Home Tour: Kitchen and Dining Room


It’s home tour time. Cue trumpet fanfare!

First up, the kitchen and dining room. Here’s the kitchen when we bought the house and after the renovation.

(psst – all of the previous nitty gritty renovation posts can be found here.)

whoorl kitchen remodel

Our new island is totally the command center of the house. (All kitchen appliances and fixture choices can be found here.)

whoorl kitchen remodel

And check out the dining room transformation. Sayonara, nasty wood paneling!

whoorl dining room remodel

Although, it’s funny – we thought we were done with this part of this house until we decided, well, we weren’t. We made a few more changes since photographing the house, namely, adding another window in the dining room.

dining room window

I’m telling you, that window is a game changer. The morning light is beyond. LOVE.

As for the other window in the dining room, we changed that as well. (Please take a look at that before photo. Not only were we dealing with the wood paneling, but the previous tenants purposely installed a carpet strip into the wall. WHAT THE WHUT.)

whoorl dining room remodel

Did I mention that the lovely and talented Jessie Webster shot these beautiful photos of our space? Here are some of my favorites.

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl kitchen remodel

whoorl dining room remodel

whoorl dining room remodel

whoorl dining room remodel

whoorl dining room remodel

Hooray! Family room coming soon.



  1. Anne Phillips says:


  2. AlisonC says:


    I love the contrast of the uber modern kitchen units with the rest of the more retro style furniture. Especially jealous of you dining table and chairs. Also really like your marble splash back.

  3. It looks beautiful! That window really did make a difference :) And that island is stunning!!
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  4. So, so beautiful. That yellow door makes me swoon. And the back splash is breathtaking. Even without the trim painted, you can see how much that new window adds. Love it and am excited to see the rest!

  5. Is that a marble backsplash? Well I never! (Say that with a southern accent.)

    Beautiful job, Sarah. You were brave to take on a house that had carpet on the walls, and it looks wonderful!
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  6. What an incredible transformation. Beautiful.
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  7. SWOOON! It’s so gorgeous. And I love the extra window you added, smart move.

  8. That is so pretty (and inspiring!). We just moved to Newport/Irvine and are renting until we can find a house. It’s amazing to see what a beautiful space you were able to create.

  9. Wow! It’s completely a new place! It looks fantastic!

  10. Oh my goodness, you’ve created my dream kitchen! Sarah, this is GORGEOUS!

  11. Your kitchen / dinning room space turned out awesome! Can’t wait to see how your family room looks!
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  12. Gorgeous!! Where did you get those chairs next to the buffet- beautiful black and white? Are they Cherners you covered?

    • Hey Molly! The chairs are vintage (Eames-inspired that my husband got for 6 bucks each in Denver) that we recovered with a fabric from Ikea. :)

  13. Michele says:

    It is AMAZING!!! I love everything about it!

    Can you please tell me the yellow paint color you used on the door? Thanks!

  14. Another Molly piping up – beautiful kitchen, I love that yellow door like crazy. We’re in the process of looking for a house to remodel up here in Seattle, and I’m wondering if you might be willing to share how many square feet you’re working with here (just the kitchen/dining area, or even the whole house). It’s difficult to tell whether houses we’re looking at have enough space to do what we want – and it looks like you have about the space we’re looking for. Wonderful job!

    • Thank you! Not sure about the kitchen/dining area (need to get back to you on that one), but the house is 2100 square feet.

  15. So good! I love the blue light and green chairs offset by all the white.
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  16. perfection. jealous.

  17. I love how fresh you kitchen looks – great job!

    I actually scrolled through the pics before I read the post and thought that the new window was just one stellar painting. I was wrong – but LOVE the addition!
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  18. The house is beautiful. Well-done. It is a lot of work and decisions. I have been looking for shades and was wondering where you got your white roller shades? Are they solar shades? Really great photos.

    • Yes, they are solar shades and we love them because they pretty much disappear when they are rolled up. (We only use them when the sun is beating in the late afternoon, otherwise we have privacy from our backyard and don’t need to use them.)

  19. Hard to believe it is the same house. I want to marry the buffet/sideboard in your dining room. So lovely all around!

  20. This space is gorgeous! I kept scrolling hoping for photos/details of the bread tag installation, though! Did you take it down?

    • Haha, yes, the bread tag wall has been replaced by the dining room window. (Plus, honestly, I just got sick of it.)

  21. I second the question about shades! Why are good shades/blinds so hard to find?!

  22. Just beautiful. Amazing vision and best wishes in your amazing home.

  23. This is so so amazing. you guys are design rockstars.
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  24. beautiful – what a transformation.

    I am looking for a bar cart. Where did you find yours?

  25. Wow, those are some amazing transformations. I cannot get over the kitchen before and after. I love the choices – so clean and bright and open.

  26. Jeanie G says:

    I seriously have NO words. Absolutely stunning! That dear hub of yours is seriously talented. Keep the inspiration comin!

  27. what is your counter tops made from? quartz?

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