Today, I am happy to report great news! If you follow me on Facebook, you might be aware of the scoop, but this is my first opportunity to blog about it, and boy am I excited to have fancy new photos by Lauren Rubinstein to show you! (BTW, her website is mouth watering. Please click over to take a peek at her incredible talent. AND, we just discovered that we both have roots in Minnetonka, MN, so I'm especially fond of my new friend:).
Christmas came early this year, with a milestone publication of a recent project in Atlanta Magazine!! The newsstands should be stocking the January issue any day now, but hurry if you want one, because I will be scooping up all of the Johns Creek issues, for sure! The one page spread, scouted and edited by Lisa Mowry (...the most generous editor on the planet. Look her up if you are interested in publishing your work.), and photographed by Lauren Rubinstein, features the newly renovated Deeran kitchen.
Joanne and John are friends and neighbors of mine, and when they approached me to see if I knew of someone who could help them design a new kitchen, I jumped at the chance to bid on the job. I had just taken on a new partner, Jennifer Schoenberger, and was sure we could give Joanne the look she lusted after. Incidentally, the inspiration kitchen she found on HGTV was designed by our friends, Julie and Anisa of Milk and Honey Home. It's a small world here in Atlanta (if you don't count the 5M inhabitants:).
The Deeran's previous kitchen was green-gold, black and white, and the builder grade cabinets circa '91 were showing their age (believe me, I know since I have some myself). Joanne wanted white, light and bright with open shelving, easy to care for surfaces, updated appliances and expanded storage. She is a master cook, and frequent entertainer, and wanted her kitchen to be functional for her daily needs.
The transformation was radical! We kept the footprint of the kitchen, but removed the upper cabinets to allow for air flow and pretty, functional display. All cabinets are custom built by my favorite carpenters in Cartersville, GA, with soft close drawers and slide out shelves for fancy storage. The custom Roman shades by Susan in Thom Felicia's City Squares adds a pop of pattern and color, as does the chevron rug from Target. (150.00, folks!). We planked and whitewashed the ceiling, added new can lighting and sleek Circa Lighting polished nickel sconces for bling, and installed yummy honed granite that looks like marble.
|Farmhouse Sink by Shaw|
|AFTER. SAME WALL|
Subway tile to the ceiling from Lowes. New Kitchen Aid range and vented hood. Restoration Hardware Lungarno pulls (my nod to Florence;), custom shelves and Home Depot brackets.
|BEFORE PANTRY WALL|
|AFTER PANTRY DOORS AND CUSTOM BENCH|
Most of all, thank you John and Joanne for trusting us with this important project. It was a joy to work with you, as always. Such EASY clients!!! I am grateful for the opportunity, but even more grateful for our friendship.
I am off to get ready for Mom and Dad's visit...clean the house, take a shower, grochery shop, wrap the presents...only 5 more hours 'till they reach Atlanta. Wish me luck;).
Love and Christmas Wishes to All,