Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Love The One You're With- Velvet & Linen

If you have ever read Brooke Giannetti's blog Velvet & Linen, then you know it would be easy to love her whole house! I could spend hours on this blog. I am currently trying to figure out a way to make her weekend home below my permanent home!I'm so excited to be participating in Marianne's series "Love The One You're With"! Our kitchen in our weekend home in Oxnard is a great example of how we turned a room that we really didn't like into a room we love without completely pulling it apart.

This is what our kitchen looked like the first time we saw it (that's our realtor in the kitchen). Although I loved the fact that the kitchen was open to the main living space, I wasn't a big fan of the dark brown cabinets and counter tops.

Here is our kitchen after. We replaced a couple of the upper cabinet faces with inexpensive doors with chicken wire. We also added inexpensive Restoration Hardware knobs to give the cabinets a little more detail. The most dramatic change occurred when we painted the entire kitchen Farrow and Ball "Hardwick White".

In the second stage, we removed the stainless steel hood over the stove (I kept hitting my head on it!). A decorative grill now covers the vent and still does a great job in keeping my kitchen smoke free.

I usually like to use pendant lights over my kitchen island, but the ceilings were too low. Instead, we used table lamps on the island. We drilled holes through the counter for the wires and connected them to a switch on the side of the island.
Now that we have made these changes, I'm definitely loving the one I'm with :)

Thank you Marianne for letting me share my kitchen with all of your readers!



Thank you Brooke, job well done as always! I love how you made the lamps work on the island!


lizziefitz said...

Drilling holes in your counter for lamps , brave and GENIUS!!!

Down that Little Lane said...

Great idea!!.. and I am in love with your shutters on the wall xx

paula said...

It's gorgeous! Love what paint can do. The lamp idea is brilliant.

H.G. The Countess said...

LOVE the lamps on the island idea, but LOVE Brooke even more ;)

Day Old News said...

I LOVE HER so much! I nearly crashed the car this weekend when I passed by her shop...I knew it existed but was so surprised when I actually happened upon it. Great guest post!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

Love her weekend home and the lamp idea is fabulous! xo

Velvet and Linen said...

Thank you so much Mariannefor letting me visit Haven and Home! I hope my guest post gave you some time to relax before the big day :)
Thank you to all of your wonderful readers for your lovely comments!


Barbara@HausDesign said...

What a gorgeous transformation - not surprising though with Brooke's beautiful touch! I especially love the changed in the eating area part of the kitchen - the shutters, art and lantern make it so much cozier and interesting. It's a beautiful kitchen overall! What a fun series - I look forward to more!

Morning T said...

Adore Brooke and everything she touches!! Thanks for this Marianne.
Happy Friday.

classic • casual • home said...

Love the new cabinet doors! Brooke is so talented!

24 Corners said...

Night and day Brooke! Your special touches made the kitchen so much breezier and beachier!
xo J~

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

You always have the most amazing before and afters, Brooke! Thank you, Marianne, for sharing!

for the love of a house said...

loved this! Brooke, as always, is amazing. I love the lamps through the counters- brilliant!! Such a great lesson in what a coat of beautiful white paint can do!!


LLH Designs said...

I love everything Brooke and her husband have done together. They are such an inspiring, creative, generous and extremely talented duo!