Friday, May 28, 2010

Inspiration & Friendships In Blogland - My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

Today I am featuring Kristin of My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. (And to make things fun, she is featuring me today on her blog!) I first "met" Kristin when I received an email from her asking about the work I had done on my kitchen. She had seen it posted on Rate My Space and from there found my blog. Apparently before she even really knew what a blog was...well that has all changed. Not only does she now write a wonderful blog, but just look at what she has done with her kitchen!

Yes, as hard as it may seem, the picture below is the "before" of this gorgeous kitchen.

The decision to extend the crown molding effectively elevated the look of the cabinetry, and as a result, the entire space.

I certainly got a laugh when I saw this photo! It shows her kitchen in its painful "during" stage.

And look, that image has a twin! This is a photo of my kitchen showcasing it's painful "during" stage.

But it is worth the inconvenience. Here is Kristin's completed kitchen, open shelving adds charming character...

while the painted island adds drama. To see this island transformation, click here.

Looking at these before and afters, it is remarkable that the existing cabinetry was used in this kitchen renovation.

Kristin's work is an excellent example of how you don't have to do a gut renovation to have a remarkable outcome. With creativity, a lot of hard work and the ability to visualize where you want to go, you can create the house that you want. Below is another example of her ability to use what is in place and make it beautiful, this time in a hall bathroom.

To see all the projects that pulled this bathroom out of the past, click here.

And finally, here is a welcoming guest bedroom. The colors of the bathroom are repeated but with the addition of black, giving the room a sophisticated look. I think any guest would feel welcome here!

To see more of Kristin's home visit her blog, and make sure to look at the beautiful work done in the family room. The fireplace is gorgeous!

Getting to "meet" Kristin and so many other wonderful bloggers (as well as many of you who follow my blog, leave comments and send emails) has been the best part of writing a blog, one that I could not have anticipated. I am constantly inspired by all the ideas and creativity I see, and follow as many blogs as I possibly can each day...and still have any time to get work done!


  1. Very pretty home! She did a gorgeous job. I will always be a fan of ladies who aren't afraid of those scary "in progress" stages. The end result is SO worth it!

  2. Thanks for sharing that. I was certain those were new cabinets - paint can do wonders!

  3. Her kitchen is unbelievable!! What a transformation. Thank you so much for sharing it. The rest of her house is just gorgeous too!!

  4. Love her blog too. She always has something so interesting and inspirational. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

  5. My absolute two favorite bloggers are switching it up on me today. I think I found both of you on Rate My Space. The two of you continue to inspire me every day. I don't have a blog or would even know how to start one, but every morning these two lovely ladies blogs are one of my first visits of the day.

  6. I couldn't agree more with your comment that, "Kristin's work is an excellent example of how you don't have to do a gut renovation to have a remarkable outcome."

    Also I love the color she chose to paint her kitchen cabinets. It looks like whoever did the work did a really great job.

    And I have to comment on that little blue desk. How fantastic is that desk?!


  7. What a great transformation! I love her kitchen {yours, as well, Janell} and am amazed at what she was able to accomplish with those existing cabinets. I'm still debating doing mine.

  8. Wow, what an awesome transformation! I love it!

  9. came over STRAIGHT AWAY after visiting Kristins blog! She one of my favourites!!! It's not that you "need"one extra but I'm gonna follow you!
    I also have a kitchen to be painted......maybe I find the courage here;)))

    Have a nice day!!!


  10. Thanks for introducing us to Kristin and sharing some of her amazing transformations. I've really enjoyed your blog :)
    Have a lovely long weekend

  11. Such a nice write up Janell, thank you! It has been so fun getting to know you and watching you transform your spaces! You have a true eye for design, I just wish you lived a little closer :)

    I do love our twin images, Oh the memories. I'll never forget the mini kitchen we set up in the bathroom!

    Enjoy your long weekend!


  12. I adore Kristin and her blog and never miss a post! Now I'm off to check out your lovely blog.
    Happy Friday!

  13. I have been seriously pondering painting our island black and this just makes me want to even more. Her kitchen is wonderful; can't wait to check out her blog.

    Janell--right now, we have very standard builder "dark" cabinets with granite counter tops. Not sure if my husband would go for painting our "new" cabinets white, but I could probably get away with just painting the island. Do you think it would be too dark?

  14. Great write up! I love both of your kitchens. I popped over here from Kristin's blog. :)

    You two are both very talented ladies, love all of your spaces.

    Have a wonderful long weekend!


  15. The before and afters are out of this world! It amazes me that brown kitchen was the beginning. I love seeing old things freshened up without completely ripping everything out!
    I'm new to your blog but the few bits I've read and Kristin's feature will keep me coming back.
    Thanks for letting us into your creativity. :)

  16. That's an amazing transformation for sure.

  17. I LOVE her kitchen! I think I saw and found both of you on RMS. Kristin's kitchen encouraged me and inspired me during our own DIY kitchen remodel - where we decided to keep our existing cabinets, too. She is so sweet, as well - I remember emailing her for details on how they did the granite tile countertops - she was very helpful! That was about 6 months ago, I think - and now ours are all done (whew!). :) She demonstrates very well that you can have the kitchen of your dreams on a low-budget if you DIY and work with what you got. Love it!


  18. Gorgeous! That is one after I would LOVE to have!

  19. Looks great!

    PS-Your inspiration pictures on the side are so cute!!!

  20. Love Kristin and You! Great makeovers from the both of you. I'm saving the island pic to show to a client next week....I think it will be perfect for her kitchen!

  21. Just when I thought I was caought up on your posts! Her home is lovely! LOVE LOVE LOVE the kitchen! Oh, and the blue cabinets in the bathroom!

    I'm going to hop over and see her post! thanks for sharing...

  22. What an amazing kitchen makeover!


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