One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 5

It’s week 5 of the One Room Challenge and we are rounding the finish line in this kitchen renovation.  Tile woes are subsiding as the gorgeous mosaics are set up the wall.  I’m fairly certain we will have a finished kitchen to show you next week!  We might not have time to fill and organize the cabinets, but at the very least, the construction site will be cleaned up and it will be fully functioning.

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Week 1- Before Photos, Inspiration, Demolition

Week 2- Floor Plan Deliberation, Wall Removal, Drywall

Week 3- Wood Floors, Cabinet Details, Appliances

Week 4- Cabinets Installed, Tile and Countertop selections

 When I left you last week the cabinets had been installed and I went out to the stone fabricator to place the countertop sections on the quartzite slabs.  Countertops were cut and installed last week and the are so beautiful.  The material is “Aquias Blue” quartzite and I’m obsessed.

countertop waterfall

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge.  At this point in the kitchen renovation I’m pretty tweaked out.  Honestly it’s not this project specifically.  A complete kitchen renovation in 6 weeks isn’t a big deal to us- we do it all the time.  It’s just intense juggling this project with the rest of them: the bathroom we demolished last week, ordering materials for the next kitchen we will begin in 3 weeks, designing and planning two major renovations to be built in early 2015, seven interior decorating projects at various phases, the unanswered emails from new prospective clients (sorry!), oh and my own house.  Add documenting AND blogging onto that I’m spread so thin that I’m like dry, burnt toast.

I cried on my boyfriend’s shoulder yesterday.  I stopped home after an extremely frustrating tile layout (see below) and fell apart in his arms for exactly three minutes before pulling it together and heading out to my next design meeting.  I’m just trying to keep up my mantra:  I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful.  It’s just work.  No one is dying.

I don’t have control of this kitchen project anymore and that’s gonna to have to be OK.  The design has been set, the materials have been ordered,  All I can do is sit back and watch it come to life like the rest of you.  It’s Dad’s turn to make magic happen.

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Week 1- Before Photos, Inspiration, Demolition

Week 2- Floor Plan Deliberation, Wall Removal, Drywall

Week 3- Wood Floors, Cabinet Details, Appliances

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 3

Here we are at the half way point of the ORC!  It always sneaks up on you so quickly.  This week we made good progress on the kitchen and also had a BIG HUGE MAJOR TILE scare.  Let’s start with the drama….

I wasn’t going to share the mood board/ full design scheme until week 5,

but this Tile issue has changed my order of reveal.

If all goes according to plan, you will see these elements fully installed on November 5th.

DM Petite Kitchen Design Scheme

We ordered the tile (Mist by New Ravenna) 7 weeks ago and had an expected ship date of 10/10.

But then on 10/9 I get this email from my Tile rep:

“I have some distressing news and I have a solution. They were not able to get the really dark Azul Macauba for the mist splash, BUT they are searching the country, and beyond, for that color, whether or not it is that specific stone. They also have to re-lay the mosaic because they did not do the fade correctly, the dark stripe was too high. SO, that being said, they are really working hard and fast to get it fixed and out to us in the next couple of days. I will keep you posted, but wanted to let you know what was going on.”

Cue Major Naomi freak out.

If this tile does not arrive on time, we don’t have a finished kitchen.

A non-finished kitchen = unhappy clients, Delayed start date for our next project AND Pathetic ORC Reveal.

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 2

It’s been a busy week for the DM crew.  We completely emptied the old kitchen down to the studs and now Dad the boys are starting to put things back together.  But what are they building?  What is the plan?  That’s my job.  And I love this part of the job!

To recap, in WEEK 1 I showed you the old kitchen, told you about my clients and their needs for the new space.

ORC kitchen Before

petite kitchen existing conditions

Once we measured the space, I began to map out new potential floor plans.  At 8’7 x 14’8, this is a very small room, yet there are still many potential layouts.  One of my client’s big requests was to make the space brighter.   The obvious solution to me was to take down the wall between the dining room and kitchen, but when I brought this up in the design meeting, they rejected the idea.

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One Room Challenge {Petite Kitchen} Week 1

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Welcome to the One Room Challenge!  Hellooo old and new friends.  I’m Naomi and I am pumped to be back again for the 6 week decorating extravaganza.  This season features the 20 superstar design bloggers you see above.  We will each transform a room from start to finish and update you every Wednesday on our progress.  You can also count on sneak peeks and mini-updates from me on instagram (designmanifest) under the hashtag #oneroomchallenge.

This is my 4th time doing the ORC.   (Thank you Linda for organizing this event and inviting me back yet again!  I fancy myself a regular in this series.) The first time around I did my own bedroom, and then a client’s living room and dining room (lovingly dubbed the Gentleman’s Bachelor Pad,) and last time I transformed my attic into a lounge.  This time I’m taking you behind the scenes with Dad and the construction crew  of Design Manifest…

We are gutting and renovating a kitchen.  

In 6 weeks.  No Big Deal.  

I hope.

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