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My Favorite Room: Lori May Interiors

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Today we have Lori of Lori May Interiors here to talk about her favorite room.  Welcome Lori!

Hi all, I'm Lori from Lori May Interiors.  Let me first say how honored I am to be participating in Rene's "My favorite room" series.  She is one of the most gracious and helpful bloggers that I have encountered in my short time here in blog world.  Before she even knew me (Mind you, we've never met, but it feels like we have. I know you all know what I mean, right?) she would answer my questions without fail and she still does.  I love her blog and even though my summer has been crazy, Cottage and Vine is always a must read for me!

So, on to what we're here for today.  When we moved to Atlanta 7 years ago, we bought a house that was definitely not my dream house and definitely needed a lot of work.  My husband looked around at the outdated everything that this house was and wanted to immediately move on the the next option.  But, I really felt like we could do something with it.  We made some minor changes when we first moved in and then three years later decided to dive into a major remodel.  The room we chose has since become my favorite. It's our kitchen.  Of course, I spend the majority of my time here cooking, doing homework and hanging out.  And, even though I have an office space, I also work here.  It's a warm, inviting space that makes me happy.  

Here are the before and afters.

This is the kitchen before we moved in, but after we had replaced the appliances.  It was a small space that was cut off from the family room and had very little light.

This after photo is taken from the same angle.  One of the smallest changes that made the biggest impact was widening the doorway to the family room and opening it to the ceiling.  The space feels so much bigger.  We also added 6 feet to the room on the left side where the tiny window used to be.  This allowed us to have a huge island where all 4 of us can sit.  You don't see dark stained cabinets as often nowadays, but it really fit the traditional style of our home.  The warm cherry cabinets and the creamy white island are a perfect combination.

Here are the sweet yellow bowls that I bought from Rene's etsy shop.  If you haven't check it out, you must do it today.

Another great addition was this huge window.  It's one of the main reasons that I love to sit at the island and work.  I love to watch the dogwood trees change colors throughout the seasons and the birds that make their homes there.  Our lives are so busy and this is such a relaxing spot.

This the other side of the room.  Before, our kitchen table sat here, but once we had the island, we moved the table out and the chairs in to create a comfy seating area.  This is a wonderful place to sit in the winter with the fireplace burning.  It's also a great place to sit when we have company, you all know how it goes, you have people over and they always end up in the kitchen.  These chairs allow us to have a couple different conversation areas.

So, that's my favorite room!  Be sure and check out Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling's favorite room from last week.
You won't believe what she was able to do in her favorite space!  I hope you enjoyed my favorite room as much as I enjoyed sharing it.  Thank you again Rene!


Thank you so much Lori for being my guest!  I always enjoy a good before & after.  Love the contrasting island and the cozy spot by the fireplace.  To visit Lori's blog and to see more of her work, go here.


  1. Love her kitchen transformation. I did get to meet her at a blogger's lunch in Atlanta a while back.

  2. Little changes can be so effective and make such a big difference - love the window and the natural light; a great-looking kitchen!

  3. What a beautiful kitchen. Love the new window. Such a huge change from the before photo!

  4. What a beautiful transformation. Funny how widening a doorway can make a room feel so much more spacious. Can't wait to check out her blog!

  5. I love those cabinets and I agree, opening that doorway to the ceiling - what a difference. Beautiful room!

  6. Thanks so much for having me today Rene! I'm so honored!
    Take care,

  7. wow- what a gorgeous makeover!!! it looks beautiful!

  8. Wow! What a difference! This kitchen is so cozy and warm! Love it!

  9. I love the seating area across from the kitchen! Those chairs are absolute perfection, and I can just imagine a little audience gathered by the fire while dinner cooks during those winter months. So cozy!

  10. Just beautiful. Wow. The opening of that doorway really did make a huge impact. Loved seeing this.

  11. What a transformation! It's beautiful, Lori!

  12. This post comes at exactly the right time for me! Love how Lori opened up her kitchen with the big window and by knocking down that wall. Inspiring!

  13. I love the transformation, the bigger window really opened up everything. Why is it that more light is just better. Great job and I can see why she loves it so. I have heard wonderful things about Lori, she sounds like a lovely person that would be easy to get to know, Kathysue

  14. Lori has done a beautiful job. Opening up that wall really was a great idea and a nice big window above her sink. I love the sitting area by the fireplace. So cozy. A great place to curl up with a good book. Lovely transformation!

  15. Thanks to everyone for giving Lori the warm welcome - and yes, she is as sweet as they say.


  16. Lori, I love the transformation. The shape of the island counter top is awesome and practical too! Can you post larger pics next time? I want to see more of the detail. Fantastic, intelligent make over and I love the painted for a change whoop, whoop!
    Hugs, Mandy

  17. a warm, inviting and understated room that just pulls you in.


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