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 As Seen on HGTV” Ep 9: Mid Century Modern Meets Jasmine Roth post. Also, you can watch the episode on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.
Before I get started, I want to talk to you about, well, the BEFORE. Check THIS out.
The upper corner cabinet, the pink-hue of the wood, the tile counters; if this kitchen got any more 80’s builder grade, it would start doing the hammer dance. (That pun is good on so many levels. And there’s another construction pun WITHIN a pun. Hammer. Level. Somebody stop me!)
Owners Mike and MJ hadn’t changed anything about this kitchen since they purchased the house seven years ago. And not because they loved it all so much, but for the same reasons so many others just leave well enough alone. Time, money, know-how, and not having enough of any or all of the aforementioned requirements for remodeling a kitchen.
I knew the homeowners wanted a mid-century design that spoke to their preference for clean lines, open spaces, and well-considered materials. I put together a design board and saved all the items to this PINTEREST BOARD.
With a goal of modernizing their kitchen, while using mid-century design practices as our foundation, we started sourcing materials for Mike and MJ’s DREAM KITCHEN.
First up, the floors. I’ve been wanting to use these tiles for pretty much ever, and this was the perfect project to do it! (Like any well thought out design, this one features repeating patterns and textures. You’ll find hexagons used in several other important areas of this home.)
Our flat panel cabinets were custom built by my friend, Brian, owner of B and D cabinets. (Brian is the “B” of B and D, and his son, Dustin, is the “D”…or maybe it’s his wife Dawn…you’ll have to ask him.) We painted them in one of my old standby colors, Grizzle Gray. I use this color whenever I can, and have painted entire exteriors and interiors with it.
For cabinet hardware, we kept it super clean with these barely there, brushed satin nickel top pulls.
If you’ve watched previous episodes, it will come as no surprise that I went with a quartz countertop. For Mike and MJ, I chose a classic Calcutta style, which gives them the beauty and warmth of traditional Calcutta, without the hassle. (Have I mentioned that I have the real-deal calcutta in my own home? The very thought of stains makes me break out in a cold sweat.)
The amount of quartz in this kitchen is NO JOKE. Not only did we carry it all the way to the ceiling in place of a backsplash, but we gave MJ the show-stopping waterfall edge she had always dreamed of.
For these self-proclaimed foodies, the appliances were KEY. We went with a super-sophisticated Fisher and Paykel line, featuring an induction cooktop and a pyrolytic built-in oven. Fancy, right?
For plumbing, we kept it clean with a white, enamel cast iron undermount sink, and a stainless faucet in a modern silhouette.
Now it was time for some finishing touches to layer on the warmth and character.
Okay. We’re all done with the main course. Did you save room for dessert? We’re serving up some major eye candy with the following BEFORE AND AFTERS!
Until next time! And in the meantime, make sure to check out my Shop the Look post for this same episode for some quick, easy ways to update your own kitchen design.