Thursday, January 5, 2017

Our Kitchen Renovation

It's been a while since I've posted and I wanted to share our kitchen renovation. I have had so many people ask about it and the renovation we did and I never shared the results, as promised.

Before I say why I love what we did, I have to say that we had a functioning kitchen previously, but the space wasn't laid out well and the space wasn't being utilized appropriately. Fortunately, we were able to do a gut job on it and complete the kitchen that I had been dreaming about for years.

We had the best time picking out every last detail, from the custom-made soft close cabinets with the arched valance and arched vent hood, to the Carrara marble countertops and backsplash, the FARM SINK (I love and adore it so much) and so much more!

My favorite part may be that we have a little kitchenette off to the side that allows us to keep the kitchen appliance clutter out of the kitchen and it's complete with a wine fridge. Our kitchen renovation was completed just in time for me to not be able to enjoy this perk, however, with the arrival of our upcoming baby girl! We took the Carrara marble tile to the ceiling here and it's such a sweet little nook to make a cup of morning coffee and provides extra storage as well!

There are a few big updates to our new kitchen. One being that we moved our stove top. It used to be between the fridge and a wall (see pictures below). While it worked, it was closed off and didn't allow for much room to cook and did not have any countertop space. We added a kitchenaid double wall convection oven/microwave combination where the old stovetop/oven used to be and we added a cooktop in an area that was not being adequately used before. This created a much better flow to the kitchen and a much prettier centerpiece item to see from the open-concept family room view! The second big change, is that we took the cabinets to the ceiling. Before, the cabinets didn't allow for items like even a coffee maker to sit on the countertop. Taking the cabinets to the ceiling added so much more height to place things under the cabinets on the countertops and also more storage as well. Not to mention, it also added a "grand-ness" to the kitchen carrying your eyes to the ceiling. We added crown molding to complete the look. The third biggest change was the kitchenette addition that did not previously exist.

I also love that we now have a place to sit and eat at our expanded kitchen island. My favorite part of the island is the 2.5 inch marble edges! I love how it defines the island and draws your attention to the center of the room. While I also, of course, love the additional storage within the island, being able to pull out a stool and sit in your kitchen is one of the best and most functional changes!

The farm sink - where to start! Our kitchen sink is now huge! It allows for so much more prep room and I love the chrome fixtures we picked with it. The farm sink also has a custom fit grate, which keeps dishes off of the sink. This grate is amazing - you can use it as a drying area if needed, but the best part about it is that it keeps yucky water, when rinsing items, off of other items in the sink.

Lastly, part of this renovation was also replacing the kitchen floors with wide plank wood panels. We went darker in the kitchen to compliment the white cabinetry and then also refinished our back hall and family room floors to match.

I'm so happy with how it turned out overall and we have loved using this kitchen everyday!

I would love to hear what you think! Enjoy these photos :)

Old Kitchen:

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Happy First Birthday Parker!

I can't believe a year has already flown by since our first and only son, Parker, was born! He has taught us so much as parents and human beings. We couldn't imagine our lives without the joy that he brings us each and every day. Parenting is hard and it changes everything you are used to and everything about your lives, but the love of your little one brings is unlike any other love you will ever experience. We love our little man to pieces and thank our lucky stars for such a perfect gift from God.
Here are some first birthday pictures. He wasn't a happy camper until the cake came out. Enjoy :)




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It's a Girl!

My husband and I found out some very exciting news in May - that another little one is on the way! Shortly after we found out the exciting news, I fell under a terribly nauseous spell and can not even put into words the extreme exhaustion I had. I took advantage of Parker's nap times to stay charged and spent most of my days at home playing with him. Finally, as I entered my second trimester I am feeling much better, but still battling with nausea. I had not had either of those symptoms with Parker, to that extreme, so we were thinking there might just be some changes ahead that could be pointing in the direction of Lilly Pulitzer dresses and all things pink. We were right!

This past weekend, we celebrated Parker's first birthday a week early with family and friends. Since we had a lot of family in town, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reveal the gender of our next baby while everyone was together. We wanted to give the honor to our little guy Parker. We left the fate up to our local bakery, by dropping off a sealed envelope so they could put the gender in his smash cake. I posted about his birthday party here, but below are some pictures we took the day before we found out. We took pictures with blue balloons and a blue outfit and pink balloons and a pink outfit :)

Parker's First Birthday

It's been a while since I have posted anything and I hope to add some more soon. We have been busy renovating our house and I have spent the first few months of summer taking every advantage of Parker's nap time while growing a new little one!

We celebrated Parker's first birthday this past weekend (a week early) and had the best time with our friends and family! We also found out some very exciting news. We went to get an ultrasound on Thursday and had the technician put the gender of our newest addition to the family in an envelope. We went straight to the bakery and dropped off the envelope and waited until Parker's birthday party to find out the gender of our next baby. Parker was the lucky one who revealed to all of us in his smash cake that he will have a baby SISTER arriving in early February. We are all thrilled and could not be more excited that we were able to spend the weekend with friends and family for two very exciting celebrations.

As always, I have the best time party planning. It is my favorite hobby and thing to do! We had his birthday at the pool and kept things fun and casual. The focus was on the kids and families and we wanted to make sure that they all had a great time. I hope you enjoy some of these photos! The day before Parker's party, we snapped some pictures of him with pink balloons and then blue ones to share after we found out what the newest addition to the family would be. See those pictures here.