Each design project offers its own unique set of parameters; things to consider and design around. In each scenario one of the more important influences is the shell; the exterior and interior architecture of the home. The bones of the home not only give you a peek into its history, but also a direction in which the design should go.
This job description was to update the bathroom and kitchen in a 1930’s home. The house had great bones. An old fireplace, great wood floors and lots of potential. The living room was adjacent to the kitchen and right off the front entry, so we widened the cased opening to create one open space. For the kitchen and the bathroom, I kept the design clean. Classic shaker cabinets painted white with black countertops and carrara subway tile. The goal was to speak to the history of the home while creating a fresh and updated look. A large island in the center of the kitchen incorporated cabinets on the front and back for additional storage, with a countertop overhang that also provided seating. This open approach would encourage connection between the living room and kitchen. The light fixture that I chose to hang above the island was a show stopper. A modern take on a traditional oil lamp, it was finished in matte black with gold leaf on the inside of the shades.
The kitchen was styled with natural wood tones, deep colored rugs and art and fresh greenery. The walls were painted white and the floors refinished in a dark stain; the perfect combination for accentuating architectural details while also creating a nice backdrop for it’s modern updates. This project was so much fun to work on. A home with great structure to work around and lots of opportunity for fresh details; a designer’s dream come true!