Emily Bowser’s Kitchen REVEAL! Plus The 8 Ways She Really Maximized Her Galley Kitchen Storage

Hiya hiya! Higher late than by no means? The place has the time gone?? I CANNOT consider we’re already wrapping up March. HOW? I used to be actually actually hoping 2023 was going to convey a breath of recent air and a few relaxation for the Bowser family however it has confirmed to be a difficult and busy yr to date. It’s not all unhealthy, we’ve executed some touring and work has been extra constant than it has been previously yr and a half. Nevertheless, I convey unhappy and stunning information for anybody who follows all my cat sagas: A pair days after we bought again from Sundance on the finish of January, we came upon our 7-year-old cat Puck had a big cancerous tumor in his gut. He bought on steroids and gave us one other 4 weeks earlier than we made the robust selection to assist him transition to the following life. Our home feels extra empty than we might have imagined and all of us miss him very, very a lot. He was a difficult and adventurous cat who cherished to play fetch, convey me lifeless (and generally alive) mice, combat neighborhood raccoons, had a crush on any lady who got here to the home, and in the long run, regardless of his tendency to be extra of an unbiased spirit, made it clear how a lot he cherished and trusted us in the previous few weeks of his life. It’s wild how a lot these little creatures have an effect on our lives and I’m hoping our cat luck will take a flip for the constructive as a result of I’m unsure how far more heartache I can take. In excellent news, Puck spending his final days cuddling with us actually taught Gremmy a factor or two. I believe Gremmy and Daffy have been conscious one thing was unsuitable and so they stayed shut. Throughout this time Gremmy would come up on the mattress and lay shut by, which isn’t one thing he would do earlier than. This previous week Gremmy has been getting on my lap and if you happen to’re one of many few Gremmy tremendous followers you realize that is enormous. 

Now you could perceive why I‘m just a little sluggish in getting these reveals out. The excellent news is we’ve shot a lot now I simply have to jot down!

I needed to start out with the kitchen as a result of truthfully it was speculated to be completed in September! As all the time, I’m dwelling proof that this stuff take time. A lot money and time and time is cash and so on and so on. You possibly can learn the intro to this submit right here. Cliff notes: It’s the final room in the home to be “completed” as a result of it’s been advantageous after the preliminary reno that made it secure (there was mould) and habitable. When initially renovating we have been WAY out of cash so I didn’t get to do what I needed, I simply saved it easy white subway tiles, white shaker cupboards, and black hex flooring which felt like they’d stay timeless as a result of traditionally these are fairly timeless finishes however, you realize, now it feels very 2015. I needed to make it really feel extra “me” whereas gaining some storage however with out doing any main reno, for waste and cash causes. 
Enter my pal Rebecca (a designer, design producer, and entrepreneur) and her firm Design By Numbers. We knew one another from engaged on HGTV’s Construct Me Up (RIP) with host Orlando Soria (you could know him 🙂 ). We might all Marco Polo throughout the pandemic and be aggravated by the truth that my higher cupboards didn’t go to the ceiling (it was typically my background and I might pressure them to have a look at them whereas I talked/screamed concerning the state of our nation). It took some time to really get to it, however I lastly 3D scanned the area (extra on that is within the course of submit) and she or he had a brand new cupboard field made to switch the one which didn’t go to the ceiling. Now I’ve extra cupboard space, a working vent, and far prettier cupboards. I had the decrease packing containers painted and simply changed the doorways and drawer fronts. Lets get to the reveal??

And now with extra curiosity and depth…

To say that photographing this galley kitchen was a problem is an understatement. Poor Sara. That is essentially the most pulled-back we might get with out it getting too fish-eye-ish

As you’ll be able to see by way of, the uppers on the left now attain the ceiling AND incorporate the fridge making it really feel extra built-in. The cupboard model known as “child shaker” and the colour is “Putty”. It’s a greenish, greyish taupe and provides the proper quantity of heat with out being overwhelming on this small area. The straightforward and fashionable pulls and knobs are by Rejuvenation. I needed hits of black to make the ground really feel extra integrated into the design, I didn’t need it to really feel like I designed this kitchen over 7 years. It was all completely thought by way of and on function 🙂 I had the recessed gentle over the sink modified in order that I might have this stunning ceramic gentle by Rejuvenation. It’s each sensible in that it provides off a lot nicer gentle than the recessed gentle (had a dimmer placed on that swap as effectively) and clearly makes a a lot greater assertion than having nothing in any respect there. 

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And now…

Over the Door Towel Bar | Ceramic Gentle | Pulls | Knobs

Cleaning soap Dispenser and Sponge Holder | Faucet

I like the best way the doorways are designed, they trick you into pondering they’re frameless. These are good pictures to speak about ADHD and design:). It’s humorous, some would suppose that it could be simpler to have much less visible noise when you have got ADHD. I believe to some these pictures could seem busy, however it all simply is sensible to me. I take advantage of my kitchen lots. We each work at home and one or each of us cook dinner virtually each meal each day on this tiny area. If issues are seen in an organized means it helps me know not solely the place issues are always and maintain hoarding to a minimal, however it additionally seems like one much less step once I go to cook dinner. It’s exhausting to clarify to individuals who don’t have the identical hang-ups whereas making an attempt to do primary duties however possibly my fellow ADHD-ers will perceive. I’m really not a naturally organized or tidy individual however I discovered early that fewer decisions and simple accessibility make my life simpler. Liking my kitchen this fashion makes me suppose Julia Little one might have had ADHD too :). It’s additionally necessary that every little thing that’s out can be used typically sufficient that it doesn’t get that bizarre oily mud from present in a kitchen. Every thing out I take advantage of virtually each day, with the slight exception of the chopping boards though these are simpler saved this fashion as a result of with my job I typically need to seize 5-10 of them as props typically. 

Pot Rack Bar | Hooks | Pots and Pans

Rejuvenation’s Emery Pot Rack Bar and hooks maintain all my on a regular basis pots and pans and some different generally used instruments. My shelving brackets on the opposite aspect of my sink are from IronAbode. They’ve so many superb shelf bracket choices and are very reasonably priced. They provide the precise wooden cabinets as effectively however due to the price of transport it simply made sense for me to drive over to our associates Ross Alan Reclaimed within the valley and have a couple of cabinets made there. I additionally bought the wooden for the highest of my DIY decrease cupboard from them, which you’ll examine within the course of submit if you happen to haven’t already. The counter below that open shelving is the place I find yourself doing 99% of meals prep as a result of the area to the appropriate of the sink (above) is mostly the place clear dishes are “drying” aka most likely sitting there till I take advantage of them once more :). 

Why sure that’s an oil portray that’s for some motive painted on a really outdated and used cookie pan. You possibly can’t actually know that with out seeing it up shut however I needed the web to know as a result of it makes me so comfortable that it’s on theme. Enjoyable truth, I discovered it at a flea market in Seattle. On the identical journey, I discovered the string of classic buoys that hold above my mattress. 

I switched out my faucet for an unlacquered brass one from an Italian-based firm Francone Bespoke Faucets. I purchased it to analysis for a job. Unlacquered brass in America isn’t low cost and on the time I bought this one it was solely $363, which was extra reasonably priced than it’s now, however I might nonetheless say it’s a high quality faucet and I’ve loved it. I’m positive they realized they weren’t charging sufficient/might cost extra as a result of it is rather good.

I need to point out my paper towel/ towel holder. I adore it as a result of it retains me from simply reaching for a paper towel with out pondering. Due to pet messes and cleansing out my iron skillets, I wish to have them available however not too available, you realize? One other product I need to shout out is my cleaning soap dispenser and sponge holder. I need to be a stable cleaning soap individual however I’m sorry, I’m a Daybreak lady till I die. It simply works so a lot better and I take advantage of it in so many home made cleaners so I’m going to purchase the massive Costco tubs of them a few instances a yr and decant them into this dispenser. 

Shell Bowl | Magnetic Knife Rack | Knives | Magnetic Gentle | Shelving Brackets | Gold Dishware | Mixing Bowls | Inexperienced Plates (comparable)

In step with the “put every little thing on the wall” theme, this magnetic knife rack holds my favourite slicing and dicing knives by Shun. I personal extra knives than that however they should have been soiled? When you look fastidiously, above the knife rack and connected to the underside shelf there’s a wood work gentle. I’m calling this out for anybody like me that prefers to have their home look like fashionable electrical energy doesn’t exist. Each Andrew and I are very delicate to harsh gentle and have dimmers on primarily each gentle in the home however when making dinner, candlelight-level lightning isn’t actually secure when utilizing a pointy knife. After Andrew minimize off half his thumb whereas chopping veggies final yr I researched and located this straightforward (and cuter than it must be) magnetic gentle that recharges with a USB twine. I don’t use the rotatable piece, it comes with a flat magnet sticker as effectively that I screwed into the underside of the shelf so it wouldn’t fall off, as these stickers appear to do ultimately. This fashion we will maintain many of the lights chill however have a piece gentle the place prep is occurring.

I’ve owned the Gold Oak Kaloh dishes from West Elm for years. They’re simply easy and good. So good in reality that I really personal twice as many as are seen right here for big events/once I inevitably break one. The blending and serving bowls on the highest shelf are from that line as effectively. The beautiful ceramic cups have been a present and the inexperienced dishes and black mugs are classic Fireside and Hand 🙂 The onion and garlic bowl is a Jayson Dwelling concrete shell. Is it meals secure? Who is aware of. Inform me how I’m going to get most cancers within the feedback. 

Peep my superb hedge out the kitchen window. Wouldn’t it even be a weblog submit from me if I didn’t by some means convey up the one factor in my life that has ever simply labored the best way it was speculated to, my superb 20-foot tall hedge?? I used to want a curtain right here as a result of my window regarded straight into my neighbors however now I can look out to a sea of inexperienced. Some individuals have youngsters, different individuals have hedges. Really my delight and pleasure.

Swap Plate | Tea Kettle | Salt and Pepper Grinders | Pitcher (comparable)

I made a decision to embrace the truth that my kitchen was renovated on this decade so due to this fact I really feel like I’ve 1 million plugs and switches in a tiny area. As a substitute of hiding them, I gave them some bling with Rejuvenation’s swap plates. Then the tea kettle is by Fellow and people are classic Nissen Denmark salt and pepper grinders, yow will discover them fairly simply on Etsy. I’m fraid the pitcher is outdated from Goal and unavail in the mean time.


Welcome to the world the place Gremmy primarily lives as a result of that is the place he will get fed and thinks if he sits there meals will magically seem. Additionally ever since I put this Jean Palmer Dwelling classic rug right here all of the cats have cherished hanging out with me once I’m within the kitchen. 

Wine Rack | Rug (classic) | Lamp (unavailable) | IKEA Unit | Cupboard Pulls | Wooden Countertop

That is my perfect-size IKEA hack cupboard with Ross Alan Reclaimed high that you simply’ve seen within the course of submit. It homes all my cookbooks and our pantry issues. I purchased a wine rack for this space as a result of we purchase pure biodynamic wine in bulk for, you realize, financial savings…and drinkings, so it’s commonplace for us to have too many wine bottles at any given time. I moved this outdated West Elm lamp from my lounge into right here as a result of it’s good for giving off ambient gentle and being straightforward to wash. They not promote it however the hyperlink is there if you wish to attempt to discover it used on-line. I’m not going to hyperlink all my chopping boards as a result of that may be wild. A whole lot of them are classic, however in case you have a query about any of them, ask away beneath!

Shelving Unit

Did I say I used to be going to do my laundry room? Let’s fake I didn’t 🙂 INSTEAD let’s speak about the entire authentic inspo for doing something with this area. I talked about this within the intro however this bizarre form on the finish of the kitchen has been tough. There’s about 12” of wall on either side of the doorway to the laundry room and the IKEA hack was nice for the appropriate aspect, however since you wanted area to stroll previous the sting of the counter you see on the appropriate right here, I wanted one thing slim and tall on the left. Enter the Hart Modular Walnut Shelving Unit from Rejuvenation. I used to be additionally so comfortable to have some extra open shelving to maintain a few of my fairly issues I take advantage of when we’ve firm and in addition a drink station for our on a regular basis espresso and/or matcha…habit. It’s visually useful that the shelving unit is floating, it *feels* lighter and I hung it in order that it could be even with the counter throughout from it.

peep candy daffy within the laundry room window!

Rail System | Matcha Maker | Espresso Grinder

I cherished the Brookeside Rail System, additionally from Rejuvenation, in Sara’s kitchen reveal and it very virtually holds bar/espresso/tea accouterments so I don’t need to dig by way of drawers for tiny issues. The underside cupboard holds our fancy dishware. Head over to IG to see an up shut and private tour of this very hard-to-capture in pictures nook :). The Cuzen matcha maker and Fellow espresso grinder (I purchased mine refurbished) are on a regular basis home equipment so that they keep on the counter, fortunately they’re as fairly as they’re sensible.

French Press | Glass Canisters

Look how fairly that walnut is! You possibly can see right here that the cabinets are totally adjustable.

If you’re a French press individual, I extremely advocate this very cheap ($20!), additional giant (34 oz!), double-walled (so it stays sizzling!), chrome steel (unbreakable!) french press. Save your cash for a great grinder. I used to be shocked at how a lot that could be a recreation changer. No want for costly espresso makers for my part. Until they’re very fancy, and in that case, yeah most likely purchase these in case you have the $$. Right here’s a hyperlink for the easy canisters, however please don’t make me hyperlink every little thing on the rail system 🙂 in case you have a query about one thing particular, ask away beneath!

If you’re curious concerning the Cuzen matcha maker, it shops, grinds, and whisks entire matcha leaves. Apparently, that is the easiest way to eat matcha. They’ve an entire part of their web site the place they break it down. All I can say is it’s handy and scrumptious. I’ve taken to noon matcha with home made cashew milk and have minimize down our espresso consumption significantly.

Step Ladder

Let’s flip round and look from the laundry room by way of to the brand new and improved eating nook. While you don’t have quite a lot of sq. footage, you must go vertical. Within the couple of inches between the IKEA cupboard and my kitchen cupboards I’ve a slim step ladder to succeed in my higher cupboards (now that they go all the best way to the ceiling) and the highest of the open shelving as effectively.

Let’s get into the eating area! As you might have seen, I revealed this area again in 2019. It’s a teeny tiny area, 7’5”x7’7”, that connects the lounge to the kitchen. We wanted to have the ability to match a desk however you even have to have the ability to stroll previous the chairs with out tripping. Right here’s a pic from that reveal:

Placing in an L-shaped bench helped lots with having the ability to take advantage of the area we had however listed here are the problems we nonetheless had: 1. The classic desk that I cherished was only a bit too massive. It was 48” extensive and we needed to cram it just a bit an excessive amount of into the nook to make it in order that we might stroll by. 2. I made a mistake and didn’t think about the truth that the classic desk had a lip, about 4 inches all the best way round it, so in actuality I ought to have lowered the bench a couple of inches to compensate for that. It wasn’t unattainable to place your legs below the desk or something, however you couldn’t cross your legs for instance, it was just a bit too smooshed. 3. My classic chairs additionally caught out just a little an excessive amount of, as you’ll be able to see the again has a form of deal with that may get caught in your hip as you walked by if you happen to weren’t cautious. Don’t fear. They stay in my workplace now. I like these rattling chairs. 4. The unfastened pillows have been driving me loopy. They have been all the time thrown round and messy trying 5. The banquette was getting scuffed to hell by our toes.

I regarded and regarded for a desk that may be smaller however not *too* a lot smaller, I nonetheless wanted it to be a correct eating desk that might simply seat at the very least 4 individuals (that is additionally generally a workspace) so I couldn’t have or not it’s a bistro desk, for instance. When working in small areas I discover that it’s exhausting since you want each inch however one inch an excessive amount of is an excessive amount of, you realize??

I discovered this stunning, high-quality white oak desk by Sunday Furnishings. It was good as a result of it was 42”, so nonetheless sufficiently big, however a  6” distinction in an area that’s solely 7’ is lots! They’d beautiful, comfy, sturdy chairs (with easy-to-clean seat pads!) as effectively so I reached out and the remainder is historical past. Wanna see??

Desk | Chairs | Runner | Ribbon Artwork | Chandelier | Roman Shade

What a temper change huh?? I purchased a cheap-ish runner off of Etsy. It was $300 and the proper width the place I might cut up it down the middle and make 2 items out of it to connect to the perimeters of the banquette. Don’t fear, it was not classic. I’ve connected it with Velcro below the cushions and alongside the aspect so I can take it off to wash it. Cushions are the identical as earlier than, customized, manufactured from inexperienced canvas that has held up effectively. The brand new pillows alongside the again are two physique pillow inserts with customized circumstances I had constructed from classic wool military blankets. They keep in place a lot better and supply extra help. As you’ll be able to see, no want to vary the window remedies from Barn & Willow, the superb ribbon artwork of Angela Chrusciaki, or the understated however good Schoolhouse chandelier. The Spherical pillow is classic West Elm, sorry!

As you’ll be able to see, there’s just a little more room for the chair to be pushed out, however nonetheless capable of get round. The chairs also can push in much more than seen right here if crucial. The cushion on the chair is a should for me. We love internet hosting dinners and there’s nothing I hate greater than being uncomfortable or caring that our friends are uncomfortable. Up to now no points with the cats tearing up the cushions by chance or on function. They’re additionally fully detachable and simple to wipe down. The desk is tremendous sturdy. It’s stable white oak with a metal base so it’s not going wherever, not even when Daffy tries her hardest 🙂

The tulip model additionally provides us essentially the most legroom, particularly if we’re squeezing in a bunch of individuals for recreation night time. It additionally provides us the pliability to have the ability to push the chairs round simply.

Vase | Branches (unavailable) | Candlesticks | Candlestick Holders (comparable)

This vase is my favourite from CB2. It’s presently on sale and you should purchase it, you gained’t remorse it. I’m sorry to report that the superb fake branches are from Goal final yr and I don’t suppose they carry them anymore, similar for the candlestick holder. As all the time although, I’ll implore you to not waste your cash on candlesticks that drip. I normally purchase Yummi model – they don’t drip and so they are available in quite a lot of sizes.

Don’t fear! The cat “hide-y gap”, as we name it, nonetheless exists. It now even has a digital camera so we will spy on them with motion-activated lights 🙂

Desk Lamp | Vase | Black Tray |

That is the place we did the lamp switcheroo, I’m utilizing the Avena Desk Lamp from Crate & Barrel right here now. The tray on the classic entry desk is by Ferm and the beautiful vase is from Jayson Dwelling. The entire vibe change by bringing extra depth over right here sort of blows my thoughts. In fact, now I’m pondering of how the lounge wants just a little facelift in gentle of all this…somebody cease me. Significantly. Subsequent up…HOT TUB! See you all quickly!

RIP Puck 🙁

*Design and Styled by Emily Bowser
**Images by Sara Ligorria-Tramp

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