Our Modern Farmhouse Tour: Kitchen
My second favorite room in our renovation was the kitchen. Fully expected it to be my very favorite, but our Master Suite is such an open sanctuary for us in our home, that that comes in first.
When planning the kitchen we know we wanted flow, functionality, great light, white bright open spaces and a place where I could one day make a cooking show.
True story: I had no idea that just 4 months after moving in would we be offered a cooking show through Amazon Prime that would shoot in OUR kitchen. Dream come true and God had His hand in all of that far before I had any idea.
The details are some of my favorite parts. The chrome vintage faucets to the charcoal flecked farmhouse sink add to its charm. While the double oven and over-sized refrigerator allow for entertaining and were perfect for the show.
The grey faux tile floors and white marbled granite make a grand statement and the glass pendant lights and raised white subway tile add a little sparkle.
We opened up the kitchen window size over the sink as well so we can have an eye on our spacious land out back while we cook as the kids grow older and head out to play.
The dark stainless steel appliances are a nice contrast to the all white kitchen and the view from down the over-sized island highlights our large white brick fireplace. During the holidays, the view is nothing short of magical.
Do you have a favorite room in YOUR house? Share your favorite details, I'd love to hear them!
Let's take another tour today! Our Modern Farmhouse Master Bath is next on the list and I've loved sharing pieces of our new home with you all!
If you haven't yet checked out our Modern Farmhouse Classroom and The House That We Built, I've linked them here for you.
If I had to choose a favorite room in this home, I simply couldn't. It would probably be a close tie for first between our kitchen and my sons classroom, with our master suite and bathroom coming in a very close second.
Today I am taking you on a tour of our master bath, a room I have dreamed of since I moved out on my own almost 20 years ago. Goodness, that statement made me feel super old. Has it really been that long since I stepped foot in my own little apartment in California?
This space is light, it's serene. Our goal for our bathroom was to make a sanctuary of a space, somewhere we could retreat too in the mornings to have a quiet start with God and a little coffee. As well as a space to retreat to in the evenings for a hot steamy shower, or a place for face masks, foot treatments and anything else my little heart desired during my "self-care" time.
While staying on budget, we each chose a couple of things in the house that we wanted as a "luxury feature". One of mine was a spa shower. The pebble floor, a large seat to relax and floor to ceiling glass we're inspired by various resorts we've stayed at and to this day, three months after being in our new home I still LOVE stepping into each day.
The other was a double vanity (we had never had one before!). The cabinet space next to each sink (both below the sink as well as the counter top uprights) give Doug and I plenty of space for all of our skincare and bathroom storage needs. Located next to the pony wall/toilet area is also a large area of cabinets where we store extra toiletries, our towels and linens as well as my gardening tools.
My sweet husband surprised me with two additions to this room which has always made it feel extra special to me as well - a coffee bar and an upgraded closet door to our walk in closet. The frosted door on our closet adds more light and openess to the room, while the coffee bar allows for a space to wake up slowly in the morning before making my way to the kitchen.
We also have a glass door to the side garden (which built in blinds between the panes of glass for easy cleaning!), which makes the flow of the house work so well when needing to tend to the yard, go for a walk outside or (less glamorously, take out the garbage).
I even had a cute helper who wanted to do "house photography" with his camera!
As for the details, we opted for chrome fixtures and glass to up the luxury feel. As opposed to my sons brushed nickle accents for a more modern/masculine feel as he grows up. Our shower tile and rock floor compliment our grey wood tiles nicely and overall the room has the clean, sleek look we envisioned.
What is your favorite room in your home? Do you have a place where you feel you can reset and relax?
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The House We Built
My first blog post of 2020! HAPPY NEW YEARS GUYS!
It's been a long-time-coming, dream come true to be able to write this post.
If you remember a couple of years ago I wrote about The House That Built Us. The home Doug and I lived in and celebrated our marriage in. Lost our first pregnancy in. Adopted our first fur baby together in, hosted many nights with friends in and then brought our sweet son home to in.
He said his first words there. Took his first first steps and celebrated his first three birthdays, but something about it never truly felt like it was our home or the home meant for us.
And then an opportunity for our modern farmhouse project came along and after so much prayer, many dollars and many tears, and a wait that felt like forever (but really just a year), we got the keys to our little house on a piece of farmland that finally feels like home.
Designing a custom remodel in a house built in the 50's is quite an undertaking (hello new AC units, old paint, low ceilings, new plumbing, new electric) however, designing our own details was one of my very favorite parts.
We were able to choose to keep the antique crank windows while putting in brand new wood tile. We raised ceilings, chose our showers and were able to blow out walls to create grander rooms and the kitchen sink (pictured below) is one of my favorite elements. Elegant faucets paired with a modern grey farmhouse sink was one of my dream items.
While the custom elements are beautiful, it's the FEEL and FLOW of the house that make it feel like home. I love that there are double doors from our master/office area into Grey's main play space. I love the multiple backdoor access points for play, gardening and enjoying the beautiful weather.
I just feel that my work, my chores, our parenting just FLOWS better in this space and that's priceless in itself.
THE KITCHEN: The kitchen was actually designed not just for beauty and functionality but for my work as well. As a food blogger/cooking show hostess, I needed a space that would fit our large family, have a lot of light and fit a film crew, and the space does just that! We wanted not only BIG windows for natural light, but we installed multiple sets of can lights throughout the kitchen/great room for bright light to make the space feel light and inviting. We went with white raised subway tile with a light grey grout, a grey farmhouse sink, stainless steel appliances, and a large picture window behind our eating space. At the end of the kitchen is a large white brick fireplace that we will eventual design into a cozy seating area for enjoying a fire, tea and lots of books.
to uTHE LIVING ROOM: The living room, attached to the kitchen is a great room style and is still a work in progress. Another picture window shows a view to our white fenced in front porch (another detail I adore and can be seen in the photo at the top of this post). Our plans for the living room space includes the main wall shiplapped, a large sectional and a custom coffee table by my sweet hubs.
THE BATHROOMS: Our master bathroom was a gift from my husband and I to ourselves. We had a small bathroom with a small bath/shower and one sink for the past twelve years, so for our home project we designed a glass spa shower, a double vanity, a walk-in closet, and as a surprise, my husband had them design me a coffee bar for slow mornings where I want to linger in our space a little longer. Grey's bathroom is also our current guest bathroom as we still have some renovations to do on the east side of the home. It features a rain shower, a deep tub and we plan to shiplap his in a masculine dusky grey/blue and add some white and blue elements with his white marble and brushed nickle bathroom.
THE BEDROOMS: As we knocked down two old rooms to create our master suite, our master suite is now our bedroom and my office space. Aside from our king bed that I am in love with and some art, it's still a work in progress as my husband is just this week building me my farmhouse desk that I can't WAIT to reveal! I'm so in love already. It's a happy space that I just love spending time in with my husband and our son too (thankful for King beds for co-sleeping toddlers!) Grey's room is so sweet and is coming together nicely! It's small and just the right size for his toddler trundle and superhero play space. Once his art is up we will be photographing that room as well. Below you can see his sweet bed that we LOVE from IKEA and the amazing Captain America rug we found on Amazon.
THE CLASSROOM: I did a whole post on this room reveal! You can read about the happiest space in the whole house here.
THE THEATER: One space that we had in our first home that we knew we wanted to keep was my husband's custom built movie theater. We have a guest room on the east side of the home that will become that. It's a nice space to entertain guests, have family movie night for something different, a place for my husband to game and it'll be a great place as Grey grows for him to hang with his friends. I want this to be the house where the kids all feel welcome and I feel that space helps that.
THE MOTHER IN LAW WING: The other three rooms on the East side are my Mother-in-laws for her master suite, a small kitchen area (even though we all happily share the main kitchen) and a guest room where our niece usually stays when she comes to spend time with us.
THE FRONT AND BACK YARDS: This is where our energy and love is going now. We spent this past week cleaning up to prep for a garden and we are prepping to paint the exterior. At first, it all felt a little overwhelming, but now I'm seeing that it's a labor of love we can spend our years making into what God sees it to be.
Thank you for taking our little tour. We are excited to be home where God wants us in this season and we are excited to reveal the rooms here as they are complete.
Photo credit for family photos: Amy Termini
Farmhouse Tour: Our Schoolroom
One of the main dreams I had for our farmhouse renovation and for our home long term, was that it would be a place of learning and exploration for Grey and our future children.
We specifically designed a classroom off the kitchen for access to start school each morning after breakfast. We also had double doors put in that lead to my office off of our master suite, so Grey would always be close by when I need to work on the blog or do housework.
I have said many times, I adore the flow of this home. The flow from one room to the next and how it compliments the flow of our day is one of my very favorite parts.
Our plan is to take you all on a home tour, room by room as we complete them and I wanted to start with one of the happiest spaces, our school room/play room.
One of the best parts of the room is the large window at the end of the room. It makes the room bright and inspiring for work and play! We kept the antique metal frame windows that lends so much charm. The rest of the room was transformed with the same grey wood tile we put throughout the home, fresh white walls and a built-in closet for my teacher supplies.
I worked on dividing the room into various areas that include work spaces, play spaces, "yes" places to create, display areas for Grey's works and a soft reading corner that invites cozy book reading.
Utilizing bins to house toys, books and games has been a dream in keeping the room clean. We've implemented a "one bin at a time" rule which works so well for our family. I'm blessed to have a toddler who loves organization and cleanliness like his mama (Thank you Jesus!) so we both enjoy this system.
While toys such as action figures, legos, playdoh, animals, cars, balls and pretend play items are in bins, all books are visible to invite reading. In addition to bookshelves lined with books, I also have floor bins filled with themed books for the seasons and current school topics, as well as our library books.
Grey is now at the age where I'm comfortable having colored pencils, crayons and markers available in jars at all times. He also has his own drawer organizer of scraps of paper, pom balls, toddler scissors, glue, pipe cleaners and more craft items should he want to craft on his own.
As for my aforementioned "yes" spaces, his school table has a dry erase top with a cup of dry erase markers, the chairs are also dry erase and I've attached a large dry erase board low on the wall as well as a dry erase and chalkboard easel. I want him to know that this space is his space and there are so many avenues in which to express himself creatively!
Aside from the art spaces, we have a school table set up in the center of the room where we do our morning book and work projects. Separated by shelving and bins, I created a dramatic play space where he can play kitchen, cafe, store, vet, ice cream shop or wherever his little mind takes him.
Under the window, we currently have a train table where he can drive cars or build legos and truth be told, between this and his kitchen, this is where he spends most of his playtime in this room.
I hope you all enjoyed spending sometime in our classroom today! We've enjoyed having you!
Do you have a schoolroom/play space in your home? What are your favorite elements that make it an inviting space?
Do you have any questions regarding our school day or room set up? Leave them below!
Photo Credit Amy Termini Photography