Warm Tuscany was the feeling that Bonnie wanted in her home, along with sun-warmed colors and rich wood tones. Her last update had been in the late 80's and she just wasn't feeling the blue and white anymore. In fact, she wanted to change just about everything about her entire ground floor.
Her kitchen was dated, with a ceiling hung bank of cabinets and matching peninsula that made it a dark and cramped space.
|before Kitchen view with peninsula and bank of hanging cabinets|
|before Kitchen view - dropped ceiling with flourescents, oak cabinets|
|before Kitchen - sink and window area|
|before Kitchen view - fridge and cabinets|
She dreamed of warm hardwood floors and rich wood cabinetry in an open light-filled space with an island to work on.
We made beautiful selections of cabinetry, granite, lighting and appliances and Alex at A Plus Kitchens made it happen.
|after Kitchen - coved ceiling, can lights and pendants|
We removed the wall of cabinets and ceiling hung cupboards which opened the kitchen to the rest of the family space. We added crown and base molding, and raised the ceiling - adding recessed can lighting and speakers for music and media. The door to the dining room was removed and an arched doorway was created to mirror the existing arch from the entry.
|In progress - Cabinets in, paint on the walls, granite on countertops|
Next was added hardwood floors, beautifully crafted custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, a Kohler undermount sink, brushed nickel faucet, and tumbled travertine backsplash with crackled glass tile accents.
|after: Kitchen sink area with new faucet, granite countertops, garden bay window|
|After Kitchen view with new hardwood flooring, travertine backsplash and window valance complete.|
|Backsplash detail - accented with crackled glass tiles|
|before view: kitchen eating area|
|after view: kitchen eating area with new railing and sliding glass door valance|
In the breakfast nook, we replaced dated metal and oak railing with custom hardwood, and added cabinets in the bar area to match the kitchen, just a step or two away.
|completed bar area|
Her dear husband turned out to be quite the handyman. He stained the railing, helped me hang my carefully crafted valances, and replaced the closet door. Although the two valances are not identical in design, the use of the same fabric pulls the look together.
Since her floor and her cabinets were both in a deep wood tone, we opted for a painted finish on the island to break up the woodtones. After several trips to the stone yards, we selected the granite to contrast the cabinets but still add warmth. It has beautiful movement and color.
|after Kitchen view: stainless fridge and island detail|
We also added some glass inset cabinets for display and light, and we chose GE Profile appliances, which gave her a dual range - with gas burners and electric oven.
|after Kitchen view: GE Profile appliances|
Finishing details were added in the form of under-cabinet lighting, plug and switch covers in cream to blend with the travertine.
What a beautiful difference!