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Hi friends 🙂

If you’ve been following along, Brian and I found a little home away from home to be able to spend more time with extended family. The house is a mix between an Adobe and a Spanish Hacienda with beautiful archways, stucco walls, and terracotta floors.

So far, we’ve renovated everything ourselves except for the cabinet and countertop installation, so it’s been quite the DIY project. A lot of people ask why we do projects ourselves and it really is because we enjoy the process. I may take longer, but we’re able to take time to make decisions, source, and save for the pieces we want.

* Brian has promised to do a video tutorial on how to install the backsplash!

When designing the kitchen, we wanted everything to feel earthy and organic. I love the texture of the terracotta tiles and the stucco walls, so instead of going with a modern kitchen, we incorporated more organic finishes like zellige tiles, rattan fixtures, and travertine accents. Zellige tiles are handcrafted from clay and have a unique look because each one is different with slight irregularities. I linked our favorites below!

We’re almost finished… when we are done, I’ll include full before and after photos 🙂



The Backsplash is finished with Zellige tiles from a manufacturer named Zia

We went with 2×6 tiles in two colors:  

  • White color Casablanca for the main kitchen
  • Green color Tidepool as a bolder accent color for the bar area

The Terracotta Floors are authentic Saltillo Tiles – we have a mix of the original tiles and new ones that we had to install. We ordered 12×12


The stone sconces on each side of the farm sink are so beautiful. They add height and indirect lighting to the space. They’re called the Catalina Sconce.

The sconces above the floating wood shelves are Hinkley in Heritage Brass – they come in clear glass as well.

We haven’t installed the island pendants yet, but we ordered THESE Callie Woven pendants in 25 inch. If you need a light over a kitchen table, living area, or above your island, I love the 25 inch. I saw them in person in the West Elm store and they’re absolutely stunning.


The range was our biggest purchase. I actually can’t believe how much some stoves are, but they do increase the value of your home and they’re something you use every single day. It was a big decision, but we went with ILVE. I love all their colors- check them all out HERE

We don’t have a gas line supplying the kitchen, so we wanted to find something that was electric (induction) but also looked beautiful in the space. Here’s the electric ILVE range we went with.

Also, here’s a link to the 48″ gas range that’s available on Amazon– I wish we could have done this one, but the space isn’t wide enough. If you have gas and the space, this one is gorgeous.


The bronze bistro shelf in the bar area is from Palmer Industries – we ordered a sample chip HERE and went with the satin brass. Each piece is custom-made to order so measure carefully 🙂

The floating wood shelves were built by our cabinet maker since the length needed to be custom. You can also order floating shelves from this site called Urbandi. I’ve heard great things about their quality!


The large travertine farmer’s sink is from Floor & Decor

The bar sink is a hammered gold piece from Etsy

The kitchen faucet is the Moen Smart Touchless Pull-Down Sprayer with Voice Control and Power Boost in Brushed Gold. We love it so much. The pulldown sprayer is nicely hidden and easy to use while the touchless sensor is great for food prep and kids!


Since the sink is travertine and has lots of movement, we went with simple counters so they didn’t compete or clash. We also wanted them to be super durable and stain-resistant so we chose an off-white quartz with a natural stone texture. You can find quartz in a lot of places- we went to a local slab yard and picked it out. Make sure you see a large sample or a big slab because it’s hard to tell from the small samples. We actually almost went with a different counter, but when we saw it in a photo we realized how busy it was. You always want to see a large piece so you know what it will look like installed.

*** Make sure to order the edge of your counters to be 2.25 mitered, which gives the appearance of a large thick piece of stone.


The brass hardware is from ShopAlno and I just saw that the knobs are available on Amazon for 50% off! Here’s the link to the Moderne Collection in Satin Brass Finish

The fridge handles are 12 inches

Drawer pulls are 3-6 inches depending on the drawer


The cabinetry is fluted tambour in white oak. We worked with a local friend named Alex from Mor Cabinets. If you’re in the LA area, he’s super nice! (ask him for the Brian discount, haha)

I hope this all helps with ideas for your kitchen too! I’d love to see pictures of your space!


- Katrina

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  1. Danielle says:

    So Stunning!! Love the earth tones and the different textures! The tile is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. So happy for you guys! Enjoy the times to come with family and friends 😊

  2. Chelsea says:

    Gorgeous! Please share a pic of the new island pendants once installed!!

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