I’m so glad that the episode featuring my first design for HGTV House Hunters Renovation has aired. Now I can share pictures and talk about the design!! So many great things about working on this project – from teaming up with my husband Will and his crew at Crescent Canyon Construction to make the transformation happen, to filming with the HGTV crew over the course of the remodel, to styling it all for the for the reveal and these pictures at the end.
Scott and Nyrie were the homeowners. They were fun to work with, and had really good taste in design! Here is a breakdown of their wishlist:
Style: Traditional – with industrial touches for him, and farmhouse elements for her. They wanted the room to feel visually light and bright, and emotionally warm and inviting.
Function: A place where all 5 family members could sit and eat; a chalkboard wall as a family message center; a separate cooktop and oven – with the wall oven at a very specific height for Nyrie.
Features: White Shaker cabinets, marble countertops, farmhouse sink, subway tile, glass-fronted cabinets, some light green color.
This is where we started – there was no budget to change the slider doors and window, but everything else from the soffit on down obviously had to go. Goodbye, 1980!!
Hello, Today! I was going for an airy “Los Angeles gastropub” vibe – what do you think?
Spatially, we took the wall behind the fridge back a couple of feet, into the former tiny dining room (now a home office overlooking the living room). This allowed us to include a counter-depth fridge that doesn’t stick out far from the pantry cabinetry on the same wall. It also bought us some room on the back wall to incorporate a larger cooktop, separate wall oven and more counter space and cabinetry.
The key to doing a Traditional / Industrial / Farmhouse kitchen that isn’t boring and formulaic is all in the design details. Instead of trusty but ubiquitous 3×6 white subway tile for the backsplash, I sourced this gorgeous Ann Sacks tile – 4×8, in a subtle gray-green. It coordinates with an engagingly textured (as in everybody on the HHR crew wanted to run their hands over it when they saw it) 2×8 tile that I used to make a focal point of the cook-top and hood.
Painting the interiors of glass-fronted cabinets gave them depth, and broke up all the white millwork in the kitchen with color. Glass-fronted cabinets can be challenging to style, but a colored paint makes them a fine backdrop for an easy-to-build collection of functional and eye-catching white ceramic pieces. I sourced most of these on hauls at Marshall’s and Homegoods.
We explored expanding this window, but the budget did not allow for it. I made the black work for us cohesively by introducing black lighting fixtures and hardware. I love the way they ground the white and pale green. The black elements are the punctuation in the room!
This is the custom shelf unit I designed with Will and his crew to be a marriage of farmhouse and industrial elements. The piece is suspended from the ceiling so it is visually light, while it also allows much more actual light to bounce around than a clunky cabinet would. On a practical note, it puts the family’s most oft-used dishes, serving bowls and glassware in easy reach for dining.
There is a whole host of beautiful industrial light fixtures I could have used at the bar, but instead I went for more unexpected sculptural shapes. I kept them cohesive with the overall design by choosing black finishes.
I embraced minimalism in the bar’s design, fixing it to the wall and supporting it with a sturdy metal pole. Backless barstools tuck in easily, and allow the eye to travel uninterrupted from kitchen to dining room, making the entire space feel connected. A butcher-block bar top provides an organic (and economical) contrast to the marble-like quartz countertops.
The family wanted a chalkboard wall as a family message center. In my styling, I wanted to show it as a place to create a focal point for a lifetime of special occasions.
I’m currently working on a new kitchen remodel with Will for House Hunters Renovation, with an exciting new set of design challenges. I expect it will air in the spring or summer. In the meantime, I will be back soon with details about my design of the dining room and patio adjacent to this kitchen. Skip on over to my portfolio of this project if you would like to see it now!
If you would like to see the HouseHunters’ Renovation episode, it’s called Big Family, Big Renovation, and the design fun starts halfway through the show. Here it is on YouTube.
Flooring – Lapacho engineered hardwood /Simple Floors
Tile – Savoy 4×8 field tile and 2×8 textured tile in cottonwood / Ann Sacks
Faucet – Vimmern with pullout spray / Ikea
Sconce at sink – Sconce with spun brass shade / Olde Brick Lighting
Sconce at chalkboard – Donovan Glass Sconce / Pottery Barn
Pendant lights at bar – Black Pod Pendant / Shades Of Light
Barstools – Barchetta 30″ Stools / Wayfair
Cabinet Hardware – Stone Mill Hardware Marshall Pulls in matte black / Lowes
Rug at sink – Mikey by Magnolia Home / Pier One
Cake stands – Jade colored glass and Ivory Amelie / World Market
Paint – Healing Aloe 1562 (walls) and Quiet Moments 1563 (cupboard interiors) / Benjamin Moore
Appliances – KitchenAid
All Photos (except the scary “before” picture!) by Amy Bartlam,