January 5, 2011

Another Holyoke Home! Guest Post

www.holyokehome.com is not the only home and garden blog in our fair city. I am delighted to introduce you to my actual and internet neighbor, So Happy Home and (specifically in this post) her jaw-droppingly gorgeous, jealousy-inducing kitchen renovation:

"A few years ago, my husband and I moved to Holyoke, seeking a neighborhood with architecture we could stand to look at the three (or four) times a day we walk our dog, and the several times a week we come and go to points both near and far.

We fell in love with our 1920 colonial style home, with its simple but thoughtful moldings, and period details that spoke to a modern design feeling that we appreciate. Strange to think that something 90 years old could feel modern, but it was the simplicity of details, the geometric (rectangular, mostly) shapes and smart design layout that let us know that we were home. Of course, all that gorgeous period detail was somewhat, uh, absent from the kitchen. 
Completely. 

I mean, the 1980’s seemed to have vomited all over the spaces that held water (you should see the bathroom we’re about to demolish). So, we set about getting a plan together to restore the feeling of what we loved about the house all along.We tore down walls.
And ceilings. 

And moved plumbing. 

And restored the original fir flooring that was buried underneath ceramic tile (baby poop color), vinyl 1970’s linoleum, cool (but made with asbestos) 1940’s real linoleum, complete with tar paper used to adhere it. (Oh, and when I say “we” I mean the lovely, capable, talented people we hired to do the work. DIY = design-it-yourself to me.) 
And we re-purposed completely a little-used, very steep, old-fashioned maid’s staircase by turning it into a pantry/tea’n toast station on the kitchen level (and a closet on the second story, but that’s another, well, story).
We splurged to have the original trim package replicated in all the parts of the house where the 80’s oak had taken over. It was worth every penny. The house just wouldn’t feel the same without it. And we used locally quarried Ashfield stone as our counter top material, since it connected my family history to that of the house’s (my family started out in Ashfield, MA).
 
So, in the end, we got to restore the clean, simple, modern and smart feeling of the house that made us fall in love with it in the first place. And now we love it all over again. So happy. Home.

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing So Happy Home's kitchen reno! I can't get enough of white kitchens.

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  2. Wow! What a transformation! It is so beautiful. I am especially drooling over the hardwood floors!!!!

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  3. Great makeover! I especially love the job you did on the floors.

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  4. It looks like a lot of work, but it also looks like it was well worth it!!

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  5. holy smokers! it looks GREAT!!! i LOVE seeing before/afters, it is so inspiring!

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  6. Wow-- my eyes just watered a bit. GORGEOUS!

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  7. The stone counters are stunning. Also loving the choice of wall color. Very nice! Go Team Holyoke! :)

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  8. Drool...that's all I can say..I mean do! It's beautiful and functional!

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  9. Gorgeous redo! I love the attention to detail for the age of the house.

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  10. i think i just had an orgasm... that kitchen is beyond gorgeous

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  11. I am so utterly jealous of that kitchen remodel. It's everything I want and more. Great job!

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  12. Lovely re-do! Congrats on the beautiful kitchen.

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  13. AnonymousJuly 11, 2011

    soooo pretty! beautiful! and classic! would you mind sharing the price tag?

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  14. Visit sohappyhome.com (over there on the right, in our blog roll) and ask her? Didn't she do a wonderful job?!

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