before and after

A Kitchen Remodel Fit for a Cookbook

by Grace Bonney

Now that we’re deep into working on our home, I have a newfound and extreme appreciation for anyone who decides to DIY any level of their home makeover. From small painting projects to total overhauls, doing things on your own while you still live in the same space is no small undertaking. Today’s makeover comes from Eva Kosmas Flores, who had her own book contract (so exciting!) as inspiration to give her home kitchen a serious DIY makeover.

Based in Portland, OR, Eva is a full-time stylist, photographer and blogger. When she and her husband bought their 1930s English cottage-style home this summer, they knew the kitchen would need an update. So when Eva’s cookbook contract with Haughton Mifflin Harcourt came in and she knew she’d need a place to shoot her recipes, it was the perfect excuse to start with the kitchen. Along with her husband, Eva made over the majority of the space by hand, creating a dream room that will not only be a great place to cook on a day-to-day basis, but will be perfect for her book photography. Read on to hear more about the process and see photos of the final look! Thanks, Eva! xo, grace

Eva and her husband did all the demo on their own, including taking out the arch, and building reclaimed wood countertops and open shelving. They hired a contractor to remove the sliding glass door, install a wall with a window and install the flooring.
Before & After Kitchen on Design*Sponge
Eva's kitchen, before. The space didn't have as much light and counter space as Eva would have liked, especially for shooting her own cookbook. So the arch wall would need to be removed...
Eva got the kitchen's new cabinets from a local custom cabinet shop in Oregon.
The new kitchen's vintage gas range was a very lucky Craigsist find. Eva plastered the walls herself and she made the hanging branch rack above the stove from a dead birch tree that was in their yard when they moved in.
Eva is an avid gardener, so she focused on ferns, moss, and leafy vines (they are all adept at growing indoors with very soft lighting) to add greenery to the room. The plants provide great spots of color throughout the room and Eva even trellised the creeping fig to grow up the wall behind the stove, so that will start to spread out, too.

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