So. This kitchen post is going to be even more fun than usual, because I’m adding the details of the adjacent playroom into the mix, as well. Do you remember this kitchen (and the little playroom peeking out from behind the dutch door)?

The rest of the rooms in this house are detailed in the full overview blog post, which you can read here, and if you want to watch the full episode you can find it on iTunes HERE or on Amazon HERE.

For starters, let’s check out the design board for this kitchen project.

And from this board, grew the fruits of our thorough, personalized planning and design.

And then, of course, you have what is now located BEHIND the kitchen wall: a new playroom! With its own dutch door! And a video intercom system!

I’ll give you the details of the kitchen design first, then we’ll move into the kid zone.


Flooring: We were able to use the original flooring, no refinishing, demolition, or cash money required.

Cabinets: Cabinets are a classic shaker style with beadboard inlay (a nod to the Cod), custom made by my industrial park office neighbor, the fabulous Girelli Designs. We used classic mission bin pull hardware fixtures that offered just the right amount of tradition and shine.

Plumbing: There are places in design to go crazy and get cute, but plumbing isn’t usually one of those places. We kept it Cape Cod classy with a traditional cast iron apron front sink and a polished chrome faucet.

Countertops and Backsplash: Calacatta Nuvo Caesarstone counters are offset by a traditional white penny round backsplash (which always reminds me of an old fashioned beach side soda fountain).

Appliances: Stainless, classic, timeless.


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Accessories, Lighting and Decor: The polished chrome and ribbed glass pendants are so perfect for Team Cape Cod, while the slightly industrial custom island, herringbone inlay natural wood countertop and open island shelving are definitely making plays for Team Cali. A traditional runner and timeless black wood saddle stools: Team CC. Large scale, original art in the kitchen (what?!): definitely Team CA.

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We rearranged the entire floor plan of this house, turning the former playroom into a dining room and office, and adding this new play area by shifting the whole kitchen enough to accomodate this sweet space. The location off from the kitchen is perfect for this family, and the kids can play while the grownups prep meals and clean up. A dutch door gives kids the feeling of privacy (and keeps them contained) while allowing adults to easily check in. It’s a bright, cheery, room that blends classic and boho design elements, staying true to the California Cape Cod aesthetic of the home.

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