The Montgomery House Kitchen & Dining Room

Are you tired of seeing and hearing about this house yet? ¬†I hope not because I seriously have saved the best for last. ūüėČ ¬†Today I’m sharing the Montgomery House kitchen and dining room. ¬†Both are open to the living room (which I’ll be sharing with you next week).

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Because the kitchen is a big eat in kitchen, the clients chose a smaller dining room right off the kitchen. ¬†They didn’t want the feeling of a “formal” dining room, but just more of a casual place that is right there in the heart of the home.

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One of the coolest pieces in this room (and also very hard to photograph-ha!) can be seen above- its this giant antique mirror that’s leaning against the wall. ¬†My clients bought it at an auction a while ago and were looking for the perfect place for it. ¬†Its so unique and brings in so much charm, character, and light!

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Right off the dining room is the kitchen, one of my favorite rooms in the house (do I say that about almost every room??).

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We went back and forth over granite vs. marble for the countertops for a long time. ¬†My clients and I both love the look of marble but after they researched the upkeep and also the price, they weren’t so sure. ¬†We stood in the countertop store staring at different slabs of stone, looking at every vein and color for a long time. ¬†Finally we settled on this lovely grayish¬†granite. ¬†It has some brown, some gold, even a little blue in it. ¬†It occurred to me as we were looking, that we would never again be looking at those¬†slabs of granite vertically like that. ¬†When you walk into your kitchen you don’t see a wall of granite the way you do in the store or quarry or wherever you go to pick your slab. ¬†What you notice more are your cabinets, the overall colors, and (my favorite) the¬†lighting! So we decided together it was better to put their investment into those types of things rather than the marble. ¬†Though I’m not against marble! ¬†In fact I’m working on an install this week with some clients that have chosen some beautiful marble countertops. ¬†I’m just saying its just not for everyone. ¬†Here’s a really great article for when you’re considering marble countertops:

Okay, on to more pictures of this kitchen!

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The view below is from when you’re standing in the dining room. ¬†You can see into the foyer and also catch a glimpse of the butler’s pantry. ¬†Its really not a huge house! ¬†The floorplan just makes great use of space.

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While we did go with white cabinets and a white backsplash as well as light countertops, the husband had concerns that the kitchen would feel too light and washed out. ¬†Our solution to that was using a gray grout in the backsplash and also a darker gray on the island. ¬†Those choices along with the floor really warms everything up. ¬†Another thing we went back and forth about for a little while was how big to go on the lighting. ¬†In my opinion, bigger is always better when choosing a light fixture. ¬†You can never go wrong having a HUGE light fixture. ¬†It will never be TOO big. ¬†Please, someone try to find me a picture of a light fixture that is too big for a table or a space. ¬†I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that I thought was too big. ¬†The pendants I chose are the Eldridge pendants from Ballard Designs. ¬†They come in small, medium, and large. ¬†I knew the medium would just get swallowed up by this huge island and it had to be the large. ¬†I’m no artist, but Paul is, so one night I asked him to do some drawings. ¬†Sometimes we just need to visualize things to see the balance.

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He drew a couple of different pendants of different shapes and sizes so you can see the erase marks, but this is the one we landed on.  I snapped a pic of it with my phone and texted it to my clients.  We were all in love and knew these were the ones.

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Last glimpse, looking in from the mudroom.  This one gives you a peek into the living room as well!

¬†I’m still working to get my new blog up and running and when I do each picture will have its own Pin It button, but until then, if you see anything you like here, there’s a button down below where you can pin any of these pictures on Pinterest! ¬†Thanks so much for reading.¬†I’ll be back next week with the living room!!



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15 Responses to The Montgomery House Kitchen & Dining Room

  1. Katie Stephens July 1, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    It seriously looks like I’m watching “Fixer Upper”. This home is amazing. The kitchen is definitely my favorite room that you have done. Great job.

    • Bethany July 1, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

      Thank you so much Katie, what a huge compliment!!! xoxo

  2. Andrea Dubois August 11, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Hey Bethany! This kitchen is gorgeous. Wondering if these pendants would look as good over my island. Do you remember the dimensions of this island? Awesome work!

  3. Natalie September 28, 2016 at 11:35 pm #

    We are in the middle of kitchen remodel and I love these lights. I bought medium and small (wasn’t sure about the size) for the 84×45 kitchen island… the small is way too small, but I’m worried two mediums will be too big. Do you think we can get away with two mediums in that space? I also purchased the long rectangular one, but I like the idea of two instead of one (I think)

    • Bethany September 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

      Definitely!! I’m of the mind that with lighting- bigger is always better! ?

  4. Erin November 19, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Bethany! Gorgeous work. In the process of a remodel and we are doing caninets in BM simply white and the island in BM Chelsea gray. However, I am having the worst time finding the perfect wall color! Would you mind sharing what you used here? Beautiful greige with undertones that aren’t too pink/purple or blue. Stunning!

    • Bethany November 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Erin! Thanks so much. This wall color is a little off the grid, haha. Its called Silver Dollar and its by Olympic which can be found at Lowes. In my opinion it is the perfect gray with kind of a golden undertone. If you look at my house tour, its the color of my kitchen cabinets. Thanks again!

  5. Carlee December 28, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    Love your kitchen!! Where are your bar stools from?

    • Bethany December 30, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

      Thanks Carlee! The stools are from Ballard Designs.

  6. Sarah Payne February 10, 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Gorgeous room! Are those the Small, Medium or Large Eldridge pendants from Ballard?

    • Sarah February 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

      Ha! Just read these are the large pendant! Great choice!


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