When Robyn, a busy realtor and a mom of three girls, came to me asking for help with her new kitchen design, I immediately said yes! I said yes for two main reasons. First, Robyn is a wonderful person with a fantastic family. Second, I LOVE designing kitchens. Why? Because the kitchen is the HEART of the home, Now, lets tour Robyn’s new kitchen!
When you first enter the home, you’re facing the kitchen, and immediately to your right is a mud room. The large window lets a lot of light into this space. The rug in the mud room is the Dash & Albert Indoor/Outdoor in herringbone which is carried at Helen Thomas Simply Smashing. This is a durable rug that is perfect for a mud room. The custom printed subway sign is also found at Helen Thomas Simply Smashing, and is created by me (I love graphic design too!).
As you enter into the kitchen, you are welcomed with a large center island, and to your left is an open view to the family room, where the girls gather with their friends in the afternoon, and the family hangs out in the evenings. In the kitchen, the all white kitchen creates a bright and happy atmosphere that is highlighted even more by flowers and greenery from Les Fleurs, a French inspired floral shop in downtown Andover, MA. Robyn also displays her vintage brass candlestick holders from Phinneas Street Vintage. I truly believe that fresh flowers and vintage pieces in the kitchen make it warm, personal and inviting.
Rounding out behind the island, there is another indoor/outdoor rug by Dash & Albert. This is the diamond pattern rug. Dash & Albert are ideal in any kitchen due to their fantastic style and durability. On the countertop, Robyn displays her cookbooks and vintage french cutting board also found at Les Fleurs. Adding touches like this to a kitchen, especially the vintage wood, create a sense of warmth, plus the cookbooks are always within reach!
The sink placed so that when you are at it, you’re looking out the front window of the home. I’m not sure about you, but I spend a LOT of time at my sink, and I want a pretty view when I’m there! I’m sure you do too. And to make the dishwashing experience just a LITTLE more pleasant, be sure to place a pretty plant by it’s side, and give your soap a little home in a vintage metal tray, which is also found at Les Fleurs.
Moving around the other side of the island, there’s a small coffee nook. I designed this space with a navy blue cabinet and a butcher block countertop. This distinguishes the space from the rest of the kitchen. Also, so that the homeowner can change this space up on a whim, she decided to lean a large piece of art against the wall (instead of hanging on the wall). This allows her to change this spot over the seasons or for a party. The lobster painting can be found at Helen Thomas Simply Smashing, and the large cutting board is from Mak & Co, both in Andover. Another option for this space is to put wall to wall shelving in a walnut finish. Robyn may do this in the future, but for now she wanted her large artwork.
Finally, I want to share the before photos of the space. Now, these photos were taken during the demo, but they give you a great appreciation of where this space started. If you want to chat about your kitchen renovation, you can schedule a time to talk on the phone. I’d love to help you create a kitchen you absolutely love, just like Robyn loves hers.