Sometimes you get to work with extra special clients who just get you. And you get them. Your styles mesh, and you build trust, and trust builds an awesome design and together you create a remarkable finished project. That my friends is what I have to share with you today.
During my first visit into a client’s home I’m trying to get a feel for their design style. I could tell right away by this client’s use of beautiful vintage rugs, collected antique furniture, and rustic wood finishes, that our design styles were aligned. They showed me inspiration photos from some of my favorite celebrity designers like Studio McGee and Jenny Komenda. They also were able to show me photos of my own work that they wanted to incorporate into their overall design. High on their “must haves list” were white cabinets, a lowered one level breakfast bar, marble look quartz, and a herringbone tile backsplash.
A non-negotiable was an apron front farm sink.
I always test my clients out to see how strongly they feel about their sink preferences. Installing a farm sink in a remodel is a definite 10-15 days minimum with no water or dishwasher. It takes a day or two to set the sink with the proper supports because they are very heavy. Then the template is done once the sink is in place. We wait 7-10 days after the template for fabrication and install. The installers like for us to wait 24 hours after install for the silicone to dry before we have the faucets installed and the dishwasher and disposal hooked up. If clients don’t have a preference, an under mount sink is easier, cheaper, and much less downtime than a farmhouse sink. But for this kitchen, nothing would do except a farmhouse sink and it was a great decision.
We replaced the metal stove hood with a custom wood hood.
We installed a drawer microwave with four new drawers on the bottom and four new doors on top- two with glass.
We extended the cabinet to fully enclose the refrigerator and built a new top cabinet that is pulled forward to make it more accessible.
We installed new shaker doors and drawers.
We raised the height of the cabinets and extended them to the ceiling by adding some decorative molding. We painted all the cabinets SW Greek Villa to unify the old with the new.
We lowered the two-tier countertop into one level countertop. (I literally do this in EVERY SINGLE KITCHEN where they will let me. It makes such a difference.)
We installed a soft white quartz that is a winner in every kitchen I have used it in.
My awesome tile installer used a 2×6 tile to knock out this herringbone pattern with a soft grey grout.
All the cabinets got updated matte black hardware.
We opted for one single larger scale pendant over the sink in a white finish that would fade into the cabinetry.
The clients added the amazing acrylic counter stools that disappear and showcase the sexy gold bases.
The black wishbone chairs are the perfect compliment to the natural wood table. The oversized lantern in the gold finish does not overpower the room because of its open airy structure.
The black metal cabinet grounds the whole space and is perfectly styled with art, greenery and collected accessories. This is the very first kitchen photo shoot that I haven’t had to bring my own styling props. First. Ever. My clients have a fabulous style and great a great sense of humor. And that made this project fun, rewarding and beautiful.
Amazing after photos were taken by Leslie Brown of Visible Style.
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