When Bri bought the house it had just undergone a complete renovation. The finishes were well chosen for a flip so while they might not have had a ton of personality, the kitchen wasn’t offensive in anyway. There was already the great marble countertops (remember how when I did her dining room we added an overhang behind the range so we could add a seating area with stools?) but when paired with white semi-gloss flat cabinets, white shiny subway tile, and brushed nickel/stainless hardware, overall the space was pretty cookie cutter. It didn’t reflect the personality or style that Bri is known for.Another simple way of updating a kitchen that we’ve all heard 100 times, but if you haven’t tried you will be surprised as to just how much it works, is switching out the cabinet hardware. The silver ones she had were nice and modern but by using a more unique shape and color, the whole space fees more bespoke. We used the hardware I designed for Park Studio in the half moon, and the ottawa. Next was where things did get a little construction dirty but for a full kitchen update it was pretty minimal and only took a couple days (like 3!). We had her backsplash demolished and re-tiled with this stunning Tabarka Studio tile. It is a cement tile with a brass inlay and after mulling over the backsplash tile for months, we saw this one and knew it was it. I then created a more unexpected pattern using them vertically on one half and horizontally on the other half, having the pattern meet in the middle on the diagonal. And finally, in order to utilize some vertical wasted space, we added a SemiHandmade floating shelf above a bank of cabinets to give her some extra surface area for storage and utility items. If all that is still too much for your budget or time commitment and you are desperate for a change in the kitchen… lay down a new rug, and pick some fresh flowers for an instant kitchen pick me up.
Shop the look:
Cabinet Doors by Sarah Sherman Samuel for SemiHandmade, On Ikea Cabinets // Hardware by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Park Studio // Tile by Tabarka Studio // Stools from All Modern // Glass Storage Canisters // Mortar and Pestle by Sheldon Ceramics
Pink vase by Lux Eros // Cutting Board
Images by Tessa Neustadt
Here’s a look at a couple side by side before and afters.
And let’s not forget about what we did in the dining room right next door…Read all about the dining room here.
Sarah, you are so talented. It looks amazing! You two collaborate so well together!
So beautiful! I always love seeing the befores, as it make the afters glow! Refined, earthy and boho quirky, all balanced wonderfully.
Ugh! So gorgeous. I love your hardware line. What are the pretty red flowers up on the shelf?
It’s bougainvillea x
So simple, yet so impactful! Shows how much more a special tile can bring in comparison to subway tile. In love with the white chairs. Could you share any information about those?
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Hey there, out of curiosity, do you know the source of the kitchen floor tile? Love the size and color. Wasn’t sure what material…. Thanks!
Hi, this is a fantastic transformation! Can you please share who/where the round white table is from? thanks!
Hi, this is a fantastic transformation! Can you please share who makes the round white table? And where we can find it? thanks!
SO lovely! Especially the backsplash – wow!
Sidenote – I’m also swooning over Bri’s sweater. Any idea where that came from?
Where did that awesome rug come from?
Love this! Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Where did you find the tulip table and white chairs?
The backsplash!!!!! Genius….it is just gorgeous!!!
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