I have been so excited to freshen up my kitchen decor and becoming a finalist in Cricut’s “Design Space Star” competition has given me the perfect opportunity to do so! For the final challenge, the 5 round winners were given the challenge to re-decorate one room in our home. (You can see my winning designs from round 1, the succulent wreath and round 3, the paper bridal bouquet). I redesigned both my dining and living room last year and with the kitchen sharing the same open plan space I have been looking forward to bringing the entire space together in one cohesive look. Take a look at my video tour below showcasing all the Cricut cut pieces we put together for the room. You can even find the recipe for gluten-free cookies I am making here.
The first changes I made to my kitchen were to remove the old formica counter tops and replace them with this gorgeous concrete. It has a warmth to it that you would not expect from such a material and I love how natural it looks and feels. The second big change was to the kitchen cabinets. I repainted the doors on the right from a pale yellow to a glossy white to reflect lots of light from the windows opposite. I had such fun with the wall cabinets either side of the windows. I wanted to create the feeling of more space so after removing the doors, I lined the insides of the cabinets with a wallpaper that I designed and had printed at spoonflower.com. I am so pleased with the results here and the space is perfect for displaying my favorite glassware and white dished. Another of my favorite additions is the wooden back panel above the stove. Surprisingly, it’s made from cedar fence paneling that I picked up in Home Depot. It’s a simple idea that brings real warmth to the room. The final big change was to replace the pendant over the breakfast bar with a smaller version of my DIY industrial chandelier – don’t you love it?
My absolute favorite color for the spring season is Tiffany Blue and so you’ll notice it sprinkled throughout my kitchen bringing a freshness that’s perfect for the season. We used Design Space and my Cricut Explore to create seventeen unique and personalized pieces for the room and I am super excited to share some of them with you over the next few days.
My design inspiration for this project comes from a mixture of my home town in the Pacific Northwest and the roots I have in Denmark. My Great Grandmother came to the U.S. in the 1930’s and I have fond memories of her home and how she maintained that Scandinavian style. There is a simplicity to Scandinavian art that perfectly compliments the tribal designs found in traditional Native American art. My heart is in both places and so to bring the two influences together seems only natural to me. My team and I designed a range of patterns and art and incorporated a few graphic designs from Cricut Design Space. We then cut them onto a variety of vinyls and iron-ons using my beloved Cricut Explore. By sticking to a color palette of white, silver, gold, black and of course my favorite Tiffany Blue, we’ve created a range of kitchen products that look part of one cohesive collection. Everything from my refrigerator to my KitchenAid, my coffee mugs to my oven mitts have been given the Lia Griffith stamp!
Take a look at the photographs below for before and after shots and the full tour. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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Hi Lia! Just found you on pinterest, loving your Scandinavian kitchen! Can you tell me what kind of countertops and more about the backsplash on in this kitchen. Your decor is so fresh and clean and the countertops are just right to accent the white and bright colors!
Thank you so much! The countertops are concrete– they were done by a professional but I did create a coffee table with a concrete top after I moved because I miss them so much! I found the backsplash at Home Depot, something similar to this. Hope that helps 🙂
I just found you! LOVE, Love, love your style!
I was very pleased to read you’re in Portland! Awesome.
Come over and have lunch; I moved into my sweetheart’s bachelor pad. Oy! Thank goodness he’s given me free design reign inside and out. Woo hoo!
Hi neighbor! Have fun decorating 😉
I spent some fun time with your sis Arline this past weekend and got excited about your company. I am so inspired and awed by the organic blissful, raw art expressions I have seen on your site…it makes me want to do my “morning pages” again and spark some of my own creativity! Good work girls!!! Cara
Of course I remember you! Thank you for your sweet words. I’m so happy we can inspire you 😉
Just found your site today from the white paper orchids…beautiful! What an amazingly creative mind! Headed to Cricuts site now…hope I can still vote for you, and that it’s not too late. Good luck, and thanks again for the orchid instructions!
Welcome! So happy you found me and thank you for the support! (the competition is closed:( but I hope you find lots of other goodies on my site.
love everything on your blog! Where did you get your white dishes? (Plates, bowls,etc)
They are from Birch Lane.
I adore these images. I’m looking for a way to get images to STAY on my ceramic mugs, plates, etc. without just peeling right off. What material did you use? What was the technique?
I used Cricut vinyl.
Dear Lia, I love you kitchen and i voted for you. My last name means Fox and i would love to know where u got the fox n owl near you canisters. Also the owl mugs n again the fox things. I am also Scandinavian and love things of that country .Def plan to go before i leave the planet. Love love love the Tiffany Blue too. Also where did you get the plate you put the two cookies on love the scalloped edges. Love love your blog too . Thank you for the adorable tutorials. Love to you Cheyenne from Henderson Nv soon to move to Ore or Seattle Wa i want to live in the Pacific North West again. Las Vegas is nice but way too transit for me . Want a cute smaller town. Have a great week again Thank you so much Lia XXX
Welcome back (when you do move) to the Pacific North West!! I do love it here, Portland definitely has the small town feel in a big town. The files will be in Design Space on Cricut in March, I will be announcing the dates on my blog. The plate is from Birch Lane, there is a link in the post. xx Lia
Still can’t believe I missed a chance to vote in the new Cricut Design Space Challenge!! I must have been under a rock! I love everything you did, esp. those mugs!!
Thank you so much! I will be sharing more details about the projects in March.
Lia, your blog is one of my favorites. I am a very disorganized paper flower grama. Your skills, patterns, and organization inspire me. I just voted for you on the Cricut facebook page. Best wishes! Keep your inspiration coming. At 70 I still have a lot to learn!
Thank you so much! Happy to hear that I am a source of inspiration for fellow crafters!
Thank you so much:-)
Simply amazing! Super neat and just a treat yo the eyes!!! Lovely!
Love to hear that:-)
I just voted for you! I looked at all the other designs and they don’t come close, not by a long shot.
Great job! You rock!!
Thank you for inspiring me to try new projects. Your ideas are fabulous!
That warms my heart!!
What I love most about your remodel is that you didn’t make sweeping changes, you tweaked what you had and incorporated the new designs as small changes to the many items in your space. None of them overwhelm the overall look of the kitchen, yet they provide a chance to discover the simple design elements in lots of locations around the room. Brilliant job and I’m hoping you win (also voting for you daily!). Congratulations, Lia!!!
Thank you Debra!! Here is my secret. I don’t own this house. I rent! I did get permission to do the counter tops and the rest was all just decor. I now LOVE my kitchen.
Hi Lia, I often pop by read your blog to see what your making and sharing. I don’t have time to always leave a comment but, wanted you to know that you have inspired me many times. Today I voted for you and just wanted to thank you for all you do. Win / or Lose you still win in the hearts of your readers! Good luck & here’s hoping you win! Your kitchen turned out amazing!!
Thank you so much Theresa! Your note touched my heart. 🙂
Wow – I’m blown away! What an undertaking, and what amazing results. So good Lia – you deserve to win!!
Haeley you are a sweetheart! Hugs!!!
Voted! And will again til the end. I am a turqouise/Tiffany blue addict too, so my kitchen is laden with it. Love the idea you had for the fridge…very original. Mine is just an average white fridge, but I might be inspired to change that.
I hope you win, as I know you will do wonderful things with your winnings! Keep up the good work! 😉
Thank you so much for your support!! Love to hear from a fellow Tiffany blue addict:) I think this pattern would look great on your white fridge!
Beatiful Lia, I voted for your creativity and your scandinavian kitchen.
Thank you, I am so happy to hear that you liked it:)
You probably hear this a lot but your kitchen is just amazing. I would sit in it all the time. Everything is spot on, and so many interesting decorations. You are a huge inspiration
You are a sweet heart. And if you love my kitchen please vote for me;-) https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCricut?sk=app_181518015386164
You’re kitchen is beautiful! I love how calming it is, can I ask what kind of tile you used for the back splash?
It is a glass tile that I found at Home Depot. Very easy to install and I love the look.
Wow! What a beautiful kitchen! Those touches of blue are perfect!
Una cocina envidiable, es preciosa.
Thank you! 😉
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I love you kitchen!
Where did you get your stainless soap dispenser pictured next to your kitchen sink?
I think I got it at IKEA, but it was a long time ago. I don’t know if they still carry it.
Exquisite – so bright and fresh and beautiful! And I have a personal chuckle when I see some of the Cricut things that I have now just acquired. Be sure to take a rest once in a while, wont you?
I will try;-)
Oh, forgot to ask – when you share details next week, will you also be sharing purchasing information on the products used such as the utensil holder by the sink, trays, etc?
It’s all beautiful!! Your cookie jar idea is darling 🙂
Thank you, I will be sure to share all the details in the next few weeks:)
Insanely Beautiful!!! I love how you incorporated your custom design into everyday items. I have to get a Cricut! After watching the video, I want to make everything including those cookies 🙂 . You have my vote.
Thank you, you are so sweet!!!! Thank you for your vote:)
Wow , looks gorgeous. Love the countertops. I am also of Danish descent. My Grandparents came over on a ship from Denmark that docked at Ellis Island. They ultimately ended up in Wisconsin where they lived out their lives.
It is interesting how most Scandinavians ended up in the Great Lakes Region and Pacific North West area. I am dreaming about visiting Scandinavia one of these days:)
Wow, just beautiful! I’ve also got a thing for owls and combo Scandinavian/Native American design touches. I’m not as deft at it as you are, though!
Did you have to do anything to the counters so that won’t/don’t stain? I like the look of concrete, but have heard it stains easily.
Will you be doing a post about that cute tea towel?
I put olive oil on the counters, we will see how it holds up. I will be posting all of the projects in the next two weeks so stay tuned:)
It’s gorgeous, Lia, SIMPLY gorgeous! I hope you’ll share how you painted the dishes, especially the mugs and walls on the wall (oh my – I love those), and maybe the oil & vinegar/salt & pepper set, and … and …
I love it all.
Thank you, your comment made my day:) I will be sharing the details over the next two weeks so stay tuned:)
As always your awesome creativity and your generosity in sharing are a big win for all of us who are such fans. I love your new kitchen with its bright combination of PNW touches and that Scandinavian flair! Thanks, Lia. Off to vote for you now…..
P.S. Still loving
my ‘sunshine’ bag from the Cricut play day at your house. 🙂
Thank you Becky!! I appreciate your vote, think it opens on Monday. So happy to hear you are enjoying your sunshine bag, I love mine too:)
Love, love, love it! Makes me want to hurry and renovate my kitchen, but I’m too busy making paper flowers! Seriously, it is just beautiful and I can see why it is your favorite room. One question, could you tell me where to look in Cricut for the pattern you used on refrigerator and tray. I don’t know what to call it! Many thanks for all your wonderful inspirations.
Rosemary, you made my day!!!! Love this comment!! I will be sharing the details over the next two weeks, voting starts on Monday so check back:)
WOW! So many wonderful plan pretty things – amazing! FABULOUS video too. Brava!!!!
Thank you! My favorite comment of the day!!
I absolutely love the pops of color, and the concrete counters are refreshing in the sea of granite.
Thank you Susan. Exactly how I feel:) Amazing how warm it feels, I am in love with my new kitchen:)
Really beautiful (as always), Lia.
I am building a kitchen in my home and my base colours are white, white + white.
Then my contrast colours are turquoise & teal.
I see a pattern emerging here 😉
Your new kitchen looks gorgeous! Can I ask you where did you buy the wooden sink brushes?
Sur la Table:)
I spy a glassybaby!!! Love you place!
Nicely spotted:) You got an eye for detail, I love glassybaby!
Thank you!! I will surely be cooking a lot more now:)
I love the colors and how bright your kitchen looks. I hate to go into my gloomy apartment kitchen! I should try to spruce it up; using your kitchen as inspiration!
Love to hear that you find my kitchen to be an inspiration. Have fun, a few changes will go a long way!
Hypnotisingly beautiful, Lia!
I may have to share my owl cupcakes with you (no owls were harmed in making those, of course). 😉
Ha ha. I love it!!! I definitively have a thing for owls;-)
Love, love, love it!
Thank you so much:) Have to admit it has become my favorite room, you should pop over for tea!!
Beautiful, beautiful transformation! Love all of the Scandinavian touches you added (even to the new refrigerator)! Just beautiful! Good luck!
Thank you so much!!! Please come back and vote for me next week:)
Love your kitchen! It’s so warm and welcoming.
Thank you so much. I have to say I just love how it turned out:)
I love it all! So gorgeous!
Thank you. It is my new favorite room:)
So welcoming. I love it all. I need to purchase a Cricut or a Silhouette? Have you tried both?
I would pick the Cricut Explore and here is why
Just lovely! I love how it all came together. Where did you purchased the white owl batter bowl or is it a mug?
West Elm. I love owls:)
So fun and inspiring!
I’d love to know more about the concrete counter tops, those three little white bowls with colors inside, the boxwood wreath, and the little fox jar.
Beautiful work, as always, and thank you for sharing 🙂
Hi Krystal, I love my new kitchen! The little bowl and fox jar are both from West Elm, I picked up the boxwood wreath at Target and the concrete counter tops were a DIY project with help from a carpenter. I love love who they turned out but it was definitely a messy and dusty experience;-)
Great job! I would paint the little shelf pegs turquoise to match the wall paper! I can’t wait to try some of the cricut projects.
That is a great idea, I am going to do that right away. Next week I will share the Cricut projects I made.
I love it! Reminds me of my Mom’s kitchen in the 60’s except her cabinets were light maple. I have just a couple of her turquoise items from then.
That makes me so happy to hear since I was going for the Modern mixed with 60’s vibe.
I love your kitchen. My one mistake when I built my house was to put the kitchen in the middle of the house-there is no window over my sink!!! Curious about the mugs and dishes-are those decals or did you find those treasures? I would love to get the owl mug and dish for my daughter who is all about owls. Thank again for the tour-enjoy your kitchen!
I love owls too:) Can you tell. I can never resist buying one. The mugs and dishes are a DIY project. I designed the patterns for this competition and adhered them to the pottery with Cricut vinyl. I will be sharing more details about the projects next week so stay tuned.