Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kortnei's kitchen -- before and after!

One of the great joys of this blog has been to help some of you with your homes through my consultations. I am so incredibly tickled and proud when you send me pictures of your progress. You should love your home, and it is my goal to make that happen for each and every one of you with these consults. Well...maybe not ALL. How about a bunch?

Take a look at how simple changes transformed Kortnei's kitchen...

My suggestions included lighter bamboo shades in the windows that she could close for privacy and then do some kind of drapes as well, on either side of the windows, instead of hanging in front.

Before:
I liked the white drapes, but I told Kortnei this is a spot she could really add some color and highlight this cool area of the kitchen. I suggested a panel on either side of the larger window, and then one on the outside of each window.

As usual, I suggested she consider finding a fabric she loved to add to the drapes or make her own. LOOK what she did!:
I. adore. those. drapes. Squeal!

Of course, I have to suggest some kind of woodwork SOMEWHERE. And that somewhere was her island/peninsula. It was such a feature between the family room and kitchen:

Kortnei took my advice on the beadboard and corbels and, well...swoon:
I love it!!!

Speaking of that area, I suggested three new black counter height chairs with backs on them instead of the stools, if her budget allowed. Her stools got lost just a bit and the large island could handle something darker and larger:
Because of her high ceilings, Kortnei was doing what we ALL want to do, which was decorating up. I have done it, I understand it. I don't have a problem with it, not one bit. But when you bring the accessories down, you bring the room down and make it a bit cozier.

Before:

She already had a great start with accessories. I suggested some large items because of the space above the cabinets, in little vignettes in the corners so it didn't feel too cluttered.

After:
I loved her table but the chairs seemed a bit dark, so I suggested recovering her chairs with a new lighter fabric. I suggested a fabric that would work with her new drapes.

Before:
She went the extra mile and purchased new, beautiful white chairs with new cushions in colors that work with the walls and drapes:
Didn't she do awesome? I am in LOVE with those chairs!

Here's the full view of her kitchen before:
And the after:
Gorgeous!! I am so proud of you Kortnei, this is fantastic! There were a few changes Kortnei asked about doing that I didn't think she needed to worry about -- and I'm glad she didn't do them. Her wall color worked perfect, the black cabinets were awesome as is. She had a great start to this room.

It didn't happen overnight and it shouldn't...you should take your time to do it the way you want to, and find things that you love for your space.

So there you have it...an idea of what a consultation involves. All it takes is a little bit of work on your part, some trust in moi, and a week or two for me to get back to you. ;) If you are interested in a consultation, they are $30 per room. All you need to do is use the Paypal button on the left of my site and then e-mail your pictures, thoughts and questions.

I'm so glad you love your kitchen Kortnei! If anyone else that has purchased a consult wants to share their room, please let me know!

70 comments:

  1. You two make a great team
    Very nice!!

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  2. Wow, it looks great! I hope you can share some more of these great consultation/tranformations. I'm kind of a before and after fan, if you haven't heard! ;)

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  3. what an amazing difference! beautiful!

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  4. That is great! I'll have to keep you in mind when we're ready to take on the "un-categorized" addition in our house - kind of an office, play room, family room, "you name it" complete with awkward nooks and a million doors.

    I just posted a goodwill coffee table makeoever inspired by YOU!

    karliscorner.blogspot.com

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  5. It looks fantastic. Love the drapes. And the wood below the island looks awesome. Great job Kortnei and Sarah!

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  6. Beautiful job ladies!! I love how my eyes keep on moving around the room. I also noticed how nice the white island w/ black chairs balances with the black table and white chairs!!!
    Love it!!! Makes me want to order a consultation....:)

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  7. That looks amazing! I love the black cabinets and green walls with the pops of turquoise. Everything looks just perfect.

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  8. WOW! I like the contrast of the woods-brown, black and white. It all goes together great. Awesome job, both of you!

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  9. Great changes . . . how would it look if she lowered her chandy over the table and made a cozy out of the great green printed curtain fabric to cover the cord? Just a thought . . .

    I love how the white chairs tie everything in back to the beadboard -- creates such a nice balance in the room! Love the freshness of the green, white, and black. ;D

    Grins,
    Pamm

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  10. Awesome Kortnei..looks amazing. Great advice as always TDC!

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  11. This kitchen turned out BEAUTIFUL! Great job!

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  12. I love this before and after consult. Please post more! I have you listed as one of my blog buddies at my new blog, littlelizardking.blogspot.com
    You are so clever!

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  13. great fabric choice for the curtains!

    sigh, beadboard, I want to do the same thing.

    can you also include general budget info on the next one?

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  14. Thanks for your visit today, Sarah! Kortnei did a wonderful job and I love the curtains. It would be great if you were able to share more consult outcomes.

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  15. This was alot of fun, watching the before and after unfold before our eyes. Please share more. You guys did a great job improving an already pretty space. A second eye always helps.
    Have a blessed evening...Tracy

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  16. Two thumbs up! I think you both did a great job. You are awesome, Sarah! :)

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  17. The BEADBOARD sure made a huge change in her kitchen...I loooove using it! The kitchen chairs are awesome and they made for a wonderful look with the dark wood table...GREAT work!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  18. Hey that's my niece in law. Too cool. Great job! Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  19. I LOVE IT... not just cause she is my cousin. The colors look so good!

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  20. Great, beautiful job girls!!

    I love your blog and check on ya all the time!!

    Keep up the good work!!
    Karen in Texas

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  21. Great ideas, Sarah. I particularly like the advice about not decorating too high--you are spot on! I appreciate you taking a look at my blog. ;)

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  22. Ok Sarah, I am sold..that turned out beautiful..i am soo jealous!
    We have a great room/kitchen combination, would that count as one room or two..I am guessing two since its a big room, but then it needs to all tie in together..I am going to get some pictures together for you soon and buy a consult..I need help:-/

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  23. Wow how amazing is this kitchen!
    Great ideas for a wonderful update
    I can see by the way of the before and after how much lighter the kitchen looks now!
    Great!

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  24. We NEED to know where she got those chairs!!! I have been looking for some JUST like this!!

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  25. absolutely beautiful transformation. Still working on my office/studio....

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  26. It looks incredible. And I love that part of the consultation was what NOT to change. Reusing/keeping is good for the environment, time, and moral. I don't know if anyone else is decorating challenged, but its nice to know we got somethings right from the start. :-)

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  27. WOW! So incredibly gorgeous! You gave great advise and Kortnei really did a fabulous job! Please keep sharing these. They are so helpful!

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  28. Im floored at how much adding high back bar chairs and light colored chairs at the table changed this space. WOW!

    Was this consultation only 30 dollars?? That is incredible. What an amazing value!

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  29. It looks so good! My favourite part is the beadboard and bar chairs, its a little thing, but it makes so much difference!

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  30. Very nice! The changes are somewhat subtle, but pack a huge punch. I have been on the lookout for new counter stools myself, and Kortnei's new stools are very much what I'm looking for! Think I'll pop over to her place and find out where she purchased them.

    Thanks to both of you for sharing pics! I may be hitting you up soon, Sarah, for help in my master bath. It's been been a huge sore spot for me for the past 16 years!

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  31. Oh shoot! I just assumed Kortnei had her own blog! I need to know where she bought her new stools! My luck will be a store local to her. Keeping my fingers crossed they're from where I can order. Maybe she could comment here where she got them . . . please, please . . . pretty please! :o)

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  32. ~WOW! This is truly stunning! You go ladies! :)

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  33. She did a FAB job w/your suggestions! Would love to know where she got her bar stools...:D

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  34. Wow, the room looks great. Those highter black bar stools real helped tie things together as well
    as the white chairs around the table blended with the white curtains and brought a freshness and light to the room. Great idea
    about the decorating about the cabinets. Never realized about going higher made the room not seem
    as cozy. How true!
    Love to see the before and after pics. This one was quite different.
    Great job by both you girls.
    Blessings, Nellie

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  35. Even though it doesn't happen over night...I love the way photos make it look that way! Great job...love the new look!

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  36. Great transformation! Your kitchen is lovely and chock full of great ideas!

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  37. I love the paint color, the mint green and the black cabinets. WOW!! Very nice!

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  38. Congratulations to you both ... great job. I especially love how the drapes open up the window and the new bar stools with back. Lovely.

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  39. Congratulations to you both ... great job. I especially love how the drapes open up the window and the new bar stools with back. Lovely.

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  40. Oh my goodness that is such a great transformation! The room looks so perfect now, and it also looks way bigger than before...I just can't stop looking at the before and after, how fun! Great job both of you!

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  41. Beautiful transformation! I love the touches of white that you've added, with the chairs, beadboard, and the gorgeous draperies. It adds a lot of light to the kitchen.

    I can't wait to see some more of these great transformations!!

    Lisa B.

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  42. Wow!! It was a great room before, but now it is just fabulous!!! Love all the changes, especially the beadboard. I just adore that stuff!

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  43. I have to say, 1) the suggestions you made are spot-on - wow!, and 2) she did such a good job implementing them!

    The ooooonly thing that's bugging me a bit in this kitchen now is the brown table... I think it would be much better in black or white. But don't let me be a downer - the rest of the kitchen is as you say...

    "Gorg."

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  44. Awesome re-do! Love the advice you gave. Thanks for the inspiration. Your blog inspired me to spray paint the metal base and metal chairs of a table and chairs set we've had for 3 years but haven't loved. Now I'm ordering fabric to re-do the seats, and I'm really starting to love the new set. So much better than the old. Unfortunately I didn't take pics...

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  45. Her kitchen looks amazing! I love the dark accents with the white walls and of course the beadboard **swoon** excellent suggestions! Thanks for sharing....
    p.s. I came here from Amy (Maisy report) and now I need to continue snooping around your blog! :) Happy weekend~

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  46. Hello All!! So glad you all love my kitchen as much as I do! The consultation was worth every penny, trust me! Sarah was wonderful. For the questions regarding where I purchased my chairs and barstools, I actually bought most of them used. Two of the dining chairs were purchased off Craigslist for only $10 each! The other 2 were purchased from Ikea and they were only $39 due to being floor models. I sanded them all down and painted them white. Regular price is $59 each (I think) at Ikea and the name of the chair is INGOLF. The barstools were also purchased off Craigslist for $65 for all 3! I had to saw a couple inches off all the legs to fit the counter, then sanded and painted to match the black cabinets. I do know that the barstools were originally purchased from Cost Plus. There is still a sticker underneath one of them with a $119 price tag!

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  47. Good job Kortnei...but then I always think you do a good job with your house. I'm a proud mother in law!

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  48. You two did a fabulous job! God's blessings on your weekend ladies, Sarah :>

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  49. Pumpkin chandlier is done come by to see it!

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  50. She did such a great job with your advice! It looks great!

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  51. LOVE IT! you guys did great. so nice when someone else can catch your vision and have it turn out so well!i love the fabric choice on the curtains and i cannot believe someone sold those dining chairs on craigslist for 10 bucks!!! total score. looks great!

    -natalie
    www.centsiblychicsisters.blogpsot.com

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  52. AWESOMENESS!! Great, Great job!!

    The drapes... Yeah, they ROCK!!

    Tiffany @ Mine Are Spectacular!

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  53. Boy does that beadboard look
    l-o-v-e-l-y!

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  54. Stumble onto your blog from Ucreate. Love it! I love the kitchen before and after!! I have been tossing around the idea of painting my oak colored cabinets black. Makes me nervous, but love the look of black cabinets! Great job! Would love to see some more consultations of before and afters!

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  55. I also love the drapes- but what about them being in white- do you worry they will get dirty easily?

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