Thursday, January 6, 2011

Galley Kitchens

My can read more about the renovation here...I did a "renovation in week" series.  Kind of summed up the kitchen reno, and what we learned...which was ALOT!  I also learned that this is what I LOVE to do:)

I have my first "client"!!!  She read my little ad, had no idea that I was striking out in the world of interiors.  She had seen my kitchen, known that I did the design and managing of the project, and said "will you help us with our kitchen reno!"  I said YES OF COURSE!  We have had our initial meetings, done a few initial drawings, and they are soon to start the demolition process for a kitchen.  FUN!  You NEVER know what is going to be behind those walls.  (they are knocking a couple down).  I CAN'T WAIT!  I will also be helping them with the living, dining, and keeping room interiors. We both wore green to our initial meeting, need I say more!!

They are doing a kitchen renovation of a galley.  I personally love a galley kitchen, they are truly functional, are easy to maintain, and if designed right can be quite functional for a bigger family.  If you think about it, many of the big island kitchens work in a galley format.  My kitchen was a galley style that we converted into a larger kitchen, but the function of the cooking/cleaning/fridge space still continues the galley work style.  I think that is why I love to cook in it so much, it is so functional! (the cleaning is another story!)

MY galley before...I know, right?????  My how things have changed!

DEFINED: A galley kitchen is a parallel, two-walled kitchen whose long and narrow walls are filled with cabinets and appliances. You can walk through the center as if it is a long hallway.

Via Southern Living

Mt. Baker traditional kitchen
via Houzz

Mt. Baker traditional kitchen
via Houzz

via Southern Living Idea House
via Better Homes Beautiful Kitchens
designed by Kathleen Navarra

via House Beautiful
Ina Garten's Pied a terre in New York, I bet the food that is turned out in this kitchen is phenomenal!
via Amy Meir Design
one of my new favorite Designers

A kitchen that Genevieve Gorder did on HGTV...I really love her show and style! 
Those knobs I have to find out where she sourced them!

So it goes....I think it is going to be great!


pve design said...

Congrats to you! I can only imagine how lucky your client must be to have you and your ideas. Good luck with the project~

Allison said...

Congratulations, Gretchen! That's exciting! It'll be fun to see your finished project if your client doesn't mind us seeing photos. Have fun!

Rene said...

Yay! Congratulations Gretchen!


pretty pink tulips said...

Horray!!!! Your client is going to be so happy she hired you!

I have a galley kitchen, so this post makes me feel happy. Sometimes I have kitchen envy when I see big islands or lots of space, but to keep my kitchen in line with the rest of my house, I know i made the right decision to just work with the space I had.

Galleys rock!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Fran said...

Congrats Gretchen! I'm a huge fan of galley kitchens and I love yours!

Party Resources said...

Fantastic! I love yours! Cheers, Kate

The Buzz said...

Yeah, you go girl! I'm sure what you will design will be fabulous and can't wait to read all about it - step by step (I hope!)

My Interior Life said...


I just found your blog the other day through a comment you left on another blog. I LOVE your style, your blog, everything. I will be reading from now on. And congratulations on striking out on your own and getting your first client. I someday wish to work up enough courage to do the very same thing. You've inspired me.

Your kitchen is beautiful, btw.


Gretchen O. said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words. It is VERY scary to put yourself out there, but I think I am doing the right thing...that whole butterflys in the stomach thing (the good kind!)


A Perfect Gray said...

G., thanks so much for your lovely comment. I really appreciate your thinking of me...

You are gonna have a blast with your kitchen project.
Enjoy and have fun (hey, what am I sayin'? I'd be a nervous wreck!)

You'll be great, gal!

all my best! donna

Michelle said...

Yay!!! It will be fantastic!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Congratulations!! I am excited for you and your new client, you will be fabulous!