Tracy is an avid cook and photographer who spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and developing recipes for blog Shutterbean, and for her young son Cooper. When she was expecting Cooper she and her husband decided to make over their kitchen to make it look fresher and more to their own tastes. The result is a sparkling, glamorous kitchen that is also the heart of their home.
Tracy says, "We decided to remodel our kitchen when I was 7 months pregnant with our son Cooper — who is now 18 months old. It was the last room in the house that needed to be done and we figured if we didn't do it then, we would never do it! I am soo glad we got it done. It makes working in the kitchen an ABSOLUTE JOY!"
Tracy says that they also painted a section of the kitchen next to the fridge with chalkboard paint so they could make lists and notes. Her son, Cooper loves to draw on it and it keeps him busy when Tracy is cooking.
This is a very fun and glamorous kitchen that is also kid-friendly and a great spot for Tracy to work and take photos. Great job, Tracy!
The Kitchn Questionnaire
1. What's your cooking style?
Simple, good comfort food with a touch of fancy stuff every now and then.
2. What inspires your kitchen?
Having a fridge full of ingredients ready to be used!
3. What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
I've always loved the black and white palette because you can add hints of color to make a big impact. The color of seasonal fruits and veggies are the main focal point of color on our kitchen island. The countertops are a wonderful canvas for taking food pics too!
4. Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
My mom always said, "A good cook always cleans up!" So I always clean as I go in the kitchen. If something I'm baking takes 40 minutes in the oven, I challenge myself to clean up the kitchen in those 40 minutes. It's nice to know that I don't have a huge cleanup to deal with when I'm done making something.
5. Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
Keeping it clean! I tend to start something new the second I have a clean kitchen. I can't resist messing it up! I also have a difficult time remembering put items back in the pantry where they belong. Every few weeks I have to straighten it up! It's a good idea to take pictures of your cabinets when they are neat and organized so you have a reference of how things look when they're properly organized.
6. Biggest indulgence:
Our biggest indulgence during the remodel was having professional painters finish the cabinets for us. My husband took down all of the cabinet doors and proceeded to sand/prime/paint them. When the task became too much for him to complete on his free time, we called a local painting crew to do the final coats of the cabinets. It proved to be a great investment and greatly relieved my husband. We had over 40 doors to complete and there was no way we'd get it done before our baby arrived. We also splurged on the paint because it was important for us to have a long lasting paint that could be easily cleaned.
7. Dream tool or splurge:
We would love a Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine one day! It's on our wishlist....
8. What are you cooking this week?
Grilled Fish tacos!
9. What cookbook has inspired you the most?
Mad Hungry: Feeding Men & Boys, by Lucinda Scala Quinn
10. What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
Any one that I end up posting to my blog ;)
• Island paint: Fine Paints of Europe Oil based Hollandlac Brilliant
• Cabinets: Fine Paints of Europe Waterborn ECO Satin
• Kitchen counters: Caesarstone
• Flooring: Congleum Tiling
• Fancy drum/chandelier: Chiasso
• Glass square light: Homedepot.com.
• Wallpaper: Graham Brown
• High chair: Bloom Baby
• Black kitchen chairs: Ballard Designs
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(Images: Tracy of Shutterbean)