Updated: Aug 22
Proof that your Dream Home may be closer than you think...
We had the privilege of renovating this couple's laundry and mudroom a year or two ago, and were called back to create the kitchen of their dreams. Slowly but surely, they're creating a bespoke, custom home within the bones of their average 80's home! Renovating where you're at can ensure that the choices made serve your family needs and aesthetic perhaps even better than something "move-in-ready." Here's some before and afters of that project.
"No way that's the same house!"
We're hearing a lot of this in publishing this project, but pinky promise...same house! It's amazing what taking out a couple of walls can do. The family found the previous dining room redundant since they sat at the kitchen table mostly, and knew that the island seating would satisfy the overflow. This allowed them to create an expansive work area and lots of great storage, not to mention the open concept lifestyle they were seeking.
Today's Take on the White Kitchen
The classic white kitchen is always a winner. But I love the softness of today's take on the timeless classic. We're warming up the white paint, and adding wood tones and more saturated neutrals in accents to add warmth and softness.
We used BM Dove Wing OC 18 on the cabinetry, and a custom stain on the island. Dove Wing sits in between a cream and a warm white, which makes it a little less yellow than a lot of creams. We had the cabinetmaker produce additional material in the same colour to create the banquette for a seamless, custom look.
We were running the same LVP we had installed downstairs during the mudroom/laundry room renovation, so I wanted to pop the island and go for a deep, rich tone. We're really happy with how this custom stain turned out, it adds a beautiful contrast in this airy space.
Warm it Up
There seems to be a trend towards warmth since the Covid lockdowns, which only makes sense - our homes became our cocoons and we needed them to feel comfortable and soothing. Beyond paint, we also added a warmth to this space by opting for warm metals such as champagne bronze and polished nickel. Polished nickel has a high-shine finish like chrome, but a with gorgeous warm undertone vs the cool undertone of chrome. All the plumbing fixtures in this space are polished nickel, while the cabinetry hardware and light fixtures are champagne.
We also added an eclectic mix of warm neutral textiles to the banquette via pillows, and a super soft, washable runner by @Magnolia Home. Adding textiles to a utilitarian space can really help to cozy it up! Opt for performance fabrics in a dining space for durability and washability. We love Tonic Living, a Canadian company which makes stunning pillows (and draperies!) and have the best inserts!
Speaking of textures, the hood fan was done in a super subtle plaster finish by @Artisan Plaster, and the slight curve also helps to soften all the right angles in a kitchen. Think Old-Europe texture vs 90's exterior stucco. So pretty.
Blending Old & New
My favourite spaces are a good mix of styles and elements (but with a name like Juxta, that probably doesn't come as a shock to you!) I love that this space mixes traditional shapes (like the faucets, cup pulls, ornate crown, shaker cabinetry, bricklay subway tile backsplash, pedestal table) with more modern elements such as the sleek hood fan cover, clean quartz countertop, light fixtures and the chairs and stools.
Some pictures of the Mudroom/Laundry Room we did previously in this home
What do you think of this transformation? We'd love to hear from you!
And if you'd like to discuss your dream kitchen plans, reach out for a free Discovery Call today!
We have another gorgeous kitchen to share, so keep your eyes peeled for that in the coming weeks!
Wishing you all good things!
Photo Credit: Nina Maria Photography