The Big Reveal: My Kitchen and Dining Room Remodel!

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We’re so excited to finally share our kitchen and dining room remodel! It took us a while to get here, but we’re living in it now and very happy, considering what it looked like before!

Wolf range with green Ikea kitchen cabinets and a black kitchen aid.

We bought this little cottage a few years ago because it was on a prime piece of property in a highly desirable area. Although the house needed a lot of work and took us about a year and a half before we could make the renovations, we’re glad we hung in there and it was worth the wait.

We hired architect Greg Coleman to help us with the design and plans and teamed up with my good friend, the extremely talented Sarah Sherman Samuel, to design the kitchen and dining room. Sarah designed the  living room in our first house years ago!

She has a seamless way of merging both her style and mine together to create beautiful interiors! You can also see our master bathroom she designed in our cottage too!

kitchen and dining room remodel!

Wolf range with black kitchen aid mixer and green cabinets

Kitchen Cabinets

We had used Ikea cabinets in our last home and I was really impressed with the quality and price. This time we used just the Ikea cabinet boxes with the beautiful, custom Semihandmade fronts and I am SO thrilled with them!

We used Sarah’s SSS Beaded of Semihandmade cabinet doors in desert grey. They’re the perfect style for our modern country bungalow! The finish is matte and cleans up perfectly. I’m honestly so impressed and we absolutely love them.

Kitchen Aid refrigerator with green cabinets from Ikea and Semihandmade.
Pink salt and pepper grinders.

Semihandmade also made us our large, custom Oak floating shelves! They’re 92″ long and we opted to put them over the range rather than a hood… I just couldn’t get myself to bulk up the area with a hood and wanted a cleaner look!

Bar stools from Serena and Lilly

Kitchen Counters

For the counters, we chose Caesarstone in Calacatta Nuvo. I wanted something durable and low-maintenance, with a little variation. I had honed before and it was too much upkeep.

This polished Caeserstone has been an absolute dream in the kitchen, with zero stains and it cleans up perfectly. We actually used it in our master bath too! I love the look of the waterfall edge!

kitchen and dining room remodel with long shelving, white tile and wolf range.

Kitchen Range

One of the most challenging decisions for me was choosing a range and whether or not we do a range hood or not. After hours of research and shopping in person, I finally decided on the 30″ Wolf range.

I knew I wanted something professional, but I didn’t want a giant range. I was sold on the look, the cast iron grates, consistent heating, rapid boils, and the infrared broiler. There are no bells and whistles… it’s literally four knobs and two buttons, but it cooks amazingly!

As for the hood range, we opted out! I did a lot of research on this and finally saw a few pictures of Tyler Florence’s Wolf Range, sans hood range, and decided to go without it. It’s a large space and I never really used mine too much before… maybe like once or twice a year! All of the surfaces are easily cleanable and so far it’s been great!

kitchen and dining room remodel with tile wall and leather bar stools

Kitchen Tile

Sarah picked out the most stunning hand glazed brick terra-cotta tile from Fireclay!! I thought it was perfect for our house considering we’re in a ranch area and I like the modern, rustic feel. We tiled one entire wall of the kitchen, from the floor to ceiling!

I love the unevenness and rawness of the tile. The color is Olympic and it has a color variation to it. Everyone comments on how cool the tile is when they walk into the kitchen! I think the feel and look of this tile is unparalleled.

kitchen and dining room remodel with Ikea cabinets, farm sink, fireclay tile, black sones.

Kitchen Lighting

We used the gorgeous Cedar & Moss, who I ADORE, for the sconces in the kitchen and dining room.

In the kitchen, we used two black Tilt Cones with a brass arm. I’ve loved and admired their work for many years and their designs are classic and beautiful.

Kitchen Faucet

We ordered a brass Delta faucet, you can find it here!

Kitchen Farm Sink

The sink is from Overstock. We customized the Ikea cabinets to fit the long sink and it worked!! I was a little nervous but took the risk because I wanted an extra-large farm sink.

Sarah Sherman Samual brass handels.


For the hardware, we used Park Studio brass half-moons and the Ottawa pulls, also a fantastic and stunning line Sarah designed!

Ikea Kitchen

I really adore the entire wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets. It’s super clean looking and minimal, which is always a good thing. Our awesome architect, Greg Coleman, designed that and it was a nice touch.

kitchen and dining room remodel with leather chairs.
Long wooden open shelving with white plates and white tile.
Kitchen nook with pretty wallpaper


The original breakfast nook is still a work in progress, but Sarah chose this wall paper for it and what a transformation that made!

We left the original 1930’s hutch and windows. We’re still working on a few other details for this space, but we eat breakfast in here every morning and love it.

Dining room with blue rug, long table and white curtains

Dining Room

I wanted the dining room to be the focal point when entertaining…an area large enough to have a dinner party and a place we can gather for holidays, parties and meals. Really just an open space to entertain!

We added this area onto the house, since before it was this tiny office room with leaky windows! Our architect added in three sets of large glass French doors and a large window. The space gets so much light! It’s very bright and open.

dining table and chairs.
Beautiful dining rug and table and chairs

Dining Room Rug

The statement piece in the room is the large vintage rug from Old New House. Sarah sourced this rug and we’re all in love with it. The colors are stunning and the rug holds up so well. It’s a forever piece that will always live in our house!

Check out their Etsy shop… it’s a family-owned business and they have some of the most gorgeous vintage rugs and have been selling them for generations. Love it!

Stunning modern, rustic dining room.

The table is also a favorite of mine… we needed a long table to fit this room and found the perfect one from Article! It’s the Seno Oak table and seats up to 12 people! I also like that it has easily removable extensions if we ever need to make it smaller.

Brass sconce

We used four of the brass Mira sconces in the dining room from Cedar & Moss. Love the modern elegance of these and the touch of charm they add to the room!

Dining room with blue rug.

Dining Chairs

The dining chairs are petite and I adore the design of them. They’re from Design Within Reach.

Flowers in a pink vase with brass tray

The design of the dining room is very simple and minimal, just the way I like it! I always have fresh flowers on the table to add color and charm and I switch them out via the season! I look forward to sharing more entertaining inspiration and parties in this space with you all!

Dining room table, blue rug and dining chair.
Overhead photos of wildflowers

We had a lot of fun creating this space! It’s perfect for entertaining and our family has enjoyed many holidays and events here. It’s a gathering space that we’ve always wanted.

Let me know if you have any questions about our kitchen and dining room remodel, the design process or items we used.

25 thoughts on “The Big Reveal: My Kitchen and Dining Room Remodel!”

  1. Love your kitchen!!! Did you have to use custom size tall cabinet doors to line up perfectly with your refrigerator? Thanks!!

    • Thanks Jenna! Those stools are form Serena and Lily. They are a few years old now though so not sure they have them in stock.

  2. Looking sleek and beautiful!
    May I ask did you repaint the cabinet?
    I couldn’t find the color you have on Ikea website.

  3. Do you mind sharing why honed was more upkeep and what your experience was? I am planning on doing this exact counter and deciding between polished and honed. Any advice you can give would be SOOO appreciative!

    I love your kitchen so much!!!

  4. Hi again, what kind of customizations did you have to do to fit the sink? The 36″ base wasn’t wide enough?

  5. Love this! What color/brand is your countertop?! I’ve been looking all over for a pure white that isn’t too shiny and am having no luck!

  6. Welp. Pretty sure I just pinned every single photo in this post. GORGEOUS! Every last detail is perfect, but I especially love the cabinet color.

  7. Gorgeous! Which Ikea cabinet did you use for the non -ikea farm sink? And did you have to do anything special to fit it in?

    • Hi Jenny! We used their normal 36″ cabinet box for their large sink, but we did have to build support on either side before setting the sink in. There sink fits all the way to the back, the one I used sits forward so we added two pieces of wood to the sides.


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