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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Kitchen Makeover

You know I love my neighbors.
When we moved to this street, years ago, we were welcomed with open arms. These were the people that brought us casseroles when our babies were born. These were the people that came with shop vacs when our basement flooded. These were the people that let our children romp through their yards during summer nights of "Ghost in the Graveyard." Their homes have been the second homes to my children.
The Cox family has been a total blessing to us. Even before they were empty nesters, they took us under their wings. From tennis matches to shared bottles of wine to new babies to new grandchildren, we have enjoyed so many moments with them. 
They are wonderful cooks. We have been the lucky recipients of many plates of chocolate chip cookies, lasagnas, and cakes. Their house is the home of comfort foods. 
Walking home from school, as we pass their house and get a whiff of the wonderful smells wafting from their home, my children say, "I wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Cox are cooking today." 
Here is a lookiloo at their kitchen that served as the hub for many years:

We have been anxiously awaiting the big reveal of their kitchen makeover. As trucks came and went, we watched and waited. At least two of our children breached the perimeter for sneak peeks. Yesterday, the text I had been waiting for finally arrived. "Come see our new kitchen!" 
The Cox family is known for many talents but gardening and cooking top the list. I arrived to be greeted by pots full of pansies. In the middle of a remodel, they still found time to kick off spring with new plants.
Holy awesome! This is the view from the back entry of the house. 
The kitchen sink has a beautiful view of their gardens.
Now, for the details that wowed me!
I was like a kid in a candy store with the stove. Push a button and VROOM! The vent comes out of the counter!
There is a special cupboard that houses the mixer. The shelf easily lifts and lowers for easy use and storage.
There is even a special space for Maggie's dog dishes.
Check out the double spice rack pull outs!
The kitchen now opens into the dining room. The light fixture made me swoon!
They mixed and matched several finishes to maintain a vintage look.


Proud grandparents saved a spot to display their grandson's artwork.
Even though the kitchen is shiny and new, it is sprinkled with keepsakes from the old kitchen. 

Just look at all the storage! Oh, the things she can cook for me!
The refrigerator magnet perfectly sums up their family...
As always, their kitchen is the hub of their house. Let the neighborhood invasion begin...

*Running this oldie but goodie from 2013. 

64 comments:

  1. Oh my, this is super, super perfect. It has so many dream come trues like the pop up mixer shelf, pull out pantry, and the glass knobs. Love this kitchen!

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  2. That kitchen is gorgeous! I love that it belongs to people who enjoy cooking, enjoy life, and bring you cookies.

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    1. We hit the jackpot in the neighbor department! Thanks, Amy!

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  3. fun to see inside their home. The kitchen looks beautiful. Wouldn't that be a treat to cook/bake in there!
    Thx for sharing,
    d

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    1. We make a great team- she cooks and I eat! Thanks, Deanna!

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  4. Swooon!!! What a transformation. I love to see these!

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    1. Swoon, indeed! I almost licked the countertops! Thanks, Jen!

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  5. That has got to be the most amazing thing I've ever seen! Love the mix of knobs and handles! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Every detail is just perfect! Thank you, Amanda!

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  6. I'd just be happy with the special cabinet for the mixer that has its own counter that lifts and goes down easily! The rest is awesome but I could really use this mixer cabinet deal.

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    1. Wouldn't that be great? Maybe I would use my mixer more?

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  7. Love it! Talk about the grass being greener! I'm so jealous and loving that kitchen!!!

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    1. I am totally green with envy, too! Thank you, Christine!

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  8. Oh my goodness that is a beautiful kitchen makeover, and ode to your wonderful neighbors!! How lovely to have them in your life!

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    1. I am so lucky to have great neighbors! Thank you, Lisa!

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  9. Oh My Gosh!~ That is one gorgeous kitchen! What a beautiful remodel with so many creative storage cabinets. Love the granite, spice rack, Jackson's beautiful artwork and even Maggie's own space. If I had to pick and choose my kitchen remodel, this would be it! Love, Love, Love! Thank you for sharing (and also to Mr. and Mrs. Cox)!

    Pat F.
    Las Vegas

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    1. Thank you, Pat! This is my dream kitchen and they are dream neighbors!

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  10. Hi Kerry!!!

    WOW, IT'S GORGEOUS!!!!!

    They sure did a great job of the renovation!! And that light fixture is just beautiful!! |Well worth the wait\!!

    Pam
    xox

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    1. It is stunning! For once, I was speechless! Thanks, Pam!

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    1. Right? I might just move my stuff in, real slow like so they don't even notice!

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  12. What a GORGEOUS kitchen makeover! Love, love, love it! And thanks for photographing so many of the unique features too! Pinning this one to my own kitchen board on Pinterest for my husband's someday dream kitchen redo! (He's the cook in our house!)

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    1. This is my dream kitchen, too! Thank you, Laura!

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  13. what a great kitchen transformation. I love all of the details. coffee at their house ( and dinner if you are lucky) must be a treat now!

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    1. That's right! I'm going to transition from cookie dates to dinner dates! Thank you, Laura!

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  14. A beautiful kitchen...love the skinny pull out cabinet.

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    1. It is beautiful but the details and storage are awesomesauce!

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  15. Juat so you know me and my husband are mad at each other and you. I said, "Why don't we hav a kitchen like that?" He was offended and said, "WHy don't you cook like Mrs. Cox?" I blame you for our tiff;) This might be one of the most beautiful kitchens ever. And the fact that it is so full of love that it spills out through the neighborhood makes it even more beautiful.What a blessed place to live.
    Vicky
    www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

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    1. Imagine living next to them! I am not worthy! Thanks, Vicky!

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  16. That is a beautiful kitchen and quite a transformation! I didn't even know there was such a thing as a pop up mixer stand. That is way better than having to lift it out of the cabinet every time you use it. I bet they are thrilled to sit back and enjoy their new kitchen now.

    Stopping by from Serenity Now Blog.

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    1. Thanks, Krystie! It is truly the best kitchen evah!

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  17. great kitchen redo! I'm pinning. Little Bit

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    1. I'm pinning and pining! Thanks for popping by!

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  18. So pretty! I love her stand mixer thingie and that cooktop is heavenly! :) Thanks for sharing! (visiting you from Funday Monday linky.)

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    1. I might do all of my cooking in her kitchen from now on! Thanks for popping by my place!

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  19. Wow! I love it! Beautiful, beautiful kitchen and I love those vintage touches. Truly the heart of the home!

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    1. This kitchen is truly the heart of their home! Thank you for popping by, Susan!

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  20. That bottom photo reminds me of the kitchen in Practical Magic. Loved your kitchen tour, and added more "i want this, and that" for my kitchen redo.

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    1. I am totally green with envy! The Practical Magic house was awesomesauce, huh?

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  21. What a beautiful kitchen! Sounds like you have some heaven-sent neighbors... me too:) Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. We have really been blessed in the neighbor department! Thanks, Trish!

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  22. Such a beautiful kitchen. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  23. Wow! What an amazing makeover. What great neighbors to have. :)

    Thanks for sharing.
    Pam

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    1. Thanks, Pam! We are blessed, for sure!

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  24. Wow! Beautiful!! Stopping by from Not Just a Housewife Linkin
    -Priscilla
    www.gracefullyrefreshed.com

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  25. I'm drooling over your neighbors kitchen. It is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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    1. I may or may not have drooled on the countertops! Thanks, Danielle!

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  26. Oh my goodness! Just saw your blog through Southern Savvy. I'm not blogger, just an addicted reader of blogs and I love to live vicariously through all of you ;0) What a great kitchen, but better yet, what a great neighborhood. Reminds me of my "growing up" years in New Orleans where everyone in the neighborhood knew each other, partied with each other, watched out for each other's kids, etc. Your blog brought back great memories. Now, if I could only move into your neighborhood! Thanks for sharing.
    Jane B

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    1. Our neighborhood totally has an old school feel to it! I am very lucky to be raising a family with such great neighbors! Thanks, Jane!

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  27. Wow, so awesomely beautiful -- quite a major transformation!

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  28. WOw!Thanks for that tour! I'm on the verge of a kithen make-over too! Love this one!

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    1. Good luck with your kitchen, Vel! Thanks for popping by!

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  29. Visiting from Monday Funday. I'd like to invite you to my Friday Flash Blog, where you can share your best blog entry of the week! The party goes on ALL weekend at thejennyevolution.com. And who knows, you may just get featured next week.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! On my way to your par-taaay!

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  30. Wow, what a stunning renovation! I adore the kitchenaid cupboard and the pop up vent is sensational! I'm pinning it right now and I've also shared it on Google+.

    Thanks so much for joining in with the Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party. Hope you can link up again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. Thank you, Natasha! You are the bees knees!

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  31. What a party last week on Friday Flash Blog! Thanks for joining us. I hope you’ve visited some of the other community members and you're having a splendid week.

    Jennifer
    thejennyevolution.com

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