Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Farm-house Kitchen; One Room Challenge

Just 6 weeks ago, we embarked on a long awaited kitchen remodel, complete with new countertops, tile and appliances for our 1960's era kitchen.  Throughout this time, I blogged weekly about our progress and shared some of the triumphs and challenges encountered as a guest participant in the One Room Challenge along the way. For this redesign in such a crucial area of our home, we chose not to move walls or replace cabinetry, but instead transformed these well loved bones with a contrasting paint and materials scheme that also complemented new white oak flooring replaced at the same time throughout the entire house. 

Wanna see a really good before and after? You can catch up and see where we started HERE

It was an ambitious and hair pulling undertaking to be sure. But I think the results I'm revealing today were well worth it.

Erin Neally-Holtwood Hipster-One Room Challenge-modern farmhouse kitchen-ranch style kitchen

Erin Neally-Holtwood Hipster-One Room Challenge-modern farmhouse kitchen-ranch style kitchen

We upgraded and brightened up this high traffic area in the house, creating a functional workspace open to entertaining in the adjacent dining area, which was also fully remodeled. The existing farm-style table was sanded down and given a rustic finish, intended to contrast against some of the more modern fixtures and wallpaper. We ditched the maker grade, bonded leather benches and introduced a cozier, mixed seating arrangement - complete with slipcovered host chairs, a striped linen bench cushion, and black spindle chairs on the opposite side. Our glassware cabinet saw paint and hardware upgrades which worked to create a more eye-popping display for our barware collection and chrome, nautical pendant lights were swapped out for a simple, translucent option, creating an unhindered line of sight which worked to make the room seem bigger than it really is.
We put several lighting styles to work throughout the kitchen and dining area, all of which are now set on dimmers to suit function and mood in the immediate area. Bulky under-cab lighting in both the kitchen and dining bar areas were replaced with a cooler, more efficient LED option. We also added lighting to the glass-front dishware cabinet in the kitchen area, which brightened up the bank of charcoal cabinets on the left side of the kitchen. Functional improvements went beyond lighting as well. We better utilized hidden cabinet space at the front of the peninsula, which now houses both a compact microwave and an assortment of cookbooks.

Along with our charcoal and white color scheme carried through paint, tile and veiny Silestone counters, we also incorporated various woods into the design plan. The bar shelves and flooring were built from white oak, while the countertops were custom cut from wide planked acacia. You'll also see olive wood and maple board accents weaved in throughout. Also on the lumber front, clear pine shiplap was also used to frame out both the newly added range hood and peninsula facing.

Glass was also a consistent materials theme - seen in the dining pendants, barware display and then brought full circle into the kitchen by the use of glass-front mesh overhead cabinets now showcasing our collection of white dinnerware.

What you don't see here - but what I am most excited by - is the functional impact afforded through the redesign. This One Room Challenge remodel - like the others before it (Guest Bath, Master Bedroom, Masculine Workspace , My Studio) - forced us to rethink how we wanted to better use this room within our home. We cleaned out and cleared out, donating and repurposing what we could. Our pantry has new slide out shelving (that we built ourselves!), pots and pans are not jammed behind cupboard doors and bowls are no longer cohabiting with pantry items. It's been a real game changer for us - and I can not wait to use that new all gas range.

A big thank you to Linda at Calling it Home for creating the One Room Challenge and for being such a great host to all of us who participated in the Thursday round up. As a guest participant, I always look forward to joining this event for the learning experience it provides and the design camaraderie. To that end, I also want to thank the many people who took time out of their day to encourage and motivate me during those long 6 weeks without a functional kitchen. I have to say, there were some tough, chaotic days mixed in there (and yes, lots of fast food). The kind, encouraging words offered on  my social media posts helped make it all a bit more bearable.

I also want to thank my Dad, who again jumped in to save us with his painting and carpentry skills. I estimated he put in roughly 354 miles round trip on his commute over the last 6 weeks to help push us over the edge after our awesome contractor and electricians had done their thing and we are eternally grateful. 

I'll be posting sort of an after-the-reveal in the coming week to detail some of my favorite aspects of this redesign and will be sharing a list of sources as well. So more to come... 

// Design: Erin Neally
// Construction: South Coast Pro Services
// Flooring: Diversified Flooring
// Lighting by: Trim Wholesale Lighting
// Styling and Photography: Erin Neally



Unknown said...

Wow! It looks just amazing! I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite. Pinned!!

Dana Frieling said...

Beautiful, Erin! What an incredible job you did at styling the Ikea cabinet with all your glassware! Great vision!

Erin @ Suburban Bitches said...

Erin this is just lovely! My favorite part has to be the dining area- love the mix of the chairs and table along with that wallpaper! And the lights in the dining area are one of my favorites to use because of the shape and how the light just travels right through them. So, so good!!

Cassie Bustamante said...

this is awesome, erin! i love the dining area and the artwork you chose for that space. and i love the sleek cabinets!

Erin Conway said...

Stunning! Absolutely Stunning!!!! Im a first time ORC'er and am flipping blown away by these reveals.

Poulin Design Center said...

absolutely gorgeous! thank you for sharing!

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Love it!! Looks soooo inviting!

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Wow! It is really beautiful! Love the cabinets, the floor, You had a wonderful vision and executed it beautifully!

Jessica | Petal + Ply said...

What a gorgeous space! Big fan of the timeless black and white color scheme!

kate pm said...

Turned out fantastic! Enjoy!

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What a gorgeous kitchen and dining area! I love the wallpaper and how everything is cohesive. Good job!

Pudel-design said...

This looks stunning! What a transformation!!! :)
Such a gorgeous and comfy room.

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This is great, Erin. This reveal is just so fascinating! You did really made a great difference with this one. Thanks for sharing this one. Keep blogging.

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