The heart of any home is always the kitchen. It’s where we gather together multiple times a day and often say “hey…how was your day?” A rare moment in this crazy busy life.
The kitchen at project Jennifer is no different and I had a very clear vision of what this kitchen should be the Minute I stepped foot in this house. The kitchen in its current state when we purchased the house was a bit of a schmorgus board of renovations. Some of the cabinetry was original to the 70s and painted lime green. Some was an early 90s orange wood. Some was 2000s cream. It was quite literally a dogs breakfast. No pun intended 😂
I enlisted the help of Foxglove Design in aurora for this portion of the project. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look like but needed help with getting my ideas on paper in form of a permit ready drawing.
I knew I wanted counter to ceiling herringbone backsplash and open reclaimed wood shelving. ID been dreaming of this kitchen for years. I remember standing in the kitchen with our team and Michelle (yes the owner of foxglove is also named Michelle) suggested taking out the window above the sink that looked into the backyard. Taking out the window I thought? Won’t that make it dark? Aren’t we always trying to add light in a space? I was skeptical but I could see it was the only option to get the layout I wanted with the big range hood over this amazing Jenn air 6 burner stove, my backsplash statement, and the floating shelves. Off we went and this is how it turned out.
Remember the drapes from the family room reveal yesterday. That fabric inspired this blue island.
Here is a good look at that counter to ceiling herringbone subway tile backsplash. Dreamy isint it?
Don’t be afraid to mix hardware. In this kitchen I kept it all brass but used cup pulls, knobs, dainty pulls, and even a beautiful vintage pull for the pantry.
Here’s the view from the family room looking into the kitchen. That 9 foot Long Island really bridges the two rooms and provides enough seating/work space for the whole family.
This beautiful bay window was already there when we bought the home. I just made it into a bench by getting a custom cushion made for it. It is the best seat in the house for your morning coffee.
This wall had literally nothing on it in the original kitchen. For me it was such a missed opportunity for storage and a dose of pretty. We made it into a drink station for hot and cold beverages.
This kitchen like any did not come without its problems and challenges. We waited 6 months for this jumbo oversized slab of pure white caeserstone. Originally we were told we had to have a large seam right down the middle of the island. Then at the last moment before they install they started manufacturing jumbo slabs. But they had flaws. We decided to wait and hold off in hopes they could work it out. That meant living with plywood counter tops for a good 6 weeks. I’ll be honest I started getting used to the practicality of cutting right on them and not caring what happened to them. Months later the jumbo slabs started coming out without flaws and we snagged the first one we could. When you see this big beautiful island in its entirety it was worth the wait.
I never want to miss an opportunity for a nook. More storage, and a opportunity to display the pretty. This bulkhead had to happen because of the steel beam and hvac system. But there was a large open space in the middle. I had the fellas make me a mdf box which we inserted in there. I painted it white and had some more reclaimed wood shelves made. I use it to hold cookbooks which I wrapped in wallpaper and family photos.
The brass bridge faucet is like 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 am I right?
These arteriors home lights were one of the first items I purchased for this kitchen. I wanted a young, fresh, eclectic vibe and these fit the bill.
I think a lot of homeowners are afraid of open shelving. Will it look messy? Will I have enough storage? For me it’s an opportunity to have your every day dishes at the easiest reach. Sprinkle in a few pretty items, cook books, succulents and voila. The open shelving is a huge statement.
This area of the house used to be divided by all walls. It divided the stair, dining room, and kitchen. We opened it all up and it allowed for a little kitchen table to go in for weekday dinners. It also looks out to the backyard which is lush and green. The perfect little eating area.
I think we made this as open, functional, and pretty as we could working within the existing structure. I love this kitchen and it was so exciting to see the ideas I had been brewing up for years come to life.
Happy decorating all
Mid construction point photos: