My 100 Year Old Home Remodel Photos

Sunday Morning Coffee February
Volume 9

Today I am pleased to share with you Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun. Today I am sharing my weekly thoughts about entertaining, decor, crafts, and recipes. I am also sharing our home remodel photos.

Home Remodel

A Little Bit About Me

Our Home Remodel Project

The Carriage House Exterior

I just finished what I would call a major cleanout of our Carriage House. I am getting ready to start a small home remodel project and I cannot wait to update this space.

One hundred and six years ago, our home was built in South Pasadena. The home consisted of two structures, the main house, and a carriage house. The carriage house was built with a large sliding door in the front and the back. This allowed horses to pull into the carriage house, drop off the carriage, and then exit through the back sliding door.

The exterior of the carriage house matches our home and it also has a very tall ceiling.

In the twenty-three years we have owned our home, the carriage house has been a storage room, then it became an art workshop, then it became a storage area again.

I just emptied out the carriage house for a third time because I have big plans for a facelift and very fun use for this space. I am not going to go into details now but I promise to share everything in a few weeks.

What I want to share today is something I found while cleaning out the carriage house. It’s a small photo album I put together twenty years ago when we first moved into our home.

What’s so important about this? It has pictures of our home BEFORE we did our big remodel in 2000. Which I have never shared because I didn’t have any!

Our Home Remodel

We bought my in-law’s home in 1998 and lived in the house for two years before we did a major remodel in 2000. Our home remodel consisted of expanding the kitchen, redoing two bathrooms, expanding out the back to create a family room, and adding a covered back porch, back patio, and outdoor kitchen.

The Kitchen Home Remodel Photos

This photo is a BEFORE photo of our kitchen. It shows the two original windows in our kitchen, the very narrow Formica countertops and cabinets, and the bright blue laminate floors.

Kitchen Before the Remodel Photo

This is the same area with the same windows and an all island, completely new cabinets, marble countertops, and new hardwood flooring.

Pink Kitchen

The back of our kitchen (facing our backyard) was actually a separate laundry room. If you look closely, you can see the windows and carriage house through the windows. We knocked out that entire wall so that the kitchen had a view of the backyard instead of a laundry room.

Kitchen Before Photo Home Remodel

Here are the same windows that are now in the back of our kitchen. What a difference!

How to Organize Your Kitchen and Simplify

This is the same wall that separated the kitchen and laundry room. As I mentioned we knocked out the wall.

Kitchen Back Wall Before Photo Home Remodel

And this is the area as it looks now.

How to Organize Your Kitchen Easily

I don’t have a photo of the original old white stove that was in the kitchen. We replaced it when we moved in with a new DCS oven. Also, if you look to the right, I had forgotten that we copied the original pantry (you can see it on the right side) when we redid the kitchen.

Kitchen Before Photo Home Remodel

Here is my oven with the new cabinets, custom stainless hood and countertops.

How to Make a Pine Cone Wreath

The Backyard Home Remodel Photos

We also spent a lot of time adding a back porch to the house. If you look from left to right you can see the outdoor kitchen, the center patio, and the covered patio.

Outdoor Spaces

Here is the photo from 1998 of the back of our house. The white small structure on the left side was for trash. We replaced that with an outdoor kitchen. We also removed the tree and the jacuzzi and pushed out the back of the house where the large french doors are located. We also added the covered porch on the far right in an area that was just the yard.

Back of House Before Photo Home Remodel

This is a closer view of how it looks now.

I love this area for entertaining. Of course we haven’t entertained much this last year, other than family dinners.

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This is the view with the tree and the jacuzzi (which are both gone). If you look closely, you can see we added the pool just in front of the paddle tennis court.

Back Patio Before Photo Home Remodel

I had so much fun looking at these pictures. I get so many requests to see photos of our home before we remodeled and I cannot believe I found them. I need to thank my sister-in-law Aileen as she is the one that tracked these down.

I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

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Around Our Home

Kitchen Refresh

In the Kitchen

Sometimes you might see double in my kitchen. Why is that?

I have two dishwashers, two silverware drawers, two towel drawers and two pull out trash compartments.

Why is that?


Perhaps it was the 2+ years we spent in our home with three children under five and no dishwasher. So when it came time to design the kitchen space for remodel, I was very focused on maximizing efficiency.

And I insisted on installing two dishwashers.


While planning our kitchen remodel, it was important to honor the aesthetic of the home while at the same time, optimize the space for our busy family.

We knew that we wanted to be the home for entertaining. I wanted to remodel it so that our home would be the place where the boys and all of their friends would hang out. I wanted to host the team parties, birthday parties, holidays, Christmas parties, and more.

When we first began laying out the kitchen, based on the space, we knew that we would have counters along both of the walls with windows with an island in the middle. I quickly surmised that this layout provided me with an opportunity for two sinks and two dishwashers.


I believed that having an extra sink and a dishwasher allowed the ability to always have at least one kitchen helper at all times!

Once we had cemented the idea of two sinks and two dishwashers, we naturally thought to have space for two trash cabinets. This meant no overflowing trash, even if it didn’t get taken out right away! (Isn’t taking out the trash supposed to be a boy’s job?)


Because we entertain so frequently (and even more so when the kids were young), we also have two drawers for silverware. We never run out of silverware, even when the dishwashers are full and can easily accommodate last-minute dinner guests, or back then, an impromptu soccer team pancake breakfast. 

A Fun Fact

The Lost Kitchen is my new favorite TV show!

The Lost Kitchen

Discovery+ is worth every penny, and it’s not just because that’s where you can see the new Fixer Upper Home show.

It is because of my new favorite show, The Lost Kitchen!

The Lost Kitchen is a show about Erin French and her incredible restaurant by the same name in Freedom, Maine. It’s the most beautiful show and it represents everything I love. Great design, incredible food, entertaining and wonderful friendships.

I don’t want to tell you much more (and spoil it) but if you like my blog then I think you will love the show The Lost Kitchen. It is refreshing, creative, and absolutely one of the most inspiring shows I have seen.

If you get a chance, check it out on Discovery+. In July it will be on the Magnolia Network (for free).

Reflections on the Week

It seems like the weeks are getting busier instead of the opposite. this week I shared some fun projects and ideas. If you missed any of them, you can find them here.

My Favorite Things

In the Garden

Did you know Erin at Floret has a free online class called the “Cut Flower Garden Mini Course”?

Click here to sign up.

My friend KariAnne at Thistlewood shared How to Make Cut Tulips Last Longer.

Better Homes and gardens shared tips on How to Plant Better Flowers.

Accounts I Love to Follow on Instagram

Erin @TheLostKitchen

Erin @Floret

Tieghan @HallfBakedHarvest

KariAnne @Thistlewood

Sarah @DreamingofHomemaking

Things I Love

Erin at The Lost Kitchen (TLK) has a cookbook available. I cannot wait until April 6th when her newest book Finding Freedom is released!

I also shared lots of fun items for backyard entertaining and your kitchen.

One Healthy Habit

Drinking Water

Water Jug

How much water do you drink every day?

At a minimum, you should drink 64 ounces, which just happens to be how much water my new vintage water jar holds! (I bought it yesterday at the Barnhouse Vintage Antique Show!) I am trying to drink 100 ounces a day but I am always sure to drink 64 ounces at the least.

Do you know how to increase your water consumption?

Just pour 64 ounces in a pitcher and put it on your desk, or on the counter, or on your kitchen table. Just keep it nearby. If you know how much you need to consume then you can drink it out throughout the day. Plus, you won’t forget if it is right in front of you.

Try it. It is such a healthy and easy thing to do for your body.

Good Things From Martha

Martha shares great tips to make your drinking water more tasty!

Click here to learn more.

What’s Ahead

March 1st is tomorrow and we are going to have a bit of a different look on the blog with the new month. I can’t wait to share everything with you! And it looks like there might be a few Easter ideas too.

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  1. You really had a great vision for your home, and the result is beautiful. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for the carriage house.

  2. This was enjoyable, fun to see the before and after. You have done a fabulous job with all the remodeling and looking forward to the carriage house. The before pictures were so nostalgic…do you think your home was originally a more rural or farm house type of residence? I do appreciate farmhouse style, especially a sort of european farm style, perhaps my favorite.

  3. Thank you for pointing that you have two sinks. I have always been a bit confused, as I study your photos and the two sinks had me confused. Love your spacious kitchen and really enjoy your pillow crafting. Enjoyed having coffee with you this morning.

    1. Thank you Jean. I am so happy that you enjoy what I have to share! Let’s have coffee together again next Sunday!

  4. Loved your before and after pictures. Such a beautiful home. Enjoying seeing everything you post and am anxious to get started on some of the projects when I get the ones I am working on completed.

  5. I loved seeing your before and after photos, Leslie. As I have said before, your kitchen is timeless. I just love it, and I cannot wait to see what you do with the carriage house. I am sure it will be amazing — like you. Hugs from Tennessee.

    1. Thank you Miche! I am so excited about the Carriage House project. I cannot wait to share it with you!

  6. I didn’t think I could love your kitchen more! These photos are fantastic! What a great, thoughtful job you did in preserving the look & feel of your home! Thanks for sharing them with us! Looking forward to the Carriage House renovation!!

  7. Thank you for sharing your before and after photos. I just bought a home built in 1925 which needs extensive remodeling. Looking at your kitchen photos gives me inspiration and hope that I may have such a comfortable and beautiful space someday soon!
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thank you my friend. I am more than happy to share your beautiful content 😊. Right back at you rock star!

  8. I’ve been following you for a while now and was amazed when I read that your kitchen was remodeled 20 years ago! It is truly timeless! I love it, it’s quite an inspiration.

  9. Love your beautiful home, both, inside and out. You keep making my jaw drop, because of your outstanding, creative designs you always put into your work. Resulting in beauty and glam. Thanks for sharing

  10. Leslie,
    What a joy to find the before pictures of your in-laws home now home for your family. You have done so much beautiful remodel work. I just love, love and MORE LOVE the KITCHEN!!!!!! Two of everything. Everybody needs at least 2 Sinks. I go around my island to get to the sink and believe me, it is a chore when you have to wash your hands a lot. I get good exercise from one end of island to the otherside. I do have a copper sink in the island, but my hubby has been sick and not able to plumb the lines at the moment. I just love what you have done in the kitchen and wanted you to know how beautiful it is. Thanks for sharing and waiting to see how The Carriage will look.

  11. Love this post. I’m totally obsessed with watching fixer upper and hometown. Also found the lost kitchen very cool. Have you found Pasta Grannies on YouTube. These amazing Italian grandma’s cooking in their kitchens. Making pasta from Scratch. The episode I just watch the cook bought swordfish from her local fish monger and made an amazing dish. I think you will like it. Jenny

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