Kitchen Updates for the Heart of the Home

The kitchen is the center of the home.  The room where we spend most of our time.  So, when something happens to disrupt this space it is much more than an inconvenience.  Our expert guest blogger Anna Kucera, Owner/Principal Designer at Gracious Living by Design, shared with us her latest kitchen remodel that helped this family back into their kitchen.

My client’s kitchen (not to mention her 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st floor of her Old Town Alexandria townhome) was flooded due to a pipe bursting when the earthquake hit the DC area in August 2011. I had stepped out of the Interior Design business for nearly 2 years to be a full-time mom to my twin babies and older son. When this client from a previous job called and begged for me to help her, the timing just felt right to jump back in for this large project.

We chose to lighten up the kitchen by adding cabinets with an ivory designer finish and countertops in Silestone color Bamboo. We added a full subway style glass tile backsplash in a taupe color to blend with the Benjamin Moore paint color we selected for the walls.

The dark finish on her Windsor style bar stools was damaged by the water, so we had them refinished in an antique ivory glaze with a bit of distressing.

For the floors, we selected a lovely pre-finished hardwood. The addition of Top Knob antique reproduction hardware in pewter and the stainless Barn Light Electric pendants gave a nod to the past a midst some of the more modern materials.

For her sink window and French Doors we selected woven wood shades in a natural tone for privacy and light control and decorative top treatments in a whimsical Jacobean inspired print from Duralee.

We complimented this fabric with a ikat dot pattern on her chair and ottoman in the kitchen sitting area.

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