Monday, April 29, 2013

Ta Da...The Kitchen!

It's practically done and it's awesome! It was totally worth the months of plaster dust and living with no sink or stove for a while.  Our new kitchen is not only beautiful but a pleasure to cook in and I feel blessed to be able to work in it everyday.
If you don't follow my blog here is what it looked like when we started...the only thing that wasn't torn out was the window above the sink!
The wall between the dining room and kitchen was removed, the dinette area was deleted and that's where the breakfast bar now sits. (The large picture window was made shorter to accommodate the long counter with second sink.)

This kitchen is all about contrasts...white upper cabinets and dark gray bottoms cabinets, rough reclaimed wood dining table and shimmery capriz lighting fixture, sleek white counter tops and dark limestone tile back splash.
The natural light that pours into the kitchen most of the day is awesome although I still need window treatments--I'm thinking of roman shades.
The cabinets are shaker style Diamond cabinets from Lowe's--I'm thrilled with the quality. The brass pulls are Martha Stewart for Home Depot and the counters are quartz. Light fixtures over the breakfast bar and sink are from Schoolhouse Electric.

With the wall gone, I'm able to chat with my guests while I'm working in the kitchen...
Because out kitchen is kosher we have two sinks...the dairy sink is in the corner and the meat sink is where the original sink was originally--under the kitchen window.
There are also two "sides" flanking the stove--one for meat the other side for dairy.
  The new pantry sits where the original refrigerator used to be.
 Hard to believe it's the same kitchen!

Here's one of my favorite things--I found the idea on Pinterest. Now you see it...
Now you don't...
Here's a rundown of sources...
Cabinets: Diamond from Lowe's
Knobs: Martha Stewart for Home Depot
Lighting: Schoolhouse Electric: Luna Rod over peninsula,  Princeton Senior over sink
Counter tops: Quartz
Sinks and faucets: Faucet Direct
Stove hood: Ikea Luftig
Oven and Stove: GE Cafe Line
Refrigerator: KitchenAid Architect Series
Poster: art.com
Tile: Royal Grey Honed Limestone, Tile America
Paint: Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows AC-26 

Linked to:
The Shabby Nest 
The House of Hepworths 
Finding Fabuous

56 comments:

  1. Wow!! It's absolutely gorgeous! Your orange buffet is perfect exclamation point. Enjoy the fruits of all your labors.

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    1. I am totally enjoying it--my family is expecting gourmet meals now!

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  2. Wow, love the new kitchen! I love how seamlessly the dairy and meat areas flow together - I've seen some Kosher kitchens where they just added the extra sink or mini fridge, but didn't do a full remodel so it never looks cohesive.
    I think my aunt is getting those same cabinets in her kitchen soon. I couldn't convince her to do the two tone thing though!

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  3. Incredible! Wow - you are so talented, and it opens up so many possibilities. Enjoy your new kitchen.

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  4. What a beautiful job, it looks like a wonderful space. It is rare to see a magazine worthy kosher kitchen online, this one is amazing!

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  5. WOW! What a beautiful transformation. YOu get so much light in the kitchen. All of your little touches are beautiful! If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/04/sunday-link-party-5.html

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  6. Your new kitchen is amazing! I was going to start listing my favourite parts, but the list is too long :) And brilliant idea with the TV!

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    1. Thank you--I'm following your kitchen transformation as well!

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  7. I love your kitchen!! I'm practically drooling! You did an amazing job!

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  8. I've been following your blog for a few months now, and have to comment on how beautiful this turned out. We've done 5 kitchen remodels, and so I can relate to the months of misery that come before the magic!

    What a beautiful environment -- functional and beautiful -- the best of both worlds!

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  9. Gorgeous!!! Love the hidden TV, too. Enjoy, Julie

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  10. Beautiful kitchen! I love everything about it. Well done!

    - Chaney (Came over from the Suburbs Mama link up party!)

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  11. {{Swoon}} What an amazing transformation! I'd love for you to come link up this and some of your other projects at my new party!
    http://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2013/05/house-party-1-b-y-o-p.html

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  12. I'm apologize if someone has already asked, but where did you get those spice racks? I just started reading your blog, came here from YHL.

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    1. I got the spice racks online from The Tubular Spice Company. Thanks!

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  13. This is BEAUTIFUL in every way!

    ~Sarah

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  14. I absolutely love your kitchen! Beautiful. Great job on picking out timeless finishes. Could you tell me where you got your two tier fruit basket? Thanks!!

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    1. Thank you--I found it at Sur La Table and it was on sale!

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  15. Amazing. I would cook all day if I had that kitchen! I have the same question as Nemenem - where is that amazing two tier fruit basket from? I have been on a hunt...!

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  16. Just discovered your blog. Love love your kitchen, it looks very functional as well as beautiful. Just a couple of questions, do you have 2 dishwashers? And it looks like there is one oven, do you use the one oven for both meat and dairy?

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  17. Hi Frieda,
    I only have one dishwasher--I do the dairy by hand since we don't eat all that much dairy...just coffee cups and some plates. I also have a nice "toaster" oven for dairy which also doesn't get used that much mostly for breakfast. So glad you found me!

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  18. Oh my goodness! Love, love, love! Just came across your blog via YHL. Quick question, do you know the actual name for the cabinet style?

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Thank you!
      The Cabinets are Diamond Reflections from Lowe's--Jamestown Maple. Tops are white, bottoms are Storm.

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  19. I like your chandelier over your table. Where is it from?

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    1. It's from West Elm...the Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant in white.

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  20. Found you through YHL and wow, I absolutely LOVE everything you have done to your kitchen and dining space. Just beautiful! And that hiding spot for the TV over the fridge is exactly what I need to do in my kitchen, we have the space and I'm saving that idea for down the road.

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  21. Where is your dining chandelier from?

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    1. It's from West Elm...the Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant in white.

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  22. love love this kitchen. what is the purpose of having the two sinks and meat dairy seperate? is there health reasons or is it just for tradition?

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    1. Hi Casey,
      I think Eli can explain this better than I can! Check it out.
      http://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/926235/jewish/What-is-Kosher.htm

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  23. What a beautiful kitchen! I came over to your blog after seeing your kitchen on Young House Love. Where did you purchase the 2-tier fruit basket?

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      I found it at Sur La Table on sale!

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  24. Rita, your kitchen looks AMAZING. I especially like the contrasting cabinets and the backsplash, oh and those pulls! I love how the brass looks with the dark cabinets. Ozark Shadows is the perfect paint color to compliment everything too. I'd love to feature this on my paint color blog. Let me know if you're interested!

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  25. stunning kitchen! We redid our kitchen when we moved into our house and even as big as it is I find it so hard to have enough separate space for meat and dairy. Do you keep Kosher? did you have that in mind when you redesigned your kitchen? Also, it's nice to see a Jewish blogger who blogs about Jewish stuff, thanks! Excited to follow you.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, when I designed the kitchen I kept in mind that our son-in-law is a rabbi and I wanted him to be comfortable eating in our kitchen, so everything was carefully thought out.

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  26. I came over here from YHL and wanted to let you know that I love everything about your kitchen! I have the same capiz chandelier in our dining room and think it's gorgeous. I especially like the idea of the hidden TV over the fridge! That is genius...I've never seen anything like it! Storing that one away for later! I've got one question...where did you get your fruit basket? It would be perfect for my hubby who eats TONS of fruit...and it's stylish enough for me to be OK leaving it out! :)
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. The fruit basket is from Sur La Table. Thank you Whitney!

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  27. I love it! Just found you from YHL, congrats on the feature! Happy to follow along and see what you are up to, especially with Shavuot around the corner, I've got to get my dairy meals in place:)

    Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica, Thank you and so glad you found me!

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  28. Where did you hide the second refrigerator?

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  29. I love this kitchen. Did the cabinets come with the crown molding or as it added after? I'm just curious because the crown molding is upside down and I didn't know if that was by design. The hidden TV is my favorite. Great Job!!!

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  30. As I am frantically choosing paint colors, I'm thinking of going with Ozark Shadows. I'm wondering if you feel like it reads green ever, or if you seen any undertones at all.

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    1. I do not see any green or undertones in Ozark Shadows. To me, it's a nice rich gray on the darker side. Good luck!

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  31. I love your kitchen! Can you tell me where the quartz countertops are from and the color?

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    1. I love it too! The counter-tops are white Terrazzo quartz. I purchased them from a small "mom and pop" local stone store in my area.

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  32. Thanks for the info. Would you happen to know the manufacture?

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  33. This kitchen design is actually very interesting with the TV hidden into a cupboard. I have never seen anything like that before and I am glad I have found something unique on your blog.

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  34. Do you have the link on Pinterest for the hidden TV tutorial? Everything looks so great!!

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    1. Check out this page from Houzz...
      http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/2409551/list/Storage-Space-Gem--Above-the-Refrigerator

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  35. I love the white countertops. Looks so elegant and modern.

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  36. Hi Rita,

    Your kitchen is beautiful; I love it! I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen and am thinking of Cambria Quartz countertops and wonder how the quartz has been holding up. Would you do it again?

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    1. Yes the quartz is wonderful-- BUT......there is a small chip in front of the sink when my husband wasn't careful putting a dish in the sink.

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