West Chester Kitchen Project: Before & After

I’m so excited to share this kitchen renovation with you today.   This has been one of my favorite kitchens I’ve done in a long while and I’ve been sitting on these pics for months.  I can’t hold it in any longer!

Stylistically I love that this kitchen is unique.  I don’t get to do green kitchens very often, so I jumped at the chance to show that an olive green cabinet could result in a warm, bright, timeless kitchen.

Functionally we completely re-worked and improved this kitchen WITHIN the existing footprint. Our major goals were to maximize storage, create dedicated zones, and improve function. We wanted a place for everything, so thought through our clients’ lives – both grown-ups and kids – to create a kitchen that would be a happier, more organized space to live in.

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AFTER

This client’s home is modern and angular, and is nestled within a wooded lot. We wanted to take advantage of and expand the views of the surrounding trees, and create a kitchen that balanced the rustic surroundings with the home’s contemporary architecture.

We began with a complete gut job; widening the kitchen window and opening up to the dining room to improve flow. We installed new wood floors,  custom cabinets, quartzite countertops and appliances.  A full wall of white subway tile and brass and iron accents complete the room.

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AFTER

Since we intentionally left the sink wall open and airy, we needed to find a ton of useful storage nearby.  This became the challenge for the angled wall.   Prior to renovation, this section of the kitchen was under-utilized, especially the desk and open shelves.  We re-oriented it and extended the cabinetry and now it has so much storage!  There are loads of pantry shelves, double ovens, and chilled beverage drawers.  I call this the snack zone.  Pantry/ Microwave/ Refrigerator in a convenient place while out of the way of the chef’s work zone.

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One of my favorite features in this kitchen is the hutch that we custom built to hold china and glassware. It looks like furniture rather than cabinetry, and has glass doors on both sides so that the client can access contents from both kitchen and dining room.   I purposely contrasted this piece by choosing a rich cherry stain rather than matching it to the other cabinetry.  I like having one piece that doesn’t match as it makes a space feel more effortless and comfortable.

Storage PS- Most of my clients’ everyday dishes are in this hutch,  The not-so-cute stuff is conveniently tucked in drawers next to the dishwasher.

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A big complaint pre-renovation was that the dining room felt dark and disconnected.  We opened up, added some gorgeous wallpaper and lighting that makes the room so much more inviting.

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The adjoining breakfast nook was already pretty magical, with the existing conservatory windows that allow you to enjoy breakfast as if in a tree-house. We glammed up the experience by installing this globe branched chandelier and oblong tulip table. We replaced the existing banquet seating with custom cabinetry to offer ample storage opportunities, and topped it with white ostrich vinyl cushions (to forgive inevitable spills), and an assortment of playful pillows to invite lounging and reading in this space.

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I am so pleased with how this renovation turned out.  I really wanted to create a special space that felt warm and timeless – but different from an average white kitchen, which didn’t seem to fit this property. Instead, I wanted something more earthy and organic that was also crisp and classic.  It was all about balancing the warm tones (wood, green, iron) with the strong influence of white where it matters (walls and counters.)  The new kitchen is beautiful, inviting and functional and I know amazing meals and memories are being made here!

  1. Just wow, to all of it. I love the cabinetry, and the lighting. It doesn’t look like the same space AT ALL. It’s stunning, and unique.

    • Naomi

      Lizzie, really appreciate it – thanks!

  2. Peggi

    Amazing. Truly. The green is spectacular, and that storage wall looks genius. Love the hutch, the breakfast nook, the dining room…yup. Everything. You’ve got skills.

    • Naomi

      Thanks so much, Peggi!

  3. Angela

    This is beautiful. I recently updated the lighting in my kitchen too. I had florescent and decided I wanted chandeliers over my island. I also added recessed lighting because I didn’t think the chandeliers would be enough lighting for the kitchen. I see you removed your recessed lightings and decided to go with the chandeliers only. Can you share your thought process behind this?

    • Naomi

      Hi Angela. Thanks for asking, it’s a good question! We actually edited the recessed lights out of the photos, but in reality there are some in place. While they don’t “show” well in photos, they are so necessary for a functional, well lit work space. We did streamline the recessed lights and placed them directly over the work areas, so the new ones are a little more strategic.

  4. Mary

    Can you share where the globe branched chandelier is from?
    This kitchen is such a refreshing change from what I usually see.
    Come to think of it…your designs are never what I normally see. I guess that’s why I love your work.

  5. laurie clabbers

    Love this! Wondering if you can share the name/manufacturer of the quartzite?

    • Naomi

      Hi Laurie. Of course – the name of the quartzite is Mont Blanc.

      • laurie clabbers

        Thank you!

  6. Naomi, WOWSA! I could not stop scrolling back to the befores, a stunning transformation per usual and you reconfigured everything seamlessly! Love that the owl cookie jar made the before & afters too 🙂

    • Naomi

      Aw, thanks Jana – I really appreciate it!

  7. Monika

    Oooh, a blog post with lots of pictures! This is sooo good! Everything about this space is different yet so confortable. I’m especially fond of that conservatory /breakfast nook. What a luxury to lounge in the tree house – like atmosphere!

    • Naomi

      Thank you, Monika! That conservatory nook is pretty spectacular, I agree!

  8. Katelyn

    beautiful Naomi! By the way, I don’t know if you would ever have clients or yourself open to this, but more details on how you design storage behind the cabinets in a kitchen would be a really interesting post to me… like how do you go about taking inventory and customizing a space to fit your needs? Perhaps that is one of those tricks of the trade, though. Inspiring work!

    • Naomi

      Thanks for the feedback, Katelyn. Yes, I have thought of doing a blog post on how I approach kitchen space planning for a client. Glad to know you’d be interested. Stay tuned!

  9. So pretty, Naomi! It’s refreshing to see something different, and it feels so cozy and welcoming. Great work!

    • Naomi

      Thank you, Katie!

  10. Amanda

    It’s so pretty! Can you share the source of the open shelving to the right of the sink??? Love it!

    • Naomi

      Thanks, Amanda! We purchased the open shelving off of Etsy some time ago. Try searching for “turnbuckle shelf.” Hope that helps! Good luck!

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