SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: KITCHEN, BEFORE & AFTER

The Butter Kitchen Before and After
The kitchen is the heart of the home, my favourite room in the house and the first room we completed. Which is exactly why it is the first room that I am sharing with you! We bought our first house in January of this year and have since been on a six month renovation journey to turn said house into our home. We are still a way off completion but the kitchen is finally...complete. I regularly post pictures of our progress and our purchases over on Instagram if you want to see more!

My biggest piece of advice when buying your first house would be to view any and every house that comes up within your chosen area (and backup areas) and within your budget. It wasn't until the tenth(ish) house and the loss of one house that we truly started to understand exactly what we liked in a house. For example I realised I much preferred properties with high ceilings, probably because my childhood home was a high ceiling Victorian villa, we weren't as bothered about the outside space as we originally thought and we definitely wanted an open plan kitchen, dining area.

Another thing to bear in mind, if the space you want isn't initially there; think about how it can be created. Floor plans became, and still are, my favourite things to look at. They give you a really clear view of the property layout and show which rooms could easily be knocked into one another to create the space you really want. This is exactly what we did...

BEFORE
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
Originally the kitchen was in, our now dining room and the now kitchen was a separate dining room altogether. We knew that we would never use a separate dining room and the kitchen itself was siphoned off at the back of the house, not the open plan entertaining space we were looking for!

DURING
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
Therefore we removed three walls, bricked up the back door, replacing with patio doors and turned the shower attached to the kitchen (is it just me that finds it really odd to have a shower attached to a kitchen?) into a utility room. This created the beautiful, large open space that we had been dreaming off.

AFTER
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
The Butter Kitchen Before and After
The Butter Kitchen Before and After

I am head over heels in love with our house and I am a little bit obsessed with our kitchen. I loved baking anyway but my obsession is now on another level, alongside my new found love of cooking...which doesn't always go to plan but hey it's the thought that counts!

We are currently awaiting the arrival of our dining table from the incredible Swoon Editions, if you haven't checked it out and are a homeware obsessive like me definitely take a look, and I now can't wait to get this area looking more complete also. My final tip if you do decide to take on a renovation job...baby steps. It took us awhile but we have finally realised that it is going to take time to get all of the decoration, curtains, furniture etc. in place and we cannot complete the entire house in a week.

This just means there is a little bit of excitement every month as new pieces arrive, carpets are laid or that print from Oliver Bonas is mounted on the wall. I now feel like a fully-fledged adult who is definitely in nesting mode...and I love every minute!

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5 comments

  1. Oh wow, what a transformation!

    I love reading posts like this - I have just purchased my first property and look forward to all the renovations to come (when I have the monies to do it!) x

    http://www.curiouser-and-curiouser.co.uk

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  2. Such a beautiful kitchen. So in love!

    XO

    Daria

    http://www.dbkstylez.com

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  3. You've done an incredible job!!! Your kitchen looks so stylish and Pinterest worthy! Well done!

    www.julialundin.com

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  4. WOW. just wow.
    The transformation is beautiful.
    I'd love a kitchen just like that.

    www.katelately.com

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