1.20.2011

The Heart of the Home

I will start with the kitchen, since it really is the heart of our home.  We decided to do a little flip flopping with the spaces.  The previous dining room became the new kitchen and the previous kitchen became the new dining room.  The dining room happened to be very large and the kitchen very small.  Since we are a casual kind of family, we decided we didn't want to have a huge formal dining room that would rarely get used.  So we took out the wall between the dining room and kitchen and made it one big space.


Here is the kitchen before
Here is a picture of the dining room before (the wall my husband is pointing to is the one we had removed),

Now here are some pictures of the kitchen (old dining room) after.







Mudroom (right off the kitchen)

Another view of the mudroom



Here are some pictures of the dining room (old kitchen) after.

I am such a novice at photography and blogging, so please bear with me.  It took me a long time to take the pictures, edit them, download them, upload them, etc.  So I think one room a day will be my goal.  This really counts as two rooms, right?  

Oh, and here's one more picture.  
The three reasons we took on the adventure of renovating this house.  
This picture is such a great representation of their personalities.
 It was taken before an outdoor photo session with a photographer.
 I kind of prefer this one over the professional ones.
Notice the fake tattoo on my older son's arm.  Oops!!

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51 comments:

  1. Thanks for directing me to your new blog! I'm excited to see more ... but had to leave a comment on your kitchen renovation. AMAZING! It is so pretty and light and open. I hope your family is loving it! And your children ... they are gorgeous as well. I'm off to make dinner, but I'll be back to look around.

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  2. Wow Andrea! That kitchen is slamming!

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  3. Wow! What a mind-blowing transformation! I absolutely LOVE it!

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  4. Ohhhhh... this kitchen turned out beautiful! We are in the process of renovating our new house and your kitchen is very inspiring!
    Dee Dee

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  5. I'm your newest follower! BTW I live in the Cincinnati area too!
    Dee Dee

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  6. Your kitchen is stunning! I love your mudroom, too! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/
    Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

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  7. HOLY COW! This is the most beautiful kitchen EVER! I would love to have you come do a special guest feature at my blog Remodelaholic. If you are interested please let me know and I will give you the specifics!

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  8. Beautiful kitchen! New follower.

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  9. Your kitchen remodel is STUNNING! I keep scrolling back up to look at it - again and again! You must really enjoy this space so much - it looks gorgeous and functional. Love, love, LOVE it! And your mudroom? Fabulous! I swear, every house needs a mudroom. Especially if you have kids - it should come standard. :-)

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  10. Your kitchen renovation is beautiful! So much more suitable for your lovely family!
    ~Amanda

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  11. I love hanging out in your kitchen.... it is even better in realife...Glad you are my friend. Guess who!

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  12. All I can say is WOW!! This is an AMAZING reno!! It looks fabulous.

    Congrats on a awesome space.

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  13. Everything is so beautiful!! Your kitchen makes me want to rip ours out tomorrow! You have amazing talent!

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  14. I adore your kitchen. Seriously adore. Would you mind sharing the dimensions?? thanks so much!

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  15. I love your kitchen! I love the white, the light, and the configuration of the space. I hope to get to do my own remodel someday because I'm convinced that's the only way to truly get what I want! By the way, your kiddos are adorable!

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  16. WOW triple WOW your kitchen is fabulous. I see by a comment above that you live in the Cinny area. We come to Cinny once a month (WestChester) to see our newest GD.

    I did want to ask how you were able to match the hardwood floor from the dining room into the kitchen? Beautiful.

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  17. Gorgeous!! What a fabulous kitchen. I love it and would not change a thing. Your children are so adorable. I am now a follower.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  18. how much did you guys spend on the kitchen remodel? Inquiring (planning) minds want to know :)

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  19. Can you do a tutorial on how to make the doors and surround for the fridge? That is VERY similar to what I am trying to explain to my husband :)

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  20. Wow I would love to hear more about your kitchen redo and mudroom! Great job.

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  21. Beautiful!! What a fun space to cook in!! I found you through the Nester. :)

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  22. Beautiful, beautiful!! So nice and bright and open now! I also love that mudroom. Can I ask you where you found the brown, matted square frames in your dining room? I am looking for the same kind and they seem to be hard to find! Thanks!!

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  23. Andrea, I'm so excited that your new kitchen is the combination of your dining room and former kitchen - that's exactly what we want to do and I'm thrilled to see your beautiful results. Our reno is 3-4-5 years away but I'm keeping this in mind for when we get around to it!

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  24. WOW! That's gorgeous. Your kitchen may be the best makeover I've seen.

    -FringeGirl

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  25. visiting from the nester. I love your kitchen! and i bet you love it too!! The mudroom is great too. My favorite part though, is that open shelving. Adds a nice touch.

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  26. An absolutely amazing transformation!! Good for you!! Know that you know what you're doing wanna come help renovate mine???

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  27. amazing transformation! Love the kitchen and the entry way.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. A chance to win $30 store credit to get a superhero cape for the little ones. check it out!
    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/05/30-store-credit-free-shipping-to-get.html

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  28. Your kitchen is amazing! I love your use of the space. It looks like a lovely place for family and entertaining!

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  29. Your kitchen remodel is beautiful! You did an amazing job on the house! Well done!

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  30. Oooh~ So spacious and cozy. The lighting and the general look are perfect for food preparation. These give a more appreciative factor to the dishes you serve, and they also make navigation a cinch! Also, your choice of flooring makes the place more homey.

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  31. Beautiful!!! You're so talented in designing. God is truly utilizing you in tremendous ways. I want to say your design is impressive. Kitchen is the heart and hub of the home. Kitchen clearing is very important for every one. The clearness in your post is simply striking and I can assume you are an expert on this field. Thanks for sharing this.

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  32. Amazing transformation! I love your mudroom too. Did you build in the bench and cubbies above yourself? We're thinking of having something like that in our mudroom.

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  33. Andrea - thanks for linking to Roomspiration-Kitchens! As you know, I love your kitchen makeover. It's amazing and so gorgeous! :)

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  34. Love the white cabinets and how your refrigerator is hidden. It's so clean and crisp.

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  35. This is just stunning, Andrea! What a great idea to flip the rooms. It makes perfect sense. I just love your island ~ gorgeous! Great remodel!

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  36. What? I can't believe it's the same house! It's right out of a magazine. Perfection. Love it!

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  37. It's gorgeous and it looks authentic with loads of charm. Adore the covered fridge. Favorite photo... the mud room. Real coats, back packs and stuff. Not staged with a cute umbrella and Prada shoes ;)
    Enjoy your lovely space!

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  38. This kitchen always amazes me! I just love it, so many changes and the space flows and works so well! You guys did a great job!

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  39. What a great idea to flip the spaces. Your kitchen has so many great details and that mudroom! Wow! Thanks so much for joining the Room By Room series today Andrea!

    Rene

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  40. so pretty! that is amazing! I love what you did with it, it is just huge. Saw your post at Cottage and Vine's party! :)

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  41. That is a real jaw dropper. Such a fabulous transformation. We have an older home too and stole room out of our dining room and made the old now smaller dining room into a library.
    Love the white here, the spectacular cabinetry and the gorgeous island with that great farm sink. You have done an AMAZING job here.
    PR

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  42. Can you please tell me what brand of oven you have? I love the look and desperately need a new one!

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  43. Your kitchen is amazing! I dream of having a kitchen like yours!

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  44. Wow, what a beautiful kitchen. It's going into my Pinterest inspiration kitchen board. :-)

    Dixie

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  45. Absolutely beautiful transformation. And those kids are pretty darn beautiful too!

    ~Bliss~

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  46. Oh my goodness, your kids are absolutely adorable! Oh, and your spaces are great too. :) I pinned your kitchen AND mudroom. :)
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

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  47. Wow! What a space! You guys have really done a great job and looks like you've made the space work for your adorable family! Not to mention it's ridiculously gorgeous!!
    xo Becca

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