One Room Challenge {Cottage Kitchen} Week 6

REJOICE.  We have reached the end of the One Room Challenge!  I would like to personally thank and congratulate you guys who have been following along the past 5 weeks as I’ve renovated my cottage kitchen.  For those who are just popping in today, your timing is perfect— scroll down below for for major Before & After action.

Catch Up on My One Room Challenge Kitchen Renovation

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3

Week 4 / Week 5 / Week 6

SEE FULL KITCHEN SOURCE LIST HERE

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We demolished my old kitchen 30 days ago and it’s been a intense, crazy ride to get to the finished room today.   Of course the preparation of this project started well before the official start of the Challenge.  I wrote the first edit of my cabinetry order back on February 24th and I’ve been planning, pinning and dreaming about the space for months… years really.  Seeing it transform from jumbled thoughts in my head into a reality has been truly magical.  I feel so lucky that this is my kitchen.  It’s functional, it’s glamorous, it’s modern, yet it still feels charming.  And it’s a lot of fun too.  I love my kitchen.

I still have a hard time believing that this was my kitchen six weeks ago…

BEFORE

Before Kitchen

And this is the kitchen today…

AFTER

Design Manifest Kitchen Black cabinets white shiplap

Renovation Fast Facts//  I kept the flooring, island, pendants lights and range hood and updated the rest of the appliances, perimeter cabinets, countertops and backsplash tile.  We also added architectural elements like crown moulding and shiplap and new stools and window treatments to finish the room.

The shiplap (technically a plank wall) is EVERYTHING.  I love how it finishes off the space and makes it feel so much larger and more dynamic.  I had initially planned on a rug and art for this room but in the end I really felt like less was more.

Black Kitchen White shiplap wall orange wishbone counter stool brass glass pendants

Obviously I went bold with my orange and leopard counter stools.  I love the timelessness of my black and white kitchen, but I really needed a fun moment. I can’t thank my friend, Melissa, enough for painting them for me.  I knew from the start I wanted something a little surprising for my stools.  It’s low commitment, high reward.  In 6 months if I’m so over orange, I’ll just beg Melissa to paint them a new color for me 😉

white plank wall shiplap wall pierre frey art shade

A last minute addition to the room was the shade on my back door, made with Pierre Frey’s “Arty.”  I just love the watercolor brushstroke fabric.  The modern pattern makes for a fun juxtaposition against the plank wall.  It will be easy for me to mix in yellow, blue, pink or red accents because this fabric has it all.  The black ball trim at the bottom is just ridiculous.  Ridiculously good if you ask me.

BEFORE

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AFTER

Black refrigerator with black base cabinets and white upper cabinets marble subway tile brass hardware kitchen by design manifest

What I love about this kitchen is its bones are neutral and timeless.  Black and White rules in here.  I’m so glad I went for the black Kitchen Aid refrigerator.  It ties in nicely with the base cabinets and I’m still obsessed with the handles.

how to build in a full depth refrigerator black kitchen aid - design manifest

A favorite element for me is that we “built-in” the full depth refrigerator.  I specified a 28″ deep refrigerator end panel and pulled out the wall cabinet above to be flush.  We also spaced the base cabinets 2″ off the wall so that the countertops are just a little extra deep.

Design Manifest Kitchen - White and Gold China Cabinets with glass doors and mirrored backs

I love my “china cabinets” over the sink.  Those who have been following along know that I ordered these cabinets with glass doors, but they arrived with mirrored doors.  I toyed with the idea of using the mirrored doors (hides the mess inside!), but in the end, I trusted my first instinct which was glass doors with mirrored backs.  The mirror back reflects light and expands the space without the weird effect of staring at my reflection while doing the dishes.  And most importantly, it allows my custom gold trim to shine!!  George fabricated this simple trim for my doors and it adds just the perfect touch of glam.

Also, I was debating back and forth between large or small glass knobs.  In the end I chose neither.  Sadly, the glass knobs distorted my face upside down in in a creepy way.  It felt less vintage, more fun house mirror.  These undersized brass knobs felt just right and let the other elements shine.

White Glass Cabinets with gold trim mirrored backs glass shelvess by design manifest

I have no problem displaying my dishes and glasses.  Once this kitchen gets used and abused, they probably wont ever be stacked this neatly again.  That’s OK, I still think this wall will look great and I prefer the glass as opposed to a solid door.  I think that would have made this small room feel more crowded and closed in.

Black and White Kitchen white quartz countertop marble backsplash orange kitchen brass accents Design Manifest

BEFORE

before range wall wide

AFTER

black range hood marble subway tile all the way up the wall design manifest

BOOM, MARBLE EVERYWHERE.  I love love love my full wall of marble subway tile.  And thank goodness I do, because I sure gave my tile guy, Kevin a lot of grief over “too gray” tiles.  Trust me- marble tile can look a lot darker when setting.  Once it dries and is grouted it’s a whole different ball game.   I think the variation is perfect.

Black kitchen with full wall of white marble tile black range hood with stainless stove- Dessign Manifest

George came up with the idea to dress up my Ikea range hood with a little stainless trim.  I debated back and forth between stainless and gold for the hood trim.  My end reasoning was this… I have two categories: Appliances and Cabinets.  Cabinets are black and have gold hardware.  The appliances are black with stainless.  Therefore stainless on the hood felt most consistent.

double laminated quartz countertop glass knobs

My counrtertops are Arctic White Quartz- double thick with a mitred edge.  Oh baby I love these.

My large glass knobs did find a home on this little drawer base.  Obviously I feel no need to match my cabinet hardware.  It’s all about coordinating, not matching.

I have these extra deep window ledges that I chose to top with the same quartz as my counters.  It’s the perfect spot for my herb garden, which makes me ridiculously happy.  Now I just need to cook more.  Or serve cocktails with Basil and Rosemary.

marble subway tile wrap into windowsill quartz windowsill

Another fave detail is the marble wrapped into the window jambs.

Thank you to Lowe’s for their generously providing this budget friendly subway tile.

utensil divider and roll out shelves next to stove

Hello, new efficient cabinets!!

BEFORE

before kitchen range wall

AFTER

black cabinets full wall marble tile backsplash white shiplap wall

Dining Room looking into kitchen Crystal teardrop chandelier white shiplap wall

My Dash and Albert Rhapsody rug found a happy home in my dining room.  It bridges the gap perfectly between my kitchen and living room and adds a little warmth to this space.  I love that I can see it from pretty much any spot on the first floor.  (Yes, my house is that small.)

white shiplap wall country bohemian space

Thank you to DecoratorsBest for providing the beautiful fabrics that I turned into pillows.  I love the little repeat of leopard from the counter stools and the pop or red-orange in the ikat.

design manifest living room with orange pink ikat pillow leopard black and white photography

My Minted art ended up finding a home in the living room and I really love it here.  I chose the ballerina  by Zanne Bedore and Rachael chose the birds by Donna Rosner.  I think they make for a dreamy pair.

If you’ve been going Gaga for the peeks of my chandelier, here it is in all it’s glory.  It’s the Calypso by Crystorama and it’s everything I dreamed of and more.  The teardrop crystals are stunning and look extra dynamic when lit.  I love the substance it brings to my glass dining table.  The styling is vintage yet modern and it felt like the perfect compliment to my kitchen design.  Me Loves.

Design Manifest Dining Room black white abstract geometric wallpaper glass dinig table panton chairs calypso teardrop chandelier

Black Kitchen White shiplap wall orange wishbone counter stool brass glass pendants

ALL IMAGES BY COURTNEY APPLE PHOTOGRAPHY

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This renovation never would have happened without my amazing extended Design Manifest team.  A lot of people have told me I’m bold for taking on a project of this size in only six weeks, but I can’t take the credit for this alone.  So thank you to the following talented folks for upping my game… First and foremost, my father, my mentor, my cabinetry setter, Andrew Stein.    Our carpenter, Angelo Iannitelli.  My assistant and right hand, Rachael Herman.  My metalsmith, creative collaborator and cheerleader, George of Coldren Design. Plus Kevin of Love Tile and Marble, Bryan of Buono Construction Group, Dan Curran Builder, Katie of Kieffer’s Appliances, AAA Hellenic, Bill Gordon Painting and Vince D’Angelo Plumbing.  (Plus our intern Chrissy!)  It really does take a village to renovate a kitchen.

 

And finally a HUGE Thank you to Linda for organizing the One Room Challenge and the amazing sponsors listed below.  This space wouldn’t have happened without your support.  The ORC is a LOT of hard work, but it’s also ridiculously fun for me.  I’m just so honored and grateful to do what I love, improve my own home and be able to share it all with you.  It’s pretty cool.

WALL COLOR- “ALL WHITE” FARROW AND BALL

PLANK WALL (“SHIPLAP”)- LOWE’S

MARBLE SUBWAY TILE – LOWE’S

COUNTER STOOLS- all modern

LEOPARD FABRIC- DECORATORSBEST

IKAT FABRIC – DECORATORS BEST

KITCHEN SINK- LOWE’S

DINING ROOM CHANDELIER- CRYSTORAMA

DINING ROOM RUG- DECORATORSBEST

PINK STRIPED PILLOWS (DINING ROOM)- MINTED

BALLERNIA PHOTOGRAPHY – MINTED

BLACKBIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY – MINTED

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SEE FULL KITCHEN SOURCE LIST HERE

I really hope you enjoyed the tour! 

Please let me know what you think.  Your comments really are everything to me :)

Personally, I love being in the space.  I’m seriously sitting in this kitchen feeling giddy right now.  It’s amazing how an environment can influence our mood and lifestyle.  

This is why I love being a designer.

I’m working on a full source list that I will post next week.

For those who like to nerd out, I’m also planning a second kitchen post that goes into more detail about design elements- like how I chose to mix cabinetry, hardware, plus essential measurements to keep in mind.

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19 Reveals to Go.  Make time to check out the fellow participant’s room reveals below.  SO much talent in this group it just blows me away.

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ONE ROOM CHALLENGE ~ The City Condo ~ Week 6

Party Time!  It’s finale day of the One Room Challenge and the condo is done.

The condo is actually DONE.  You have NO idea the feelings that come up when I say that.  Giddy exhausted disbelief.  I don’t think I can properly convey just how hard George and I have worked, or how much stress I have felt over this renovation.  I have poured my heart, soul and sanity into this project.  Despite my many doubts, we survived and our reward is a gorgeous, updated, furnished apartment.

Instead of the One Room Challenge, I took on the One Condo Challenge.  I know I “broke the rules” a bit here, but I had an empty, half-renovated apartment that needed to be finished, and QUICK.  I’m so grateful to the Linda  for inviting me to this ORC and giving me this amazing opportunity.  Without the 6-week structure, the audience and the sponsorships there is no way we could have taken on a project of this magnitude.

We saw a chance, we had a dream, and we went for it.  I said in week one, if I decorate it, They will come.  Who is THEY?  We hope it’s YOU.

More on that below, but let’s get to the reason why you are here…. the pictures!

(See Week 1 / Week 2/ Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5)

Welcome to our pied-à-terre.

modern neutral eclectic living room - Design Manifest- One Room Challenge

This is the living room, but perhaps the proper way to give the tour is to start when you walk in the door…

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Before & After: Gladwyne Girls Bath Makeover

Today I’m sharing the last of our projects we completed in 2014.  Time to photograph some of our projects from this year!  This bathroom was a fun one because it was for a young teen girl.  I always enjoy designing spaces for young people.  It’s a chance to be a little more playful and whimsical, but it can also be tricky, because the room will typically have to last them until college (and perhaps beyond.)  Just because you love pink at 9 doesn’t mean you are going to be a fan at 15.  This little lady had excellent taste and we created a neutral and classic bath that I know she will enjoy for years to come.  I’m seriously jealous that I didn’t have this kind of space growing up!

The original bathroom, like so many old homes outside Philadelphia, was teeny-tiny.  This space was particularly difficult because it is a Jack and Jill bath.  Meaning, we needed two different doors going into two separate bedrooms.

BEFORE

before bath

BEFORE

{This vanity was NOT providing enough storage.}

before bath sink

BEFORE

before bath tub toilet

I went to task working on a new floor plan.  I was able to steal a few inches from the guest room AND take over a closet.  This allowed for a larger, upgraded bathroom.  We had to gain the closet space back, so we re-worked that into her bedroom, which I will show below.  In the new space we are able to have lots of drawers for storage, a nice big counter, a hamper, plus we ditched the tub for a shower with a bench.

GLADWYNE BATH BEFORE AFTER LAYOUT

My favorite element of this space is the cabinetry.  I really wanted to design a vanity cabinet that felt like a furniture piece.  I sketched up a stepped drawer design, showed it to my client and luckily she went for it.  I love how it’s crisp, clean and traditional yet also one of a kind.

White Framed Vanity hexagon mable floor carrera white subway-Bath By Design Manifest

I designed the vanity to look like 3 banks of 4 drawers.

Actually, the sink is a door and the bottom two drawers on the left and right are deep drawers.

So different function on the inside / symmetrical on the outside.

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The color scheme is mostly just a soothing mix of gray and white.

White Cabinets / White Subway Tile on the main bath walls.

Gray (and White) marble floor, Marble countertop, Marble Shower Walls, Nickel finishes.

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Across from the vanity is a hamper with hutch above.

The mirrored back and glass shelves help this piece from feeling too heavy.

I also help how it partially obscures the toilet.  Now its not the first thing you see when you walk into the room!

Also- note the radiator cover below.  My signature favorite touch.

hamper with glass shelves above- bathroom by design manifest

My client worked with her existing decorator, Mona Ross Berman, on the soft finishes for this space.

Items like wallpaper, roman shade and sconces were sourced by them.

{My Elevation of the Vanity Wall}

Chief Architect Premier X5: Kopelman Elana bath 3D.layout

{And the Real Deal}

Stepped Vanity with Feet by Design Manifest

In the shower we looked at tons of options for tile and settled up a 2″ hexagon marble.  I’ve never mixed hex with hex before (the floor is 1″ hex) but I think it worked out nicely!  Again, the limited palette and shapes her keep the space really clean and soothing.

marble hexagon shower by design manifest

I like the base moulding we installed at the shower.  That little detail helps break up the hexagons.  Another fun detail was the chair rail trim around the shower opening.

Chief Architect Premier X5: Kopelman Elana bath 3D.layout

marble hexagon shower by design manifest

To make up for losing a closet in the bedroom, we designed and built-in cabinetry into the room.  I’ll let the pics do the talking there…

BEFORE

Before- closet wall

AFTER

After- Built-in Closets by Design Manifest

{Decor by Mona Ross Berman}

We really thought through the insides or these armoires.  Each is packed with different storage- double hanging, shoes, shelves, etc.

Chief Architect Premier X5: Kopelman Elana bath 3D.layout

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A little close up of the cabinet details.  We did inset cabinets here with a beveled frame.  The doors and drawers have an applied moulding.

I like to think if it as just enough detail to feel traditional and interesting, yet simple enough to feel transitional.

cabinetry detail- built in closets

I hope you enjoyed this project!

Images are by Courtney Apple Photography.

Hopefully Courtney and I can get together in the early Fall (!!) so we can keep bringing you guys reveals of our work.

Before & After: Indian Creek Living Room

I’m taking a break from current project happenings to share a reveal of a living room we finished last year.   I’ve been holding onto this one for awhile, and I don’t feel like waiting anymore!   We took my client’s formal living room from dark, dated and deserted to a vibrant,  relaxed retreat where everyone actually wants to hang out. The best part? We re-used most of my clients furnishings.

It’s amazing what a slipcover, paint and a new mix of textiles can do.

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I was called to do this project after we successfully updated their family room last year. I find a lot of people like to give me a “tester room” and once that goes well, we move on to a few more. Most of my clients are working with an interior designer for the first time and it can be a little daunting. I have no problem taking it slow and learning how to best bring their design goals to fruition. This being our 2nd time, I had a good sense of their style and the design came together quite smoothly.  We did this room in conjunction with their dining room, which I shared a few months ago.  (See it HERE.)

Here are the BEFORES

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As you can see the room was very green.  Green carpet, green chairs, green swagged curtains.  And a big floral sofa.  Look, I like me some floral, but this just wasn’t feeling fresh any more.

My clients were interested in updating and making the space more inviting.  They wanted to make improvements that would help the house sell.  They also wanted to re-use what furnishings they could as they had invested in quality pieces years ago.

See the whole transformation HERE!

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Villanova Kitchen Renovation: Part 2

Last week I shared the details about a kitchen in Villanova we designed and remodeled last year.  We showed Before Photos, talked about the issues and shared the new floor plan.  If you missed that post and would like to know more about the design you’ll see below, please check it out HERE.

Today you are in for a treat because we are revealing the stunning AFTER shots, photographed by Courtney Apple.  This project was a real treat for me.  From the two tone cabinets, to the reclaimed wood island to the swoonworthy lighting, I think it came together quite nicely.  Kitchens are always a challenge when it comes to personalizing design.  Most of my clients want something stylish, distinctive yet also not so unique that it won’t be appealing to the next homeowner.  I love walking that fine line and coming up with designs that are beautiful, functional, classic and really special.  This kitchen below may go to the top of my growing list.

Picture Time!

BEFORE

before 1- kit from dining room

BEFORE

1-kit window wall from dining

AFTER

Villanova Kitchen- Charcoal Gray cabinets paired with Light Gray Cabinets White Quartzite counters Reclaimed Wood Island Gold Hardware

{Removed the Aqua room, removed the half wall and raise the opening into the eating area.}

See all of the details after the Jump.

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