:: a lake house renovation - the kitchen

{ Driftwood Cottage }

Now that all of our renovations are over the dust has cleared & we've christened it with fun weekends with friends & family... I'm finally ready to document all the changes we made to our vacation home on the lake. Welcome to { Driftwood Cottage } our little slice of lake life.

Of all the spaces in the lake house, the Kitchen is my absolute favorite. I love how everything turned out. I love the newly painted white cabinets with their new bronze hardware. I adore all of the new lighting, and I'm especially in love with my new bookcase/banquette... it was the perfect solution to hide the fridge at the end of the cabinets.  I had to share the after first because I think it's just so much prettier than where we began.  The kitchen wasn't so bad to begin with, the cabinets were relatively new as well as the tile backsplash and granite countertops... so they stayed and the cabinets got a paint job and new hardware. I'm happy enough with the granite countertops, if I changed anything it would be the tile backsplash, but it works and doesn't bother me...not worth the money to change it. The major changes in the kitchen & throughout the house are the ceilings and the flooring. We had all of the popcorn ceilings removed throughout & also had bamboo flooring installed through the whole house. We went with bamboo because of the durability & the fact that it plays well with water... that's pretty important on a lake & when you have a basement. 

Here is the kitchen before we purchased the house. That's vinyl flooring not tile & though it's not horrible & was in good shape, we wanted a cohesive look throughout the house.

Here it is with the ceilings stripped & paint swatches on the walls, 
it took me forever and about a zillion paint pots to decide on a color.
We decided to keep the appliances because they were all in good working order, 
In fact the black ties in nicely with the bronze hardware I chose.

Here are the cabinets with their first coat of primer, looking better already.

Cabinet doors & shelves being painted in the basement, all that nasty carpet has to go anyway.

Looking a bit less stark with the new paint color, also blends a bit better.
At this point I also contemplated leaving some of the cabinet doors off.
I decided for practical and visual reasons to put them back on. 
The bookcase ended up being all the open shelving we needed.

Woo Hoo the flooring was going in...what a huge difference!

The new bookcase wall is up to mask the fridge,  and the new lighting has been installed.  
The fixture above the sink is Bristow by Allen Roth from Lowe's, and the lovely Twig Orb is from Shades of Light I ordered the Large.  I just adore it & I think it adds the perfect rustic touch. 

Then came the best part of all, the built in bookshelf & banquette. 
This is my absolute favorite part of our whole renovation... it absolutely makes the kitchen,
now it's so much more functional and quaint. We also now have a much better view from the living room not looking into the side of a refrigerator. It took a little bit of research to figure out the whole banquette thing. I had never had one before & I've never designed one until now ;). I wanted it to be deep enough for lounging {in fact it's large enough to sleep on...my kids have done it ha! ha! } but easy enough to get in and out of, and oh there are so many different opinions on the depth of a banquette seat on the web. I decided by sitting in a comfortable wicker chair that I loved measuring the depth then adding an additional few inches for throw pillows in the back.  I also chose to leave the seating open underneath so feet could swing under comfortably. It looks a bit low to the ground in these photos & it is, but I had to account for the 4" of foam cushion that would be the seat.

Here we have our beadboard back in place & our new coat of White Dove,
and she's all ready for some cushions, a table & some goodies for the shelves.

Starting the decorating process my favorite part. 
We have uncovered foam, a few throw pillows, vintage books and baskets. 
It was and still is such fun looking for treasures to add to { Driftwood Cottage }
Lots of vintage and used books for relaxed weekend and summer reading.
I found a great stash of vintage Reader's Digests all with the great printed covers,
I love the pops of color they add to the space, and they are great for weekend reading.

Here it is again in all it's finished splendor {so you don't have to scroll back up}

I absolutely love this space.  It's where we all gather for morning coffee & conversation,
where we read, craft & even play on our computers.  This is truly the perfect spot for lounging & laughing with family & friends, and we are so blessed to have it and share it.

Oh & here she is our little { Driftwood Cottage }

{ lake side }

{ street side }

Just wait till you see the changes we've made outside...
more photos coming soon!!

{ peace, love & a hug }

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:: longing to be outdoors

I know it may still be a little early to be wishing for spring, but we've had some warmer temps here in the past few days & I can't help but long for warmer days & verdant green grass between my toes.

It's a blustery & dreary day here, so I thought I would share a little outdoor inspiration to get us inspired for the spring to come. Perfect outdoor spaces do not have to be complicated to be amazing & renewing. I adore the simple setup in the photo above

Simply throw some beautiful comfy cushions on the ground under a nice shade tree, add a lovely fabric curtain or sheet slung over a rope or branch...the possibilities here are endless. Be sure to bring a basket of essentials like a comfy throw in case it's breezy, some books & magazines & if you're me some knitting. Add a lovely hanging lantern & maybe a few around on the ground and you can lounge into the evening by candle light. What a lovely way to spend a spring afternoon. 
I cannot wait to create a little space like this in the spring how about you?

If you are interested in creating your own simple outdoor oasis, 
I've sourced some of my favorite items to create the look above.

Threshold Back & Seat cushions, these come in multiple colors & are quite affordable.

Below are a collection of beautiful throws I would love to add to my outdoor basket, 
along with my reading materials, music & maybe some homemade bug spray.
Oh and I can't forget my knitting :).

Well, what do you think? 
Will you be creating your own enchanting space this spring?

Or if it's already spring where you are, do you have a favorite outdoor space?
Share a pic or a link I would love to see.

Cheers to spring dreaming!

{ peace, love & a hug }

P.S.  Target has a sale going on right now 10% on outdoor & home decor until February 6th.
You can also save an additional 5% & get free shipping on all of your orders if you sign up for a Target red card. I've had one for a couple of years now & love it....it's not a credit card it's linked to your checking account like a debit card. I use mine for groceries & all purchases, it was really helpful when I was decorating my lakehouse...free shipping on everything, plus sales & the 5% !!

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:: simply beautiful ... sunday inspiration


Spending a little time this Sunday searching for simple beauty. 
This little stand with cloche is perfection covering the spiny cactus.


Tree stumps, apothecary jars, a votive & a eucalyptus cutting.
Such a simple and beautiful image.


A beautiful floral arrangement, books & a lovely mug...
looks like a perfect Sunday morning to me.


Dark & moody amber bottles with wildflower cuttings on a beautiful windowsill.


Oh the verdant green in a simple white bowl. 
How I long for spring.


simply sparkling, a lovely glass jar with a simple bare bulb....gorgeous.

I'm always sad to see the weekend come to an end, 
but I'm thankful for the time to search for beauty & renew for the week ahead.

{ peace, love & hugs }

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