Happy Happy Friday!!
Today I wanted to share some photos of my parents recently completed kitchen that I worked with them on.
To recap, their old kitchen had 23-year-old built-in appliances that all needed to be replaced. Everything was looking a little aged, so my parents decided to bite the bullet and do a full remodel. They brought me on as the designer, and I was thrilled to work with them on this!
They wanted a light, airy kitchen that was stylish (mostly Mom's request) yet very practical. They are foodies who love to cook & entertain, so it was important for the kitchen to not only look nice, it also had to be a good working space that could sustain heavy use.
Anyway, here she is, in all of her light & airy goodness:
We went with a light granite as opposed to marble counters for practicality reasons, and are really happy with how the "River White" turned out. It's not marble, but it's very pretty.
*By the way, I'll include all of the sources at the bottom of the post, for those interested :)
The cabinets are shaker style, with the perimeter cabinets a true white, and the island color a light gray (color matched to Sherwin Williams "Dorian Gray").
The floors are a wood laminate that have been awesome so far. We were going for that weathered wood look, and these fit the bill perfectly.
The island is pretty massive and the large drawers offer amazing storage! It also provides plenty of prep space, and a great spot to gather around & chat while cooking or entertaining. My Mom is especially excited for holidays when she will be able to lay out tons of food buffet style!
Here is a shot of one set of the glass upper cabinets. We added these West Elm vases to the top for a little color, and since it's hard to reach the top shelf anyway.
We also ended up going with a light gray subway tile with white grout. We loved that it's still a soft, light color that complements the granite counters, but contrasts nicely with the white cabinets.
I added a large glass vase with clipped branches to the center of the island to break up the large horizontal surface and to draw the eye up. I love the dimension that it adds, and the look in general (see more examples of why I love decorating with leafy branches here!)
The cooktop is on the island, and it's great having tons of prep space around it. Initially, my parents wanted a gas cooktop, but that meant running a gas line from the opposite side of the house... no bueno.
We decided to go with an induction cooktop, and it is absolutely awesome. Heats up unbelievably fast (I'm talking boiling water in 30-60 seconds!), and responds very quickly to increased or reduced temperature. Again, can't say enough good things about it.
My Mom loves collecting colorful artwork whenever my parents travel, so most of the art in this gallery wall are from a few of her favorite places... from the riverbanks of the Seine in Paris, Montmarte, Hawaii, San Francisco, etc. It's a great way to have a daily, visual reminder of some of your favorite trips!
And to refresh your memory on where it all started, here is a little before & after:
As you can see, it's a pretty big change!
One of the best parts of the kitchen remodel is how connected it is to the family room space now. While they were spatially connected before, the old kitchen had a pensinsula with overhead cabinets that blocked the view into the family room... Now it feels like one big open room that's perfect for entertaining, cooking, dining, or just hanging out & watching TV.
Here are some shots of the new and improved family room space:
You may recognize the DIY botanical chart that I posted a couple weeks ago... I think it works great in this spot, right next to their TV and fiddle leaf fig.
The blue Oriental rug has been in my Mom's family for nearly a century, and we wanted that to be the main pop of color in the room. We incorporated more blue tones with the pillows, and stuck with an entirely blue, green, and neutral color palette. My parents loved their existing tan leather sofas, so we made sure to bring in some tan tones as well.
So there you have it! Mom and Dad's recently completed kitchen! It makes me so happy that they love the new space - it truly is a joy to spend time in!
And, of course I couldn't post these photos without mentioning the great contractors who made it happen! Simply Kitchens did an excellent job executing our vision, and we couldn't be happier with their quality of work. Please consider them if you live in the Sacramento area, and are thinking of remodeling - they are great to work with!
Finally, as mentioned above, here is a list of sources for both the kitchen & family room:
Cooktop - GE Monogram 30" Induction Cooktop
Flooring - Mannington Laminate - Restoration Collection, Black Forest Oak in "Weathered"
Pendant Lights - Ballard Designs - Addie Pendants in "Clear"
Chandelier over Table - West Elm - White Rectangle Capiz Chandelier
Apron Front Sink - Blanco Fireclay
Flat Roman Shades - The Shade Store - In "Oatmeal" and "Ivory" Linen
Granite - "River White" slabs from Arizona Tile
Hardware Pulls - Pulls Direct - 6.25" Residential Essentials 10349 Bar Pull in "Satin Nickel"
Coffee Table - West Elm - Box Frame Coffee Table
Side Tables - West Elm - Box Frame Nesting Tables
Table Lamp - West Elm - Clear Glass Jug Lamp
Curtain Rod - Overstock - Stately Adjustable Curtain Rod Set (115"-165") - *Note - it is surprisingly hard to find a decent extra long curtain rod that is long enough for sliders. This one is very sturdy, and well made for the price.
Curtains - Pottery Barn - Payton Pole Pocket Linen/Cotton Drape in "White" - *Note - I love how light & airy these look with the light shining behind them!
Whew! That was a long one! ;)
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!