I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore this space. I've followed Olivia Brock of Laquered Life since the very beginning when she was off to UPenn to study Historic Preservation. Her little studio apartment was flawless and she has clearly found her passion. Currently, she resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and little cavalier Hamish. Her one room wide Single House has been painstakingly restored to reflect it's original time period. Olivia's classic home graces the pages of this month's Southern Living magazine. The lens in which Olivia views the home is fascinating. If you have a chance you really must grab a copy. The before and after pictures are incredible and I so enjoyed reading a renovation story that was about rebuilding character and authenticity rather than square feet and amenities.
The above images were just shared by Olivia on her blog today (with sources). The kitchen remodel now reflects an early 20th century aesthetic. Many of the elements are appealing to me from a visual standpoint but are clearly executed for historical accuracy. Take for example the first image. The open shelving and mahogany counter tops are in keeping with the time period. Upper cabinets were actually removed during the remodel. Nevertheless, I'm drawn to these elements simply because the design market seems to be over saturated with slab after slab of granite, marble etc. Then there's the range. Can I even begin to address the range!? What about the pine floors laid on a diagonal and the farmhouse sink? There's so much to take in once you begin to look at the space through Olivia's eyes.
You must visit her original post here. I hope there are plans to reveal more secrets from the remodel. I need the grand tour!
P.S. Olivia would you like to adopt me? No... ok. Do you need a house sitter any time soon? ; )