OPEN PLAN DESIGN
I previously shared the living room design of this house, and now it’s time to move onto the kitchen and adjacent breakfast nook. There is also an adjoining dining room, but I’m saving it for another post. I think this is a good project to share because it’s typical of what most people own. The original condition of the home is pretty standard…open plan, simple rooms, no architectural detail, just a blank space. It’s what a lot of people face when trying to personalize their home. Fortunately for the owner, she hired me and I’ve taken over! It has become my pet project, and it is so nice to get this much freedom and trust from a client. I must add that she is a good friend, so I think giving me the reins was an easy decision.
Now on to the show. This breakfast area came together so easily and is my favorite corner of her house. I personally live, eat, and mostly work in my dining nook, so I knew the importance of this space. It will be used much more than her dining room. A tulip table was the perfect center for the space, and I’ve attached a few of my favorite inspiration photos. A palette of black, white, gray, with a touch of blue and simple natural window shades were in order. The polka dot rug was the icing on the cake, but unfortunately due to messy baby syndrome, she opted for a cheaper rug. It’s smart and practical, but we both know that the dot rug was sooo perfect and an upgrade may be necessary in the future.
The bar has proven to be a little more difficult. I think this is my 8th version of a possible bar (still haven’t purchased anything). Due to the future changes in the kitchen and the white and gray dining set, the bar needs to be a medium or light wood stain or metal. In a price range that doesn’t produce sticker shock and the right size. It’s a decent size space right next to her back entry, so it will also serve as a drop off point for keys and purse. Ideally, it needs to be fully enclosed to ward off the curious hands of her toddler. This is my favorite setup so far in my quest for the perfect bar; hopefully it will be the winner.
If you are looking for a similar table there are a lot of options out there at different price points, including the original design that started it all. It’s such a great piece because you can style it in so many settings, and looks amazing paired with all sorts of seating. It’s a classic for a reason. I own the second one and am currently writing this post while sitting at it. The mix of materials on this one simple table makes me happier than it should. (Hint- If you have a large entry put this table in the center with a vase of flowers and a awesome pendant above and send me the photo.)
The kitchen, while not the worst I’ve ever seen, needs an upgrade. The cabinets are a honey stain with no hardware, no backsplash, and the countertops are ceramic tile. The same tile as the floor. Seriously people, don’t put cheap ceramic tile on your countertops. Please stop. Functionally everything is fine, but she couldn’t deal with those things listed above and rightfully so. The kitchen won't be the focal point of the space, but I wanted to create a nice backdrop for everything else. The wall cabinets will get a new coat of greyish white paint, a 4x12 marble backsplash, and new countertops, which have yet to be decided. Fantasy Brown granite is the forerunner, but we are still looking at other options. The island stain will be darkened to an espresso color and topped with the same stone as the lower cabinets. Simple nickel hardware and a few accessories will finish it off.
Below are the three new schemes for the open part of the house, because I like to see how everything will fit together. They all have Mindful Gray as the wall color with a shared overall color palette and a mix of metals. A lot of the main pieces have already been installed and I’m starting to add accessories. The kitchen renovation will be the next big step in getting it all completed, if only we could decide on a countertop. Stay tuned for the dining room design in the next month.