I am so excited to reveal this weeks home! I began this project last year for my client who is a Master Gardner. Below is a list of her requests from our first meeting:
- Add more light
- Add more storage and organization
- Open the space up
- Add a functional space for laundry, mud hall and gardening
- More counter space
- French inspired
The first step in checking off the list was to change the floor plan. By removing the wall between the kitchen and family room we were able to open up the space, add more storage/organization as well as more counter space.
The first design decision that was made was the island. I found this old french drapers table at market a few years ago and I knew I wanted to replicate it. We needed the space to be usable, beautiful and to look old. By designing the island with cabinetry, we were able to house the dishwasher, sink, trash, drawers and even left some open space at the ends to showcase some of her beautiful jars and vases.
Lighting was key. This space before was dark and needed to let some light in! We added skylights, recessed lighting, pendant lighting, under cabinet lighting as well as some accent lighting inside certain cabinets. I also had Woodworks Design , the contractor and cabinet makers of this project, create some stunning finishes that felt old, yet light.
Organization was lacking from the old space so we made a spot for everything!.
All of the windows overlook the beautiful gardens my client has created which meant inspiration was everywhere! Hand carved wooden bees were added to the cabinetry,
I had a local blacksmith make an iron railing with hooks to hold the watering cans,
and garden inspired tiles were made for the fireplace.
Even the kitties fell in love with the new space!
I hope you enjoyed this reveal and I look forward to sharing the next one!
Photo Credit: Caitlin Antje