May 13, 2014

House Tour: Kitchen and Dining Room

An invitation to sit and enjoy.
 

 

Come on in! Welcome to our kitchen and dining room! When we have adults over, these are the spaces everyone gathers in. This is where the wine is served, the laughter happens, and the brownies await. These are good rooms!

 

When we left off, we had toured our child-centric family room as we linked up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for house tours. As you can see in this shot of the living room, it opens right up to the kitchen.

 

In the right side of the picture, you see the opening to our kitchen.
 

But let's work from the front door again, shall we? From the foyer where the doggy welcoming party greeted us, the dining room is through the French Doors. So let's go in in!

 

Love my feather wreaths!
 

When those doors open you are greeted by our HUGE dining room table built by my husband to fit this room and to seat 14 people. We leave it set for 12 regularly, but 14 fit. I am so ridiculously impressed that I am married to a man who works his oh so very white collar finance job and then builds furniture for fun. I just love our table! And it is even more special because I know Casey made it!

 

Right now it's just seating two cuties at the end, but it is set to seat 12.
A closer shot of the cuties
and a better view of the knotted texture of the wood and the distressing.
 

The space with the table was originally the formal living room while the tiny area holding the white sofa in the background was the dining room. We had no interest in a formal living room and wanted a big dining room that could host a dinner party or fit all of our family for pizza. So fairly soon after moving in we swapped them. We just had one issue.

The formal living room didn't have any lighting! At all. We lived with it for a few years and half-heartedly looked at light fixtures but never found anything we loved. Well, when we made the decision to use the dining room as our main eating space (more on that later) we needed lighting. So this winter we bought these two spherical lights for above the table, added in the can lights for good bright lighting, and swapped out the previous big bulky metal chandelier for a ceiling fan in the sitting space.

 

Lighting purchased at Rockwall Lighting
 

The wall behind the table is currently empty. Well, an old occasional table is sitting there but it needs donated. It also appears to be home to the dog's tennis ball. That wall is earmarked for a china hutch. Our china and crystal is currently all in a built-in back in the gameroom, but that space needs to be for toys! So, we bought a china hutch on craigslist in the fall.

 

The big blank wall opposite the windows.
 

It isn't exactly what we had in mind, but it is a good solid wood piece of furniture and will fill the wall nicely. It is wider than many of the pieces we looked at, which we love. It has good clean lines that won't compete with the table. And once it has been refinished (hopefully soon so we can get organized before the baby comes) I think it will look great!

 

The china hutch "before".
 

The area behind the table is a sitting room of unknown purpose. We are still adapting this space to its best use and so haven't bought any furniture for the space. It currently holds "the dogs sofa." She LOVES this white sofa and spends a large part of her day relaxing on it. Sadly, the doggy attention isn't helping its lifespan as she likes to dig at it to fluff it. Oops!

On the right, the space also holds a bamboo side table (holding the fake flowers that decorated the cake table at our wedding reception and a photo of our first kiss as husband and wife) and on the floor is a box holding our silver flatware which will go in the china hutch once it is completed.

To the left of the white sofa is a cute rolling cart that now hides behind the open door so the boys can't push it. On the cart are all of my mercury glass candle holders and dishes. It is also home to the boys coloring supplies. I have an area of the house I intend to use as a craft zone, but for now they color while sitting in their high chairs so keeping crayons and paper and tape right there is convenient, even if it isn't pretty!

 

The sitting space.
Maybe someday it will hold a baby grand. I can dream right?
 

The double doors to the left of the white sofa lead into the kitchen.

 

From the kitchen looking out.
 

Turning around in that same spot:

 

 

At the end of the kitchen is the breakfast nook or eat in kitchen. We used to have a kitchen table here (In fact, it's still floating just outside the frame of the shot while we procrastinate getting rid of it), but it was a very crowded area. It was difficult to maneuver and clean with two high chairs and we felt it would be impossible with three. It also blocked all access to the hutch on the far wall, making those cabinets fairly useless. In a galley kitchen the size of ours, useless cabinets are a huge problem!

Since removing the table, we were able to relocate the Kuerig and all of the coffee and tea supplies to one of the hutch cabinets. We also use the fruit bowl to hold all of our produce (after this picture was taken we did get to the grocery store so it is no longer home to only two lonely grapefruit!). These steps freed up space in the main part of the kitchen for sippy cups and baby plates and all those necessities.

 

The kitchen hutch.
The center open shelves hold my Arthur Court Butterfly pieces. I love butterflies and all that they symbolize and think this pattern is just so gorgeous. The bottom left picture shows a close up of our salt and pepper shakers. The bottom right shows my cheese plate which is currently housing dried rosemary from my mom's garden. The bottom center picture is my Arthur Court butterfly clipboard which is hanging on the wall holding our family calendar.
 

In the old eating space we currently have placeholder furniture, but to be honest I like it a lot and it might become permanent. My original vision was two wingback chairs but I like the low profile of these. Behind the seating arrangement we have a small console table that gives us a spot in the kitchen to collect some junk. To utilize the rest of the space freed up by removing the kitchen table, I would like to put a kids table and chairs in the space next to the refrigerator (not pictured but directly behind where I stood to take this picture and spanning the space between the kitchen and family room).

 

Bamboo directors chairs and ottomans from Homegoods.
 

The reality is these seats are far too sat in for the end table to ever look that clean. Just a few hours later during naptime it had already accumulated my pens, weekly to do binder, neighborhood newsletter, a Reese's egg, my iPad, my iPhone, and my constant companion, a Tervis full of water.

 

A more realistic view.
 

Although to be honest, I think it looks more inviting this way!

 

 

 

 

Edited:

When we originally bought our house, the cabinets were all a yellow-y cream that made the kitchen look very bland. I only have a photo that shows the hutch (and with the two big trays and colorful fake fruit it isn't so bad) but the rest of the cabinets were horrible. The paint was also in really bad condition with lots of chips. Before we moved in, my mom and I sanded, painted, and distressed everything!

Photo from before we owned the house.
A month after moving in.
The original metal light fixture is now in our garage
because it's kind of pretty and I can't decide what to do with it!
A month after moving in.
We added a microwave and swapped out the oven for a double
in stainless before moving in. Since then, we have upgraded the
dishwasher to stainless as well. The trash compactor is still black.
At some point we'll upgrade it to stainless as well.
The oven side of the galley kitchen.
Lots of great light from the HUGE skylight right in the middle.
 

 

25 comments:

  1. The blue wall color is so peaceful. I apparently need to hire Casey to build me a table, do you hire him out?

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    1. He and his Dad have thought a lot about making custom furniture since they both find it enjoyable. The problem is it's expensive. Buying good, quality wood costs a lot more than you expect it to! Add in the other materials and something for his time and they just don't know that anyone would pay that much!

      The blue is silver sage by Restoration Hardware - it's a great color!

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  2. Your long table is amazing! It's my dream to have a 12 seat table when I have a bigger living space!
    And how amazing that someone made it for you! That does make it extra special.
    Thanks for sharing your cute space!

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    1. Thanks! I'm super fortunate to have a handy husband and father in law who can make my furniture whims come true! (One of these days I'll share the boys nursery and the custom cribs they built because I couldn't find anything that was just juuust right. They're amazing!)

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  3. That table is AWESOME!!! Maybe I need to commission your hubby to make my kitchen table :) I also love the lighting above the table and the color of your cabinets!
    Thanks so much for linking up!!!
    :) Andrea

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    1. Thanks! Casey and his dad have thought about making tables to sell, but between the cost of high quality wood and supplies and something for their time they would be pretty expensive. Not sure anyone would be willing to pay that much!

      The kitchen cabinets were one of the few changes we made before we moved in. They were a yellow-y cream when we bought the house and made the kitchen really drab. I wanted something happier! Luckily my mom was willing to help me tackle them because we had quite the time crunch between closing and when our apartment lease ended.

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    2. I just updated the post to add a picture of the original cabinets before we bought the house as well as three pictures that show the kitchen 3 months after we moved in.

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  4. Beautiful kitchen and dining room...I love the lighting and dining room table!

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  5. Another Reese's Egg makes a picture, love it! Your long table is amazing and I was wondering if you or Casey would ever share a tutorial on how he built it? I have seen plans on different blogs for building knock off PB furniture and we are planning to build a farmhouse table next summer. Also, I think it is awesome you turned the kitchen hutch into a coffee station! Speaking my language...

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    1. Ha! I was hoping no one would notice yet another Reese's. I clearly have a problem!

      I'd love to get Casey to post a tutorial on the table. They based the design off of the farmhouse table at Restoration Hardware but made it bigger. (And added two leaves that have never actually come off the table so probably could have just been built on! We actually decided to do leaves so he could theoretically build even longer leaves if needed in the future and if we ever move they could be taken off to shorten the table to fit in a new house.) I have a few photos of the table being built saved somewhere. I'll work on getting Casey to post something!

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  6. So cute! I love the lighting in the dining area!

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    1. Thank you! We were so slow finding anything we loved, but I'm glad we waited because we are just so happy with them.

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  7. Wow! That table is AMAZING! My hubby is in finance too and he doesn't make anything like that! ;)
    I love, love those light fixtures too!

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    1. It makes no sense to me that his brain can do the hole finance/investment thing and the building thing!

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  8. Love, love, love those light fixtures! And that table!

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  9. What amazing work your hubby does!!! That is such a great piece to have in the family for years to come. I love that it seats 14!!! I also love those lights you decided on.

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    1. I love how big it is too --- but for Christmas I think I might as for bigger leaves so it can expand to 20. Because I'm insane and like big parties? But really if we have just my side of the family over we have 8 adults and 5 kids plus my two (about to be three) in high chairs. Add in Casey's family and we have another 6 adults and 4 kids. I'll never get a table that sits 26 to fit in the room but bigger is always better (right?!)!

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  10. Love the green cabinets and your amazing dining table!

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    1. Thanks! I know green is a pretty non-traditional choice for cabinet color so hopefully it doesn't hurt our house value someday but for now I love them!

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  11. So one of the many things we have in common is that I also love open houses and looking in people's homes! Thanks for doing these posts and indulging in my fantasy too! ;) Your house is so gorgeous (and SO clean!). If only homes like this existed out here! ;) And if Casey ever decides to take his skills to the west coast I would LOVE a homemade table too! Thank you again for sharing. Love getting to know you and yur family this way!

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    1. I'm glad you think my house is clean. My strategic picture taking worked! I can't stay on top of the clutter and toys. They explode all over the house twice a day and no matter how many times I pick up, there is always an errant block or ball somewhere. Luckily, we have a housekeeper who cones to the heavy cleaning and I always take house pictures after she comes!

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  12. your dining room is gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you! It's a fun work in progress. Some day it will have a hutch. And things on the walls!

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