Lordy, I’ve been hanging onto these pictures for a very long time! The world of shelter magazines and publishing is…well…interesting. Getting published is super exciting, but I’m honestly not a very patient person, and sometimes I’d rather be able to celebrate a great project than to be continually frustrated by how long it can take to get (and re-re-get) traction with the publications. Love all of my editor friends, and I am not giving up! I just decided it’s time for this fun and colorful project to see the bright light of day…maybe it’s just what the doctor ordered during Covid times? (Fauci, not Atlas…)
(Photos above by Eric Roth Photography)
If you’ve been with me for awhile, you may remember a project I did with a whole lot of GREEN in it – Project Lexington Green, to be specific! Well, Project Lexington Green II was the completion of the first floor of this same home. With the first round back in 2017, we overhauled the living room, foyer, powder room, and gave a partial zhushing (hello, lime green grasscloth!) to the dining room. Round two was completed last summer (2019) – kitchen, bar/pantry, dining room (more zhushing!), home office, and a huge family room (really like three rooms in one large, open space).
I’m going to break this one up into two separate posts – this, Part 1, will feature the kitchen, dining room, and bar/pantry, while Part 2 will feature…the rest!
And let’s start with the dining room, to see how that evolved from a few years back…
What do you notice? Well, why don’t I just tell you what we did :). Added the tonal chartreuse draperies, changed out the chandelier for a really bold and whimsical number that reminds me of electrified protea. and reupholstered the existing dining chairs (the chair and tables were there before me!) with a marbled printed fabric by Jill Seale. Oh, and we did also add the neutral flatwoven area rug to give some space and visual relief to the saturated color.
We’re going to make our way into the kitchen – but not before passing through one of the most glorious and glittering little bars you ever did see!
This couple loves to entertain, so having a super-swank bar was very important to them. We wanted it to be very special, so no detail was spared – the green/antique mirror ceramic tile, brass cabinet grilles, Peruvian walnut countertops (with extremely durable finish, of course), polished brass bar faucet, gorgeous nickel cabinet hardware, and occasion-appropriate original art…is it 5:00PM yet? The cabinets are a light gray, which is a little bit hard to tell in this image.
And can I tell you how excited I was to find this hammered bar sink? Guess what – it’s stainless steel! I’ve fallen hard for the nickel and copper versions of these, but the patina and maintenance isn’t for everyone. I really think the stainless version is just as good looking, and so much easier to live with! Pretty and practical, always…
As nice as it is to be at the bar, the kitchen is a pretty sweet place to hang out, as well.
I’m not going to share the before pictures here, but I will show them when I post these images on Instagram. Trust me that this was a DRAMATIC transformation.
With all of the color in the living spaces radiating off of the centrally-located kitchen, the client and I agreed that the kitchen should be a palette cleanser (see what I did there?). White cabinetry was a must. This was the first kitchen I’ve done where we actually decreased the overall amount of cabinet space – by a lot – and it wasn’t by removing upper cabinets in favor of open shelving, either! The kitchen used to have a peninsula right in the foreground of the above image – they opened the doors below for me, revealing EMPTY cabinets. “Tons of storage” is not always needed, and can sometimes be an impediment to getting what you really need in your kitchen. They have an uber-organized walk-in pantry where all of their food is kept. This allowed us to open up the kitchen to the family room (Part 2, my friends!), and to extend the island to allow for an additional seat on the short end. Much more useful for this family of four!
The counter stools are some of my most favorite we’ve ever done – they have an amazing shape that is also comfortable to sit in, and are upholstered in a vinyl-laminated printed linen fabric. You don’t have to use faux leather to have a wipeable surface! Speaking of wipeable surfaces, the light gray quartz has some beautiful, subtle veining that was really not possible to capture on camera!
I am a big proponent of adding decorative details in a kitchen, just as you would in a living space (do you not live in your kitchen??). This is especially true for a white kitchen (with a light gray island, matching the bar cabinetry). The blue lacquered lanterns are functional and way fun, and the brass grilles are repeated from the bar, as well. I love how the burnished brass cup pulls add heft and distinction to a pretty ‘standard’ beaded recessed panel door/drawer style. And the brass bezels on the rangetop (and ovens) make even the appliances a key contributor to the aesthetic. The crown jewel of this kitchen, however, has to be that hood! let’s take a closer look…
This is the real deal – a hand-hammered copper hood with an antique nickel finish. I kept it quite simple with the design and let the material be the star. I love how it adds a needed organic, imperfect quality to the kitchen.
Again – remember the good problem we had of having too much of a good thing…cabinetry? Well, this presented an opportunity to do something beautiful and homey instead of forced and clunky with the pesky corner. We ran the backsplash tile all the way up behind the open shelves, and styled them purely for aesthetic value, letting the closed cabinetry do all of the hard work :). (P.S. Full height sink base doors forever!).
The clients were happy with the layout of their kitchen overall, so we didn’t relocate any appliances – only replaced them. They already had their entire list of appliances selected before our first planning meeting. Talk about organized! This stack features a conventional oven, a combi steam oven, and bottom warming drawer. They are ready for the holidays, for sure!
Oh goodness, it is so hard to not show you a before picture of the ‘built-in coffee machine’ that was in this kitchen when our client purchased the home. They were nearly scarred for life by it, so much so that I was shocked when they decided last-minute to add a coffee machine to their appliance list.
OK, maybe just one…
I mean…can you even?? Has anyone else seen this before on this earth, in this life? This bad boy also wreaked havoc on our install of a new towel bar in the powder room on the other side of this wall. Crazytown.
There is a casual dining area off the kitchen which the family uses for everyday meals together, but it is technically in the area of the family room, so I will just share a little peek and teaser for now, which also shows a great view all the way through the kitchen and bar into the dining room. I will share the two big game-changing things we did in the ginormous family room that involved zero construction but made a tricky room suddenly make sense.
We had the privelege of working with a great team on this project!
General Contractor: Cusato Construction
Cabinetry & Stone Fabrication: Metropolitan Cabinet
All Project Lexington Green II imagery by the one and only Michael J. Lee.
I also had Michael take the always-dreaded, ever-awkward (and now feeling already outdated, after about a year and a half!) head shot of me in this kitchen and home that I love so much.
I hope you enjoyed this partial project reveal! If you would like to share it or save it for future reference, here is an image you can pin!
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