To update the adjacent family room, we simply took the cabinet doors off, allowing for bookshelves. Then we painted the backs of the bookshelves with Benjamin Moore’s Jackson Tan (which reads chocolate brown) to give some depth. Finally, I added library lights from Circa Lighting that bring in soft illumination.
When we bought our current house, we loved the bones. But, we knew that we wanted to update the kitchen. I’m not an interior designer, but after having bought and sold 4 homes, I knew I could handle this remodel.
Hmmm…… small space, no room for an island….what was this going to look like? Then, I saw Michael’s kitchen in House Beautiful. I knew this was the inspiration I was looking for. Galley kitchen, neutral colors, stainless appliance and an open doorway at one end, just like I had.
I enlisted the help of Jennifer Howard of JWH Design and Cabinetry. Jen understood exactly what I needed and came up with the actual design and custom cabinetry. We simply moved the doorway going into the hallway…and that simple shift made all the difference.
Around the corner from the bar sink (a wine frig is below), we updated my desk area with dark wood to compliment the stone in the kitchen. The steel magnetic board allows me to change out children’s artwork and invitations.
I splurged on some things: ie. hand glazed tiles from Country Floors (Michael’s source), Viking appliances and the “Julia” faucets from Waterworks. I saved by keeping my hardwood floors and buying inexpensive pulls and knobs from Restoration Hardware.
Ultimately, I got a high functioning kitchen that I enjoy using, even if it doesn’t have the big center island everyone loves.
Here’s to cooking up your own designs!