Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Kitchen Remodel

Hi guys! I'm finally getting the chance to share the other side of my kitchen that I have never revealed before & I'm super excited! Having the opportunity to design your own kitchen has truly been a dream come true! I've enjoyed every process of this journey of ours.  

Being that the house was built in the 70's; everything was in its original condition (oh my!)  We demolished EVERYTHING inside the house...I shared a few photos of how this kitchen looked like BEFORE & would love to know your thoughts at the end of this post!

One thing I love about doing a remodel is the feeling of having a fresh new start! Out with the old, in with the new...The kitchen was very dark before so I went with white shaker kitchen cabinets and love how it brightened up this space!

This is the right side of our kitchen when facing it and we added a pantry, coffee station and a Viking refrigerator.

I love my Pink Mixer and Mackenzie-Childs canisters! 

Previously, the kitchen never had an island. Creating an island in the center not only became a focal point in our kitchen but it just really tied everything together nicely.

Opposite side of the coffee station is where my main sink sits. We got a farm house sink which I absolutely love! If you ever are interested in purchasing one in your home, I suggest getting a sink grid so the surface doesn't get scratched.

 Along the same side as my farm house sink is where my La Cornue Stove sits.  I have to admit, I've been dreaming about this stove forever, I love it so much lol!! I decided to go with black because it adds a nice contrast against the white shaker cabinets.

As for my back splash, I wanted to be able to see a little more variation vs it being all white so I decided to go with carrara honed marble and we love the look of it! You can never go wrong with a little marble in your life ;)

For the fixtures, I went with all brass for the knobs drawer pulls and kitchen faucets. I love how it complements the brass knobs on the La Cornue stove.

Deciding on having white floating shelves with brass brackets is one of the best decisions I made! I love the open and airy feel whenever I cook. So not having cabinets on either sides really gave me that feeling and makes a big difference. I'm also not a big fan of clutter especially when it comes to kitchen counters, I prefer 'less is more' kind of space.

Chandeliers are like beautiful jewelry you wear around your neck. In fashion, sometimes an outfit can be incomplete without jewelry...that's how I feel when it comes to lighting in home decor. Adding a beautiful chandelier makes your whole space look complete! I've linked similar chandeliers for you here and here!

 I also get alot of questions about my counter stools. I really love the color, size and shape of it as it fits perfectly for my kitchen island. I also linked a similar one you can find here.

As for my kitchen counter tops, I went ahead with Calcutta gold white quartz marble and couldn't be happier! Wiping and cleaning it has been so wonderful especially with the amount of use we put into it because we have such a large family.

In case you may not already know; I'm obsessed with flowers!!

Photo #1 Here's a pic of the kitchen BEFORE:

*Note- the right side is where my pantry, coffee station and frig is now. The left side is where my farm house sink and stove is. As you can see, there was no island in the far center before.

 Photo #2 AFTER demolition:

*Note- This is the view from my new kitchen island looking onward.  In this photo, the right side is where my stove is, left side is frig, coffee station and pantry.


{Same view as Photo #1}

I hope you guys enjoyed seeing the before and after pics of our kitchen remodel! I know that I love seeing transformations, it gets me so excited! I always believe that your home should be a reflection of who you are. If you haven't experienced going through a house remodel; it is part of a journey that ends. One advice I can give you when going through this journey is 'enjoy the moment.' While you are in process of making your house a home, your also creating memories throughout the process that you and your family build together to create a place you call home and reflect on it one day :)

Til next time friends!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Influencer Trip to MacKenzie - Childs

I have to admit, it was love at first sight when I first laid eyes on some of the beautiful MacKenzie - Childs pieces. I knew right there and then that this is going to be one of my favorite collections ever!

Thank you for joining me while I share my experience going to the MacKenzie - Childs Influencers trip! Collecting these gorgeous pieces is one thing, but taking a trip to visit their headquarters in Aurora, New York was a dream come true!! 

First of all, I'd like to thank the lovely girls; Lily and Ali from Little Voice PR who coordinated this amazing trip. They both are so helpful and just the SWEETEST! I was lucky enough to be in a group of lovely ladies whom I already knew virtually on social media...but meeting everyone in person was in another level..such a blast! We had so much fun being together, at times we had to hold our stomachs and had tears in our eyes because we laughed so hard haha! I knew I created lifetime friendships with everyone who was on board during our trip. The friendships, the experience, the warm, hear felt hospitality that MacKenzie-Childs along with Lily and Ali created for us was truly memorable and can't thank them enough!

On this blog, I'll be sharing some beautiful pics from the Farm House where I'll be taking you on a little tour. The Production Site where they hand make the pieces, the Shop where you find pieces from tableware to kitchen to furnishings and many more! Lastly, the Grounds where you will see breathtaking gardens, lakes and furry animals!   

The Farm House

What a lovely entrance!! Going on this trip in late September, you see Fall beauty everywhere. Walking up to these adorable pumpkins and beautiful mums on the stairs was such a breath of fresh air! Inside this amazing Farm House, you will see that every room is furnished with MacKenzie - Childs but in its own beautiful way. Lets take a look at some of my favorite spots!

This is their dining room where we had delicious lunch! Look at all the layering on this table scape, just love it! This black and white Courtly Check is actually their signature pattern. This is also one one of my favorite ones too. I enjoy layering Courtly Check pieces as a backdrop for my table setting, it really just ties everything together very nicely.

Moving on to one of the other rooms, that wall paper is so pretty! Pink is one of my favorite colors and when I see it combined with flowers...oh it just fills my heart! And that vintage 3 tier tray, my gosh it's adorable!

Ok, lets take a moment to absorb all of this! I felt like I was in heaven when I first saw this room, it says GORGEOUS all over! The all white kitchen, the pink back splash matching the knobs and the Courtly Check enamel ware on the stove...a piece of heaven I tell ya!

All I need is a MacKenzie - Childs apron and call it a day! If you ever need to find me one day, I'll be here cooking and baking a storm haha! 

I also love pastel colors and looking at this bathroom vanity was candy to my eyes! One things for sure is details, its all about details...don't you agree?! :)

The next couple of photos is from one of my favorite bedrooms!

You see the flow of the beautiful pastel colors here, its truly remarkable! I'd feel like a princess sleeping here everyday, seriously! {inserted crown emoji here! lol}

Shifting gears to the Production Studio. Here, the artisans make everything by hand. Like Rebecca Proctor who is the creative director for MacKenzie - Childs describes it as " Tradition with a twist. No two pieces are ever a like."

Each piece has a unique signature of its own. Every brush stroke differs as well so you will see the artisan hand in each work. I truly have utmost respect for all these wonderful artisans who does amazing work, it's not easy. We all had a fun project to paint our own mugs and it took a lot of time and patience. If we hadn't stopped to move on with the tour, it would've tooken me ALL day just to paint one mug, seriously! So bless their heart!

The finishing products all go on the shelf for the next team to take over.

On their upper level was the furniture department.  I just loved all the artwork they put on these furnishings, so beautiful!

This artisan is applying gold leaf to this piece. It was so nice to be able to see all of this in person! You really do appreciate all the MacKenzie - Childs pieces even more when you see how much process actually goes in just to finish one piece. It makes me cherish it more and pass it down from generation to generation. I'm looking forward to doing that one day. And the beautiful part about it is that every piece has a story, I love that!!

We also got lucky to see the newest collection coming in Spring 2018, the Sweetbriar Collection! So excited, cant wait when its available!

The last stop before we go outside to the beautiful Grounds is the MacKenzie - Childs Shop. Here you will find an abundance of joy and happiness like I did lol! I'm so falling in love with the floral black and white pillow!

Such eye candy everywhere!!

Last stop, I'll be taking you on a beautiful stroll on a the's absolutely serene here!

These are views of the Cayuga Lakes, surrounded by the beauty of Finger Lakes. You see beautiful nature all around you and through out each season. You'll even see some adorable animals!

How cute are they?!

Thank you all for taking a tour with me at the lovely MacKenzie - Childs Farm House. It was such a pleasure having you! It was also very nice to re-live these moments and all the memories that I'll be cherishing. I hope you get to visit here one day because at MacKenzie - Childs you are treated like family and like family, you feel like home...

Please visit here soon for my next blog post...Til next time, Friends!!