Our Entire Kitchen Update! – What a difference!

Kitchen Remodel

HI EVERYONE! My husband and I bought our home extremely builders grade in 2013, but larger home, in a gated community on a cul de sac, knowing we would want to someday raise a family here and the house would be plenty big and safe for it. These before pictures of the kitchen below is when we were just looking at the home, so this is none of our stuff in it and all I could find for before pictures.

We ended remodeling our kitchen at the end of 2016 as in totally gutting it. We or “I” wanted a different layout that functioned better for us. We were just two people and had a little bistro type table in the kitchen and our large dining room table was “what seemed” so far away to bring all the dishes and food for meal times. Which again, being only the two of us, we usually ate on the couch anyways. We had our first baby December 29th, 2015 and I really wanted a eat in kitchen area.

Before we gutted it, small changes we had made were stainless steel appliances (well that one was kinda big) 🙂 Added a glass tile backsplash, new faucet and updated the pantry door which you can find here: http://butterflykissphotos.com/pantry-door-update/

When we bought the home, we ripped all carpet up in the downstairs, and tore up this lovely salmon colored tile in the kitchen and laid a dark laminate floor. That alone was a huge difference! Oh and cant forget that beautiful light hanging… we replaced it with a simple track light.


Before Kitchen

Before Kitchen


The gutted remodel…. (kept all the changes I mentioned, appliances, backsplash, pantry door, and our awesome touch faucet)


Kitchen Remodel

Soooo wen’t for a large kitchen island mainly because we added the end space where the X design is for the kitchen table! Woo hoo! There is enough space for 6 people to eat at counter, but right now since our son was born, its been perfect for the 3 of us just at the end. (When our son was younger, we had a clip on high chair that went right onto the counter top, which was amazing for all meal times).

Kitchen Remodel

The light hanging is from West Elm and my favorite light in the whole house!

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel

Cabinet drawers are also so great to have on the lower half! We did a mix of drawers, cabinets, pull out spice cabinet, and a large corner cabinet for stuff like crockpot and small appliances. On the top we added two glass cabinets one that features our plates and bowls, and one that has all of our bar ware.

tile backsplash

Backsplash is a very light blue, gray, and stone.

Kitchen Remodel

After many. many, many, countertop warehouses, I finally found one that I loved! It is a Quartzite material (so i guess its not quite Quartz, but its higher grade then granite) I just loved the colors and pattern and has some slight sparkle to it!

We just recently trimmed our kitchen window as well which I am so in love with! (this though is going to be addicting… I want all windows done and our slider glass door now) But that will come in time especially with our baby girl due now in just 5 short weeks. 🙂

Before and After Picture of window Trim:

Window Trim Remodel

Window Trim Remodel


The End! So glad we did this remodel, its like it changed our whole house, but just the function of it has made cooking and eating so much better! We also added 3 LED can lights as well to circle our kitchen for more light rather then just our pretty chandelier.




Our family is adding a GIRL!!!

Its a girl

We are thrilled be adding a girl, making our 2 year old boy promoted to Big Brother! I am going into my 17th week of Pregnancy and her due date is August 28th according to the ultrasounds and August 30th according to online due date calculators. We are hoping for the 29th though, for our Wedding Anniversary is January 29th and our son Dallas’s Birthday is December 29th so it would be just be cool. 🙂 I will keep some updates going as the time goes on.

Thank you to all of my awesome clients for your always continued support.

Its a girl

Pantry Door Update!

pantry door update

When we moved into our home….. everything, and I mean everything was builder grade. We live in a community and they supposedly knock theses out during the build process as well to get them done quickly. I redid our pantry door a few years back. The before picture is when we were looking to buy the home, so please excuse that horrible, hideous table in the way. Unfortunately this is the only picture I could find. You can see all of those wood slats in the the door right?! I took a hammer and broke them all out!! It felt oh so good! Once broken out, they slide right out of the holes in the sides. So each side of the door where the wood slats were has a little lip on both front and back. Having those, I can make my door in mind have depth by using two pieces of acrylic. (one in the front and one in the back)

I did wood putty the holes and gave the whole door a fresh coat of white paint.


Onto the acrylic! The pretty Part! I wanted a frosted look but some see through so you can see the blue back panel as well. I did the solid back a blue that matched our walls closely so you would not see right into our pantry. I will be doing a whole kitchen update post soon! The front acrylic I taped off in a random design with painters tape and spray painted the frosted paint on it! Ooh and by the way, I had Lowes cut the pieces of acrylic to size for me. BUT…. make sure they do it exactly, I had one piece wasted because they cut it to small!  (and they are not super cheap)

ANYWAYS… I right away peeled off the tape and and loved the way it turned it. “Whew”! I was a little nervous about that one.

I place the finished spray painted acrylics into the door lips on both sides and sealed all the way around the edges with clear acrylic sealer. (works just like caulking)


DOOR KNOBS! We had gold door knobs in our entire home! Cheap way of fixing that until the time come to replace them… more spray paint! I painted them a dark grayish color.



pantry door update
pantry door update

pantry door update

pantry door update

Spray Paint handles

Door Knobs Painted Gray from GOLD.pantry door update

You can see the depth here!

pantry door update

Back Panel solid blue.

Command Center Hallway – Home Reno! Cape Coral Interior Design

This Hallway leads to a lot of important places, so it was an ideal spot for our family command center! This was our dreaded before picture as we were still buying the house. That little door is under the stair storage space which I will also do a post on organization under there. As you may notice in our home as well, we had all gold handles. Since we could not afford to replace all handles both upstairs and downstairs, I decided to spray paint them all dark gray color. Now its been probably almost two years and the most used ones are starting to chip away the gray, but it really made a world a difference for very little cost. I will probably touch some of them up until we can get new handles all together.

Where that horrible salmon colored tile is, is the laundry room which goes out to the garage. We put down laminate flooring in the whole bottom stairs except the laundry room, downstairs bathroom, and the playroom still has carpet and we ended up leaving the carpet under the staircase in the cubby storage. Since laundry and bathroom floors can get wet, we opted for vinyl flooring again and it is the best thing ever! So easy to clean, it has some texture to it as well which brings more detail in it, and if it does get wet, it does not ruin anything. The best part…. it went right over that ugly existing tile! We did that in all 3 bathrooms as well. Seriously… people think about vinyl is totally outdated right. Well not these wood planked ones. Love them and I can do it myself! Will post bathrooms and laundry room in the future.

This is my mother in law waiving who broke her foot at the time and that guy in the blue shirt was the home owner showing us around… but that plain white wall to the right of him is where we did wainscoting with hooks. Coming in from the garage, I just hang my purse, diaper bag, etc… and even being so close to the laundry room, I will sometimes hang delicate clothing to dry there.

The AFTER!!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Also notice the lights hanging, that desperately need to be cleaned, but they are a clear smoke gray color. When the light is off you cant see through it, but when its on you can the lovely Edison Bulb.It took me forever to find lights that I wanted there in the hallway, and I found these gems at lowes. Look at the difference the spray painted door handle looks compared to the gold! Wainscoting to the left and command center to the right is the perfect combo. Also added a small shelf for some more family pictures and decor because why not…

All time favorite basket purchased at homegoods. Holds our bills that need to be paid and any misc papers I need to hold on to periodically.

This dinner menu is new to me for the past month and it is amazing! I designed it in photoshop and simply printed it as a 16×20 for I already had the white frame in a 16×20. With the glass on top, you can use a dry erase marker on it. Genius!

The kitchen is a few steps away, so also an ideal place for it for our home.

Every Sunday now, I plan 4-5 dinner meals for the week (from Pinterest usually or just Google) and go shop at my local publix to grab it all and the remaining breakfast, lunch, and usual items for the week! This has been a stress free life saver. We used to every single night say.. what do you want for dinner and one of us would have to go to publix and pick it up. Time killer plus they say you spend more money that way! If you want a copy of the dinner menu, email me maria@butterflykissphotos.com

I am not a couponer, but when I get some in the mail I want to keep, I peg them up on board. The mail holder below holds paid bills, misc papers and our gift cards for stores and restaurants. The other white frame holds the same concept as the dinner menu, but a blank calendar.. so each month I can write in the month and any important things happening for our family.



Our Home Makeover – Entertainment Center, Dining Room, Entry Way

Cape Coral FL Designer

Yay, first home renovation post! So these before pictures are when we were actually looking to buy this house, so none of this furniture was ours. I liked taking pictures of the homes we were looking to purchase, for one, it was easier to look back at them when making a decision, but two my creative brain was already envisioning what I could do to them! There were a ton of things that I loved about this house and I knew this would be the perfect one for my husband and I, and our eventually growing family.

Pros of this house:

-gated community

-its located on a cul de sac which also meant we have a large backyard

-family friendly

-two stories (which we really wanted)

-lots of space to grow

-and a big one for my creative brain, it was pretty much a blank slate

This blank wall below where the previous owners tv is, is pretty large and I knew I wanted a wood wall with the tv on it. I also love decorating shelving and seeing our family photos on display (of course, im a photographer) so I had to make sure to incorporate in the design, shelving. Now I see all this posts about floating shelves, which I wanted, but it was a little too much work for myself so I compromised and did a “look alike” floating shelves with brackets that I wanted to make blend in.




So this is it and I used peel and stick vinyl planking!!! I used a cutter like a large paper cutter is what it is and it was super easy. Time consuming, but much easier then cutting each piece of wood and then nailing it to the wall which I will get to the wall below. Our tv is actually flat with the wall, so there is a hole cut for the tv!

Cape Coral FL Designer

Cape Coral FL Designer


For the build out, I used 1×6 wood for the sides and the front is very very thin plywood which is attached to the 1×6’s. From there, I had a surface for the vinyl planking. I then proceeded to hang the shelving up and decorate (best part)!

Cape Coral FL Designer

These are the brackets I used. They are in the hardware section and they are silver. I spray painted them to match the color of the stain/paint I chose for the shelving. Instead of having the bracket hang below it, I reversed it and put it up top knowing I would have stuff to cover it up.

Cape Coral FL Designer

Cape Coral FL Designer


Entry Way and Formal Dining Room! Did I mention Blank Slate, told you! Whoever lived here before us were ummm…. ???? Anyways, first thing we did in the house before we even moved in, was the flooring. Ripped up the carpet downstairs and my husband and a friend laid down our laminate flooring.  In the meantime, we were painting all these white walls! Before and after pics below. We did a neutral gray for the walls called Abalone in Sherwin Williams paint. Added chair rail as well and still needing to add the wainscoting squares below it. Someday that will happen. We also updated our baseboards when we did the flooring and added trim to those pillars.


Welcome to the new Blog!

Hey you, Welcome to my new blog. There are a couple things I will still be working on and adding, but here is a run down of what you can expect! Not only am I going to be blogging about my amazing photo shoots both portraits and weddings with their stories, I am going be occasionally posting about organization, home projects and a little bit of fashion. Why? Because thats who I am and thats what I do! I am no fashion guru, but I do love it. Now organization I try my best at and always feel the need to organize. It just helps me function and feel more peaceful, amen anyone? Home projects…. yes, my husband wants to kill me when I bring up the words I’m thinking…… Im going to tackle this next “whatever the project may be”. Now majority of the time, he’s fine with it, as long as I am doing it. haha. Of course if I need his help for a few things, he will. Gotta love him, thank you Hubby. So I hope you guys love the new journey that will be happening on social media live/posts and on my new blog.

Heres a favorite quote I like to live by in Business….