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Our White Shaker Kitchen Cabinets

house & homeChloe | Boxwood Ave.9 Comments

This post is in collaboration with SOLLiD Cabinetry and Space Home Outfitters. 

White Farmhouse Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets French Farmhouse Kitchen | boxwoodavenue.com

The most common questions I receive about our home, are regarding our kitchen cabinets. Where are they from? What color paint did you use? Do you like them? Well, today I am going to break down every last little bit of our cabinets for you!

When we first started remodeling, I was put in contact with Rob from SOLLiD Cabinetry. I had initially planned on using Ikea cabinets because of their ease of install, design, etc... I figured we could go the SemiHandmade route - I mean Studio McGee does it - so why wouldn't we? 

One of my neighbors installed Ikea cabinets in her mudroom, and they are beautiful; however, you can tell by feeling them, that they aren't *custom made cabinets*. 

So, I started working with Rob in depth to use SOLLiD in our kitchen, and just like that we were no longer using Ikea. Rob put me in touch with Sandra from a company called Space Home Outfitters. She is based in Arizona, but helped me virtually layout our kitchen. I sent her over some drawings and measurements, and like magic, she provided me with professional mock-ups of our kitchen with SOLLiD cabinets. 

I remember thinking back to my initial plan of using Ikea, and being so much happier with the customization and quality of SOLLiD and working with Sandra.

If you are designing a kitchen, especially your own, you know how nerve wracking each selection is. It reminded me of planning my wedding. Everything seemed like such a big decision. Am I going to like my dishwasher on the left hand side? Will I regret not going with uppers? What if I hate the small drawers?

During what I call "the second guessing stage" of the design, I had a small moment of panic and thought, "Oh my God, my kitchen is going to be a white hole and look like a hospital." So I asked SOLLiD if they would be able to paint the cabinets a custom color? 

The good news is that the answer is yes - SOLLiD will custom paint cabinets for you, the bad news is that it is more expensive. The expense talked me off the edge, and we opted for their standard white cabinets...which we love. I am so happy we didn't end up going with the custom gray color that I had seriously considered. Although SOLLiD does have a few gray options that come standard if you are interested. 

The cabinets took about a month to arrive because we ordered custom sizing (our breakfast bar drawers are only about 12" deep to allow for leg room on the opposite side), but generally the Value Series cabinets are ready to go in 12-14 business days, which is a huge bonus if you are looking for high-quality wood, affordable, custom cabinets quickly. 

White Farmhouse Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets and La Cornue Stove | boxwoodavenue.com
White Farmhouse Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets | boxwoodavenue.com

We decided to forgo upper cabinets in our kitchen, and stick solely with a few open shelves. There was one night when my husband realized this and had a full on panic thinking we wouldn't have enough space in the kitchen to keep our things. He insisted that I order uppers, but I held my ground, and I am happy I did because we actually have a few empty drawers in our kitchen. I tell you this in case you are worried that skipping upper cabinets will leave you without enough space in your kitchen. We have more than enough room to house everything, and then some. 

You'll notice that we used mostly drawers in the kitchen. I think we only have 2-3 true cabinets. I am so happy we did this. It makes everything accessible at all times, and nothing is shoved to the back and hidden. Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, the one true cabinet we do have in our kitchen is the space that gets used the least. I wish I would have added more drawers there so that I could use up every inch of the kitchen. 

When the cabinets arrived it was amazing to see the space finally come together, after months and months of planning. The cabinets fit perfectly, and looked beautiful, even without the countertops installed

Sandra and SOLLiD worked with me to provide Rev-A-Shelf products to insert into the cabinets. We have a double layer utensil drawer which we love love love! We also have a double trash can hidden next to our sink, a cookie sheet holder, wood lazy susans in our corner cabinets, and spice/utensil inserts. When Rob at SOLLiD told me about Rev-a-Shelf, I had no idea just how much we would want and need their products in the kitchen, they add so much, and I couldn't recommend them more.  

White Farmhouse Kitchen with Shaker Cabinets | boxwoodavenue.com

I get asked quite a bit if we like the shaker style cabinets, and if they are easy to clean? Yes! I love the style, and they are very easy to wipe down and clean. Even though they are white, I don't notice them becoming overly dirty, and whenever I see finger prints or food, I only have to use a sponge to wipe them down. 

I also get asked if I like the color. I talked a little bit about the color above, but yes, we do really love the color. Our walls are painted Bistro White by Valspar, and they look beautiful along with the color of the cabinets. PS: Our stove is the "ivory" LaCornue, in case you were wondering. 

If you have any questions that I didn't touch on in this post, please don't hesitate to ask! I am happy to answer, because I remember what it was like making these decisions! My best advice is to stay true to what you love, even if that means having a big ol' white kitchen. 

Thank you so much to SOLLiD Cabinetry for working with me on this project, and a big thanks to Sandra at Space Home Outfitters for her help with the details of the space!


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A French Country Inspired Dining Room | ORC Reveal

house & homeChloe | Boxwood Ave.74 Comments

The time has come for the reveal of the 2017 fall One Room Challenge! The past seven weeks have flown by, and today we get to see all of the beautiful reveals! If you need a quick recap, you can revisit the previous ORC posts here: week one, week two, week three, week four, week five, week six.

Can we start by taking a moment of silence to acknowledge what this room used to look like...

Scary, I know. 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

The room used to be my craft room, which served as a horrible entrance for visitors. I hate clutter, but as any fellow crafter knows, clutter & messes are inevitable, so having my craft room directly off our entryway was a terrible idea on all accounts. 

When we remodeled our kitchen, we removed the dining area from the living room, and my craft room quickly became our dining room. We tore up the old carpet, added thick baseboards, and painted the room white. We purchased a super long table and chairs, and there they sat. 

Since this is one of the first areas you see when you enter our home, I knew I wanted to do something a little dramatic. I also wanted to play off the black wood paneling in our entryway. My first thought was to paint the room a rich emerald green, but I didn't think that would look good (like, at all) next to the black entryway.

I then thought I might add interesting trim along the wall where the floating shelf now rests, which I still think would have been a nice option. Ultimately, as you know, I decided to simply go with a floating shelf along the length of the 20+ foot wall, plus beautiful crown molding from Metrie (which we have in the rest of our house as well). 

Rustic floating shelf in French inspired dining room | boxwoodavenue.com
Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

rug | paint | curtains | decor | lighting | crown molding | throw pillows

Although the room had been freshly painted white, I decided to re-paint the room a soft pink/lilac color (Farrow & Ball's Peignoir) to play off of the black entryway. I hadn't ever used Farrow and Ball paint before, but I am 100% converted after seeing the outcome of this room. The quality is incredible, and the depth of color is really apparent. 

I used blues and grays alongside the pink walls and opted for black hardware to draw some of the black in from the entryway. I couldn't have dreamt of a better rug for this room - it is from Hayneedle, and surprisingly very budget friendly, especially for the size! 

I had initially planned on sticking to all navy blue tones (did you see those beautiful navy napkins above?), but am so happy I decided to add in a lighter shade of blue with the throw pillows from Pom Pom at Home at the head seats of the table. The additional pattern, texture, and color adds a lot to the room. I think you can always throw in an additional pattern or texture so long as you keep a streamlined color scheme. PS: The pillows are a favorite of any guest we've had, I definitely suggest ordering an insert with the cover. This pillow is also one of my favorite! 


artwork


I selected prints from Jenny's Print Shop which were framed by Simply Framed for this room. I can't tell you what a huge difference artwork makes in any space; having a professionally framed piece of artwork elevates a room beyond measure. I worked with Simply Framed to mount the prints, and they did an incredible job. Simply Framed is an affordable and easy way to add custom work to a room. Their Print & Frame service makes it so easy to  upload digital files, select the frame style you want, and receive gorgeous custom framed artwork in the mail with a quick turnaround.. They are so beautiful, I will never frame anything myself again after seeing the difference a professional framing company makes. 

Simply Framed Artwork | boxwoodavenue.com

paint | curtains |  crown molding | throw pillows | artwork (frame, print)

If you've been following along, you may notice that one of the biggest additions from my last ORC update is the curtains. I don't think I can accurately put into words how much I love these curtains...If you've ever had custom curtains made, you know what I'm talking about. 

While custom curtains are an investment, they are 100% worth it. Save on an inexpensive rug, or inexpensive artwork... but splurge on the curtains. I worked alongside Janine, owner of Tonic Living to design these curtains, and the experience from start to finish was a dream. I simply emailed my measurements and paint color, and she sent back photos of different colored linen placed beside the paint sample. I loved being able to see the paint and linen color next to each other which took the guess work out of narrowing down my fabric selection. 

I loved working with Janine, and love being able to support a fellow lady in business. Her shop, Tonic Living is stunning, and I wholeheartedly recommend her for any textile needs you may have. 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com
Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

decor


Styling and finishing a room is by far the most fun part of the project! I sourced decor from my own home, and a few other big box shops, but the majority of these pieces came from one of my very favorite shops: Chateau Sonoma. Sarah, the owner has become a very good friend of mine, and I work there behind the scenes helping with their marketing. Sarah was so kind to send me products to use for the reveal - like the breadboards, grain sifter, and bottle rack. The shop is full of French antiques, and if you love French decor as much as I do, then I know you will love Chateau Sonoma. I fell in love with it the first time I ever visited, and am so excited to be able to share it with you! 

Pink dining room with oversized table & lights, floating shelf | boxwoodavenue.com

And that's a wrap! A really big thank you to all of the sponsors of the One Room Challenge, they are so generous and believe in our visions from the start. I am grateful to Linda, Calling it Home, for including me in the One Room Challenge, it was a huge honor to create this space alongside so many talented designers. Thank you to House Beautiful Magazine for sponsoring the ORC, but most importantly, thank YOU for following along over the past 7 weeks as this room has come to life. Your comments, suggestions, and support have meant the world to me. I hope you will continue to visit my little part of the web! 


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