I know I’m clearly not the best at keeping our blog up to date. I’m balancing being a wife, mama to my 3 kids, working a healthcare job, running a business, and building our personal house while living in a rental. We are BUSY. But that’s okay; we tend to flourish when busy. Nonetheless, blogging seems to take a back seat even though I do enjoy it.
However, I figured this was the best way to share all the photos of our most recent client project. I’ll separate the blog posts to talk about certain areas of the home. Today’s blog will be about the kitchen and dining areas.
When we were hired for this project, the clients were tired. They had already hired and then fired/lost two other contractors. They were ready to have a team behind them that would do what they said they would do, and do it WELL. Our first portion of the job was to bring everything up to code and fix problems that weren’t necessarily “pretty” to look at, but definitely important. Once all of that was done we were able to move to the more fun part of this project.
Upon our very first consult/discussion with this client, I knew that I would have a blast designing and working for them. They loved pattern, color, and personality. They wanted their house to be original and timeless. And that’s exactly what they got. We broke out of the mold of all the current trends and created a home that’s uniquely them and will last for decades.
Their old kitchen area was pretty small, so we decided to take over the old dining space to make the kitchen huge. We custom designed an island to be big enough to serve as an eating area for their whole family, thus removing the need for the dining room. This kitchen has more storage than she will ever need. And who doesn’t love tons of storage??
I mixed the metals we used in this space, because, well, I love the visual interest that it adds to a room. I think tastefully mixing metals helps a space feel professionally designed and not “builder grade”. Our primary metal was brushed gold, but the shelf brackets are matte black and the cabinet handles are an antique gold (which feels like a gold and black combo).
Another really important element of good interior design is making a space feel cohesive. We achieved this by repeating colors, metals, and patterns throughout the home. You’ll see later on that our bathroom floor tile is black and white, which is a repeat of the white backsplash and black brackets used in the kitchen. The hall bathroom has a emerald green vanity which clearly compliments our kitchen island. Little details like this make the design choices feel intentional.
This island, oh this island…I love it so much! We drew this beauty while standing next to our client and discussing what she wanted. It turned out so perfect I could have cried when I saw it in its place. I can imagine that it will have a long and happy life being the center of all the entertainment in this home.
I love that this fireplace is now one of the superstars of this kitchen area. There’s something about a fireplace being in a non-traditional space that makes it stand out even more and say, “Look at me!”. I also love that the brick is still raw and untouched. It adds so much character to the room!
You see those shelves next to the fireplace? Nathan built those in what would have been unused space above the HVAC return. If you have extra space that doesn’t have a use, find something to do with it! We used this space to make these built-in shelves and they add so much extra detail and character that wasn’t here before.
Do you have any questions about this kitchen? Or about the services we offer? Please send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer for you!
We aren’t always hired to design and construct. Sometimes it’s just one or the other. But it’s so fun to be hired for the whole project! I get to design and Nathan and our team gets to make it come to life! I do think we make a great team. I mean, who wouldn’t want to work hand in hand with their super handsome hubby. 😉
Thanks for reading! I’ll post a blog and pics of the bathrooms soon!