Well, folks I’m taking the plunge head first as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge and am incredibly excited as well as a bit overwhelmed, considering I moved into our first home less than a week ago! The thing with this home is we bought it without a doubt for the location and the yard. Both really couldn’t be beat for our needs. While I would love a true fixer upper this place is more of a refresher. It’s been updated but the style is already outdated, think late 90’s early 2000s even though it was probably done in the last 6-8 years. Given that we just spent our life savings this ORC is all about working with what you have. While we were hoping for a more open concept I was happy to see how wide this was for a galley and how large of a space there was for a breakfast nook. I was also excited to see the existing cabinets were shaker style and that to me was very doable. Also while the backsplash and floors are colors I would never choose their texture suits me and so I was relieved to feel like all of this was workable without any major renovations but just some DIYs. Plus a place for a chandelier and a pair sconces had me excited for the possibilities to make my mark on a home for the first time being a life long renter previously.
The outdated kitchen from our new home
What to address first? The cabinets obviously. They are too dark and they are cramping the style of the lovely window. So we plan to take out all the uppers on the right side and replace those with open shelving then paint the rest and re-hardware them. No easy task but the cost is minimal comparatively and while it takes work its more elbow grease than hiring a contractor. What we will have to keep is the counters, they’re granite and in great condition so while a far cry from my dream of quartzite or marble, for now the goal is to draw your eye away from their yellowy brown look. Here are the plans for the kitchen which are heavily influenced on blending my love of English charm, which happens to be where my husband is from, and our mutual love of classic clean design with a twist. In short I am heavily influenced by the incomparable Devol Kitchens.
Kitchen Design Plans
For the generous breakfast nook I will be building a large bench under a window against the wall so I can accommodate, the probably too big for the space, but HOLY AMAZING vintage Baker Furniture Neo-Classical dining table that I scored for under $200. It's a beast but it can accommodate from 6-12 people which will come in handy when we celebrate the holidays etc. While she needs some TLC I love the idea of having a vintage piece that I can use as the main staple to this space and have the rest of the elements be a more modern version of some classic designs like some black Windsor chairs or a chandelier inspired by the great MCM designer Florian Schulz. It the end this space will encompass what I am all about. Which is not having one style but layering many seamlessly to create one of kind yet classic designs. I design less for buzz words or trends but more for a reflection of who the people who live in our home are and I hope to show you that.
Breakfast Nook Plans
So there you have it. My plans for the spring 2019 One Room Challenge and click the link to see that of the other guest participants as well as the featured designers. It's a large undertaking but I already have on hand some amazing brands that as a designer I have come to know and love on board to help me execute it. I feel honored they have entrusted me to show off what I have long respected about them in their use with clients into my own home. I hope you enjoy this journey with me and that I can impart some wisdom as you rethink your own home and how we can up-cycle and refresh what we have without losing sight of the dreams we had for our homes.