4.25.2016

Before/After: Making a 20 Year Old Kitchen Current

We brought JoAnn's 20 year old kitchen up-to-date with fresh fabrics and lighting!   
 It was time for it...  Don't judge as this French country look was chic back in the day.
 Welcome to JoAnn's rose abundant home in Lafayette, California.  
 Can you spot my intern, Chief?

Now she wants a look that is more "Modern Cottage with Neutrals."
So, we have a new bronze chandelier from Pottery Barn over the table...notice the round bulbs.
Pottery Barn Chandelier
I suggested adding baskets to the baker's rack to give it some weight, organization and to hide the dreaded television cords.
Ballard Pendants and Pottery Barn Chandelier

The Roman shade was replaced with an outside mount white linen one trimmed in a neutral Greek Key from Smith and Noble.  It was an overcast day so I had to take the photos with the lights on...which isn't my preference but oh well.

Two pendants from Ballard Designs were placed over the island (where before we had two recessed lights).  We covered the larger holes with white ceiling medallions from Lowe's.
I clipped roses from JoAnn's garden while Chief ran laps around on her grass (poor city dog doesn't get a lot of grass).
The new industrial bar stools are from Target.  A little industrial is an instant update.
 
A nice coffee station was set up.  
 My favorite thing about the kitchen is the revamped window seat and pillows.

 We made the new seat cushion out of Ralph Lauren Calvados Ticking with thicker foam and topstitching.  All the pillows were expertly made by Liana.  The dot is Lee Jofa Kaya Coal and the paisley is Kravet Habeas 81.  The center lumbar is by Kelly Wearstler Tempest for Groundworks.
Just clearing and organizing your counter tops can make your kitchen feel fresh.


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44 comments:

  1. What a great job. It shows that when you stick to classics, they don't need much to get updated.

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    1. That is really true...it's basically a classic white kitchen!

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  2. I agree. That window seat and those fabrics change the entire vibe in the kitchen. And the lighting is lovely. Love those bulbs---once again great work MaryAnn!
    xo
    Leslie

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  3. What a fresh and updated feel you've achieved for this kitchen. It looks like it might have been remodeled only recently with your great eye for modernizing.
    I love it!
    Karen

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  4. Love all the black and white, you chose great fabrics! Another great job by Mary Ann!!

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  5. Thanks so much, Leslie, Karen and Kathysue... JoAnn, Chief and I had fun, too!

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  6. Isn't it amazing what a little fabric refresh can do? It looks like a whole new space. I bet that window seat gets used a lot - I use mine daily. Love this!

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  7. love the updates and i'm sure JoAnn does too!

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  8. Great updates. I am totally impressed that the kitchen was really pretty current and with only a few updates looks amazing. Great kitchen for being 20 years old and the updates made it fabulous.

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  9. Wow, Mary Ann! What a difference! You sure brightened up that whole space and it looks fabulous. Now I want to redo my breakfast nook area and window seat! Those fabrics would work perfectly for my space, too!!! Yes, I spy little Chief peeking out the gate! What a cute addition to her gorgeous front yard.
    Happy Monday...xo Gail

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  10. WOW! Just marvelous Mary Ann! Love all your fabric choice! Chief is so cute peaking from the gate!

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    1. Thanks Vel, the fabrics are a mix price wise. Some pretty costly but they will last the next 20 years! :)

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  11. Great job, Mary Ann! You gave the room a lighter and more current look.

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  12. What gorgeous transformations!!

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  13. It is so much lighter and fresher! Love the lighting fixture over the table, and I couldn't agree more about the industrial! Just by adding something industrial (or modern) it's an instant face lift:)

    Great job Mary Ann!

    Sheila
    xo

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  14. Mary Ann you did it again! So fresh and light, I love the new look! The white roman shade with the Greek key trim is so pretty, as is the lighting you chose!

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  15. Great update overall but I did notice your client kept the dated looking braided rug? It's the only thing that seems old now.

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    1. Actually Karen, that round natural woven jute rug is relatively new and still current. I like it.

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    2. Oh, okay....hard to tell from the pictures. Thanks for the info.

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  16. Wow! Totally love it! So fresh and crisp.

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  17. love the updates! Bright and welcoming. Just sings "Good Morning! Great inspiration with the fabrics used. Off to Joann's Fabric to freshen up my chairs and window treatments. Greek key -- oo la la!

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  18. Nice job....amazing what good taste and a few much needed updates can do to a space. Enjoy your day!

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  19. Love it! I just did the same thing to my 20 year old kitchen. We moved in 2 years ago, and the kitchen is classic white cabinets, black granite but had very dated window treatments and lightening. They were both custom and still beautiful but not the look I wanted. We had the exact chandelier from pottery barn put in over our kitchen table, put lantern style pendants from restoration hardware over the island and purchased new barstools. I am now looking for new hardware for the cabinets. Was a great way to update with out having to do a complete remodel.

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    1. Sounds like you are doing a wonderful job, Heather!

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  20. Love the black and white...including Chief! He's been in so many pictures he should have his SAG card by now!

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    1. He really is a good accessory...especially with neutrals :)

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  21. Everything looks fabulous! Great trick with the ceiling medallions! I love the detail on the window seat cushion and love that Kelly Wearstler fabric! It all looks so fresh. Great job as always!!

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    1. We used those in my sister's kitchen, too, Cindy.

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  22. Hi Mary Ann,
    So glad to have met you over at my place and now I can better get to know you and your wonderful designs.
    It's a wonderful design look! What a difference and change when fabrics and a great light package can bring into a space that already has great style, love the black and white and have been entertaining a bit more black into my style.
    I too was a designer from Northern Calif, who moved to Southern Calif due to some land development in Building phase for elevation plan style and colour to then design a welcoming style to the early 2000's
    So wonderful to meet another designer here.

    Will now go back and checkout some of your older posting to better get to know you.

    Xx
    Doré

    PS. Our family had neighboring friends in the San Jose area, of Santa Teresa area with the Pickett last name :)
    Xx

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    1. I don't know those Picketts, Doré. Thanks for visiting!

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  23. We are in the process of planning updates to our kitchen...the decisions are endless and I keep putting it off! This has me thinking I simply MUST get to it. What a nice difference. Fabric update is on my list...as is quartz countertop and lighting. The list goes on. Thanks for the nudge!

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  24. Nice job, Mary Ann! Love the fabrics and lighting. Much fresher and up to date!

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  25. Wow Mary Ann It looks completely gorgeous! I really love it! So much lighter and fresher like that! It's a huge difference! You must be so glad with the result! I guess I wouldn't ever leave my kitchen if I had one just like yours! ;-)
    Xoxo
    Claire

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  26. Yes please to all of that black and white goodness:) Looks so refreshed!

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  27. Great ideas! I especially want that Coffee Station!

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  28. Wow! What a gorgeous transformation! So much lighter!

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