Okay, so at first, packing my hospital bag for my upcoming hospital visit (AKA labor!) didn’t seem like that big of a deal. But as it got closer, I realized I sorta wanted to bring a lot of things!...
For the full story and design of this house (including the exterior) please see the Ep 6: Come Sit With Me post.
This is hands down one of my favorite kitchens that I’ve ever built and designed. See those exposed steel beams? Those were not in the original design (more about that later). If you haven’t seen this episode, fear not; you can watch it on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.
Now, if this isn’t a blank canvas to start with, I don’t know what is:
The first step of the process was to sit down with the homeowners, Donald and Dina, to learn more about their lifestyle, tastes, and design preferences. Before moving to the suburbs, Donald and Dina lived downtown where they fell in love with urban-inspired design. Their love of urban design mixed with their desire for an open floor plan, led me to create a space where they could easily entertain friends and family. With these goals in mind, I set out to create the kitchen that these homeowners had always dreamed of!
I knew the homeowners wanted an open, modern, and industrial-inspired kitchen, so I put together a design board and saved all the items to this PINTEREST BOARD.
Using this design board as my guide, I started shopping. First up, the floors. I chose this engineered wood flooring because, along with being distressed and having an industrial loft-type feel, it is also both durable and classic enough to stand the test of time.
Flooring installed by SC FLOORING INC.
Next, let’s talk countertops. Durability here is key, and since real stone countertops can require extra maintenance and care, I chose a timeless and more-or-less indestructible quartz surface, Caesarstone in Clamshell.
Now for the cabinets. I went with a classic shaker style but urbanized them by using a more industrial paint color and hardware.
In addition to the beautiful custom cabinetry, all of the cabinets and drawers are soft close – meaning they don’t slam shut. Besides being able to close cabinets and drawers silently and smoothly, soft close also prevents major wear and tear.
Viking appliances were a no-brainer for this project, since the homeowners wanted a clean, modern, and urban-inspired kitchen. I knew this stainless steel appliance set would complete the design perfectly, since Viking originally started out as a commercial supplier.
For the plumbing fixtures in the kitchen ,we stuck with stainless, which was in keeping with our industrial vibes.
And now for the final details! When I saw these oval pendant lights, I knew they would complement this kitchen’s urban loft-inspired design.
Source: Oval Pendant Light
And just like that – new kitchen! Now for a little before and after fun:
And a few more kitchen details:
Since we removed the wall that previously separated the kitchen with the dining room, we had to make a few design iterations to include a steel beam for structural support. Once the steel beam was installed, I knew I needed to leave it exposed to give it that urban loft vibe.
(Also, a good motto to live by is, “when unsure, add faux fur.”)
So fresh and so clean!
Don’t forget to check out my Ep. 6: Shop the Look post on this same project for more specifics on where to get your hands on all this urban industrial amazing-ness. (And yes, this kitchen is so great that it deserves its own made-up adjective.)