I am happy to announce the beginning of my home tours starting with Low Tide High Style. Kat linked up a few of her projects to my weekly party that I fell in love with, so I asked her to participate. I hope you all enjoy it.
When Cassity asked me if I wanted to have my home featured on her wonderful blog I was completely thrilled and honored! As a freelance writer, I’m normally the one writing about other people’s homes, and had never really considered having my own home featured anywhere other than on my blog. So when it came time to put this post together, I was suddenly terrified at the idea of having the spotlight turned around on my house, and for once I completely understood how the people I write about feel when I tell them a photographer will be poking around their homes. Would everything look ok? Did I vacuum and dust enough, and what about those darn cobwebs that seem to pop up overnight…would those show up?!! Cassity, being the sweet and kind person that she is sent me a simple email which allayed all my fears. She said to simply show you what I love about my house. Well that’s easy, I do love so many things about my house like where it’s located, the wonderful breezes we get, the huge amounts of natural sunlight that comes streaming in, and how after years of living in a neighborhood I now have a little breathing room all around me. I also love that after a few years of remodeling, our home finally reflects who we are and how we live. If someone asked me what my favorite room in the house was, I would not hesitate for even a moment before saying that the kitchen is truly my favorite room. We completely gutted the kitchen and started from scratch after living here for a few years.
Today, our kitchen is the realization of a dream come true. I had always dreamt of having a black and white kitchen, the kind that reminds you of your grandmother’s house with pies cooling on the window sill and a big Sunday dinner cooking on the stove. The kitchen remodel took 4 months from tear out to being a functioning kitchen again. During that time we ate a lot of peanut butter and cottage cheese, and the waiters at a local Mexican Restaurant got to know us very well! We added another doorway, eliminated the peninsula and opted for a center island with bar sink instead. The custom cabinetry allowed us to configure the kitchen in a way that provides us with wonderful flow, plenty of storage, and it has truly become the heart of the house.
There is still more work to be done in the kitchen. The backsplash needs to be installed, which will consist of beadboard along the window wall, while bronze sea life tiles set into an onyx mosaic (pictured above) will go above the range. The bronze tiles were my one big splurge, they are handmade and cost $60.00 a piece, but since they will be a focal point I wanted something that would really make a statement.
I really wanted the cabinets to resemble pieces of furniture so our wonderful cabinetmaker added lots of detailing wherever he could such as on the sink cabinet shown above.
The pendant lights over the island are made by Troy Lighting and are part of their Owings Mills Collection.
A bargain hunter by nature, I found as many items for the kitchen as I could on sale or at deeply discounted prices. The soapstone farm sink was half off from Green Mountain Soapstone and cost $400.00, less than many stainless steel undermount sinks these days. And every single faucet, including the insta-hot, came from Ebay, some of them were 90% off the retail price! By planning ahead, buying discounted items well in advance, and being willing to compromise on some things, you truly can get a kitchen that looks like a million bucks, but doesn’t cost that much! We opted not to buy professional grade appliances, and by doing that I was able to get custom inset cabinetry which was only a few thousand dollars more than semi-custom and it had the look and features I really wanted.