It's All In The Details - Erin's Tudor Renovation
I officially broke ground (and wall) on my kitchen renovation and mud room addition. If you missed the last update, you can check it out here.
To be an interior designer, you have to absolutely LOVE renovations. The whole process doesn't stress me out, and if you had to clean bell pepper stenciled tile countertops for the past 6 months... you'd understand why I was more than happy for this day to finally come!
When we first bought the house, we realized the huge flaw in the layout is having to walk directly into the kitchen leaving shoes, coats, and junk mail right on the floor and counters for someone (aka mom) to tidy up. We CLEARLY needed a mud room! Our contractors are amazing and Nolan (my toddler) thinks they're essentially superheros. He stared at the excavator for days, but finally came around on the last day to help dig. He's been talking about it ever since.
On to the deets! I came across a cool company called Cliq Studios that is super user friendly and has a great quality of cabinetry. They provide you with a free personal kitchen designer to work with you and create the best layout for your family. My kitchen designer is Jessica, and she has been absolutely amazing to work with and super patient during the whole process. If you've ever gone through a kitchen renovation, you'll understand how many details are involved in making a kitchen perfect... Is the fridge the right distance from the sink? Is there enough organization in your cabinets? Is everything stored near where you use it... Sometimes you just need an extra helping hand when it comes to making sure it's perfect because a kitchen is one of those rooms you don't want to do but every 20+ years!
Now for The Design!!
The Layout!! (to the left is the dining room)
The kitchen has a circular flow and opens up to the dining room, so while our eat in kitchen is the island, it's open up to the dining room which will be for daily use and not just Thanksgiving.
This doesn't show the materials we're using, just the layout.
Our house style is a storybook tudor from 1930, and the inside has original exposed wood beams, plastered walls with arches, and random match wood floors with dowels, so it doesn't feel too stuffy and tudor, I want to design with a mix of eclectic and traditional details. I started with the most gorgeous range I've ever seen, and designed around that since it's a huge focal point. That's right... drool all you want! I'll be making the BEST frozen pizzas on the block!
The new trend is to design with limited upper cabinets in order to lighten the room with less heavy cabinetry. I decided to use 2 rows of bracketed wall shelves to the sides of the stove and a sconce over the shelves to illuminate the counters.
The island is relatively square, and we'll have 4 barstools (2 on 2 sides of the island) to allow for a eat in space. I expect this is where kids will do homework and have snacks while I heat up pizza bagels in my never used gorgeous oven. I picked a counterstool that has great visual lines, has a back, and is literally impervious to sticky hands!
One of the biggest changes will come from opening up the wall between kitchen and the dining room with an arch to make the kitchen feel more open. With old houses they tend to be choppy, and this will make it flow like a new construction house.
Lastly, we have wood beams that go across the ceiling in the two rooms next to the kitchen, but none in the kitchen itself. I don't want the kitchen to look like it is missing a common architectural detail, and I also didn't want to add more beams and look busy. Our compromise was to use an existing structural beam that goes through the middle of the kitchen and stain it the same color as the dining room beams so it adds a wood detail without being over the top.
My inspo for the ceiling design:
On to the mud room! I'm obsessing over cement tile these days! I worry that if I use too much I might get sick of it, but the perfect space to give it a go is in the mud room. It's super durable and will hold up to muddy boots once it's sealed.
Being it's a tudor house, I didn't want it to be too "themey" with our new addition, so I opted for a dutch door painted black with glass panes and brass hardware. I feel like it gives character without being a door into Game of Thrones (my husband will surely comment back after reading this asking, "that was an option!?").
Door Hardware by Emtek
With demo being done and the frame starting to go up on the addition, it's slowly coming together. I'll update next time on the reno process once the dining room wall comes a-tumblin' down!