Wednesday, June 9, 2021

From Dark and Dreary To Bright and Cheery-Our Kitchen Reveal

From Dark and Dreary To Bright and Cheery-Our Kitchen Reveal-designaddictmom

 Hi everyone! I am back with another reveal, this time it's our kitchen! We spend most of our time in the kitchen, yet you barely see any pictures of this space because besides the fact that it's always a mess in here, it's also extremely dark(see before pic after that pic below) so not photograph friendly. However, look at it now! In my prior post, I mentioned partnering with Velux USA to install skylights in the sunroom, well, they also added a Velux Sun tunnel skylight(pictured above) in the kitchen which prompted this kitchen and it's been a game changer! 

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Since there is an attic space above the kitchen, it was a great candidate for installing the Sun tunnel skylight. Sun Tunnels consist of a lens mounted on the roof and a diffuser mounted in the ceiling connected by a highly reflective aluminum tunnel. They're ideal for very deep roof spaces (lots of attic space between the roof and ceiling) and are able to be installed around most attic obstructions like venting, trusses and rafters, lighting fixtures and HVAC units. 

From Dark and Dreary To Bright and Cheery-Our Kitchen Reveal-kitchen before
a pic of the kitchen before after clearing out the cabinets 

Sun tunnel skylight installation

The installation process was seamless and didn't take long at all! Now the kitchen is beaming with natural light and we love it! Sun Tunnels are the most cost effective way to add natural light from above to your home. Typical installations, including the product are under $1,000. I also worked with the Sun4Light team for this installation. They serve the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pinehurst, Wilmington and Greensboro, NC. areas.

bowl pictured is of papier-mâché from the lovely Dress My Room Interiors

 Now, I know you have questions about the other changes that happened in the kitchen. I explain those below and my plan was to only paint the cabinets but one thing led to another and before you know it, the kitchen was undergoing a big makeover. Overall, my goal was to make the space feel more bright and although I painted the wood cabinets, including those organic details were important. I focused on oak pieces like the new bar stools and dining table that didn't feel heavy.  Did I mention the prduct delays and damages that this makeover was riddled with? Though it's not quite finished yet, I am happy to even be at this stage as at one point it looked hopeless! I am still to install the vent hood, but that will happen eventually. See below for all the renovation details and before and after pics.

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I deliberated over what color to paint the cabinets for a long time and eventually decided on this more muted color. The kitchen is open to adjoining spaces that are brimming in color, plus the dining nook has a lot of color from that wallpaper.

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And now for some Before and Afters:


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After

As mentioned above, we removed the microwave and placed a slab of quartz behind the stove. We also replaced the stove with this one from LG. Vent hood to be placed above the stove later. See before pic of this view below.

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before 

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after

As you can see I repainted the living room and the wallpaper in the eat in area was changed. I went with this eco friendly one from Mind The Gap that goes with the current color scheme. I also love the dose of yellow. As mentioned earlier, the kitchen was repainted a lighter pink color. New dining table is the beautiful Bok dining table which adds a touch of Scandinavian vibe. 

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before (pic by Lea Hartman)

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Since the existing hardware is brushed nickel I chose this stainless steel Brizo faucet which I really love! Also pictured is a sample of the Carrara Lumos Quartz we chose for the countertops. 

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Love the new sink  too which has a low divide! Quartz countertop installation by local, Olive Glass and Marble. We also worked with them when we built our home-they did a wonderful job!

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These new Muuto Nerd bar stools are so lovely and go with the new aesthetic beautifully plus they have a similar oak finish as the dining table.

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after

Looking into the kitchen from the living room now

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before (pic by Lea Hartman)


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Another view of this area. Love the color transitions. I would love to know what you think in the comments. Thanks for reading and BIG THANK YOU again to the Velux team! 

VELUX offers virtual design consultations, so you can explore skylights and ask questions from the comfort of your home.  The consultant can help you understand what rooms are good candidates for skylights, answer questions about the products and recommend an installer in your area. 


This post was sponsored by Velux USA, but all opinions are my own. 






























 


Friday, June 4, 2021

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom
I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I would be unveiling a couple more projects, well, this is one of them. I am thrilled to have partnered with Velux USA to add these amazing VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights in the Sunroom. It's no secret that I am a big fan of natural light as you always see  always chasing the light around our home on Instagram plus all my plants in the sunroom need all the natural light they can get; ESPECIALLY Glory The Fig. Therefore adding VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights in the sunroom don't only add aesthetic beauty but also make the sunroom an even more efficient habitat for the plants. O.K., let's take a look at a bit of the process, shall we?

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom
Before installation, I met with the installation crew from Sun4Light.  Sun4Light serves the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Pinehurst, Wilmington and Greensboro, NC. and they made sure the sunroom was in a location that was compatible with the criteria/requirements required for skylight installation. Once they determined that the sunroom met the requirements, we were all set! The pic above shows a bit of the initial process with painter's tape being used to mark of the skylights' placement in the ceiling and the space being prepped for installation. 

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Next was making the openings in the ceiling by removing the drywall. I was so giddy with excitement at this stage!

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And then it was time to secure the VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights in place. The skylights are equipped with an acoustic rain sensor that closes the skylight at the first sign of rain. How cool is that! If you've ever considered getting skylights, you can use the Find An Installer feature on the Velux site simply by entering your zip code.

 
Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom


Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom

 The VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights are solar powered, so no wiring is required during installation. Although windows abound in the sunroom, the skylights will add all-day sunlight from above and the added benefit of opening automatically, using the VELUX Active system, to bring in fresh air.

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Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom


The skylights  also have light filtering solar powered blinds that are remote or smartphone app controlled. 
I love this feature because it makes it  possible for me to diffuse or filter sunlight coming in through the skylights. Another great feature is that they can also be opened with a smartphone app;  the VELUX Active with Netatmo  which enables automation. 

Sunroom with plants
A before pic to remind you of what this area looked like before. We removed the fan and replaced it with a modern light that we had(see below pic).

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom

The plants are loving being able to see the sky and Glory is also enjoying her new views and fresh air. I am curious and excited  to see how she'll grow now that she has light above.



Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom

Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom



Our New VELUX No Leak Solar Powered "Fresh Air" Skylights In The Sunroom-designaddictmom

If I have you excited and wanting your own skylights, great news- VELUX offers virtual design consultations, so you can explore skylights and ask questions from the comfort of your home.  The consultant can help you understand what rooms are good candidates for skylights, answer questions about the products and recommend an installer in your area. 

*This post is sponsored by Velux USA but all opinions shared are only yours truly.


images: Justin Smith Studio of Wray Ward Studio









 


Thursday, June 3, 2021

It's Summer Time Y'all!

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How is everyone? I don't know about you, but I am so happy for the warmer weather and nature is showing off right now; greenery abounds!  We're officially on Summer break-yay!! and most of my time is now spent in the garden. I was thrilled to see that the thyme and some other herbs I planted last year survived the Winter and are thriving. Even the kale made a comeback! Now to this picture above, do you remember when I redid the patio? It's still holding up and I haven't had to repaint the door at all. You can see what it looked like before below.  For this project, I extended the concrete area, then painted it with outdoor Porch and Patio paint from Home Depot. I also painted the screen door in that pretty coral color. Are you working on any outdoor projects? 


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before image