Holy moly…I just realized I haven’t shared our updated cocina with y’all. Our kitchen remodel was completed mid-March. It was months in the planning and three months living through the construction, but it is DONE! Introducing the new Muy Bueno Cocina! I still take a double-take when I see it. I can’t believe this dreamy kitchen is ours.

blogger Yvette Marquez standing in her newly redesigned kitchen.

Bienvenidos (welcome)! Come on in and take a tour. I linked all the sources to all the products! If you have any questions, ask away in the comments. Mi casa es su casa!

Before we get into the full reveal… look at what our kitchen looked like before.

before picture of the Muy Bueno kitchen with white builder grade cabinetry.

And here is the after!!!

after photo of the redesigned kitchen with hand painted spanish backsplash, new kitchen island, black cabinetry, and a wolf range.

I finished writing my dream cookbook, so I figured why not celebrate a new year with a dream kitchen! After all, I also needed a break from the craziness of testing cookbook recipes.

We have lived in our home for over 17 years. I never thought this would be our forever home, but it is. Our children have grown up here and anytime I started looking around at other homes they didn’t like the idea. They have never wanted to move. 

blogger Yvette Marquez standing in front of a teal colored built-in cabinet in her kitchen.

Rather than trying to find my dream kitchen in another house, it was time to give our home my dream kitchen. 

For anyone who has wanted to tackle a kitchen remodel it is quite intimidating. There are so many little details and options – it’s very overwhelming (not to mention costly!). There were many years I would look into it, but I could never bite the bullet or pick the style I wanted. 

shot of redesigned kitchen from the dining table to reveal the large stainless fridge.

All I knew was that I was over our all-white/neutral kitchen and I wanted a change. I wanted a kitchen with pops of turquoise and a kitchen that reflected my style. I wanted something Spanish-Mexican, but modern.

artist rendering of new kitchen layout.

Once I realized I was ready to bite the bullet and truly ready for a kitchen remodel I hired interior designer, Cory Decker. The renderings and drawings she and the cabinet maker, Heather Evans, provided really helped me visualize the space and design.

artist rendering of new kitchen layout without adding the dining table.

I had finally decided on the look I wanted, but there were details I wasn’t positive about. Do I want to keep the existing layout? What color/style of cabinets? What appliances? SO MANY CHOICES. Never in a million years would I have had the courage to select black cabinetry without these renderings.

The one thing I knew I wanted was this backsplash – I fell in love with this Spanish home and kitchen and hunted for the backsplash and brass hardware details that made that kitchen so special.

closeup shot of new blue, white, and grey handpainted backsplash with black cabinets and copper pulls.

We began demo early January and lived in our home throughout the project. We set up a mini kitchen in our master bedroom. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I shared many stories about the progress. For those of you who missed it, check out the highlight reel “Kitchen Remodel” for a glimpse of the before, during, and after.

galley view of newly designed kitchen showing part of the built in hutch, the kitchen island, range, and refrigerator.

These photos were taken before a few finishing touches arrived, such as window coverings and kitchen stools, but for the most part – this is our new cocina and we couldn’t be happier.

kitchen dining table set with a vase of flowers.



another galley view of the new kitchen with an orange and blue runner on the terracotta floor.


stainless steel wolf range with red handles is featured prominently in the new kitchen.

Faucet and Sink

hammered metal farmhouse sink with black faucet and white granite looking out onto a wall of windows.


Aged brass hardware


More details:

  • Contractors: I can’t say enough amazing things about Jake over at Manley Restoration & Remodeling. He is beyond amazing!
  • Designer: Cory Decker — she really helped me make so many decisions and really brought my vision to life.
  • Cabinet Maker: BKC Kitchen & Bath — Heather Evans designed the realistic renderings to help me visualize the space.
  • Quartz Counters: Ironclad Construction — I selected quartz because it is affordable and easier to maintain than marble, but it looks like Carrara marble!
  • Hutch and buffet paint color: Inchyra Blue by Farrow & Ball.
  • Mexican pottery and decor: Read this blog post (Mi Cocina) for some of my favorite online shops.
closeup shot of a terracotta vase of multicolored flowers with a piece of papel picado cut to read Muy Bueno Fiestas.


I thankfully love all the details! I can’t think of anything I would do differently. If I truly had the space, I would add in a wine fridge and an extra dishwasher, but besides that…I love my new space and feel beyond grateful for it all!

Photography: Jenna Sparks