Monday, January 23, 2012

New Year, New Baby, New Kitchen....Happy 2012!

Which will come first, the baby or the kitchen? That was the question I posed via twitter and facebook on Friday, December 9, 2011. At that point, the only thing cooking was the bun in the oven.

Five days until the due date!
The kitchen renovation was slowly approaching completion and the due date of December 14 was close. Well, the baby beat the kitchen! The little guy arrived two days early and we’ve spent the last six weeks as a family of three! The visitors are gone and we’re starting to figure out a daily routine of our own. Thankfully, the kitchen is also completed (minus a few finishing details). Even though I don’t have a lot of time to devote to cooking – I am trying to squeeze in as much as I have the time and energy for (babies are small, but exhausting).

So while I get in a little cooking (and hopefully blogging) in short windows of free time, here is a look at the kitchen renovation and completed look! We’re still waiting on the back splash and the molding. Those should be done in the next few weeks.

Our house was built in 1954 and had one owner before us. They redid the kitchen in the 70s, judging by the dishwasher that was here when we moved in. The kitchen was functional, but not really designed for the way we cook & live. Not nearly enough space for books, appliances, pantry items, and all my kitchen gadgets. And a pretty terrible floor too!

We asked my grandfather, an architect, to put together a kitchen design for us that had storage, counter space, and a functional layout for us. We also did not want to knock down any walls. So with those instructions he drew up a few options for us to consider. Once we settled on the design, we headed to pick out all of the cabinets and goodies to fill the space

Our style is what you might call transitional. We love arts & crafts and craftsman. I like the the look of the 50's (my idea for a diner look didn't make the cut). So we designed a look that works for us aesthetically and functionally. We've been enjoying it so far - and can't wait for the absolute final look!

Here are some views of the new space. The photography isn't my best work - but I'm doing in as much as I can when the little man naps!

New cabinets and relocated range

Real bookshelf! With a small fraction of my books.
The book selection will rotate!

Double oven for more cooking adventures

Now the trash and recycling are hidden - and a
normally useless corner cabinet is utilized.

Counter depth fridge

Open workspace!

Pantry & specialty sized storage

New hardwood floors - oak to match the rest of the house

Material - Quartz
Color - Stellar Fire

Wood: Cherry
Style: Mission

Hardware, Lights, and Faucet:
Oiled Bronze (almost black)

GE Profile double oven, counter depth fridge, and microwave

Happy 2012! Hope to be back here soon - all depends on how the little man naps :)


  1. i love that photo of you in the oven space, too cute. Your kitchen looks fantastic. Congrats on the two new happy additions to your life and family. :)

  2. Yay! Glad to see the post got up! Now go take a nap!

  3. FunandFearlessinBeantownJanuary 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    First, congrats on the baby!  Second, the kitchen looks great...and congrats on that too!

  4. Congratulations on the baby (yayy) and the lovely kitchen (double yayy)!! Love the red counter!

  5. Congrats on the baby!!! And the gorgeous kitchen!

  6. Congrats on the baby and the beautiful kitchen!!

  7. congrats on baby (it took me about 5 weeks to cook anything anyway) and I love the trash corner idea!

  8. Dan @ Dan's Good SideJanuary 24, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Glad to see a new post from you! Congrats on the new addition to your family and your kitchen! :) Post some baby food recipes!

    Happy New Year Lara, seems like you're doing very well!

  9. Congrats on the little one! I hope you are feeling well! I love your kitchen, especially all of the red!

  10. Is that a Vernor's sign?! You are definitely a fellow Midwesterner! I would LOVE a cold Vernor's right now... :) Well I *really* would have loved it during the first trimester. Hope our little men get to meet soon in F'ham. :)

  11. Congratulations for your baby and your kitchen is fantastic!

  12. Looks awesome.  Can you send your grandfather over to my place??  Hope you and the little one are doing well!!

  13. Thanks Dan! Now when are you coming down to Boston for a visit? :)

  14. Congrats again! And I'm so jealous of your kitchen.


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