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So yeah, we've been making this house a home for two months now. We've unpacked most of our stuff, nestling frying pans, vases, and books into their designated rooms.  Frames with no pictures still rest in the hallway and the laundry room has become a landing zone for paint, jackets, and shoes. Closets are squished with clothes and crumbs grace the kitchen counter tops. This house that was gutted on the inside and made new feels like ours. It's good to be home.

kitchens are the heart of a home

Like most homes, our gathering place as a family is the kitchen. Mail sits on the edge of the counter and bags take a seat at the table. Throughout the day, the sink hosts a party for the sippy cups, plastic plates, and Corningware dishes. Food is prepared quickly in the microwave or savors on the stove top. We try to eat as a family at the table but we are thankful for the quick service of the bar.

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Our kitchen is the heart of our home, the room we pass through to sleep or play. Morning light reveals vibrant butterflies fluttering in azalea bushes, a blue and red bird tangoing in the blueberry bush, and a pesky squirrel out the window for our dog to chase. It is a calming room even though I'm always having to clean it, especially after the girls help me bake.

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While renovating, this room received a major overhaul.

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Everything was replaced except for the inside of the cabinets, which hosts pull out drawers to easily access all the pots and pans.

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As mentioned in this post, I didn't want to feel stuck in the kitchen while everyone else was resting in the living room. We wanted the two rooms to be partners creating an open space for conversation, play, and full stomachs. Demoing the wall that originally held the refrigerator and overhead cabinets achieved the openness we desired.

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Not only did we want the kitchen to be open, we also wanted it to be organized. The flow of traffic and food preparation was important in our planning. I love how I can reach into the refrigerator for our food and turn around to prepare it on the counter before it hits the microwave, oven, or stove top. The trash can is in just the right spot and the dishwasher is our sink's best friend.

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Another element of organization that we recreated were our pantry cabinets.  Originally the pantry was separated into two closets that each had a door that opened out into the kitchen. The pantry had great storage but it was a bit plain on the outside with the generic wooden doors.  Raleigh used his presto-chango architect skills to create a beautiful pantry cabinet space that is now a highlight of the whole room.  We absolutely love it.

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The lemon wallpaper no longer adorns the walls but I still feel Raleigh's grandmother's presence in this room. I never met Kennette, but I've been told that she could cook the best fried chicken and always had fresh produce from Martin's garden. She left me mason jars just waiting to be canned with blueberry jam and an old wooden rolling pin that can't wait to make a homemade pie crust. The room has been gutted of material items but I pray Kennette's adventures in the kitchen always remain.

kitchen numberedIf you are interested in where all the stuff from the kitchen came from, check out these links.

1. Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige, Cabinet Color: Sherwin Williams Alabaster White

2.Island Color: Sherwin Williams Fawn Brindle

3. Refrigerator: Kenmore French Door with Reach-In Freezer (all appliances are Kenmore from Sear's)

4. Counter Tops: Quartz stone in London Grey (knobs are from Lowe's)

5. Sink: Apron Front Farmhouse Sink from Lowe's (sink head is a model from Kingston Brass)

6. Pantry Cabinet Color: Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray

7. Chandelier: Camilla 6 Arm Chadelier from Pottery Barn

8. Lights: Milk Glass Filament Pendant, Weather Rust with Amber Lighting from Restoration Hardware

The kitchen was the last room in the house to be re-done but it was well worth the wait. Maybe our renovation will inspire you to not just renovate your own kitchen but how you feel about it on the inside. 

 

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

the architect buttonFor more details on our home renovation, check out these posts:

What’s the next best thing for your life?  {remodeling a family home in the country}

How to work with what you’ve got {living room}

What hospitality really means {dining room and office}

Love built on friendship {master bed and bath}

What to do when the forecast claims snow {kitchen}

How to be strong instead of stressed {progress report/moving}

Get rid of your stuff {moving into a new house}

 

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