After personally designing our year-long home remodel, I am so excited to share my new kitchen and blog space!
I am mixing things up a little today to share some behind-the-scenes of my kitchen remodel, also known as my new blogging space! This new kitchen was part of a massive year-long home remodel that Drew and I designed together, and my dad hand-built!
I’m thrilled to show you how our imagined designs came to life. Even though I have always loved interior design, I am not an interior designer by trade. Therefore, re-imagining an entire house originally built in 1790 was quite an undertaking and a complete team effort. I’m so happy to see everything turn out the way it did, and I’m incredibly thankful to call this my kitchen and new blog office.
This house was a project we designed ourselves from the ground up; not only was it a kitchen remodel, but we redesigned the bedrooms, and bathrooms and even got our hands dirty with the landscaping! We reimagined and designed everything from how the house was built to the window design/placement to every tiny detail in between. It was continuous learning and failing, yet rewarding hard work and fun. Drew and I played architect and designer, while my dad wore both those hats and more! Besides being a project with my family, it served as an experience with core memories as the foundation of our home.
For the kitchen remodel and design, our challenge was blending the new build design seamlessly with the original blueprint of the home we were restoring. We didn’t want the kitchen to look too modern and out of place. So the kitchen design was influenced by timeless colors and textures that we carried throughout the house to achieve cohesiveness.
The result is a bright kitchen filled with natural light and a space where I can create amazing recipes and enjoy many moments with my family and friends.
Main cabinets: Yorktowne Historic Series
Maple with White Icing painted finish on Corsica door style
Island: Yorktowne Historic Series
Quarter-sawn Oak with Cappuccino finish on Landon door style
Installer: C.M Construction
I worked with GR Mitchell to design the kitchen layout with our exact vision. Our project for the whole house required constant decision-making, and the kitchen cabinets & design were one of the biggest decisions. You can imagine my relief when the kitchen was finalized! It was more beautiful than I imagined it would be.
Cabinets: Provided by GR Mitchell, designed by Yorktowne
Installer: C.M. Construction
White oak countertops: Made & installed by C.M. Construction
I wanted something simple yet spacious for the pantry to fit my extra food and blog props.
My dad came to the rescue when I didn’t know what to do with the pantry countertops. Having the same kitchen countertops here was not within budget and I felt it needed a simpler, more rustic touch. My dad found these beautiful white oak wood pieces that he transformed into the perfect pantry countertop! I am so pleased with how this space turned out.
Sink & Pot Filler
I searched far and wide for the perfect sink and pot filler. I wanted something that had a modern-antique aesthetic but was functional! And most importantly, the brass needed to match the rest of the kitchen. A lot of my options were either too vintage or too modern. But once I saw Waterstone’s products, I fell in love with the style and functionality!
Stone type: Quartzite (natural stone)
Color: White Pearl
Installers: Fleming Tile & Marble
Now onto the countertops. I searched for four months, and we couldn’t find anything. It was one of the hardest things to find. Most slabs I found didn’t have enough to fit our kitchen. Ultimately, the quartzite we chose became one of my favorite accents in the kitchen.
I found these slabs in New Jersey, and once I saw them in person, I was blown away by how beautiful they were! Quartzite is a natural stone, not to be mistaken with quartz which is manmade. This stone specifically had the look of marble, which I love. But unlike marble which stains very easily, we’ve had no issues with staining or etching! It is simply beautiful and exceeded my expectations.
We used Zia’s handmade Moroccan tiles throughout the house. Choosing their beautiful zellige tile for our kitchen remodel was a no-brainer. Since it’s handmade, every tile is imperfect and none identical – so it looks beautifully rustic! I didn’t know where to stop with the tile as far as height, so I decided to take it to the ceiling for a brick wall look. I am so pleased with how it turned out!
And that’s a wrap! I am thrilled with how everything turned out and can’t believe the plans we created on paper have now come to life. A special thanks to my dad, Chris Maher, to whom none of this could’ve happened without.
Appliances: Monogram double oven, gas range, and dishwasher. Jenn-Air built-in refrigerator (made panel-ready to match the cabinets).
Provider & installer: Martin’s Appliance
Cabinet hardware: Rejuvenation Vernon Bin Pull & Vernon Mushroom Cabinet Pull, both in aged brass.
Appliance Pulls: Rejuvenation Blair Appliance Pull, in aged brass.
Flooring: Engineered Hardwood by Teka, in style Canyon.
Provider: Hardwood Floors of Lancaster
Floor installer: C.M. Construction
Paint color: High Reflective White by Sherwin Williams
Painters: DC Professional Painters
Island Light Fixtures: Eugene Pendant Lights, in antique brass.
Sink Light Fixtures: Savoy House Wall Sconce, in warm brass.
Kitchen & Pantry Rugs: McGee & Co – kitchen runner | pantry rug. Kitchen sink jute by food 52.
Island chairs: Serene & Lily Tucker Bar Stool in black.
Farmhouse sink: Kholr Undermount Farmhouse Sink, in white.
Provided by: Hajoca Lancaster