Friday, November 11, 2016

One Room Challenge: A Kitchen Remodel (The Reveal)

One Room Challenge

It is time ... I am so excited and proud of the end result! 

I have been designing and decorating rooms for 10 years. It all started with projects in my house and then I decided to do this professionally. I went back to school and put in a real effort to learn the art and the science of Interior design. Since I opened my company, Lakbir Design (, I have completed projects both large and small. It has been quite the journey to develop my client and vendor list while building a business.

This is my second time participating in the One Room Challenge. When I thought of this project, I thought it was no big deal, I can remodel a kitchen in 6 weeks! While I had a lot of research done previously and had already ordered the long lead time items (like appliances), I clearly underestimated the complexity and improvisation required to get this completed on time.

Projects can be demanding, but remodeling a kitchen has its own challenges. It requires clarity of thought, a design that manages all constraints, tremendous research, great suppliers, perfect execution and a very patient client. We had a clear vision of the end result but it sure challenged our imagination along the way. At the end, I think it is perfect and I hope you will agree with me.   

I have shared my progress over the last 5 weeks with you. Here is a link to all the previous blogs for your reference.

The toughest part was agreeing on the design and scope. I had so many fantastic ideas but only a few would fit this project. We had a to match the old cabinets and floor with the new....well, everything else! Once we had the design figured out, it became an all out blitz to execute it ---    

Here is what the room looked like at the beginning --

Here is our design concept --

We had plenty of fun along the way! Choosing the amazing Brazilian quartzite stone, the hardware, the beautiful lighting concept for the breakfast nook and the custom artwork medallion were some of my favorites. All of our vendors were lovely to work with.

We also had our share of challenges - We had our back against wall when the stone would not fit, the appliance pulls did not match, we needed a new 220V line for appliances or had to incorporate a pot filler connection... We were able to overcome these challenges thanks to great services from my vendors and a fantastic general contractor.   



At Lakbir Design, we take pride in all of our work but this one was definitely a special project for me. It challenged my design creativity, vendor relationships and execution capability. The end result was even better than what I had imagined! 

It has been a pleasure sharing this project as part of the One Room Challenge. I would like to thank Linda at Calling it Home and other sponsors of this challenge. It has made this project memorable! Good luck to all the participants. Look forward to the One Room Challenge edition in the spring 2017.

Here is a list of some of the products/vendors used in this project:

  • Brazilian Quartzite #Walkerzanger
  • All Kitchen appliances #Subzerowolf (Leiberts Whiteplains)
  • Faucet, Sink and Pot Filler #Waterworks
  • Pulls #Waterworks
  • Paint #Benjaminmoore (Harrison paints)
  • Undermount lights #Bellacor
  • Custom artwork (Medallion) #Tommymitchell
  • Breakfast nook lighting #Studiodunn
  • Bar stools #Worldsaway
  • White vase #Spinceramics
  • Graphite Pod Oval Bowl #Lunareshome
  • Vase #Jonathanadler
  • Trevessa platter (Cheese platter) #Annanewyork
  • General contractor #Mariofalco
  • Custom cabinet #Woodworkingbyerminio
  • Custom cabinet #kennycabinets
  • Photographer (Macro) #Jeremysaladyga
  • Photographer (Details) #Tashography
Give us your feedback and share your stories of design. We love to hear from all of you as it inspires us on our future projects.

#Oneroomchallenge, #whitekitchen, #Lakbirdesign, #housebeautiful, @Lakbirdesign, @oneroomchallenge


  1. I love the idea of chandeliers in the kitchen, very rich

  2. Beautiful.....quite the transition! I am not sure I am brave enough to attempt a kitchen makeover in 6 weeks:)

    1. Thank you Sherry Hart , this project was taken after having researched for all required products like appliances, stone,hardware..... for almost a year n then several GC interviews before I could take a comfortable plunge

  3. This turned out looking fabulous! I love those bar stools : ).

    1. Thank You Delia !! The bar stools do add a lot of appeal to the entire set up but the color and the metal mix ties up really well . Wanted your thought on the accent wall and architectural light fixture ?
      Thank you !

    2. Delia, pls guide me back to your reveal :))

  4. Oh Lakbir – the reveal was SO worth the wait – the kitchen came out so fabulous! I adore the effortless combination of traditional and modern elements – the cabinetry and chandeliers combined with more contemporary design of the barstools (my favorite!!!) and the dining room light fixture is just what my design dreams are made of! XO

  5. Oksana, you certainly have made my day !! The prior research and line up to the start of 6week challenge has certainly paid off.
    Thank you so much for your time to revisit the blog

  6. What a transformation! It looks so beautiful and spacious , Lv the chandelier in the kitchen ...Need some interior designer input in April , you are far away ..on the other side of the globe��

    1. Thank you so much Dulani for stopping by . Anything for you . You can always send me pics of the place, can help with space planning, mood boards n then consult with you for direction/path

    2. Will message you on the weekend.

  7. Gorgeous kitchen. Love it! You did an amazing job. I can't believe in 6 weeks!!!

    1. Thank you so much Veronica, your thought and time mean a lot to me.!!
      Yes it's unthinkable for a kitchen remodel in 6 weeks but if you have done all the ground work , debated over the stone endless times...have the fabricator lined up to meet your deadline, appliance and hardware researched , negotiated and ordered based on spec.
      Hv the plumber n electrician all nailed for the exact time frame , cabinet designs designed and agreed upon and ordered for the defined spaces . Then it's all the on Your most reliable trusted GC to have the paint job finish his job as scheduled to have the place ready for all installations.

  8. WOW! such a gorgeous sapce! i love those stools- brilliant execution!

    1. Thank you Cassie , I agree the stools add a great pop to the white space

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    1. Thank you Jennifer, appreciate you stopping by

  10. Wow - absolutely beautiful transformation! Love the chandelier and stools. So glamorous.

    1. Thank you Sarah, the bar stools are certainly getting a lot fame .

  11. Wow! This is an amazing transformation! I can't believe you guys pulled this off in 6 weeks, it's gorgeous!

  12. Hi Breanna,
    Thank you so much !! We had lot of prep work before taking a plunge and that helped a ton . That being said a lot of stress ,nail biting till the very end but worth every bit .

  13. Yes, yes yes!! This is such a gorgeous room!! I love this reveal so much and worth all the hard work!

    1. I checked out your blog, super amazing. Love a lot of details and of course your budget is commendable.
      I would love to leave a comment there on ORC but somehow way too many adds and really not sure where to leave a comment.
      "Love your drying rack , the pull out table, the cabinet repurposed , the funky light fixture practically all the composition in making such an amazing mud room "

  14. Thank you so much Jennifer, you made my day :))