Christmas Came Early-Kitchen Reveal

Thank you for letting me unload yesterday.  I wasn't planning on it, but I woke up at 3:00am that day, and it all just poured out. BTW, Luca is fine now.  Thanks so much for your concern.

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

Joanne knew she wanted a farmhouse sink; a staple ingredient in the urban cottage kitchen. Back when we were designing her dining room, Joanne found these awesome vintage gourd lights for a song at the booth across from mine at the Queen of Hearts Antiques and Interiors in Alpharetta. She sprayed them a beautiful powder blue, and topped them with Pottery Barn raffia shades for texture. I am always a fan of lamps on the kitchen counter for warm lighting and ambiance.




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.


John and Joanne were frustrated by the hard to reach shelving and dated bifold doors in the above pantry. We enlarged the opening, and replaced the doors with custom built barn doors with X motif to match the island.


With a new custom bench in Sunbrella Sand Stripe, their old pine farmhouse table and French chairs were given a new lustre.  Although the above pendant was in the original design plan, it was WAY above budget.  Joanne was lucky to find the cotton basket frame at the Queen of Hearts (so many goodies there guys!), and we commissioned my buddy Cherilyn to sew the burlap cover and stitch it with twine.  Joanne found an electrician to customize the innards, and to seal the deal, she scored this antique fisherman's rope back home in Long Island. In the end, we got the same high end look for 1/5 of the price!  If there's a will, there's a way....always my motto.


Saving the best for last. Lauren actually took this shot from outside the house to get the perfect vantage point. Here you see the closeup patina of the blue green barn doors. I am an antique dealer, as well as designer, and I do A LOT of painting and furniture restoration.  I try to incorporate an original painted piece in every one of my projects for that one-of-a-kind look every home needs. The doors are new pine, but with the help of multiple layers of chalk paint in Old White, Paris Gray and Duck Egg, and lots of dark wax, I was able to give them the perfect patina of age.  The pillows are from my family room, brought in to style the shoot. I found the French pillow at TJ Maxx and the blue silk button pillow is from Italy. Thanks to Annette Joseph for the idea of coral flowers for editorial punch.  I hope to someday work with this extraordinary talent.

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,



I am so in love with that beautiful kitchen....just stunning!

Lisa Gabrielson said...

Thank you Sherry, for your constant support. I am so appreciative! Xoxo, lisa

Annette said...

great job styling this! brava! XO

Kathysue said...

Amazing job, love everything element! Kudos to YOU!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Beautiful job! I love the pantry doors. I've been really into designing custom doors recently. It adds such a nice finishing touch to a room.

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...

Wow- amazing and inspiring! Beautiful!! I just found your blog from Sherry's. So happy I did! :)

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

So beautiful and so proud of you Lisa!

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Unknown said...

Found this post via pinterest. what a beautiful kitchen. I hope to have a kitchen remodel someday and I love the look of white marble, but with three sons (and who am I kidding, with MY tendencies to spills) I am afraid to use it. I have never seen a granite that looks so much like marble. Would you share the source/name of it (not sure I am even asking the question correctly)? In any event, your work is so beautiful and I know they have enjoyed their wonderful kitchen immensely. thanks!

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