I love working on kitchens because I love to cook! If a kitchen is ugly and does not have enough storage or counter space it can be stressful. Always having to compensate for a poor design gets really old. I have lived through kitchen renovations and I know they are tough, but the outcome is ALWAYS worth it!

This client went back and forth about renovating the house they were in or moving. They spoke with builders, visited the Parade of Homes, and ultimately decided they loved their location and would renovate. I talk to many people who go through this conversation! In fact my husband and I will sometimes wonder if we should tackle the next project on our home or move. Alas, we’ve stayed!

This client wanted a light and bright feeling, more storage and and better kitchen island. Here are the before shots!


img_0414jThe island was so weird and dysfunctional!

The bar was uninspiring and lacked good storage solutions, even though there was plenty of square footage and wall space.


The bar, opposite wall.


And here’s the after! Light, bright and almost twice as much storage! We did new flooring on the entire main level, all new cabinets, counter tops, lighting and appliances. It was basically a complete overhaul.

2016 Deidre Remtema

We took the cabinets to the ceiling which helped the room feel taller.

white kitchen, kitchen before and after, blue dishes

The perimeter kitchen cabinets are white and the island is a light gray with slightly different door styles.

kitchen lighting, gray cabinets, modern kitchne

gold dishes, blue dishes, kitchen cabinet accessories

This client loves gold and blue so we incorporated that in the accessories and dishes.gold dishes, blue and white kitchen

accessorizing kitchen shelf

The backsplash is a mix of straight set and herringbone subway tile to add a modern twist.

gray cabinets, gold hardware, white subway tile

I love the mix of modern, classic and natural elements and I feel this vase with greenery really captures that look.

white subway tile

kitchen decor

kitchen decor

We more than doubled the storage in the bar, that was so exciting!! This was the wall with the freestanding wire wine shelves. Obviously they are wine lovers too (we have that in common!).

wine cabinet, wine storage, gray cabinet

We added so much storage to the bar I recommended using the wall above the counter for a mirror. It makes the room feel larger and reflects light, I love using mirrors to open up small spaces.

bar, home bar, large mirror in bar

glass kitchen cabinet, gold hardware

home bar

Kitchens are such a busy part of the home where a lot of connection with family and friends happens. At every party everyone ends up in the kitchen, right? This is a family that likes to entertain so it was fun to create this new space for them! I hope you enjoyed it!