September 13, 2015

#Staggreno Kitchen Reveal

Today kicks off a week full of wonderful.  Each day I’ll be breaking down a different part of the kitchen, starting today with the full kitchen reveal.

This space is a special one.  It’s the heart of our home, and the place where we spend most of our hangout time.  With a lot of hard work, including knocking down an entire exterior wall and removing the ceiling in order to vault it, it’s now unrecognizable.  But just for old time’s sake, let’s remember what it looked like before and blow your mind…. (you can also check out the video before tour, all the before photos, and progress videos HERE)

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It’s a bit hard to explain in photos (the video does a much better job) but the new kitchen is actually where this bedroom once was.  The old kitchen is part of the great room/living area adjacent to the new kitchen, and the old dining is the new dining, but pushed out after the addition.

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Boy, it really is hard to believe it actually looked like that after seeing what it looks like now.  I really wanted to re-use those appliances and just paint the cabinets white but it just wasn’t working with the floor plan.  wink wink.

Behold, I give you our new kitchen (photos by Veronica Reeve):

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Ruby got in on the photoshoot action while Anna was napping.  She takes the kitchen up in the cute department, don’t you think?


I mean, can you even believe this is the same house?  So so so much to break down and share with you, from countertops to hardware to cabinets to lights and styling details.  I don’t want to leave you hanging today, so here are some sources.  You’ll definitely want to come back tomorrow– I’m sharing how we did the cabinets and you guys, would you believe we did them ourselves?  Yep.  A DIY.  It’s a good one.

Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore Simply White and Hale Navy | Faucet | Pendants (to the trade- contact me if interested) | Sconces | Stools | Hardware | Rug

Everything you’ll want to know about installing your own custom kitchen cabinets tomorrow!


  1. Daisy

    September 14th, 2015 at 6:32 am

    I truly love your kitchen!!! I always thought of painting my walls Benjamin’s super white and cabinets simply white or chantilly lace by Benjamin M. But I was told that the cabinets should be the same or lighter than the wall color is that true. How do feel about that? I really would love an honest opinion because I always get headaches when It comes to paint samples.

  2. Sarah

    September 14th, 2015 at 8:04 am

    So beautiful!

  3. Tracy

    September 14th, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Love it!!!!

    I can’t seem to get the link to the stools to work- it keeps directing me to your sconces.

  4. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Fixed now! Sorry about that!

  5. Michelle

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Beautiful! Are you counters granite or quartz? Do you know the name of them? Thanks!

  6. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    I’ll be doing a full post about them this week with all of the details!

  7. Karrie

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see more!

  8. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Thank you so much!

  9. Sarah

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I hopped online this morning and was SO excited to see your reveal. It is beyond gorgeous and doesn’t even look like the same house. What an amazing transformation! Every detail is perfect, can’t wait to learn more about your process! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Sarah

  10. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:49 am

    You’re so sweet, Sarah! Thank you!

  11. Alicia Sly

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’ve been so excited for this post! It all turned out beautiful! I really love those stools…I think the link may be for the sconces, do you mind sharing where you got them?


  12. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    The link is fixed now! Sorry about that! And thank you so much!

  13. Melissa

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Oh!! It is a stunner!! Love it, Jen! It’s incredible how you completely changed the space! That takes talent! So beautiful!

  14. Jen

    September 14th, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Thank you sweet Melissa!

  15. Sharon

    September 14th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    It’s perfection! My dream kitchen! And, what an adorable picture of you and Ruby.

  16. Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    September 15th, 2015 at 4:53 am

    So so beautiful! That island is a total showstopper but so are your cabinets, hardware, lighting… Just everything makes my heart skip a beat. Love!

  17. Lea

    September 15th, 2015 at 7:33 am

    This kitchen is stunning and a fresh take on some current trends!

  18. Jen

    September 15th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    thank you, Lea!

  19. Lydia

    September 15th, 2015 at 11:10 am

    I love this! It is such a beautiful, light-filled space. You just want to get right to work on baking some cookies!

  20. Jen

    September 15th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you so much!

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  22. Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home

    September 16th, 2015 at 11:48 am

    WOW, Jen. That is some pretty incredible vision you had given the look of it all before. Every inch is gorgeous, but that island?! Can I just lie on it and rub my cheek against it’s cool marbley goodness?

  23. Lindsay

    September 22nd, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I am blown away by this room!!!! SO GORGEOUS. That view where you see the island, rug, windows, and lights is amazing.


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  26. Jen

    September 25th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    You must be so thrilled with every last beautiful detail and seeing your vision come to life. Such a lovely place to cook and eat and spend time with your family. And that last photo… sigh… just the sweetest!! <3

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    September 25th, 2015 at 2:41 pm


  29. Leilani

    October 25th, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Beautiful makeover! Did you use Daltile subway tile? What kind and color of grout did you use, it almost looks like there’s no grout the color is so well matched!

  30. Jen

    October 27th, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    Hello! It’s white grout. Thanks for reading!

  31. Suzanne M

    December 12th, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    We’re using Ikea cabinets and DIY Shaker Semi Handmade cabinet doors for our reno too! I was actually wondering how your electrical was done for your microwave. We’re having our 30″ Sharp Microwave drawer installed this week in our island and I would love some pointers! I’m a little nervous since I would still love for out bottom drawer in that cabinet to still be functional.

  32. Jen

    December 14th, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Hi Suzanne, there’s an outlet inside the island in the same cavity as the microwave and it’s just plugged in. We had our electrician put it in. Our bottom drawer is functional. Does that answer your question?

  33. Megan

    January 18th, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Jen, I’m just discovering you, your blog and your gorgeous kitchen via Semi-Handmade. We are renovating a home in Virginia are planning an Ikea kitchen (We’re from California…everything is IKEA!). I see the bottom drawer for your microwave cabinet is function, but how is your microwave sitting in that slot? Did you attach a board for it to sit on? I don’t know if you read messages on this post any longer, but thanks in advance for the guidance!

  34. Jen

    February 10th, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Hi Megan, thank you so much! The microwave is a drawer microwave, meant to me mounted in an island. It’s pretty great– we’ve never had one before this house. Hope that is helpful!

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  36. Susan

    February 14th, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I love your kitchen and we’re about to start ours. i love the bar stools too – can you share the info? Thanks!

  37. Jen

    February 15th, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Hello! You can find a link to the barstools and all the info here: http://stagg-design.com/featured/modern-barstool-options/

  38. Rayna

    March 2nd, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Hey, I love your wood floor color. Do you happen to recall the brand/finish/color? Thanks!

  39. Administrator

    April 6th, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hi Rayna! You can find out all about the floors here: http://stagg-design.com/featured/choosing-hardwood/

  40. Ellen

    March 6th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I absolutely adore your kitchen, it’s everything my kitchen wishes it could be! I just found you via the semihandmade site and I’m so glad I did. I have a question regarding painting your cabinetry. Did you have to paint the boxes (especially with the navy), and, was there any special prep to get the paint to adhere to the boxes? I am looking at IKEA framework but really want wood doors so this will work out beautifully for my needs. Thanks for any help/advice. Your kitchen is fab!

  41. Administrator

    April 6th, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Hi Ellen, we did not paint the inside of our boxes. They were already white, so we just kept them white– even the navy. Hope that is helpful! Let me know if you have other questions. Best!

  42. Paola

    March 25th, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I am in awe with this kitchen transformation. I truly LOVE IT! The space is so grand, bright and airy. Plus, it is so well designed I am overly intrigued. Would you please do a post on how you came about the kitchen design, moodboards, etc? I am the type of learner that loves to see things thoroughly layed out and explained from start to finish. Your inspiration, thought process, deliberation of the project, etc.
    Furthermore, I am having trouble organizing my kitchen cabinets/ drawers and a post about what you store and how you organize the kitchen would be awesome! In short, a look inside those cabinets and drawers, if you don’t mind, hehehe! Thank you so much in advance. I congratulate you for such a beautiful space and home. I am in LOVE! You’ve found yourself a new reader (I just discovered your blog).

  43. Ann

    April 23rd, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Jennifer – Beautiful kitchen! I sent you an email about the pendants – not sure if you received it. I would love to purchase the pendant lights. Could I order through you? Could you provide info? Thanks!

  44. Tashia Bailey

    June 6th, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi. I have tried the link for the barstools, and maybe WayFair is out of this design. Do you know the name so I can look elsewhere? Thanks! I love them!

    Also, that transformation is unbelievable. You’ve given me the courage to bring blue into my kitchen and images to use as inspiration so it doesn’t look “Nautical”! Bravo- it’s gorgeous!

  45. Jen

    July 6th, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Hi there! Not sure why it’s not working. Try this: barstools. Thanks!

  46. nadia

    November 4th, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    hi there,

    i just saw this kitchen and it looks amazing…
    where did you get the handles that are so nice ? can you send me the link..it’s the first time i see “gold” handle and it looks amazing,,i want some !


  47. Jen

    November 11th, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    They are Lew’s Hardware.

  48. Jenn Searls

    November 14th, 2016 at 8:42 am

    I am very curious about how you handled the under-cabinets? I installed an Ikea kitchen a couple of houses ago and the only thing I didn’t like were the light rail pieces that were supposed to be installed between the side panels of the upper cabinets. It doesn’t look like you did that…

  49. Jen

    November 28th, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Hi! Thank you for following withheart and for your question. I’m not sure I’m understanding your question. I’m not sure what light rail pieces you are referring to. In my experience, the cabinet boxes on both the upper and lower cabinets are attached together without anything in between. can you give me more details?

  50. jess

    December 3rd, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    hi there! i love the size of your globe lights and wondered if you could tell me what size they are? 12′? thanks!

  51. Jen

    December 3rd, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Hello, yes they are 12!

  52. Michelle Christie

    February 2nd, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Hello, beautiful kitchen. I am wondering what material you used for your countertops? Is it marble or caesarstone? If so, what is the name of it? Thank you!

  53. Jen

    March 23rd, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Hello! Here is a post all about the countertops: http://stagg-design.com/featured/modern-kitchen-countertop-options/

  54. sheila

    June 25th, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Great job on the kitchen. Also wondering what the counters are?? Are they a natural quartzite? If so could you give me the name of it?

  55. Jen

    July 8th, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Hello, yes, quartzite! It’s called Super White

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  57. Eduardo

    February 12th, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Hello I love the white color on your cabinets, which finish of white did you use on the Benjamin Moore Simply White color?

  58. Administrator

    February 18th, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hello! It’s Benjamin Moore Super White, semi-gloss for the cabinets!

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  60. Lauren

    May 12th, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hi there! Do you mind sharing the dimensions of your kitchen (just the two walls with cabinets) and the top of your island? We have a very similar layout and would love to see how close the dimensions are. Thanks so much!

  61. Marissa

    June 17th, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Dying for those pendant lights. Where are they from? It says to contact you for the source. Also, direct link or name for the barstools? It just takes to general barstool search on Wayfair. Love this kitchen!!!

  62. Administrator

    June 25th, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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