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Kitchen Reveal

Eva Amurri Martino shares her renovated kitchen in her historic home in Connecticut, featuring a large marble island and a monochromatic color scheme

*Many thanks to Polycor for gifting us this gorgeous White Cherokee marble for our kitchen, and to Rings End for providing the paint and hardware. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed below are entirely my own.

I know you guys have been waiting for the kitchen reveal, and thank you for waiting so patiently! Our dining room has taken the longest to complete, and since you can see in to our dining room from the kitchen, we had to wait to shoot it.  Boring logistics aside, I’m so excited to share this room with you today! We did a full kitchen renovation, which I know is a hotly searched topic these days.  Opening up the older kitchen of this historic home, but keeping the charm and character, was a huge design challenge– and one that I’m very happy to show you our solution to today!

Eva Amurri Martino wears a red and white dress, and sits on a bar stool in the renovated kitchen in her Connecticut home
Eva Amurri Martino stands in the renovated, modern kitchen in her historic Connecticut home

First of all, apologies for not having a “Before” photo of this room.  We had to knock down a bunch of walls because this entire space was pretty closed off, and I haven’t been able to track down a pic of what it looked like before the renovation. If I find one I will share it for sure, though! Knocking down the wall and other room between the kitchen and our living room was the first huge renovation snafu we ran in to.  You never quite know what you’re going to get when you knock down the walls of a nearly 200 year old home, and this time the surprises were not good.  We had both plumbing AND electrical running through the wall, and the wall also turned out to be weight-bearing.  A couple weeks of delay on our Reno, and significant costs later, and we were able to get an engineer to take a look at the space and a team to come in to install a huge steel beam across the open space of the room.  I think it blends so well in to the room that I would never notice it, but our open plan kitchen was almost a no-go right at the start!

Eva Amurri Martino shares her renovated kitchen in her historical Connecticut home, featuring an open plan and a modern look
Eva Amurri Martino shares her renovated kitchen in her historical Connecticut home, featuring an open plan and a modern look
Eva Amurri Martino shares her renovated kitchen in her historical Connecticut home, featuring an open plan and a modern look
A wide view of Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen shows the open plan and the modern and bright style

For the rest of the room, we were going for a huge island kind of vibe, with marble counter tops, and a modern-yet-warm feeling for the rest of the space.  Because of the blog, and the many shoots that happen right here in this kitchen, I needed a space that was adaptable to any decor, holiday, or shoot theme…but that also had a strong style point of view on any given day.  I absolutely LOVE how simple yet chic this kitchen turned out.  It is truly the kitchen of my dreams, and I feel that the dark island and the white cabinets really reflect my personality. And by far my most favorite part of this kitchen is the insanely gorgeous White Cherokee Polycor marble

A styled bookshelf in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen
The dark black island, and beautiful white cherokee marble are on prime display in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen
The fireplace and original wood oven are both on display in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen
A steel bull's head has a place of honor over the fireplace in Eva Amurri Martino's connecticut kitchen
The fireplace and original wood oven are both on display in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen

I was lucky enough to visit the actual Polycor quarry where this marble was sourced, and learning all about the history of this marble in our country– as well as the process the stone goes through before it gets delivered to the buyer– was such a cool experience.  In my opinion, the thick White Cherokee countertops really make this entire kitchen come together– and they’re the perfect backdrop for whatever I’m shooting against it.  Another little detail I love in here are the cabinet fronts on our fridge and freezer! I love how it makes those appliances blend in to the rest of the room and transition so beautifully in to the living spaces.  

Eva Amurri Martino's renovated historical home features a white and bright kitchen with top of the line appliances and a large center island
Eva Amurri Martino shares a close up shot of the backsplash and stovetop in her renovated Connecticut kitchen
Eva Amurri Martino shares a wide view of the open plan, renovated, white and bright kitchen in her historic Connecticut home
A detail shot of produce on the countertop of Eva Amurri Martino's renovated kitchen
A closeup of the Polycor white cherokee marble in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen

In terms of preserving the history of the space, I just love how charming the original oven is in our kitchen! It’s right next to the fireplace, which we converted to gas so that we could turn it on easily with the click of a button. I can’t help but think and wonder about the many conversations that have been had gathered in this space over the many, many years. 

A closeup shot of the woven bar stools and the kerri rosenthal fabric on the bar stools in Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut kitchen
A detail shot of the light fixtures over the island in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut home
A closeup of the Polycor white cherokee marble in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen
A closeup of the Polycor white cherokee marble in Eva Amurri Martino's renovated Connecticut kitchen

Check out the video I made with Prudence below to learn more about the design process!

Eva Amurri Martino walks in the kitchen of her renovated Connecticut home

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Photographs by Julia Dags

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12 Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This is my dream kitchen!! Looks gorgeous. Do you have a pantry hidden in there behind all those cabinet doors? I love how the fridge and freezer are blended in, I typically find those appliances to be so obtrusive.

    10.14.19 Reply
    • Thank you!!! Yep, we have a pantry next to the coffee machine. It’s pretty deep but not that wide, we have a semi-butler’s pantry around the corner for overflow

      10.14.19 Reply
  2. Melanie says:

    Love this! We just went through a kitchen reno last year and it is so satisfying when finished! Just wondering about the use and care of that beautiful marble – do you have to seal it like granite or is it pretty much maintenance free like quartz? Either way, it is totally gorgeous!

    10.14.19 Reply
    • Good question! You can read a bit more in the Q&A in this post, but we ended up sealing it, and then we also are careful about cleaning the surface with soap and water only, and wiping off anything acidic immediately.

      10.14.19 Reply
  3. Jules says:

    Beautiful! Is there a reason you didn’t have the microwave built-in?

    10.14.19 Reply
    • Yes! I don’t always have it out, and also I wanted to be able to update it as new technology comes out without having to commit to the built in size

      10.14.19 Reply
  4. Leslie says:

    Beautiful! Do you plan on ever using the old brick oven? How is it operated?

    10.15.19 Reply
    • We would have to repair the chimney to be able to use it (needs a lot of work for a lot of $$$) so it’s not operational for now!

      10.15.19 Reply
  5. Nayster says:

    It’s just beautiful. I still have to read the Q&A. We’re in the middle of our reno….but i had a question about your island. I’m sure it’s custom built and I realize that everything “depends” on size, materials etc..etc.. but did it take a long time to come together? Did they plop it on top of your flooring or take out flooring underneath to accommodate? I like the fact that you didn’t include a sink or a range on there and I was trying to do something similar.

    10.16.19 Reply
  6. Jessa says:

    Beautiful! What’s the source for the artwork/textile above the fireplace?! Thank you!

    01.21.20 Reply
    • This piece was from West Elm, but they no longer carry it! I also love Minted for art for my home.

      01.21.20 Reply
  7. bree says:

    nice kitchen. where is the white tile backsplash from? love it’s design. thanks

    10.20.20 Reply