Last spring during One Room Challenge I worked on my Glam Office Makeover and also took on finishing my two girl’s big girl rooms and our kitchen. Today, I’m finally sharing our kitchen makeover with beautiful photos by Ariana Clare and all other photos by Sarah Sofia Productions.
One of the things that we love most about our home is all the natural light from lots of big windows! The first thing we did was remove the heavy 1970’s style blinds, which immediately made a huge difference in updating the space. Here’s a photo I took before we moved into our home 2 years ago. While not pretty, you can see the dramatic change.
Here’s the after same shot with all the natural bright light!
If you know me and have seen our home then you know I love blue and anything coastal! My style is eclectic, with touches of French blue as my parents like to say.
The next major update after changing out the outdate blinds for light drapes was installing this chandelier. I love Currey & company and have always wanted one of their beautiful chandeliers in my home, but reality set in and I will have to wait a little while longer to fulfill my dream.
However, I found the next best thing at Lowes that matched my silver Waterford candle holders and Oscar de la Renta silver bowl with blue on the inside!
I love collecting blue and white vintage china and bought some beautiful Chinoiserie china from Parker Kennedy Living and paired it with pieces I bought at a yard sale for 25 cents to make an art arrangement on the back wall.
I love mixing and matching high and lows to make my own style such as the blue placemats, linen napkins and water glasses from Crate & Barrel mixed with my Vilery & Boch China, silverwarer, and Pottery Barn rope plates. The only thing missing are my candles! Yes, this is what happens when you’re trying to complete and photograph 5 rooms in your home in 6 weeks.
One of my favorite additions to our kitchen is this beautiful dinning table and chairs from Accents and Beyond in High Point. I had been searching for a white dinning table and chairs to fit the space and really love the antique white and cherry wood together.
I love the distressed look and the details on the table legs.
Since we turned our traditional dinning room into Sarah Sofia Productions’ Glam Office, we wanted our kitchen to be our main dinning room, with some elegant touches but not too formal. The sign next to our side door, was one of the first wallart pieces I bought for this home. It’s a great reminder each day of our house rules….Above all We Love!
This view is from our family room into our kitchen where come and go all day passing by our house rules.
We added two white and wood stools at the kitchen counter that coordinate with our dinning table. The grey/blue rug pulls you into our family room where we have a matching rug and grey/blue curtains.
I love to cook for family and friends and I’m always hosting some type of gathering at our home! One of my favorite cookbooks is Southern Living’s Party Cookbook that my mother received from her southern mother and passed down to me when I was expecting my first daughter.
Another favorite from my treasure hunts AKA thrifting is a beautiful miniature pitcher from Modern Cottage here in Charlotte! I also found these vintage metal spike flower frogs and stand at a vintage Parisian booth at Vintage Charlotte! All three finds look great in my kitchen.
Another element that was needed in this space was more storage for shoes and coats. Since we don’t have a specific drop zone or mud room I added this blue canvas basket from Home Goods to store lunch boxes and shoes and fun hooks from Anthropology to hang coats for the kids. The white cabinet by the side door serves as another shoe storage area. While I do like the open shelves above the kitchen desk, it’s in a awkward space and we’ve thought about knocking it down to make the family room and kitchen more open. However, that’s another project all together.
It’s amazing what a few pillows to the window seat make compared to the bare look when we first moved in. The pillows are a mix from World Market, Pottery Barn, and Ikea and are all outdoor pillows, which allow us to use them when we have guests out on our deck.
The butterfly canvas wallart against the back wall are pieces I have had since my single days and was a gift from one of my uncles. Again, art doesn’t have to be expensive or large to have an impact.
Another element of this kitchen and our home is flowers. You will always seen floral arrangements in our home, especially when we entertain. I always enjoy arranging my own florals when a host my family and friends.
One last view of our bright white and blue kitchen! You might be interest in a sneak peek of our kitchen here, fall tablescape here, Christmas tablescape here. If you’re interested in a tour of our home you can catch up on our master bedroom here, cherry blossom and birds big girl room here, coral robin’s egg blue and elephant big girl room here, and glam office here.
Main Photography – Ariana Clare
Secondary Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions
Floral arrangements – Sarah Sofia Productions