My kitchen is cute (the backsplash tile is pretty, and I did my best picking out new brass hardware and lighting), but let's call a spade a spade: A tiny box of a kitchen can only get so much admiration. That's why I'm crushing hard on this total kitchen overhaul from Victoria Hudgins at A Subtle Revelry.
She took a boxed-in, boring, and dated room and turned it into a showpiece with tons of cool details. And while the biggest difference-makers were construction-related — relocating a window, demoing the upper cabinets, and removing a fake ceiling soffit to fully open the space to the dining area — a lot of the design decisions Victoria made are really what make the space stand out.
Part of what keeps the new kitchen from feeling heavy is the open shelving situation, which is just plain slabs of wood paired with brass brackets. The simplicity of the shelves allows the marble herringbone backsplash and colored glassware to shine. I also love how far she ran the backsplash — almost up the entire wall — to increase the drama of the feature.
Then, there's those concrete countertops, which Victoria and her husband poured themselves. The fact that they fabricated these counters themselves is super impressive. More impressive to me is the fact that the room still looks light and airy, even though the countertops are literally made out of slabs of cold cement.
The new space also features a shiplap-clad peninsula, an apron sink, and wide-plank flooring. These features can often add up to a look that's traditionally farmhouse-y, but this space is a modern-chic mash-up with all the marble, wood, cement, and brass. Swoon.
See more: Before & After: A Kitchen Starts From Scratch at Apartment Therapy