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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Harbour Kitchen

I first wrote last week about my largest project to date, the beautiful home of Diana and Josh Harbour right outside of Athens, Georgia. Diana and Josh bought the house several months ago, and we have been hard at work ever since. We don't know much about the former owner of their home. We do; however, know a few things. First, I have to give credit where credit is due. The former owner is a contractor, and to his credit, he is responsible for  the stunning exterior and many of the unique and luxurious touches found throughout the home. It is also abundantly clear this gentleman was quite the UGA fan (it is also quite possible he was colorblind). But seriously, to say that he was a UGA fan is probably a bit of an understatement. Even his kitchen bled red and black. The kitchen has so many beautiful details, but they were hidden by a jarring deep red wall color and in true "Dawgs" style, the kitchen was made even darker by black countertops and other black elements throughout. Don't get me wrong, I love the Dawgs-I'm a Georgia graduate myself-but I think we can all agree he may have taken it a bit too far here. Nor am I firmly against black countertops, but with all of it's beautiful windows, natural light and the potential lay underneath all of that red and black, we just needed to brighten up the space so it could really shine as a centerpiece of the home. 

Here are a few pictures from my first visit:

Diana's favorite color is orange but she also loves Tiffany blue. You'll later see how the kitchen flows with the living room (where we are using a lot of fun orange).  In here we kept it a little more neutral with pops of blue. Here is the mood board for her kitchen:

Diana and I both like to spend money, but we like to save money even more. So during Wisteria's Spring sale we bought these chairs for half off and went on from there.

How beautiful are the island lights from Currey and Company?

And I am dying over this Arteriors chandelier:

The herringbone tile Diana selected herself ( and is not the exact one pictured in the moodboard). She also went with a little lighter of a granite counter. Here are a few progress pictures. Keep in mind these are taken with an Iphone and aren't the best quality. We still have some work to do in this room.

First step- Paint! We used Valspar La Fonda Mirage on the island, Bistro White on the walls and Snowy Dusk on the cabinets.

Next were the new countertops and lighting:

Drapery Installation:

We are waiting on the new table from Restoration Hardware -should be in any day! Also, we have a contractor building a custom banquette along the window. Here are the fabrics for that:

I hope you enjoyed! Ill be back soon with more updates!

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