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I think the valance can stay or go. I normally would say take it out, but I don't mind it in your kitchen. It goes with the over-all look. If you do take it out, I can tell you, it is super easy. We took ours out, as it did not go with the style of our home or cabinets, and did not replace it with anything. Because of the curved detail on your upper cabinets though, I think it looks nice and lends to the vintage look.

Your colors work incredibly well! I love that you were able to keep your white microwave. It really blends in with the upper cabinets. And the dark gray with your black counter looks amazing.

And, please don't replace your upper cabinet hinges as suggested!!! White hinges look so cheap (while costing big $$$). Hinges should always be hidden (IE european hinges), or match the metal of the cabinet pulls. Yours look perfect as they are!

Before & After: A Dated Kitchen's Fresh Facelift on a Budget
7/21/14 07:01 PM

@CRich, I couldn't disagree more. I thought the quality of the photographs was really great and I like when the detail shots are mixed in with the wide angle shots. To me, it feels more like walking through the space myself when the slideshow is set up in this manner.

The loft is so well done. It almost makes be like taupe, and that is saying a lot!!! :) I don't know if I could have made that color work the way Katie does. I particularly love the artwork she has chosen to display. Love it!

Paul & Katie's Vintage Modern Bellevue Loft House Tour
7/21/14 02:26 AM

...long time! :)

Carlos’ Custom DIY Loft House Tour
6/13/14 08:14 PM

Too much to write about! I love it all. This is one of my favorite tours in a long tome!!!

Carlos’ Custom DIY Loft House Tour
6/13/14 08:14 PM

I am more of a "less is more" type of person with regards to my own home. With that said, this house tour is one of the best I've ever seen. Both Valorie and her home are incredible. Her talent and creativity can be seen in every corner of her home. It doesn't matter what kind of style you prefer, you can not look at this house and not be inspired!!

Valorie's Bold New Orleans Home House Tour
6/6/14 02:59 AM

Where are your cabinet knobs from? They are perfect.

I love everything in this house. The design looks like it has evolved so organically, rather than the dull, overdesigned, matchy-matchy look that often comes from designing a house all at once. It's homey without being cluttered, and original without being over the top. Well done!!!

Hilary's Hilltop Home House Tour
5/27/14 03:20 PM

Adorable. And NOT too high for a toddler. My three year old sleeps in a loft bed from Ikea that is almost three feet off the ground. He loves it and has never fallen from the bed or the ladder!

Before & After: Crib to Lofted Toddler Bed Adriel Booker
4/29/14 04:48 PM

There are a lot of things to love about this tour. I would like to make one suggestion, however. The artwork on the walls in the two living spaces is not scaled correctly. An empty wall is better than having a wall with a single piece of artwork that is dwarfed by the size of the wall. If the mirror on the wall next to the fireplace is to stay, I would find a few other pieces to hang with it to visually balance the space. The same goes with the poster above the sectional. I would move it to the wall facing the room so that you have something to focus on as you enter the room at the other end, and I would pair it with one other complimentary piece of the same size, or several little pieces to balance out the size of the sectional. Artwork goes such a long way in making a space feel cozy and finished. With that said, I enjoyed the tour and feel the renovation was really well done!

Karen & Deborah's Cherrywood Renovation House Tour
4/8/14 01:21 PM

I am also jealous of all the gorgeous plants. They help make this home so warm and inviting. That's not something you can say about all MCM homes. I love the house itself, but I really love that they stayed true to the MCM style, while keeping everything eclectic enough that it looks like a comfortable, livable home. Well done!

Hope and Pete's Bohemian Modern Abode House Tour
4/8/14 01:10 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with @1Midge! The photos taken from the same angles really allows us to see what an incredible transformation this has been. Beautiful job!

Dan's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
4/2/14 01:01 PM

My now three year old son watched "The Red Balloon" for the first time nearly a year ago and was mesmerized! It is definitely a favorite for all of us. To have a toddler sit quietly and watch a whole film, that is also almost silent, is so relaxing. The second it is over, he is back to donning his cape and running through the house playing superhero (all while talking a mile a minute!). :)

My Favorite Films for Children Maxwell's Finds
3/24/14 12:35 PM

What is the finish of the paint on the fireplace wall? (IE Satin, Eggshell, Semigloss, etc.) I love the color and the whole room looks amazing!

Before & After: A Faux Fireplace Gets One Inexpensive and Easy Update
3/14/14 08:13 PM

Also, I love the layout. But, our home is multi-generational with three adults regularly cooking in the kitchen while the kids run around. So, the spread out, open space would be great.

Christine & Pierre's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
3/13/14 11:36 PM

@Hitch, I thought the same thing as I was scrolling down. I thought, wow, they should add a rolling cart or an island on wheels that they can store by the window. Then I read that you want to add a desk at some point and thought, well maybe that will go there. Then, low and behold, I see that you already have a cart on wheels. Brilliant! You have really thought of everything. So inspiring!!

Christine & Pierre's Kitchen: The Big Reveal Renovation Diary
3/13/14 11:20 PM

Gorgeous! I love the entry. Very inspiring. I would have also loved to have seen more photos, especially of the kitchen. It looked fantastic.

Cinda & Mark's House of Chic Contrasts House Tour
2/5/14 09:25 PM


Win a Le Creuset 6-piece Cast Iron Set in Flame Holiday Giveaway for The Kitchn
12/18/13 08:37 PM

These are definitely on my wish list! This would be an awesome set to win!!

Win a Wüsthof & Microplane Knife & Grater Collection Holiday Giveaway from The Kitchn
12/18/13 08:35 PM


Enter for a Chance to Win: Aster Chandelier from Jayson Home Holiday Giveaway
12/17/13 03:49 PM

I would love Curve Appeal - Carrara Mosaic for my master bathroom. It is not the biggest bathroom, so having a really great mosaic tile like this for the wall behind the sink and vanity would go a long way in making the whole room look more luxurious!

Win: Luxury Mosaic Tile from
Mission Stone and Tile Giveaway

10/18/13 09:24 PM

Your place is so youthful and girly, and yet it's sophisticated and so not-frilly! I love it. I can tell you have a great eye and that you know what you like. I would have loved to have lived in a place like this when I was younger (my husband would never let it slide now-a-days). What's nice though, is that because the bones are so classic, you can easily change out the accessories to allow your home to evolve in the future as your tastes change over the years. Really well done!

Allison's 'All Grown Up' Townhouse House Tour
7/16/13 11:20 PM