When our clients considered buying this home, they knew that it was going to need a lot of work. There were quite a few challenges in this 40 year old home. However, the house had so much potential and a floor plan they loved. They decided to take the plunge and asked us to help with the remodel to bring that vision to life, starting with the kitchen.
The Transformation | The After
The trim was mismatched and outdated throughout the house. We started by replacing it with a fresher 5″ trim and painting it in Benjamin Moore Northern Cliffs 1536. We absolutely love this versatile gray color because it has such warmth to it, unlike so many gray paints out there. It’s the perfect “griege” color and has the slightest green undertone that adds depth and dimension. All the walls got a fresh coat of paint in White Dove by Benjamin Moore.
The existing flooring consisted of square tiles which felt way too busy and needed to be replaced. We decided to replace it with durable White oak Surrey via Real Wood Floors throughout. In addition to the outdated trim and flooring, there were several mismatched styles of doors in the house. We went ahead and replaced them with new solid 5-panel doors which fit better with the style of the house and offer much better sound absorption.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and that is especially true for these clients. One of the homeowners is a chef, so it needed to be a functional space with more working room and storage. Not to mention, a space that would allow them to both create meals and entertain guests. We made the most significant changes in the kitchen, knowing the importance the room held for our clients.
By utilizing the two walls to create an L shaped layout with a large island, we were able to increase the size of the kitchen. We broke up the cabinetry over the induction range with some open shelves around the hood. This prevents the kitchen from feeling too “heavy” and provides an area to display items that reflect the family who lives there.
Our clients had such a fun style to work with. They love the modern eclectic vibe, but are also drawn to spaces with a warm vintage style. When the two meet, you get a fresh clean feel, but still with a sense of history and warmth. This style drove so many decisions in the kitchen. To start we balanced the clean shaker cabinets with aged brass cup pulls. We also mixed the stunning marble countertops, which we were so excited to use, with a clean and simple white subway tile. Marble is a bit higher maintenance and isn’t for everyone, but our clients, like us, think there is so much beauty in the imperfections that come with the way marble patinas. *Tip: If you are concerned about etching, go with a honed finish as it will be less noticeable than a polished finish.
Because our clients spend so much of their time in this room, we really wanted to set the space up for entertaining. We placed 4 of our Lewis Windsor Counter Stools at the island. Their rounded backs make them so comfortable and sturdy. Plus, we love that they are wipeable and that the gorgeous black grain ties into the black sconces we used above the open shelves. One of our favorite details on the island is the built in shelf at the end which created a space to display all the beautiful cookbooks our clients have and make them easily accessible.
They decided to forgo the traditional breakfast table since they had such a great island set up for casual eating. This allowed us to turn the hearth area into a much used casual seating area. The windows in this room are gorgeous so we instantly knew our Maxx Swivel Chairs would be perfect. They allow for a full 360 degree view outside. We love the wood base as a modern way to conceal the swivel mechanism, versus the traditional skirt that you see on most swivel chairs. Plus, the distressed leather has such a cool feel not to mention super functional. There was zero worry about these chairs with the homeowners pets.
The functioning fireplace in the space really excited our clients. To freshen it, we built a custom wood mantle and gave the brick a new coat of paint. A gorgeous round brass mirror takes the warm metal finish into the hearth area and bounces light around the room. The brass floor lamp also provides soft ambient lighting in the corner in the evening.
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