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Nest Tour: Kitchen and Family Room

The Kitchen

We guesstimate that our kitchen got updated sometime in the early-90s. The cabinets are original, painted white-ish. The countertops are silestone–ivory (or smoke-tinged white) with blue and black flecks. The appliances are all from that time period. I imagine that there was some sort of cabinetry that got ripped out to open the kitchen to the family room, as open kitchens are not the norm in a 1950s-era house. A pantry (the drywall section on the right) was also added around that time—probably to make up for the storage that was taken out. The small island on casters also came with the house. And a skylight was installed, which does add a lot of light, though I wish there were an entire ceiling of them.

We painted the entire space the same color: Valspar’s Woodlawn Sterling Blue. We also moved the island and extended it with a butcher block top and hung the Victory Pendant Lamp from CB2.  The stools are from and we totally love them. The paint job a little fake vs. the original Tolix version, but the price was right.

This window, along with the one in the hall bath, has a window box. We also replaced the faucet from a chrome one that was way too small to the Banbury faucet by Moen.  We originally scouted it on Overstock, but ended up finding for the same price locally at The Home Depot.

To the left of the fridge, when we moved in, was a cabinet hung on the wall. Not sure if at some point there had been a piece of furniture beneath it, but it was pretty awkward and also the first thing you saw right when you walked in. So, we took it off the wall, flipped it over, and added casters to raise the height to bring it closer to counter level. Inside, we store our cookbooks. We also added hooks for jackets and bags. The chalkboard is this IKEA frame.


The Family Room

There’s a super in-depth tour of this room here, or read below for the highlights.

Here’s the view of the family room from the kitchen, featuring two light fixtures that we promptly removed.

And here is the room now-ish:

We painted this room and the kitchen with Valspar’s Woodlawn Sterling Blue. The Hawthorne sofa and loveseat from Room & Board were a big splurge. We made the tree stump table from a giant limb that fell in our yard while we were on our honeymoon

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The rug is the Agra rug from Pottery Barn (no longer available, it appears). The chair from Overstock you can read all about in this post. The coffee table was another Craigslist find. I like how the triangular shape of the base mirrors the branches with the coral flowers in the rug. Taylor thinks I’m reading too much into it, but hey—I was an English major. It’s what I do.

We had lots of boxy shapes to begin with—the fireplace, the sofas, the coffee table, so we tried to balance it out with circles—the Ikea mirror, the artwork, the CB2 pendant light, the CB2 table lamp, the tree stump table and the table beside the orange chair.

The fireplace was a project and a half.

We knew we did not want to leave the brick as it was, but instead of simply painting it, we used a treatment I found on Apartment Therapy from the BBDW store in New York. (Read the comment by Tyler about 2/3 of the way down for the instructions, if interested.) All it is is drywall compound applied to the brick, dried and sanded. We sanded a little more than they did at BBDW because we wanted a bit more of a liming-effect, with some of the red showing through to tie into our color scheme.

The art is vintage postcards from all the cities in which we’ve lived. The frames are from Pier 1. You can read more about them and our trick for hanging them in a straight line without getting divorced here.

The chair is from and I almost sold it on Craigslist. The footstool was previously seen in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, but has since been given a little update. The “tobacco blue” table and mercury glass lamp and shade are from World Market.

This is the room we use the most and it’s the one that’s closest to being “done.”

Continue the tour:

Master Bedroom

Guest Room to Baby’s Room

Boys’ Room

Dining Room

Living Room




6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2012 1:53 pm

    How do you like the Victory Pendent Lamp from CB2? I’ve been eyeing it for over my kitchen table for awhile now, and I think I’m close (oh so very very close…) to ordering it. Does it give off enough light?!?!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      February 14, 2012 2:18 pm

      Hilary, we really like the lamp a lot. I will say there are 2 things you should know. 1. It gives off plenty of light, but it’s more focused light rather than ambient light. Since we have it over the island where people sit, I have a really low watt bulb in there – 25 watts – because it feels like the Spanish Inquisition when it’s a higher wattage bulb and you’re sitting less than 2 feet beneath it. 2. It is a beast to get to hang straight. There was a lot of Taylor making tiny tweaks with the wire and the cord and me standing there saying “a little to the left, no YOUR left.” But, if you can stick with it for 10 minutes or so, you’ll get it right.

      But overall, we love how it looks! We have 3 cb2 lamps in the kitchen and family room and love them all. Good luck!

  2. February 28, 2012 4:51 pm

    The drum pendant is perfect in this room.

  3. Sue permalink
    May 7, 2013 8:49 am

    Beautiful room. So well done – can tell a lot of love and passion has gone into this. Love everything about it.


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