Kitchen Stories: Cooking Couples
There is a joke in the design industry that we are not only designers but counselors and psychologists. When you work with two people who are making decisions about a room they have dreamed of remodeling, all kinds of issues can come up. Designers frequently get caught in the middle when one is hoping you will take their side. I recently worked on a kitchen/breakfast room/bar remodel with a couple who thankfully had none of those issues! Usually one person drives the design and the other adds wanted or unwanted input! This husband and wife team had strong opinions about what they liked, but always worked out a solution that satisfied both of them. There was lots of give and take and it really was wonderful to see them interact with each other in such a thoughtful way.
They moved into a home that had a white dated kitchen with formica countertops and wanted a total redo so we demolished the entire kitchen and once again, donated everything to Habitat for Humanity. They wished for a classic white kitchen with some black, grey and modern elements thrown in. This kitchen had to be durable because they love to cook. We increased the size of the island and mixed it up with black and white quartz counters that are basically bullet proof, industrial lights and white and light grey cabinetry. They wanted a few high-end appliances and really loved the restaurant quality Blue Star range top and double ovens. We demolished a set of pantries and added a Sub Zero fridge with a large countertop for extra prep. This is a real cook's kitchen! There was a cramped space with a small breakfast table so we added custom built-in seating with cushions that follows the curves of the window to maximize space. They were totally open to doing a dramatic black tiled bar off of the dining room that is perfect for entertaining.
The mix of materials, colors and elements make their kitchen special, interesting and so representative of them. I say it in every post and I am so afraid I will jinx myself, but I am lucky to have worked with this exceptional couple. When I had to tell them the light they loved was back ordered for the 3rd time, they really could have went off the edge and may have after I left, but always treated me with such patience and kindness. I am so grateful for their thoughtfulness to me and the other team members. We all loved them and wanted to bend over backwards to make them happy since they were so darned nice when we kicked them out their kitchen for so long! Thank you #projectrossburn2 for being so positive, fun, open-minded and creative!
All of the beautiful after photos are by Anna Routh Photography.
Side note: The before pictures were taken while the previous owners were still living there and in the middle of packing so it is more chaotic then the usual before pictures!
Before: stove and fridge wall
After: Blue Star range and double ovens
Before: pantry wall
After: new Sub Zero fridge and work station
Before: sink wall
Before: breakfast room
After: larger updated island
Before: Butler's Pantry
After: black tiled bar