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Rawkstar Kitchen Tour : Jen Hansard

Welcome to my kitchen, rawkstar! It’s so much fun to share my favorite spaces with you, from my backyard garden to inside my home… welcoming you is the best. My kitchen is one of those places where I could spend every minute of my day (and sometimes I do just that!). It is the place in our home where everyone gathers for meals, homework, serious conversations and Dutch Blitz card games.

Yet it wasn’t always that way. When we bought our house, this was the kitchen:

before and after kitchen remodel

It def wasn’t my style, but I knew the moment we walked in that I could make it something fresh, bright and special to my family. So I was patient, we saved money and I collected ideas from magazines and Pinterest until I felt like I had the vision solidified. Then Ryan, me and our friends Geovany + Dayra got to work. My main role was picking out materials, blending smoothies and making coffee.

I really wanted it to be a space where everyone could feel comfortable and inspired at the same time. The result of our kitchen renovation is a kitchen that fuels me… not just with fresh food and my favorite coffee, but also with inspiration.

Full disclosure: This is the cleanest my kitchen has ever been… and ever will be. Right now as I’m typing this I see nail polish splattered on my floor (I haven’t mopped in over a month…maybe two), spaghetti sauce and cheese is on my counter from the kids making their own pizzas for lunch and there’s a pile of dishes that are drying and need to be put away. 

It is with huge excitement that I get to welcome you into my home. Here is a tour of my kitchen, friends.

Jen Hansard Kitchen shiplap and dutch blue cabinets

When we moved into our home, the kitchen lacked natural light. The windows in the kitchen were tiny and the cabinets were brown— so it just felt small and dark. Adding more windows was the first big change I knew we needed to make. So, we knocked out part of the wall, cupboards and made the windows much bigger. The natural light comes pouring in and it lights me up (literally).

Jen Hansard Kitchen shiplap

We also adding in faux shiplap backsplash, concrete countertops and split color cabinets. The bottom cabinets are a dutch navy color that was inspired by our trips to Amsterdam and love of Dutch painters like Van Gogh, Vermeer and Frans Hal. The concrete countertops were a beast to create (and move into place) but we def love them and enjoy having a more unique countertop. It also works really well when doing recipe photography!

Fresh fruits and veggies are a must in our kitchen! I always try to have our fruit basket filled up so a quick healthy snack is at hand. It is not uncommon for Jackson to eat about 3 or 4 clementines at one time. If you put fresh fruit in front of him, he will eat it. He’s our fruit king. We don’t complain; we just keep a good supply on hand.

Jen Hansard Kitchen with hanging mason jar light

I can’t imagine a light fixture without mason jars in our kitchen. It just seems appropriate, right? A friend at church made this DIY Mason Jar Light and I could not be happier with the result. It fits in perfectly with our kitchen!

Here are just a few of my favorite decor items that always find a way to make me smile when I need it most:[/vc_column_text][mpc_grid_images images=”20461,20453,20452″ cols=”3″ gap=”8″ image_opacity=”100″ effect=”none” image_hover_opacity=”100″]

Jen Hansard Kitchen Bookshelf

Our open book shelf was soooo needed! I have an obsession with cookbooks and def want my favorites close by.  I try to keep them organized by color… that’s totally normal right? They are beautiful. But they are also so full of inspiration!!! My favorite cookbook (besides Simple Green Smoothies, of course) is The Joy of Cooking. It is such a classic go to for me. When I moved out of my parent’s house, my mom gave me that book as a gift. It was sort of my survival guide, and it’s come in handy many times! When my mom wasn’t right by my side, I knew I could turn to this gem and find the answer! It is a must!

Here’s a few more favs you could pick up if you’re in the market to eat more plants:

As I mentioned in my Backyard Garden Tour, composting is a huge part of our lives. This Earth Cycle container sits on our counter and is usually full every day. We don’t have a lot of garbage, but we do certainly have a lot of compost. Our garden loves it.

Jen Hansard Kitchen Berkey Water Filter

This Berkey Water Jug is one of the best investments we have ever made— and it’s been a huge money saver in the long run. We drink so much more water now that it taste great. It filters our city water (that tastes like bleach!) and gives us more confidence that the water we are drinking is actually pure and healthy. We use their filters that remove bacteria, viruses, fluoride and other things I’d rather not ingest on a regular basis. It also doesn’t require batteries or a plug— it’s gravity fed and perfect IF there ever was a natural disaster.

This area of the kitchen… this right here… is my happy place. You all know how much I love coffee… well, this right here is where I make my favorite espresso drink. (Espresso, butter, and mct oil all blended up to make the best yumminess!) I do try to replace my coffee with a green smoothie as often as possible, but sometimes this espresso machine just calls my name. It’s all in moderation, right?

After much research, we went with the Rancilio Silva machine + grinder on Amazon. I bought a refurbished model to save some money.

Ryan and I (and Clare and Jackson) spend a lot of time together blending our favorite smoothies and cooking up goodness. We have shared a lot of laughs with friends and family in this exact spot and we are so grateful to call it home.


I would love to hear what you love most about your kitchen. If you’ve blogged about your kitchen, please share a link below so I can check it out! Who knows, it might inspire me for our next projects…

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  1. Kate Baker

    August 11th, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Jen, your new kitchen is a breath of fresh air! I really like the layout you started with, but the new look of s sooo inviting! Enjoy!! (Did you cheat a little by going on a road trip while the work was being done? )

  2. Jen Hansard

    August 11th, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Thanks Katie. I actually did the remodel last year and just never shared about it. Life got so busy and I just found some time to slow down, take some pics and share it with the community. But speaking of road trips— I did do a VERY epic one this summer.

  3. Clarissa

    August 11th, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Oh my goodness – scribbling ideas for my next kitchen right now! So perfect for you guys – thanks for letting us in!

  4. Jen Hansard

    August 11th, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Yeah! Glad you liked it. It was so fun and it really did turn out just how I wanted it. Def pin some pics for inspiration!

  5. Chris

    August 11th, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Ok – I need your help in OUR kitchen! I’ll have to stalk you on Pinterest to get some of these ideas for ourselves. I LOVE what you put together.

  6. Jen Hansard

    August 11th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    You betcha! We’ll come up and help you out!!!

  7. Eileen Irwin

    August 11th, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Your new kitchen looks awesome. I totally love the mason jar light fixture. Think she would make me one:) Amazing job.

  8. Jen Hansard

    August 11th, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Awwww, so happy you like it! I bet she would make one for you. If you’re super serious, email us (https://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact)and I can put you in touch with her.

  9. Tanya Fan

    August 11th, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Love your newer kitchen! Great ideas and tpuches to make it unique and feel cozy yet open! My favs are your book shelf, tile, ceiling light and definately getting more light with a big winfow and wbite cabinets!

  10. Jen Hansard

    August 11th, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    The bookshelf was such a winner. I love how it not only adds convenience but so much happiness— it’s like a rainbow of colors. The larger window made such a difference too. I remember debating about doing it since it added more expense, yet it was SO worth it.

  11. Fatima

    August 11th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations for the new remodeling
    I love your open book shelf love it and I also love your coffe station Coffee lover right here ☕️

  12. Vidhya Sundaram

    August 12th, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Your new kitchen is so beautiful!! It looks so fresh and inviting! I have to look into the water jug you have.

  13. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    October 20th, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Hi Vidhya,

    It’s currently part of our October giveaway! Check it out here…


  14. Stephanie

    October 19th, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Can you tell me the exact cooor of navy paint you used please?

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