Digging for the Diamond - TANYA HEMBREE DESIGN

Digging for a diamond in the rough can sometimes take some time. In one of my recent projects I had a beautiful home as my palette, it just was about 15-20 years behind in style. So although we had a gorgeous ocean view and good bones we were just missing the beauty the owners were longing for. In an effort to keep the hassle down, we decided to start with the hub of the home, the kitchen! Where better to start, right? As we began to assess what look we were after, we first determined that we could salvage some of the cabinet layout. Although they weren't new they were still in great condition.

 BEFORE: THE KITCHEN HAD BLACK APPLIANCES, DARK GRANITE COUNTERS, AND A DATED SCHEME OVERALL. 

BEFORE: THE KITCHEN HAD BLACK APPLIANCES, DARK GRANITE COUNTERS, AND A DATED SCHEME OVERALL. 

To help open up the space we decided to tear out the wall that divided the kitchen from the living room. After the tear down, we were able to create one open and inviting space. In the demo we also reduced the high bar counter to allow the ocean view to be more visible. Next on the agenda was specifiying the new cabinet finish. I wanted to keep this kitchen fresh, slightly modern, and definitely updated for the style the homeowners were wanting. I chose a creamy base with a light pewter glazing to give it that coastal cottage look. Then it was on to countertops. To bring in a counter that would look like concrete but not be as porous or as long of a lead time (9 weeks for that area!). Instead, I selected a beautiful new quartz countertops in a gray tone to give it that concrete look the owner originally was hoping for. 

 THE CABINETS WERE A CHERRY FINISH. WE TOOK OUT THE WALL AND LOWERED THE BAR HEIGHT COUNTER.

THE CABINETS WERE A CHERRY FINISH. WE TOOK OUT THE WALL AND LOWERED THE BAR HEIGHT COUNTER.

For the backsplash we went with a mist colored elongated glass subway tile to keep the style fresh, slightly modern, and sleek. Adding custom knotty oak stained floating shelves allowed us to display the owners dishes and toned the more modern look back for an overall more rustic beach cottage feel. We are now 90% done with this project and I soon will reveal more pics, but it's turning out so great. As it unfolds I'll be sure to keep you up to date with pictures showing our progress. As you can see there is beauty behind every project, you just have to dig for it a little deeper sometimes. For more design tips and style follow us on social (links below).

 this is a glimpse at the kitchen 90% Done. We have a few more knobs to put on and the range hood and lighting to install. 

this is a glimpse at the kitchen 90% Done. We have a few more knobs to put on and the range hood and lighting to install.