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Casa Covet Living: Kitchen Finishes

Hey Camps!  We have GOBS to share with you – including the final layout we chose – but for today, Karrie & I have been on the horn since 6:30am today trying to dial in her (and Tim’s – oosie!) kitchen finishes.  They have a lovely and *cough* “efficient” contractor running the job who informed me on Thursday that he needed them ASAP. And I was all “YES DRILL SER-GEANT!!!”

YES DRILL SERGEANT

…and then I called Karrie and we were all:

oh fudge

SEH.  We’ve been hovering around a few options for awhile… we basically want this kitchen to feel like a combination of the vibe from It’s Complicated, Gracias Madre and with a Kishani Perera twist.  And if that trio of things didn’t just make you soil your drawers, then you’re nuts.  We are trying to keep it classic without being boring.  Yadda yadda.  Here are the 4 options we’re down to… and I’ll tell you about these finishes what Joan Rivers used to tell the camera about red carpet walkers’ dresses: THEY ALL LOOK AMAZING IN PERSON, and don’t always translate via the camera.  K here you go:

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 1

PERIMETER CABINETRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Black (Granite or silestone)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Nord inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Rustic/Distressed Finish

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Arteriors’ Noreen Pendant

SCONCES (on either side of sink): Ro Sham Beaux’s Piper Sconce

Casa Covet Living: KITCHEN OPTION 2

PERIMETER CABINETRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Nord inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 3

PERIMETER CABIENTRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: White subway, medium grey grout, Tabarka Izmir 1 inset behind range

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: TBD

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Casa Covet Living Remodel: KITCHEN OPTION 4

PERIMETER CABIENTRY: White

PERIMETER COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

OPEN SHELVING: Rustic/Distressed/Reclaimed

BACKSPLASH: Hazy Grey/Blue “Linen” Subway – aka one of those ones that doesn’t translate.  This is GORGEOUS in person and has a texture to it that actually looks like linen.  Also bluer in person.  Comes in a 1×6 and a 4×12 too vs. a standard 3×6 subway.

ISLAND CABINETRY: Navy

ISLAND COUNTERTOP: Calcutta Marble or Silestone lookalike (Lagoon)

BARSTOOLS: Upholstered in Carolina Irving’s Aegean Stripe in Plum/Saffron

ISLAND PENDANTS: Custom (inspiration: Gracias Madre’s Bar Pendants)

SCONCES (on either side of sink): TBD

Floor’s yours kids!  What’s your vote??

xoxooxox!

Steph's Scanned Signature

Casa Covet Living: Karrie & Tim’s Gut Rehab

Gut Rehab: Karrie & Tim's House | Covet Living

Ladies & Gents, this is a pipe dream come true: our very own house to renovate!  And by “our”, naturally I mean mine and Karrie’s Tim & Karrie’s new pad!  (But c’mon let’s be honest – gurl you know I already called dibs on the front guest room for all of eternity!  And the day we went to look at the house together, high-fived Tim and yelled “SU CASA ES MI CASA!!!”)  HablhdsahjhahahaJFkldfhdhfjkahjhahhahah.  PS Karrie and I really do share a brain:

Karrie and Steph Convo | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

But for real – I could NOT be happier for my bestie and her hubs.  They have both been busting their respective humps for years in La La Land and just closed on a sweet little 50’s bungalow right on the border of Westchester & Playa Del Ray.  Which, sweet as it may be, needs a shiny new sledgehammer to be taken to it stat for a little update.  How cute is this note, by the way, that the previous owner left for them??  “…the bar top took me a year of Saturdays to finish” = I DIE.  I told them they should frame it and put it up somewhere.

Note from Existing Homeowner | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Thank goodness Tim is as wise a man as he is and has given wifey and me the reigns (insert squealing and jumping up and down in circles).  Anyhow – Karrie and I will be sharing weekly updates with you as we just entered serious planning stages and demo starts (gasp) in a few weeks.  Here are a few shots of the hizzle as is:

EXTERIOR

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

KITCHEN

…don’t worry – we’ll fix it!

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Tough to see but the kitchen is to the left of that sliding door…  if I had panned a few feet further left, you would see that lovely yellow peninsula countertop.  We’re thinking of widening this opening and putting in La Cantina doors to create an indoor/outdoor feel.  The area just beyond the sliding glass door is currently an extension of the paved driveway, but we’re thinking about tossing a deck out there.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

FAMILY ROOM (looks into a little bar in the back)

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

BAR

…this is the bar the sweet former homeowner built.  Sniff.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

MASTER BEDROOM

…that little fireplace is coming out but we’re going to reuse it outside on the future deck/patio.  That wall of mirrored closets is also getting da boot.

Master Bedroom

MASTER BATH

…sweet Lord, that’s a shade of mint I’m not sure I’ve ever seen.  Plan here is to carve a little more space out for the master bath and give them a large glass walk-in shower, his and hers vanities, etc.

Master bathroom

HALL BATH

…does Thally Draper live here?  No but for reals.  I’m campaigning to bust out that soffit, add wall sconces in lieu of hanging pendants, put open shelving where the cabinet is above the commode, and the wall at left separates the sink area from the tub/shower combo.  That oughta be glass up top for sure, because this area is too small and dark for comfort as is.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

LAYOUT

The biggest challenge and what we’re trying to tackle first is reworking the interior… the existing floor plan is – true to the style when it was built – uber compartmentalized and funktastic.  Karrie and Tim want to bust out some walls and have more of an open layout – with a fatty gracious kitchen and big eat-in island that’s open to a cozy family room.  Other challenges include:

  • Creating an office space somewhere without occupying a bedroom
  • Relocating the washer/dryer from the kitchen (it was inside that big built-in cabinet/armoire thing) to a location that makes sense
  • The walls between the kitchen and family and between the kitchen and dining are most def coming out… which opens things up but then creates one long, huge open space.  The wall at the right between the living/hall and family/hall may also come out… all of which means we’re going to have to put some MAJOR support beams in.  In any case, we’d like to open this up but still have a designated kitchen, dining (doesn’t have to be separate/closed off) and cozy family room.

Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

So, that’s where we are kiddos!  Karrie and I also may’ve accidentally jumped ahead a few steps and hit Country Floors last month (like a candy store!) and ordered Tabarka samples (thanks, Amiel!), which we fully plan on decking out the kitchen with.  Which do y’all like?

Tabarka Tile at Country Floors | Covet Living
Palio 1 | Karrie and Tim's New House, BEFORE | Covet Living

PS…  how sweet is this pic of Karrie & Tim dancing in their new living room that I may’ve snapped when they weren’t looking.  *tear

Karrie & Tim's New House

Anyhow.. We’ll be rocking out weekly updates so stay tuned… and as always we love hearing from you!!

xoxoxox,

Steph & Karrie

*Credits: As-Built CAD drawing by DJR Design Group