Happy 2018! And holy deep freeze! Our clients are keeping warm and cozy though in their new space - there is nothing cold about this kitchen before and after. We were tasked with bringing this 60's, outdated kitchen up to 2018 (and maybe even into the next mid-century) while preserving the bits of glamour that sets this house apart. Gorgeous brass hardware, original light fixtures, floor to ceiling picture windows, mid-century class abounds here - and we were happy to be a part of the rehab!
Everything had to go - except for the cool, original indoor grill - and we did think twice before ditching that rooster. (JK!) Not many tears were shed when the floral drop ceiling came down either.
A chef's kitchen from the past, this space had to be re-imagined for two cooks, way more storage, new appliances, proper lighting, and a comfy sitting, eating, and reading-the-paper-kind-of nook. PLUS look good of course. We maximized natural light and opened a tight space by rejecting traditional upper cabinets, and designed an island and buffet for beauty as well as functional storage. The cold fluorescent ceiling lighting was replaced with layers of warm LED light: pendants, sconces, and recessed fixtures, so there is never a dull corner.
While looking for classic, yet modern ways to open this tight area, a cut-up mud room gave way to floor to ceiling pantry cabs (well crafted by our local cabinet guy, Henry of Cabinet Specialties LLC) and a happy space for laundry. Even I would iron in here now!
Just a few more details that we love about this kitchen and laundry room:
- the warm brass accents in the lighting and hardware,
- the beauty of flat front cabinets in white oak,
- the stonework aptly crafted by our favorite local supplier in CT, G&F Granite,
- the two-toned kitchen using Farrow + Ball light blue and natural wood cabinets,
- the ceiling beams we added for visual interest and to camouflage the recessed lighting,
- the contrast of the soapstone counter top against the glossy subway tile in the laundry.
Did we mention that we loved working on this project? We're so fortunate to have kind and trusting clients that allow us to work in their home. Thank you P & T! We miss working with you!
The master bathroom is just as warm and lovely - and literally around the corner, so stay tuned! Enjoy more pics here.
See you soon. --d+e