before & after: tomy’s kitchen + heather’s chair


I know this might be a controversial makeover because unlike many of the kitchens we see, this “before” is actually kind of good looking. I’m not speaking about its functionality of course, which could be sub-par. However, if someone wants a completely different look, I’m the last person to stop them — especially if they have great taste, as in this case.

Tomy Karaiskos, art director of the Athens-based design firm Designium, has turned this “good” kitchen into a positively dreamy kitchen with excellent execution and style. I love the floating shelving and the airy, open quality it adds to the room. The addition of the white-painted brick gives the room a less “sterile” quality as well, and you cannot go wrong with bright green plants in the kitchen. Overall, it’s a beautiful transformation. Well done, Tomy! — Kate

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CLICK HERE for Heather’s beautiful chair makeover after the jump!


When it comes to furniture, I am not a big fan of paint stripping. Well, I’m a fan of it, in that I love the way it looks, but I rarely summon the energy to do it myself. In fact, there is not one or two but THREE vintage school desks waiting for me in storage that would be so beautiful if I just put in the effort. It’s criminal, I know.

This GORGEOUS chair from Heather is seriously putting me to shame right now. After snagging four chairs at an auction, Heather and her partner Mike put hours of sweat and toil into stripping the many layers of paint off them. The results are breathtaking, especially when paired with that amazing gray-toned ikat print. If this project doesn’t motivate me to take the time to strip furniture, I don’t think anything will :) Great job, Heather!

  1. I feel like I have to apologise for my kitchen makeover.

    First of all, thanks to everyone who liked the after version.

    As Grace said the home you live in, descirbes who you are, not what ohter people think.
    For me, the previous kitchen was awful and was the first thing I wanted to change in the house. That’s why, I took it of and put a better – for my taste – white glossy kitchen that makes me wanna cook, invite friends, enjoy my everyday life. The kitchen is Italian by http://www.essebi.com (the shelves too) The brick was added later – it’s a thin one, not an actual brick.

  2. James says:

    Hi Tomy, I read these posts with much interest – and you know, it’s great that your kitchen got so much discussion going, in a way! But you certainly don’t need to apologise! You have created a beautiful living space that you shoudl be proud of – i think its infinitely better than the previous – clean, airy, slick and bright! Congratulations!

  3. tomy says:

    @James

    Thank you very much.
    It’s funny cause it’s the first time I post something and it became such a contreversial issue. The thing is that I really love it this way.
    I hope in the future when I am done with the decoration I ll send some more pics to be posted – if I get lucky.

  4. Sarah W says:

    I LOVE the chair! I see these ind of chairs all the time,
    and have wrongly assumed they were lost causes Not anymore! Thank
    you for featuring this, and giving me some inspiration!

  5. Sarah W says:

    And by “ind” I of course mean “kind”. Stupid
    keyboard.

  6. IVY says:

    I LOVED THE KITCHEN PRE SNOWBLIND,BUTS ITS NICE,BUT IM JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS ALWAYS HAD TO MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT I HAD,UNLIKE THE ELEMENT OF SOCIETY WHO HAVE TO CHANGE EVERYTHING THUS THE FINANCIAL SITUATION WE ARE IN TODAY,BUT EACH SITUATION IS DIFFERENT,MAYBE HE HAD THE FUNDS,ETC.WHO ARE WE TO JUDGE.

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