A couple bought this house on the condition that they'd renovate the kitchen right away, but seven years later, the room was still mocking them, unrenovated. But now they finally have the kitchen they've been dreaming of all this time.
This amazing renovation is intriguing: The new kitchen isn't dramatically different from before, and yet it's so different. Annie Meisel made smart, stylish changes that made a world of difference.
Take the peninsula for example: The new countertop is brighter and fresher, the new stools are lighter and more streamlined, and the newly single-level setup is much more user friendly. Here's a recent example of another kitchen that ditched its tiered island.
Here are the aspects of the old kitchen that Meisel didn't like: the very busy granite countertops, the multifaceted cabinetry, the multilevel peninsula, and the pretty but "much more ornate than I prefer" accent tile. That said, there was already a lot to love: the window, the ample counter space, the even more ample storage space, the gleaming range hood, and that amazing beast of a stove.
But now, the finishes are all so beautifully subtle and shimmering. The Carrara marble has fascinating veins, the backsplash tile has all the natural perfection we expect from Heath Ceramics tile, the simplified cabinet doors still have interest without being busy, and the stove is the star it deserves to be. Plus, there's another special chef's detail—the pipe above the stove is a pot filler.
This bank of windows is so dreamy. I love a good dish-washing window, and this generously proportioned. And yes, please to all that counter space.
Now we've still got those fine attributes, but they're enhanced by the new dainty lights. The new sink is pleasingly massive, the faucet is graceful, and the marble must look amazing in that natural light.
I wanted to leave you with Annie's oh-so-real description of what the renovation was really like:
I soon found out that maybe the only thing more emotional than buying a house is renovating one. It's traumatic. Every decision feels like life or death. The money flies out of your bank account at warp speed. Inevitably, your partner disagrees with you about things that feel non-negotiable. No matter how well you plan, there are delays and mistakes. Adding insult to injury is the annoyance of living in rubble.
Still, somehow you get through it. One day the clouds part, the last worker leaves, and you are left with your beautiful, new space!
Thank you, Annie Meisel!