Welcome to Heather’s newly remodeled kitchen.
She writes, “We remodeled our kitchen earlier this year to expand it to over twice the size in the existing space, replacing cabinets from the ’80s.”
“I love my kitchen because it is so bright and cheery now and brings the bay window into the design which makes the outside seem part of the kitchen. My favorite feature is my bookcase in the corner, which I was just able to squeeze into the design,” she says.
The pups seem to be enjoying the kitchen, too!
Thanks to Heather for sharing it with us.
Cheryl in Wisconsin says
The puppies look so content!
Love the rug and the light fixtures.
W H Stoneman says
Could we get that refrigerator a little farther away from the “cooking triangle”?….Poor design.
I thought the fridge placement was odd, but it looks like there are two work spaces so this is a comfortable ‘two-cook’ kitchen.
If I was having company and working at the stove still, it might be awkward to sidle past company sitting on the bar stools to get something out of the fridge – but that could be remedied by putting guests to work and having them get stuff for you! 🙂
As an aside, the kitchen is absolutely beautiful and to the submitter: Heather, you have excellent taste!
It’s all about the preparation. A good cook gets her stuff onto the workbench before she starts to cook. So therefore, this kitchen works just fine for me – not that I’m a good cook, but I hate making countless trips to the fridge! Heather clearly didn’t want to compromise that view from her bay window, so why not place the fridge out of the way? The only downside for me is that second workbench! I can’t fathom out why one would need two in a kitchen. But I have seen this concept before in an ultra-contemporary house in Australia. Each to their own. I think it checks all boxes!
Very classic. Love your rug. I’m not sure if it’s the photos, but I find the refrigerator placement very odd. It seems far from the working space of the kitchen.
I think the refrig placement seems odd only because we aren’t seeing another part of the kitchen – a third countertop that must have the sink and dishwasher – you can see a smidge of it – in photo 2. The sink in the island looks only for prep. Are we right?
Very classic colors. Well done.
Actually, it’s emptying the dishwasher that comes to mind when I see these larger kitchens. Does it take forever? Of course, maybe I’m just trying to punch holes in the notion larger kitchens, as this one is beautiful!
House Crazy Sarah says
What a nice ‘feel’ this kitchen has… love the large bay window and the greenery that it brings in. Also, the grey subway tile is really unusual – I don’t think I have ever seen that before. Lovely job Heather!
Very pretty (and those sleeping puppies made me smile)! I also love that huge window in the kitchen and the gorgeous countertops! I, too, am curious about the layout of this kitchen….it appears there is a second half with another island across from the fridge. I’m assuming it has a larger sink. I wonder if the small prep sink in this photo is larger/deeper than it appears….I can’t imagine trying to fill my big pasta pot in the one across from the stove; however, that large expanse of countertop in the island would be ideal for rolling out pastries!
Those gray subway tiles are sufficiently vintage-style + yet, unique at the same time. How inspirational? I love the way the refrigerator’s been ‘built-in’ with cabs!
K A Y
I do not like the location of the microwave. Bending that low would bother my lower back. Otherwise, the kitchen is lovely and the dogs are a wonderful touch.
I failed to mention in previous comment that I love, love the lights over the island.
Heather H says
Hi, I’d just like to comment on the questions about the layout. There is a cabinet & countertop section across from the fridge that you cannot see that acts as glass storage and a bar area. The sink and dishwasher also not shown are near the end of the island. It is a triangle set up, and while spaced farther apart than I imagine is ideal it actually works very well in real life, at least for us. Moving the fridge to the wall you see (which used to be a built in pantry) enabled us to significantly expand the size of the kitchen without having to add on an extension to our house.
Thanks for explaining that, Heather! 🙂
I “get it” now that you’ve explained it, Heather. Lovely!!!!
Yes, Heather, thanks for the further explanation for all of us crazy house people who can’t get enough, and want every detail! 🙂 I could see a tiny glimpse of that other section in one of these photos and was curious about it! Actually, my kitchen has a very similar set-up with my sink against the wall that runs at a right angle to my stove. I actually love having a large island work area that is not taken up by a giant sink. We also use ours to serve a crowd buffet-style. PS- My fridge is almost identically located (because doorway access to other rooms dictated it). It is a few extra steps, but I like to look at it as extra calories burned that justify my eating more of what I’m cooking! It also places my fridge closer to the table, where getting the milk in and out a hundred times/day is very convenient! Again, it is just beautiful and I love that you managed to fit in that bookshelf too- perfect for cookbooks!
Hi Heather. I can’t remember the name of your blog. Could you share it here with us? Thanx heaps.
Heather H says
Wanted to add that the tiles are glass and actually a turquoise/gray color.
Such a pretty, pretty kitchen! Love those vintage light fixtures, and the backsplash is perfection! Such a bright and sunny place to start the day…. 😉
Gosh! I feel like I’m back in design school with everyone giving their snotty 2 cents. Being an old-house-dweller, I’ve learned that sometimes in a remodel you have to be creative and think outside of that TRIANGLE.
Heather, I think your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!! Wonderful job!
Heather H says
Thanks Missy! That is exactly the approach we had to take in our mid-80’s house, there was a of creativity we had to apply to get what we wanted. I cannot tell you how many floorplan arrangements I did before ending with the one we have.
Some very nice features…love the rug and the puppies but where is the rest of the kitchen?
Jane George says
NICE light fixtures over the island. Love ’em.
I LOVE the bar stools! They tie everything together, were they custom made?
Heather H says
Thanks Ann, ironically the barstools were probably the most economical purchase for the kitchen -they are from Target 🙂
i love the windows and lights heather you did a great job with this kitchen
Grey and white sounds SO BORING…but looks ABSOLUTELY LOVELY! Fantastic job…and I agree, working a new design and modern ideas of “functionality” into an old space can be such a challenge, one that lovers of “old spaces” understand and are willing to make sacrifices over. 🙂
Every time I convince myself plain white stools are the way to go, someone goes and covers theirs in a great fabric! Seems I might have to buy 2 sets so I never have to question it again! My favorite part is the fantastic lush green view out of those huge windows.
What a nice kitchen! I love the tiled back splash and those hanging lights. They were the perfect choice for the design. Great job Heather!
The finishes are beautiful. I have never seen gray subway tile used like that before, but it really makes the cabinets pop. Love the windows, the lights, the chairs, the cookbooks, the dogs — great job!
Christina from Dallas says
Beautiful light fixtures. Love the wood floors and the gray shiny tile. Also love the chairs. Wonderful job Heather!
I’m especially loving the striped schoolhouse pendant lights and the glass tile wall as a focal point! Beautiful!
fantastic job, heather!! it’s serene & classic, yet has so much personality. what are the countertops?
Heather H says
Hi Nanne, the countertops are Carrara marble in a honed finish. I love them!
What a fresh and clean kitchen! I love that the homeowners got creative in their design, because they had to, and put their personal stamp on this lovely space.
Love this kitchen! Where is the rug from?
Heather H says
Hi cassi, I got the runner on a flash sale site, it is an indoor/outdoor type. The maker is liora manne for trans-ocean, inc., if that helps at all. The writing is French culinary terms.
That gray tile reads with a lot of blue in it, don’t know if that’s true, but it’s very pretty. And I love those lights! The layout would bug me every single day, but if you are planning to live there long term and it doesn’t bother you…c’est la vie!
[email protected] says
Love the gray backsplash. Very much.
The Country Girl says
Lovely kitchen with some very nice appointments. It all goes together beautifully—- wonderful!
I am in love with those schoolhouse style lights with the striping! Where did you get them from?
Heather H says
Hi Derek, We really love the pendants as well, I purchased them from School House Electric. We had the length custom cut to be shorter than standard due to having a very tall husband who hates having pendants hang down in his line of sight.
Heather H says
I forgot to mention that Rejuvenation is another great resource for similar lighting, they have a wide range of vintage styles and I have fixtures from them elsewhere in my house as well.
Love this kitchen, especially those tiles! And I applaud the custom layout. Did you have a lot of debate to make it happen? For me, it took a lot of arguing with the kitchen planner, plumber and my contractor who were all obsessed with “resell value”. But ultimately it’s MY house, my kitchen, and if the dishwasher is uniquely placed, it suits us just fine.
Mary K says
I think this is one of my favorite kitchens yet! Love the gray and white. I am a huge gray fan, but have never seen it incorporated into a kitchen so well! Fabulous!!
Can you point me to the subway tiles? Where did you get those? Are they glass?