Holly and Aaron (and their daughter Vivian!) are the owners of this beautiful historic home in Grand Rapids. With the previous owners being antique collectors, the only storage in the kitchen was in the furniture they took with them. They wanted a fresh, updated look to match the rest of the house with any storage that I could mange to give them.

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One of the goals of this project was to use as much as possible of what was already existing. I really loved the cabinet that the sink sits on, so with some coordinating of the colors and enhancing what they already have, I was able to achieve this look with minimal updates!

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Great, right? One of the things I noticed immediately was the great height of their ceilings and natural light. I decided to accent the height by adding a window valance and faux shade above the window.

Their home is also surrounded by these great gardens and Aaron loves building birdhouses. So I had to use my imagination (it's winter here, people) and bring the colors and natural elements inside. 

They also have a room in their home that it is a great orange color. Holly has a really fun personality and I wanted to bring this through in the color palette.

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As you read earlier, the previous owners had taken a large pantry cabinet that use to sit where the stove is. Holly currently has all of her pantry items in a room off of their kitchen, so my main goal was to get those items in this space.

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With a tight space to work with, I managed to fit a pantry cabinet on each side. Pantry trumped counter space with the cabinets, so I found a great island (with barstools!) at wayfair.com. his allows a little prep space and extra storage along with a place for guests to sit while they cook.