about this bathroom has the atmosphere that we're looking for!

The common theme in all of these spaces is a light simple palette, modern and somewhat masculine with a balanced mix of textures and finishes. 

But how to balance out the greige stone looking tile and the wood tone floors? I found this image of this gorgeous bathroom and knew I'd struck gold:

It still has that light modern feeling, and it incorporates some of the same finishes that we are trying to work around, namely the greige stone and the wood floors!

I went through several combinations, trying to find the right balance.  I really wanted brass in there, but I felt like adding that in (whether in the lighting, faucets, or hardware) was really one finish too far.  Also, because of budget restraints, I didn't want to have to change out all of the shower faucets - there are like 6 (only 3 but gee whiz!) There's chrome there now, with brushed nickel at the sinks and tub.

However, I absolutely LOVE this Brizo Odin faucet in matte black, so I ordered them for the sinks.  Now I'm kind of regretting it - not only were they pretty spendy, but I feel like with the black vanity, it might be too much black.  And I don't want to buy 17 new faucets for the shower (really only 3).

So, I'm going to try to return the black faucets and get these Delta Trinsic faucets in chrome instead.  A lot less money, but with a very similar shape.

Blah blah blah - lady, get to the point.

Here's the rendering I finally settled on:

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See, it works with either the black or chrome faucets!

The new vanity will hopefully be going in by the end of the week, right after the kitchen cabinets are installed!  Check back - I'll keep you posted!

pendants / mirrors / black faucet / chrome faucet / towel / decorative ladder 

One Room Challenge - Week 3

Here we are, week 3 of the One Room Challenge

Last week I showed you my idea board for my new kitchen:


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There are so many decisions that go into a new kitchen! We basically started with the floor, since we knew we would not be replacing it.  It's the original terrazzo from the 50's, and it is continuous throughout the entire first floor.


I love how light and bright this floor makes the whole house feel.  We have 8 foot ceilings, and having the floor color be so close to the wall color really helps to make it feel more expansive. 

We knew that we needed to work with the grays, beiges, and tan colors in the floor.  Usually in a kitchen, I would pick the cabinet color next, but I knew that I wanted a patterned cement tile, so I chose one that complemented our color scheme, but also felt more modern.  Remember, we are going for a boho/beachy/mid-century feel here.

This tile is from Cement Tile Shop (right here in Tampa!) and I love it so much!

NOW, on to cabinets! To stay within the framework of modern and somewhat streamlined, I knew that I wanted slab doors.  I found a stain color that I really loved, but we have so much wood in adjacent areas of the house, so I went with a light gray - Colonnade Gray from Sherwin Williams.


Having gray cabinets means that I can have the upper shelves made of wood as well as the stools without having all of those tones of wood clashing and competing with one another.  I brought in a little more warmth and texture with the basket pendants.

I already knew I wanted white marble or quartz countertops, so that was an easy choice.

The next decision was a faucet - there are so many beautiful options out there these days, but when I saw this one that Lauren Liess used on Best House on the Block, I knew I had to have one similar to it.

If you can't tell, it's a brass toned pre-rinse faucet!!!!

It was not easy to find, but I finally did, and got the pot filler to match.  These two bright spots will really be a focal point in the kitchen - the sink is front and center in the island, so having a really gorgeous faucet is important.

On to hardware!  I love the look of brass pulls, but I really wanted to let the faucet be the star, so I went with a very simple matte black tab pull.

As far as appliances, we went with stainless range, dishwasher and fridge.  In our last kitchen we we went with a name brand suite of appliances - and I'm sorry to say we were not happy with them (except for the dishwasher, so we bought the same one this time as well!)  This time we just picked from different manufacturers to get the function we needed.  

   refrigerator   /   range   /   dishwasher

  refrigerator  /  range  /  dishwasher

I can't wait to see how it all comes together!

As far as progress in the room goes, everything got demo'd on Friday.  The guys came back this week and finished up the electrical.  It's a little tricky because of the concrete floors - they had to cut a whole in the middle of the room, and then tunnel under the floor to put in the conduit to get electricity to the island.  They'll come back tomorrow to do the water and drain lines.


Oh yeah, I found this great blog post about how to survive during a kitchen reno!  She includes lots of tips and she even gives you meal ideas!

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