After photos by Kimberly Neyer.
There are a number of reasons to buy a new home (many of which I’m discovering the hard way after a few months of renovating in a 200-year old house). These include things like, oh, I don’t know…functional plumbing. Or walls that don’t crumble at even the slightest glance. Or insulated walls—you can’t forget about proper insulation this time of year! Still, although new homes are pretty dern awesome for those seeking move-in-ready accommodations, they are often sorely lacking in the charm department. For all its amenities, the brand-new suburban home can be, as Alanna and Jeffrey Harbeck would find, a little bit bland. When the couple moved into a 2005 home on the outskirts of Chicago, they knew that it was going to need a lot of work for it to reflect their personalities and design sensibilities. “The greatest challenge,” Alanna, a style scout and occasional writer for Style Story Blog says, “was to bring character to a ‘cookie cutter’ style home.” Well, Alanna and Jeffrey were certainly up for the challenge, especially as far as their kitchen is concerned! After three months of work, largely carried out by the couple and their friends, the once mundane space is practically unrecognizable—a bright, colorful and open space, perfect for cooking and entertaining! Check out all of the photos, sources and Alanna’s design notes after the jump! —Max
- All the barn wood is from Heritage Beam and Board
- Large Appliance Bin Pulls on all drawers My Knobs
- Cabinet Hardware from Anthropologie (on clearance) glass knobs I painted gold. I used these knobs by computer and Anthropologie for shelf brackets.
- Pendant Lights which I sprayed gold over the white & Black Light Fixture Barn Light Electric
- Urchin Chandelier Stimulight on Etsy
- Love is the Only Gold print and Heart w/ arrows print Lindsay Letters
- Floral Frame (and my jacket in photo) Heirbloom
- Farm Sink Overstock, except in White
- Table and Chairs ABC Carpet & Home
- Cow Rug from Flea Market
- Barstools Ikea, sprayed the legs gold!
- Deer and Goose Head vases Anthropologie
- Japanese figures, personal collection from my favorite childhood restaurant circa 1980’s
- Cuckoo clock, lucky find at a shop in Jackson Hole, WY