I am so excited to start slowly rolling out the finished result of our home renovation! It feels amazing to see our dream become a reality and I am honored that you are here for the ride!!
We started the plans for this “small” addition in August last year! Well, in reality, I have been planning this addition in my head since the day we unpacked five years ago! When we started the process last year, I have to admit I thought it would be done in January. Silly me. A lot of things set it back. I am grateful to have yet another reminder that sometimes (oftentimes), the waiting for something makes the result that much sweeter! That is certainly how I feel about this re-imagined dining space. We are so happy to be able to sit together around our new banquette dining space! It feels like a new home.
It seems fitting that the first space I am revealing is this dining area. We spend so much time here! I am so glad that we went with this big banquet–It feels like a great room with plenty of space for all of us to make memories!
Below are our remodel plans- check out the seating area. It actually feels much bigger in person than I thought it would be from looking at these plans. Also notice how the old chimney was left in the architects plans. Our builder was the one who suggested taking that out! So glad he did!!!
Our new Dining Space-
I will do a full blog post with all the before and afters and a cost break down once I share each space. We have already shared the tutorial of the banquette seating. Stay tuned for a full Kitchen reveal soon!
The new banquette is where the old stove was! Here is a look at the same space from a few short months ago. We had the chimney taken out and when we saw those bricks, we knew we would need to reincorporate them into our home. See how we used them in this post. The area that we opened up from removing the chimney gave us so much room for this oversized banquette!! So glad our builder suggested that!
The entrance to our kitchen is really opened up now. That really makes the biggest difference! You may recall that my fridge was in that walkway as well! It always bothered me that the fridge stuck out so much when you walked into our kitchen. This gives us an open feeling, while maintaining the coziness of an older home.
We have always gathered in our kitchen. I never used the excuse that a space was too small, but, I will admit that it is really fun to have a space for our growing kids to play or do art and just hang out as a family!
Snapped this photo this morning as we were taking a break from school and work. (Lola had her swimsuit on ready to go out at 9 am:))
We also chose to hang a frame television in the kitchen. Read all about that here. It is now a place to gather and hang out. We can watch a movie and do crafts with the kids on the weekends or when our family stays over.
Here is the other side of our enlarged doorway to the kitchen. I love to see spaces from every angle, don’t you? (wait for a full kitchen reveal soon!)
While we are here though, let’s talk about the art. I wrote about choosing art for the space way back in this post. I knew what I wanted and having that in the back of my mind, helped to inform other decisions that came later, like the chairs and the pillows. (find links to the art at the end of this post).
This little lady under a fruit tree spoke to me, and I was so sad that I almost lost her in our little basement flood! Thank you to the instagram reader who suggested that I use an iron to de-wrinkle the print! She’s as good as new and just as lovely in my kitchen as I thought she’d be. I just hung them with command strips.
Our banquette cushions are extra deep, I actually found them and basically built this space around those cushions. Since they are extra deep we need two pillows behind our back for support. I used THESE 24″ raffia pillows with two of THESE 26″ inserts (yes- I did two in one pillow). And THESE buffalo check pillows. I feel like it looks like dinning chairs on the banquette, designating a comfy spot to sit!
Absolutely love THIS cement top dining table!!! I didn’t want wood since we have a lot of wood floor and some wood cabinets. And I wanted something more industrial looking and indestructible. Plus the base is exactly what I wanted too, chairs and legs don’t get caught on the table legs. That pop of gold really pulls in the rest of the kitchen too! Immediately knew THESE pink chairs for “the ones” as soon as I saw them! I was thinking black, but I wanted it more playful than that. And these chairs are just the cutest!
We had THIS same light fixture in our old kitchen. I liked it and decided to keep it. I will say in photos the patten of the tile and the pattern on the light are kind- of redundant…. I wouldn’t normally want that same pattern repeated, but in-person it is no biggie.
Plants just added so much to our new kitchen! I found the tall fiddle leaf fig at our local Home Depot, same with the philodendron below! (Basket is HERE, it is kind-of an investment, but a really statement piece that you can’t find anywhere. I figured it was like buying an end table for that odd little opening).
Saving that large empty wall for something fun….a new wallpaper project! Hopefully coming soon!
Blog post on our floors HERE
Blog post on banquette tutorial HERE
Walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Cloud White// Trim is Sherwin Williams Pure White // Banquette is Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black