Thursday, June 11, 2009

Before and after: kitchens

Isn't it great to receive a much awaited package in the mail? Yesterday I trundled off to work feeling tired and unwell from a lagging virus, but my day was brightened when I got a message that a package was waiting downstairs for me. It was my sailboats - oops I mean my son's sailboats - that I had ordered from White Flowers Farmhouse. All the way from New York state USA. I seriously want to snaffle these for myself!

They are so gorgeous that I left them at work overnight, so I could look at them all day today. Everyone who went past my desk stopped and admired them. The afternoon sun washed over them and they looked beautiful.
Thank you Megan and Lori for sending these over, I love them!

But for now, I am posting some fabulous kitchen remodels. These are real fantasy money-is-no-object kitchen remodels. The kind of kitchen model that a beautiful heritage home deserves. All these kitchens feature the classic elements I love - beautiful craftmanship, lashings of white, stainless steel and simple styling.










It must be so satisfying to turn a tired, old kitchen into a state of the art, highly functional piece of beauty.

All images are from Kitchen Bath Ideas. They have lots of inspirational images to look through.

Best wishes,


Blue Creek Home said...

Be still my heart! I just discovered Simply Natural and I adore all of your photos. My blog is 2 weeks old, and I am trying to introduce a little more neutral into my home.Hopefully, I will manage to do just that and share it as I go. Who knows...I do still love all my Olde World golds, greens, and russets. You gave me a lot of ideas and inspiration. Thanks! Rhon

Melissa said...

We have the same taste in kitchens...white shaker-style cabinets with black soapstone counter tops! We remodeled ours the same way to fit our 1928 are here:
LOVE your blog....wish you would do a post on entry halls!

Melissa said...

Oops....forgot to post the 'after' pictures!

Flax and Spindle said...

Isn't Loris stuff awesome? Come on over to my corner..enter the giveaway, One of her candles are up for grabs!


ana said...

I love the before and after pictures!!! and this kitchens are so great
thank you very much for the images Catherine

Things That Inspire said...

Wow, those kitchen remodels are just spectacular! I recently had to replace my 21 year old refridgerator and oven, so I replaced them with stainless, which in turn made my faded cabinets look terrible, so I had them painted white...which makes my countertops and backsplash look terrible. I think I might need a glossy subway tile backsplash with a honed granite countertop now!

Solange said...

what a lovely post, since the kitchen is one of my favorite places...
I love the pictures ah, the white style stays and is beautiful. thanks for the info.

I have a question, maybe you as fellow blogger can help me with: how can you comment on a somebody's blog, where you can choose from 'google, aim, typepad, etc' ? I have tried it, but I have no idea what I am doing wrong....

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh my gosh! these can't be the same places! such an amazing transformation! lovely!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Wow. my kitchen looks worse than all of the 'before' shots!

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

wonderful!! I am loving this new look for the kitchens.

My name is PJ. said...

I love those sailboats too! Do you read the blog, The Lettered Cottage, by Layla Palmer? She shares some of your interior design sensibilities and she bought one of those boats for her guest room. You'd like that room!

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

I love white cabinets in kitchens with a touch of chrome, black and natural wood...modern yet feels comfy like homemade cookies are coming out of the oven any minute.

CrowNology said...

Hi Catherine,
The last change is amazing. I have ladder lust!

Millie said...

What can I say Catherine - these are all too gorgeous for this poor Before Kitchen girl. One day Millie, one day. Have been thinking about you & A. heaps this week. Hope things are travelling along OK - keep strong.
Millie ^_^

Alison Gibbs said...

What cute boats.
Love the kitchen re-do's

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

Oh my goodness. These photos are fabulous. Completely my style. White simple cabinets, soapstone, a touch of marble and viola! I so adore your blog. And those boats are dreamy! I am going to order them for "my" new room - they will be perfect!

Lee said...

Your sailboats are gorgeous Catherine - I'm sure both you and your little boy will get immense pleasure from them for years to come. Lee :)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Lovely boats Catherine. I got myself the gym baskets. These kitchen redos are great (thanks for the link). If ever.. i get my own place these ideas will help. I really like the 1st after pic. Have a great weekend.

{eloquent essence} said...

What stunning kitchen transformations. I just love the first and last one even though they must have had cost a fortune!

White Flower Farmhouse said...

You're too sweet! I'm so glad you're enjoying your boat! I can't believe something I made in my little workroom in now living happily in Australia. I love it!
-- Megan

Pearl Maple said...

Great collection of before and after pictures full of all kinds of inspiration and ideas but those sail boats are the cutest thing!

I huset ved bekken said...

Oh my God!
Very nice.

Velvet and Linen said...

Those are amazing!
I have to save these for inspiration.
I love before and after posts. The transformations are quite unbelievable.
Thank you for sharing.


Willow Decor: said...

I love the kitchen with the library ladder!! I have always loved those ladders!! What a great collection of before and afters!!