Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Room that Sold Us

The first time we walked through our home,
there was a beautiful blanket of snow on the ground.
I remember walking to the back window and thinking
I had found a paradise here on earth.
To clarify, the paradise was outside...

Inside, well that was a whole another story!
We had known that God was asking us
to downsize, but all the other homes
we had been looking at were what we kept
referring to as "one room too small".
The land , just a little over 1 1/2 acres
drew us in and the potential of the back room...
sold us.
8 months and
7 dumpsters later
We saw that potential... Provided.
God provided.
Hence, the name of the house became
The Provision.
A few weeks ago I revealed the Mud Room.
Right around the corner...
is the room that sold us!
We have two large dogs,
Our English Mastiff, Latte, loves to hang out
in the kitchen.  So much that I often tease
 we should have named her "Rug".
We say that we now have a "Latte" sized kitchen!

Before- Same view as above
The Stove Wall - After
Before ... This is the same wall. 
We closed off the doorway, when we reversed the stairs.
The new entry to the basement is now located off the side of
the house, directly in front of the side door!

We discovered in our previous home
we really only "lived in" 3 rooms,
the kitchen,
breakfast nook,
the adjoining family room.
How blessed we were to incorpoate all three into this room!
When we entertain, it has always been in the kitchen.
Our Latte sized kitchen is built extra roomy for entertaining,
including this oversized island!
Before- Exact same view as above (dig the mauve carpet under the stove).
I knew going into the design process
that I wanted the room to be light, bright and airy.
That's exactly what we got!
Before - Same view as above.
We were able to make better use of the space and create better trafic flow,
by reworking the back wall of windows and doors

It's in the Details
Our Microwave Drawer is one of our favorite splurges.
Lantern pendents provide light and keep the space visually open.
Built in Glass Cabinets
Cubbies- Decked out for Christmas
Cubbies- Everyday Look
Our Excellent Pot Filler
Wayne did a beautiful job with the back splash.
The Family Room Side...

We built in two matching closets.
The one on the right houses the kitchen pantry.
The one on the left, is a built in desk! 
I love being able to simply
close the doors and putting "work" away.
(Ignore the mess)

A Room With A View
A room to live in!
One More Before and After


I am linking to Metamorphosis Monday
over at Between Naps On the Porch.
and to
at Savvy Southern Style.
and also to
at DYI by Design.


Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Fantastic re-do! I, too, have restored an old house and know exactly what's involved to get from Before to your amazing After. Nicely done! Merry Christmas, too.

Kath said...

Oh your kitchen is beautiful! We have a kitchen area very similar to your "before" and we have set 2012 as the year we upgrade. Your "after" is just as I envision mine. Thanks for sharing and inspiring me.

Jen said...

It just keeps getting better and better!!! Beautiful and beautiful job on the backsplash wayne! Merry Christmas!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Gorgeous transformation. I hope you will join my Wow us Wednesdays party too this week. Your kitchen is so open and airy. I love it.

xinex said...

What a transformation! Your kitchen is beautiful, no actually, your home is gorgeous!...Christine

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Your kitchen is stunning. I love everything you have is really amazing!!!

Unknown said...

What a lovely home you have--just beautiful.

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! What an amazing transformation. Who thinks to put mauve carpet under the stove? :) You did a fantastic job ... can I join your dog in the kitchen?

Miranda @ Pressing On said...

GORGEOUS! The finishes and details are awesome. Beautiful job. That room was well worth the wait. said...

I absolutely love it!!! Amazing layout!!! All that natural light!! Great job!!! Merry Christmas! Hope to see you soon. Love Aunt Judy

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely transformation! I adore the naming of the room! You have done a magnificent job of reworking the space and those views are amazing! Enjoy the fruits of your labors! Visiting from MM!

Wendy said...

Dee Dee,
I think the best part of the provision is knowing you prayed each step of the way and watching and seeing how God provided for you and your family. Seeing your dreams come true. It is beautiful!! Merry Christmas!!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

It's an amazing and beautiful transformation! Wonderful and well-thought out space. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Your kitchen is stunning! What a marvelous space - so huge! Love all of your windows and all of the light pouring through! Your home looks beautiful in the snow too!
Hope you had a Merry Christmas,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

I love your kitchen and it is much like the one I have planned for the house I'll be building in 2012. Thanks for some ideas and confirming my thoughts. Love it!

Vicki V @ said...

How beautiful! The wall of windows and white cabinetry is so stunning! What a project, but now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Gloria said...

Oh, Dee Dee... this is just MAGNIFICENT! I cannot believe how beautiful, light, bright and airy you made this trio of rooms! It's just gorgeous. You must smile every time you walk in there. Fabulous job!!!!!
Happy Holidays!

Anonymous said...

WOW!!! Enviable Space!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Stunning...what a wonderful place you created!!

Karen said...

You guys did a marvelous job!! I'd love to see the rest of your home.

the misfit said...

Gorgeous room, gorgeous view, gorgeous house! And looks like such a wonderful place to be home. Would love to hear more about what work you did yourselves and what you hired out, sources you'd know, so I can steal all your good ideas :).

Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE EVERYTHING that you and Wayne have done in your home, DD... but the kitchen is my very favorite!!! Fantastic!! Love, Aunt Theta

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Dee Dee,
I fantasize about a kitchen like yours. We live in an old house with a small kitchen. My dream is to expand the kitchen because everyone heads to the kitchen in our house, too. I love your huge island with seating. It's exactly what I want.

At The Picket Fence said...

Your kitchen is "made-my-jaw-drop-open" beautiful! It is truly stunning and the transformation is amazing! I can't wait to go look through the rest of your posts and I'm now your newest follower.

jerri said...

Great renovation. I admire your vision!

corners of my life said...

Your vision for provision is beyond my imagination. You must be so very proud!

for the love of a house said...

hi DeeDee! Your mother sent me your link! What a 'wonderful' job you have done on your kitchen! It turned out absolutely beautiful, and can only imagine how much you and your family are enjoying using it! I especially love your "rug"!!!

Happy New Year!

Kim said...

OMG! Is there room for one more???

Melissa said...

yaya! it looks soooo good!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful makeover! I love everything! Can you share what the name of your granite is, so pretty!

abeachcottage said...

What a beautiful room! You have done a fantastic job, well done :)

Roberta said...

Love your kitchen and family room! Also, love the paint color. Some pictures, it looks beige, another blue and gray! You did a wonderful job!

Michelle said...

One word...WOW!!! That kitchen is amazing! I love everything about it, the windows, the pot filler, the tile backsplash, the colors, it all works so well together. ---Job well done!!!

Teresa said...

Sigh... that kitchen of yours is amazing.

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Oh how I love your kitchen! I need to pin that beauty ...

Dee Dee I love your home and your blog and I want to see if you want to join up with me and some of my new bloggy friends (I'm new too, for that matter) in an "Imagine the Impossibilities" challenge that culminates in a Jan 31 multi-blog link party. Here's the link ...

And really do love that kitchen ... light and bright would be heaven. Instead, I have a cave. Sigh...