• Samia Verbist

One Room Challenge - Fall 2019 - Week 5 of a Kitchen Remodel

Updated: Mar 4

Ready for another update on the One Room Challenge?  Can you believe that we’re 5 weeks into this challenge, and only one week from the Grand Reveal!!!

The One Room Challenge is a bi-annual event hosted by Calling it Home showcasing 20 featured participants and many guest participants as they renovate a single room, documenting all of it over the course of six weeks. The One Room Challenge kindly shares all of the blog entries and the finished spaces at the end of the 6 weeks.

We are almost done! So, this week is the final touch, backsplash, cabinet handles, pendant lights, appliances etc. Of course, you will have to wait until next week to see the reveal of the entire kitchen! This week I will give some touch of what you will see in week 6! Remember the mood board I created for the kitchen remodel? Gold, Calacatta, Bali's color....

Let's see what happened this week. My contractor installed the backsplash I selected: It is a stunning honed Calacatta gold marble stone with thin gold aluminium strip accents from GBI Tile & Stone Inc. It adds an extra spark of detail and enriches the kitchen! Impressive, isn't it?

Gold accents between each marble strip of this natural stone wall tile!

Here are some pictures of the installation of the tile! Marble can be fragile and I really insisted on having each little gold strip to be perfectly straight... It was not an easy ask but my professional tile contractor did a great job!

Signature Hardware Royden 1.75 GPM Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

For the faucet, I chose a polished brass pulldown from the Royden Collection by Signature Hardware. It can be a challenge to find the perfect gold accent for your kitchen! With little choice in showrooms, you may have to order a few different faucets to find the perfect one, the perfect gold finish... And then, finding matching disposal flange and sink strainer. If you want to do "gold", go for it, it's stunning but be patient to find all you need in the same tinge of gold... But it is possible! I found at Kohler the perfect disposal flange and sink strainer which matched perfectly with the gold faucet.

The cabinets didn't require any handle, but to me, It looked "unfinished", so I decided to add gold handles for an additional touch of style... After some research, I found the perfect ones on Etsy, a great store HookedPullMeKnob with a large selection of pulls, knobs etc. Kloe, the manager, really took care of my order and shipped it on time for the project!

Here is picture of the high polished luxury gold cabinet pulls and knobs I used for the projet.

Simple, elegant and stylish!

What next? Appliances! If you are like me, I love to cook! So, we made a functional choice over design for the project... I needed a double oven and really wanted a convection oven! It makes a big difference for baking delicious tarts and quiches! Samsung is the only brand on the market who offers this new option of double convection oven. So, I bought all matching appliances with Samsung.

Lighting... before the project, the kitchen possessed only recessed lights. This is a good solution in a kitchen, it provides the perfect light when you cook. I added some improvements with dimmable switches and connected lights!

It's so convenient! "Hey Google, turnoff kitchen light", great innovation! All lights in the house are now connected to the Google assistant.

A good way to add more personality to your kitchen is to add pendant lights. In order to keep the floor plan open between the dining room and the kitchen, I chose something light and bright like some glass pendants. I selected a model from Possini Euro which reminds me of the wine carafes... I lived in Bordeaux (France), well-known area for wine (Saint-Emillion, Pessac-Leognan, Saint Estèphe, etc...).

So, you just discovered the backsplash, the faucet, cabinets pulls, appliances and the pendants. You haven't seen yet the new counter stools... they just arrived! Thus, we will discover it next week with the Final Reveal...

New counter stools just arrived!

Next week is THE week of the REVEAL! I am so excited to finally share with you the final results of the Kitchen remodel! Don't miss it!

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Your Dedicated French Interior Designer

Samia Verbist

You can revisit the last 4 weeks if you’d like:

Week One - Week Two - Week Three - Week Four












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