Thursday, November 10, 2016

One Room Challenge Fall 2016 ~ Week 6: REVEAL!

Welcome to Week 6 of One Room Challenge Fall 2016 and it is time for the Final Reveal! It has been such an epic journey (with its fair share of panic attacks and ecstatic moments) to turn this ugly duckling from builder basic to an inviting, sophisticated, and curated space as the heart of this home.  I couldn't be happier with what we have accomplished in 42 days and the transformation is beyond my expectation!

Clearly I couldn't hold back anymore and here is my chef-envy gourmet kitchen at Week 6 of #ORC!  



Perhaps I need to show you the BEFORE so you could really feel my excitement as I see the kitchen today.


Aside from the dark espresso cabinets that did nothing to complement the beige granite countertop and travertine-inspired floor tiles, I was also surprised to see an empty wall next to the stove.  As you can see, that didn't stop me from dreaming big and this is one incredible feature wall packed with smart storage and style.  


The new addition is a custom piece (I will share my fun journey on that next week).  Inspired by the amazing built-ins by Nam and Stacey, I have designed mine with a streamline profile and to keep it looking sharp, I have also opted to go "hardware-less".

One feature I am super proud of is how we house the microwave.  Microwave tends to sit on the counter, double duty as the vent, or is highlighted as built-in.  The bottom line is: you will still see the microwave.  I am a total microwave (and toaster oven) person but I don't want to see it all the time and I most definitely want my valuable counter space.  With the ingenious pop open + slide in door solution, we have achieved the best of both worlds!

And may I just say how much I adore the Big Pear print by Alanna Cavanagh?  Anyone looking for a joyful pop of color and lighthearted whimsy in their homes, pick up yours before this edition of 25 is sold out!


Now let's talk about this feature wall and where do I begin?  From subway tiles with a handcrafted aesthetic, polished nickel wall sconces, to the floating shelves in natural oak, and sleek + modern artisan creations via accessories and artwork, I absolutely want it all in my own home! 


A big Thank You to the talented Stephani for capturing these breathtaking photos.  As for art, accessories, and fresh blooms, you have got to check out Art Interiors, Mjolk in the Junction, and Pistil Flowers! I couldn't have done this without their help! 

Here are some of my favorites from the feature wall: 




It's time to check out the cooking central ... this is a kitchen after all.  Here is a remind of its humble beginning: 


And this is our re-imagined kitchen today: 


I really can't stress enough the power of paint! If you are thinking about spending thousands to get new cabinets just because you don't like the colors, consider getting them sprayed the color of your dreams and if you are in Toronto, check out Tim of Beresford Inc.  The color we picked for our cabinets is Sophistication from Para Paints.  

The trio of Palmerston stools by Coolican & Company are spectacular. The warm white oil finish complements the creamy white cabinets and the beige granite counter / floor tiles beautifully and echos the other wood accents in the kitchen.  Thanks Peter for these standout handcrafted masterpieces! 

Another fantasy came true is this strikingly beautiful and graphic runner by Paul Smith for The Rug Company available at Avenue Road.  Can we just take a moment to celebrate the colors, energy, and life this rug has brought in the kitchen? Stunning ... absolutely stunning! 


Now that we have prioritized our attention to unchain the microwave from the counter, we have an ideal nook for a little tea ceremony or a nutcracker moment now that Christmas is just around the corner.   


Another shoutout to my delights in the sumptuous kitchen: 

As if the creation of a feature wall and a complete facelift of cooking central weren't enough to tackle in 6 weeks, I have also decided to pop in a breakfast nook at this corner.


And before I show you the breakfast nook, check out this elegant sightline thanks to the Solna faucet from Brizo. What a timeless beauty!


I wanted the breakfast nook to be cozy and inviting: the spot you want to be to kick start the day, and we have done just that! True to my signature design style, I have kept the key pieces (cord chairs, marble table, and lantern pendant) with classic silhouettes and neutrals in palette while mixing in patterns and fun through fabrics and artwork.


The Zimba in Chartreuse from Schumacher was actually the jumping off point for the entire palette in the kitchen.  I was totally drawn to the creamy white + avocado green in the fabric and decided to pair that with delicate blush and a touch of ocean blue for a winner color combination.  The roman blind is to die for and the owl print from The Animal Print Shop just put a smile on my face.  For an extra softness on feet, I LOVE this chic reindeer rug from Style Garage


A few beauty shots and of course the last minute DIY art I tackled thanks to Para Paints




And that's a wrap! Thanks so much for everyone to follow along on this 6-week journey and more importantly, Linda of Calling It Home to host such inspiring and supportive makeover event encouraging hundreds of designers / decorators to take on the challenge to re-imagine one room (some even two) at a time.  I surely need some rest after this but my client is already asking what's next ... guess that's a good sign for the Spring 2017 challenge! 

Vanessa, Sarah, Amy, and Nancy, we did it! 


all photos: Stephanie Buchman 

81 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness!! What a transformation! Super proud of you Tim!

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    1. Awww Shell! You need to come over for a visit when you are back in town next time!

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  2. Your diy art is my favourite piece! Nice work.

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    1. Thanks so much Nat! It was fun to do and love to inject some personal touches! Try it!

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  3. A beautiful transformation Tim! Love the hidden microwave and the extra storage. Yay for getting it all done in superb fashion!

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    1. Oh Jen! Thanks for all your encouragement throughout the process. Couldn't have done it without all the supports and love! Maybe we both will have to do the spring challenge!

      xoxo

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  4. Tim! You handsome devil! :) In all seriousness, love what you did and yes, the power of paint is amazing. Love the floating cabinet and the hidden microwave and the breakfast nook is dreamy. Great job. I guess you are addicted to the ORC now, right? Told you so! :)

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    1. It's totally addictive ... especially with the supportive community with bloggers cheering for each other! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen too! so chic!

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  5. So fresh! Love it, Tim! I want that breakfast nook, the runner and the roman blind! And the hidden microwave is genius.

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    1. Time to make over yours Christine?

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  6. Looks amazing! What a transformation! Great job!!!

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    1. xoxo Jennifer! Glad to hear you like it!

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  7. Wow Tim, this is such a fantastic transformation, bravo! I love the new built-in you added, it was meant for the space. It's so bright & inviting can't stop looking at the photos!

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    1. oh Jana you are too kind! your complement meant a lot to me especially when your transformation on #ORC is so spectacular! Love all your personal touches!

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  8. Wow! Congratulations, so well done!! I especially like the white cabinets and hardware, and that you chose the wall tile to go up to the ceiling.
    Darlene
    www.BundleMeBaby.etsy.com

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    1. thanks Darlene! That was one thing my client and I agreed on Day 1! Amen to that and it worked out so beautifully! Thanks for dropping by!

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  9. Great job Tim... this is such an amazing transformation! Love every bit of details you put in! So proud of you !!

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    1. Awww!! Maybe your kitchen is next? hehe

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  10. Tim! I am swooning!! What a complete transformation!! It doesn't even look like the same home! Bravo on all your hard work. We've remodeled a kitchen and know what an undertaking this can be. You did it in record time with stunning results!

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    1. Thanks so so much Jennifer! We most certainly had our ups and downs during the makeover but the result is definitely worth the pain! I would totally do it again!

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  11. Looks so amazing! Bravo on ANOTHER amazing space!

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    1. xoxo Barbara! Miss you! Come visit us again soon!

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  12. This is seriously gorgeous! I'm obsessed!

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    1. Thanks so much Breanna! I am glad that you like my makeover.

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  13. Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!! Amazing job!

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  14. This kitchen is gorgeous! Styling is on point. Lovely and fresh. Great job and happy I found your blog thru ORC =)

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    1. Glad you've found me Kyla! #ORC is surely a lot of fun and we wouldn't be able to do it all in 6 weeks if it wasn't for the hard deadline. Totally worth it!

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  15. Bravo, Tim!! It all looks FABULOUS! I love the gorgeous counter stools, the totally unique and modern dining chairs, the yummy brass hardware from UCSH (of course!), that backsplash and the way you hid the microwave. So many thoughtful touches, and the styling is totally on point. Congrats on your first ORC!

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    1. Oh Sarah I LOVE YOUR BASEMENT! So glad that you like my makeover too and of course we both love UCSH (wink!). Looking forward to catching up with you soon and chat about what you are up to next! xoxo

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  16. Beautiful! Such a good job! The colour balance is on point, the hues and textures are perfect. Stunning!

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    1. Thank you Ariel! Mixing color and texture is what I love to do most :) Glad you like it too.

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  17. WOW! Phenomenal job as always Tim!! I love how you extended the existing footprint of the kitchen by adding the custom piece and the subway tile. The pear art work, the hardware, the chairs...Love. Love. Love.

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    1. Awwww! Glad that you like it too! We didn't have an in-house handyman (so jealous) but we managed to get it all done just in time for the reveal. it was fun chatting with you last week about your #ORC experience. Are you ready to tackle another room in Spring?

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  18. Such a gorgeous transformation! It looks so fresh and stylish now. Love everything about your kitchen and breakfast nook especially the beautiful reindeer rug and those cool dining chairs! Well done!

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    1. Jessie!! So glad you came by and xoxoxo on your kind words! Love your work and style as always and so happy you like the kitchen too!

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  19. WOW! mind blown! i love this modern and sleek kitchen- all of the accessories and artwork are spot on!

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    1. you are the best Cassie! are you planning to makeover your kitchen? I am now so tempted to redo mine! xoxo

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  20. OMG it's stunning and everything goes so well together. You did such a phenomenal job!! Your client is so lucky!!

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    1. Thanks!! I am jealous of the kitchen too!

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  21. Love the transformation!! And the styling is amazing!

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  22. This is amazing!! I love the kitchen - every detail!! Phenomenal job!

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  23. I can't even believe this is the same kitchen. Absolutely stunning! I love it!!

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    1. yup! we didn't change any fix elements other than the new built-ins. we didn't even paint the walls! what a difference thanks to a change of cabinet color!

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  24. Wow!!!!! I'm speechless! Such a gorgeous transformation!

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  25. Tim!!! I'm in awe. I just gave my kitchen a facelift a year ago but I would much rather have you come over and re-do the whole thing. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE TRANSFORMATION!!!

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    1. You are so sweet Lesley! It was a lot of fun to re-imagine this kitchen. I knew it was full of potential when I first saw it ... just took a bit of time to convince the client a white version is the way to go! Glad she came around.

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  26. What an incredible transformation! The pops of citrine are incredible. Fantastic!

    XO, Amanda Louise

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    1. That was what started the entire color scheme thanks to the Schumacher fabric! so fresh right?

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  27. I'm in love!!! The kitchen is so bright and airy and you nailed every last detail down to the grout color!!! xx

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  28. I'm with Lauren - kept scrolling up down to make sure those were same cabinets and configuration. Congratulations on achieving such fresh, clean, intelligent design.

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    1. thanks Merlyn and yes, it's the same kitchen ... I also said "wow" when I saw a progress shot my client sent me while I was away. I am glad that others like it too.

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  29. Such a great space, I love how you used what you had and just made it better. Looks so much bigger and brighter!

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    1. thanks Maggie! Me too and that's I think what I am the most proud of in this makeover .. and it's easier on the pocket book too :)

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  30. PERFECTION!!! I love the art and the subway tile...it looks amazing. Congrats! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

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    1. thanks so much Kristin! love how art gives this kitchen its soul!

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  31. Tim!!! The final look is just so awesome!!! I wish you are in Hk to help me with my apartment!!! Miss u!!!!

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    1. come back vonne and we can work on your new home!

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  32. Wow, LOVE what you did in this kitchen!
    Amazing, I guess is always a good idea!
    Love the shelves, the brass, the marble table, the wooden objects.... Love it all!
    Congratulations

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  33. Love the wall tile going up to the ceiling, the hidden microwave unit, the floating shelves and the funky modern chairs are very unique. Very stylish

    P.s would love for you to stop by n TIA
    http://lakbirdesign.blogspot.com/2016/11/one-room-challenge-kitchen-remodel-week.html

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    1. Thanks for dropping by! I will head over to yours right now :)

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  34. Wow! This transformation is HUGE! Love the microwave garage and all the other details. This is so much work done in only 6 weeks!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! It was definitely a lot to cover in 6 weeks and one thing I've learned: follow through, follow through and don't miss a single detail!

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  35. Great transformation! Love the feature wall!

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  36. This space is seriously stunning. I’m going to include your makeover in my favorites roundup next week – it’s just too gorgeous! XO

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    1. Awwww!! you are too sweet! looking forward to reading the roundup next week!

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  37. This is absolutely gorgeous! Well done- I love that subway tile and the added cabinetry. A huge transformation in just a few short weeks!

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    1. Thanks Ashlea! It was a lot of work but so worth it for a brand new kitchen (without ripping everything out) in 6 weeks!

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  38. I still can't get over how much I adore this kitchen! The tiles! The stools! The hardware! Every detail is spot on.

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    1. awww Will!! what a huge complement coming from you! so very happy to hear that you love all the design choices on this project! I spent a lot of time figuring out the details and so glad to hear you like them too! xoxo

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  39. I am IN LOVE with the hardware you chose & THOSE chairs! Absolutely "builder basic" no more! Stunning transformation!

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    1. Yes Nikki! the chairs are amazing and so comfortable! they are from Avenue Road in Toronto!

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  40. Such a stunningly beautiful space now!! Every detail is perfection.

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    1. thanks Tash! it's from Avenue Road :)

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