Remember wayyy back to August of last year… I introduced my friend Joanna’s (of Jojotastic), kitchen project? Her space was super small, not very functional, and definitely dated (see all the before images here). I presented her with a few design plans, totally changed the layout & floor plan, then specified finishes that better fit her aesthetic. I’m happy to finally announce- her kitchen is totally finished and it looks incredible! Click through for a peek at this tiny Seattle kitchen reveal. It might be little in terms of square footage, but it certainly isn’t lacking in style…
Last year, I chatted with Joanna about her wants, needs, and dreams for this space. Even though her renovation took much longer than expected, I’m SO happy she and Sean are now loving and enjoying it. Some things are certainly worth the wait! This was definitely one of those instances. Renovations are typically stressful, emotionally trying, and never go as planned (just being honest)… this one was no exception. After some bad luck with contractors, delayed items, and other unexpected events, they navigated the rocky waters and rolled with the punches. The end result shows how much care they put into getting this space just RIGHT despite the delays. It turned out exactly as I had designed and imagined. I’m so glad they were persistent.
Our biggest goal for the kitchen was to maximize the space and add function. When dealing with a small kitchen- every inch really counts! From floating shelves to reworking the pantry and adjusting the floor plan, it looks SO much more open and is definitely more functional. This is what it looked like a year ago, before we started the project…
And today… this is what the stunning, modern eclectic Seattle kitchen looks like:
Quite the difference, right?! If you’re wondering how we opened things up, I’ll share the floor plan I reworked below…
Joanna tells me Lucy and Noodle are loving their new kitchen (anything for the dogs). I love seeing Lucy curled up on that gorgeous rug beneath the sink. I joke that I only design spaces for people if I can match their pets or use them for color palette inspiration. Haha! She was basically made for this vignette.
You’ll also notice some similarities to our previous kitchen in this space. Joanna also went with black stainless Kitchenaid appliances, the same white farmhouse sink, a Delta Trinsic faucet, the cabinetry is actually the same brand that we’re using in our new kitchen, and that STUNNING marble is from Polycor. They carry my favorite natural stones. Remember my marble fireplace and soapstone countertops (which we’re doing again in our new kitchen)? If you’re curious about why I’m a fan of natural stone- check out this post. It’s kind of a misunderstood material.
I’m so thankful Joanna asked me to help her tackle the kitchen and design the space. As a long time Jojotastic fan (I swear- all of her recipes are longtime favorites), I was so honored and flattered she wanted to work with me on such a special space in her home. For someone who is a passionate cook, the kitchen is a sacred place. I’m happy I had the opportunity to help give Sean & Joanna a wonderful space to make memories in and call home. Those two deserve nothing but the best! Emmett and I can’t wait to go visit them in Seattle soon. We’re dying to go out on their boat and soak up a bit of the Pacific Northwest. I also HAVE to see this space in person, after lots of FaceTime sessions.
Trust me when I say, you’ll want to check out the entire reveal on Joanna’s blog.
She shares TONS of images, information, and every single source. I loved being apart of this one! Go show her some love if you have time to leave a comment. It would mean a lot to the both of us!
*photography by Joanna Hawley for jojotastic.
SallyJune 18, 2019 at 4:22 am
Gorgeous transformation! The elegant simplicity is just lovely. And – chicken!!
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 8:20 am
Thanks Sally! My chore as a kid was always tending the chickens… I love that Joanna has hens! That photo is just brilliant- I couldn’t not share it! :)
PeggiJune 18, 2019 at 4:50 am
So beautiful! Your use of space here looks genius and so much more functional. And those finishes do not disappoint-hello tile and stone. Bravo!
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 8:29 am
Thanks Peggi! The floor tile & marble stone are probably my two favorite things in the kitchen… they definitely have me excited for my own kitchen to be finished. haha! xo
BethJune 18, 2019 at 6:59 am
Those marble countertops are gorgeous!
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 8:30 am
Aren’t they?! I’m obsessed with Georgia Marble from Polycor. Ever since installing it on my fireplace a few years back, it has since become my go-to natural stone.
ArdithJune 18, 2019 at 8:22 am
Wow, did that remodel turn out beautifully. I was following progress but somehow managed to miss the reveal, so thank you Sarah, for showing it here. Kudos to Joanna and her husband on creating such a delightful, functional space. Cheers, Ardith
P.S. The smallest kitchen I ever had was in an apartment back in California. Oh yeah, it was so small that you couldn’t walk around the range or dishwasher or cabinets when they’re open. It was about the size of a postage stamp, as they say. What saved it was the open/bar area beyond the sink, looking out toward the living room and balcony beyond.
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 8:36 am
Thanks Ardith! You didn’t miss it.. it just took awhile. After running into some road bumps, Joanna’s kitchen took almost a year to finish, but she persisted and I’m so happy with the results! I can’t believe your small kitchen- that is crazy!! I don’t know if I could do it. Haha! It does sound cozy and cute though. I’m guessing you’re more comfortable in your current cottage :) haha! xox
Allison HasserdJune 18, 2019 at 8:35 am
looks awesome! and so much more function! A++!
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 8:36 am
Thanks so much, Allison! xo
Julie SJune 18, 2019 at 9:05 am
This is wonderful! Clever floor plan changes and the floor is WOW – looks super high end to me and is such an unusual choice it really makes the kitchen memorable. Going to Joanna’s blog now to see more.
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 10:14 am
Thanks so much, Julie! I love hearing that it has a unique aesthetic- that’s always my goal :) xox
CathyJune 18, 2019 at 9:33 am
This turned out sooooo beautiful! Like SOOOO beautiful! So happy for Joanna!
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 10:14 am
Me too! Thanks so much Cathy!
DanielleJune 18, 2019 at 10:22 am
This kitchen is absolutely gorgeous and such inspiration for our own! I love the updated look and function that still fits in their older home with both style and footprint.
This might be a question for Polycor instead of you, but I thought it would be worth asking since you’ve worked with them several times! Can you choose different edge finishes for the counters and backsplash or do they only accommodate straight edges? We’re thinking of doing a similar treatment with our kitchen, but want it to fit with the 100 year old house and cabinets rather than be modern.
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 10:48 am
Thanks so much, Danielle! I’m so excited for Joanna- she really earned this space… it took lots of hard work. I can definitely answer your stone question :) …
Polycor is the manufacturer or stone source. You would hire a fabricator locally to template, cut, finish, and install the stone. The fabricator is the one who can use different edge profiles! You can definitely do any profile you like with natural stone. Polycor also offers slabs in difference thicknesses. So for example- Joanna’s backsplash marble is 1cm and the countertop is 3cm. It makes it easier to work with and install- it just depends where the stone will live. In our current kitchen renovation, we’re using Polycor soapstone (again), but this time I requested an ogee (traditional) edge from my fabricator. It will definitely look more historic and classic than our previous modern, eased edge. Let me know if that makes sense, or if you still have questions! xox
DanielleJune 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm
That makes perfect sense – thank you so much! Can you use soapstone as a backsplash as well? I thought I read somewhere that it couldn’t be used in the same way, but absolutely love the material.
I’m excited to see your current renovation unfold as well! I love how you showcase timeless materials in so many beautiful applications.
SarahJune 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm
Glad to hear it! You can use soapstone in the same way :) i’m obviously a fan of the material too… we’re using it in our second kitchen in a row. It’s my favorite stone by far!