If you follow us on instagram (and you absolutely should, you can find us @designmanifest) then you may have spied a new project: #BalaCynwydModernBoho. We are remodeling the kitchen of a longtime client and it is going to be really good It’s pretty awesome working with someone who you’ve known for years. I have designed every other room in their house. (You can see a few here.) The kitchen is the last room to get its makeover and it’s well overdue. We are actually doing the master bath too, but I’ll have to save that for another post.
Working on this design was like playtime. My client has so much trust in me that I would just throw out ideas and she would just be totally game. I know what the house needs. It wants to be classic, yet funky. Colorful yet refined. Pretty much the place you want to BE. So we are turning this kitchen into the heart of this home.
This is mostly a cosmetic upgrade with some crafty layout improvement. We initially hoped to take out the back stair and gain some critical square footage in the kitchen. Sadly complex structure and high construction bids thwarted those plans. Instead we working within the existing walls to improve the kitchen.
We are removing these cabinets to make way for a bigger island. They were shallow and non-functional, so we are able to re-gain this storage elsewhere. It’s a win-win for me to gain a bit of wall space and have a better looking island. Shapely islands make me weary. A rectangular island is much more clean and classic.
We are also removing this door and moving the refrigerator and pantry to this wall. It will be nice so have them tucked out of the way here.
Before you would walk into the kitchen and stare at the fridge and oven. Now, you will see the custom range hood and marble herringbone backsplash. We have a focal point and we have a good functional work triangle. We have a winner.
Like the renderings indicate, the base cabinets will be blue (Ben Moore “New York State of Mind”) and the upper cabinets will be white. The countertops will be white quartzite and the backsplash tile will be white herringbone marble. I think it will feel unique yet classic.
We drew a bit of inspiration from the following kitchens…
Kitchen by Studio Mcgee
Kitchen by Jillian Harris
Kitchen by Brittany Makes
We will be doing just a touch of brass (pendants, counter stools) but not on the cabinet hardware or faucets. I think polished nickel will pop much more against the blue and it felt more timeless to me. My goal is for this kitchen to look fantastic and new in 10 years.
While the planning and design have been in works for months, construction finally kicked off two weeks ago. We partnered with Integrity Design and Build to remodel this kitchen. So far everything is going very smoothly. I know cabinets are due to be delivered early April, so I am eagerly awaiting that moment. I will post a few project updates on instagram when I stop by the site. Right now it’s pretty much just a mess. You’ve got to make it ugly before you put it back together again.
Actually, that’s a pretty neat jobsite, isn’t it? Way to go, Integrity!