Cooking just got a whole lot more fun!
My home is 19+ years old, and a home that we build and designed and built ourselves way back when. One of the things about my style that has held true through the years is selecting classic colors, designs, and styles in the things that cost the most. Such was the case when I chose my granite and backsplash a long time ago.
I always wanted white marble but I knew it had an issue when it came to staining. After slowly refreshing our home with coats of paint, new light fixtures here there, new furniture, I finally said, “It’s time!”.
So I overhauled this cashmere white granite (that everyone said my kitchen looked great… after all that WAS granite, which is not cheap), the basic white tile that I grew to hate because it was the same thing used in bathrooms, and replaced it with my white marble… Brazilian Carrara to be exact.
Here is before…
And here is after…
I kept the cabinets white, switched the knobs, which I call hardware “jewelry for our furniture”, and replaced the faucet for a brushed brass look to match the knobs. That faucet by the way was ridiculously reasonable! I was afraid it would be insane expensive, but it wasn’t! That’s it. The only major thing I changed was making the front of the island a waterfall edge and created the drop to the floor.
I added sprinkles of gold with my accessories, and mixed textures, like that crackled mirror glass vase with the marble bowl, and new shiny things with old vintage, like my Italian Florentine tissue box. It made it mine with things I personally love and love to collect. My best decor tip is to add sprinkles of things you love into your space. Don’t just go out and buy a bunch of stuff you see all in one collection from a furniture store or accessories store. Mix up textures, patterns and colors that compliment each other, and make it yours. Make it yours with things YOU love, things that give it character that reflects YOU, and even little things that you collect or that are special to you. I’ve had that Networking plaque from years ago from my dear friend Amy, when I used to host monthly networking luncheons in my home. And my dish towel was the sweetest gift from my dear bestie Angela who just knows me all too well. Point is, make it YOURS.
Isn’t it crazy how just a few simple changes made all the world’s difference? I left the cabinets white and didn’t change the wall color. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a huge difference.
Voila. There you have it! What do you think? If you love it, please gimme some love and PIN any of my images onto your KITCHEN Pinterest board.
I’m sharing some sprinkles and touches of my kitchen below for you to shop as well.
Now… what’s for dinner? (wink!)