Renovate and Decorate – A Kitchen Overhaul

A few months back I was asked by some friends if I might be able to help with their kitchen.  I had been to their home once before and I had vaguely remembered some paneling and fixtures that dated back several decades.  I remembered that the space did not seem very functional.  I met with them and soon realized all my memories were right on par with what I had recalled.

The space had beautiful windows but it still felt dark because of the paneling and closed off space.  There were cabinets that were impractical, as the doors covered up a closet to an adjoining room.  The room was hot in the summers and cold in the winter.  The vent hood above the stove was essentially a down draft letting in cold air.  It was time for an overhaul.

I sat down with our friends and learned what was most important to them.  They needed the space to be functional for all to easily move around and cook.  They needed the kitchen to be cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  They needed storage spaces that made sense and were practical.  They needed a place to put food items and store various tabletop appliances like Crockpots and rice makers that are often used.

They did not have much vision as to what they could do with the space, so I did some planning on paper to show them what they could do with their area.  We decided to take down a wall separating the two rooms and incorporate it into the kitchen.  It would soon become home to their dining room table.

We moved the stove to a different wall, so there could be counters extending on either side, to create more space for prepping and cooking.  Because there are seven people living here, we decided to include two sinks, one for prep in the island, and the other for rinsing and doing dishes next to the dishwasher.

Andy and I, along with several volunteers helped with demo.  We discovered layers of walls, old insulation, floor tiles from years ago, and various other elements that dated back in time.  After four days of completing the full gut of the space, the real work began.


Since safety and function were the driving elements of our design, we began by integrating new electrical wires and outlets.  We revamped the heating system, moved plumbing lines, and made sure the structure was sound.  Framing was completed and plans were set for the new layout.  We needed to replace the windows and all of the insulation in the room.

Meanwhile, I began refining the design decisions with our friends.  We selected dark maple espresso shaker cabinets, practical and affordable appliances, granite countertops that would be impervious and resilient to stains, and cabinet hardware and fixtures that portrayed a clean line and contemporary feel.


We discussed kitchen backsplashes and landed on a beautiful tile to finish the area behind the oven.  During demo we discovered exposed brick and decided to keep that in the space too.  Finally, the floor tile needed to be consistent in color and paired with dark grout to conceal potential dirt from traffic in and out of the kitchen.


We had our contractor team to help with much of the project.  We worked together to make the space reflect the needs and requests of those living in the home.

There was something so peaceful about working on this project.  I always am looking to make sure my homeowners are filled with comfort in their newly renovated home.  This project was extra special.  Andy and I found such joy in making this room safe and sound for our friends.  Our children loved following the project every step of the way, and often asked if they could come and help or just check on the progress.

All that being said, here are the final reveal pictures.  The granite is installed, the cabinets have plates stacked neatly in them, and the drawers are filled with all the kitchen essentials.  This kitchen truly took a village to complete and the experience was “heavenly”.


A 72″ side by side refrigerator and freezer by Electrolux.  Finished with a trim kit, this appliance system looks as if it was made for the space!


We opted for stainless steel Electrolux appliances and lighting to compliment, also in a stainless steel finish.  We went with clean lined and contemporary fixtures and cabinet hardware for a consistent look.


The granite we selected is colonial white with an ogee edge.  The granite has pattern and grain in it, but is consistent.  After careful search and selection in the granite yard, we chose the perfect slabs.


The island features nearly 4o square feet of surface area to prep, prepare, and eat.  There is a small prep sink to wash veggies as cooking is done at the stove.  There are six nailhead trimmed counter stools below, that are great for a quick breakfast in the morning.  Their smooth surface cleans up easily in case of any spills.




Finally, the dining space was made complete with this beautiful table and chairs from Crate and Barrel.  It completes the dining area and is perfect for seating ten guests for dinner.


We wanted this kitchen to become the hub of their home.  We hope the function of the space leads to many home cooked meals and peace in this newly designed room.

All in all, this truly was one of my favorite renovations that we have done to date.  To bring comfort, happiness, functionality, and simplicity to our friends’ home gave us such joy.  I hope you enjoy this reveal as much as we did!  Please take the time to find us on Facebook and Instagram @georgiapepperberry.

Make it a great day!


Georgia Pepperberry: Update

We launched Georgia Pepperberry three months ago and everyone has been so kind and supportive as we venture off into this new frontier!  We continue to have many wonderful opportunities and projects … we are grateful!

I have been getting the question, “How are things going?  What projects are you working on or have you finished?”  So, I thought it would be fun to share an update as to what we are currently working on, so you can get a little taste of what Georgia Pepperberry is up to these days.

To begin, we have been helping some good friends renovate their kitchen.  I posted some initial photographs and things to think about when renovating your kitchen. PLANNING FOR A KITCHEN MAKEOVER  We are about halfway done with the project and are moving along.  We hope to have the new space completed by the beginning of September.  We have demoed two rooms and have created a completely new and functional layout that will lead to many hours of productive and fun cooking.


Andy has been busy on the real estate side of our business.  He is working with home buyers as they seek out their new place to call home.  Andy and I are collaborating as our clients venture through the real estate process.  Georgia Pepperberry has been able to give vision and thought to design, function, and style even before our clients buys a home. We also have been able to help customers and other realtors stage homes as they prepare to market and list homes. Home Staging  You can visit Andy’s site for current real estate information.  Andy’s Webpage

We have done some party planning including a couple bridal showers WINE TASTING BRIDAL SHOWER and I am helping someone create a style for their fall wedding.  It has been an absolute joy helping to craft a look for these events.

We have been asked to help decorate several spaces for families.  It has been a pure joy to be invited into others’ homes and be able to listen to what their desires are for their rooms.  Often things haven’t changed in several years and a new look is requested.  I enjoy listening to what their “likes” are for their new space and working with them to pull together a new and functional look and design.  We are in several phases of waiting for product to arrive and I am hoping to be able to post some pictures of these projects over the next few months.

In addition, we have helped with a few “refresh” projects.  They have been so much fun!  I had a new client who has a beautiful dining and living room space that has been recently painted.  She selected her new furniture but was looking for some finishing pieces to tie the room together.  I helped her with new accessories for her space and worked within her budget to complete the look she was trying to achieve. A SOPHISTICATED SPACE

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Most importantly, we are truly enjoying this new venture because we get to spend more time with our family.  It has been great to see the kids get involved and show a true interest in what we do.  We often are asked by them how they can help.  Whether it be looking for the lavender pompom trim in the sea of notions at JoAnn fabrics or looking for lamps with black shades at Homegoods, the little monkeys are willing to step in and help. Sometimes it is just emptying or loading the truck, but they are aware of what we are trying to do and they often are ready to lend a hand.

Finally, we want to give back.  Stay tuned and I will share some information on how we are preparing to help a non-profit in the area.  I am so excited about this opportunity and I look forward to seeing it come to fruition.


We continue to develop our business — because this is our dream.  We are working on our logo design and crafting future endeavors for Georgia Pepperberry, LLC.  We hope that we continue to have the courage to grow and build out our dreams.  Thanks for all the support!  Make sure to follow our story and like our Facebook page or follow us on  Instagram @georgiapepperberry.

Make it a great day,