Before & After photos

The anticipation of a completed kitchen remodel in time for the holidays was high on the list for one Ohio couple this year. When visiting their home to take these photos, two things they said stood out.

AFTER the remodel

Basically, they complemented their kitchen designer, Sarah Simpson at Studio 76 Kitchens and Baths for her creativity AND patience in helping them through the planning process, and sticking with them through the installation. This is the most time-consuming part of any kitchen remodel project, but a good kitchen designer can really save a homeowner lots of “headaches”!!

BEFORE the remodel

The second topic we talked about was the quality of workmanship. No matter how gorgeous the new cabinetry, granite or floors, the tradesmen are in your home and leave the last impression.

Here are a few things that happened for this marvelous makeover:

  • A re-design of the floorplan that eliminated a peninsula to make room for a two-level island. This kitchen is open to the family room and Sarah included places to sit and gather around her island design. The two levels made it convenient to “hide” the kitchen sink from the adjoining open room and also the cooking area.
  • A major change in the products and materials , including warmly stained cabinets and natural granite counters. Hickory pre-finished hardwood flooring ties in the look of a traditional kitchen. The line of cabinetry is from Custom Cupboards, made in Wichita, Kansas.( The stone was purchased from Mont Granite ( and fabricated by Bradley Stone Industries.(
  • New appliances were minimized in this design and included a refrigerator with custom cabinet door panels, an over-the-range vented microwave and gas range in updated stainless steel. The dishwasher also includes a cabinet panel for a continuous look.

I will write a separate blog on the storage improvements in this kitchen re-do.

I wish I was going to Thanksgiving dinner at this house and kitchen this year… don’t tell my family!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Vintage in the Kitchen

Vintage collectibles can accessorize your kitchen!

Do you love your “vintage finds”? How about those salvage warehouses filled with antiques and architectural items? The kitchen and eating areas are perfect to display and use the things you love. Here are a few fun hints on creating your new kitchen with a historical or vintagy look:


Bring your imagination to a yard sale or estate sale, and even online sites when searching for salvaged or reclaimed antique items. Vintage finds can create an entirely new dimension in your kitchen. Consider antique panels for covering appliances and look for old brackets, hardware, mismatched silverware and canisters. Check out Columbus Architectural Salvage.


If remodeling your kitchen (or building new), consider making the kitchen sink area a focal point with a farmhouse style or apron front sink. Salvaged sinks are being collected and can be found in online warehouses such as This Old Tub and Sink.


Sue Patterson, Interior Designer/Kitchen Designer at Studio 76 likes displaying a homeowners collectibles or sentimental pieces. “One of my customers had a lot of old cookie cutters that had been handed down from her mother. I suggested that she make shadow boxes to display them in and then hang on a nearby wall.” Open shelves instead of a wall cabinet is also an option.

There is a very unique shoppe run by 2 sisters in Helena, Ohio called The Summer Kitchen Interiors  You will find so many local artisan items and “vintage” seems to be one of their most popular themes.

Have fun!

Vintage Kitchen Design