Posted on Apr 16, 2018

The KKDL team was thrilled to design the kitchen and living space of a former client. After they sold their last home and moved to a new project-house, they asked us to help them transform a few spaces in the common areas. This active family of four (with a few four-legged fur babies!) spends a lot of time in the kitchen, nook and living area. Tag along and see how our team finished this project up!

Q: What was the inspiration for the style of the home?

A: Having designed their former home a few years ago, our clients recently moved and welcomed us with open arms into their new space knowing they were in desperate need of a kitchen update. Their love of a timeless aesthetic of clean lines, white tile and marble counters mixed with contemporary fixtures and open shelving was music to our ears—I mean, how could we not agree?!

Q: What was the client’s biggest ‘ask’?

A: To have a beautiful space with more usable countertop area and storage. Our client disliked the angled bar counter and useless island (that didn’t have any storage in it) that the home originally had.

Q: Tell me about a certain space or room that you loved designing/installing most.

A: It was so fun to see the kitchen transformation! She would even send videos of it being demoed—who doesn’t love watching a sledgehammer taken to counters?! Tearing everything out and watching the progress eventually turn into a gorgeous space is always a highlight. At the end of the day, we know what a difference this makes for them and love that they’ve said, “we still can’t believe it’s our house!”

Q: Tell me about a design obstacle that you overcame to make the project a success.

A: When we designed the kitchen and nook, we specified shiplap on the ceiling. After an anxious phone call, we found out that the contractor didn’t want to install it, but we knew how much of a difference it would make in the end. She was trying to “pick her battles” and didn’t know if this was one worth fighting for, but we convinced her (and her husband!) that it was. Now they both absolutely love the detail and character of the shiplap and couldn’t be happier they went for it! We also reassured a frantic husband who instantly worried that the island pendants were too large when they arrived on-site. But we love a good statement piece and quickly calmed his fears—how gorgeous are these beauties?

Q: What do you think your clients will most look forward to in their new space?

A: Being able to use their kitchen and nook seamlessly! In addition to the large island that comfortably seats 4, their nook table is custom-sized to 72” diameter. It hosts plenty of seating at the built-in banquette with additional storage in the drawers beneath and lets everyone pile on. The fun black and white pillows add the perfect contrast to the warmth of the cognac leather bench cushion. With additional chairs around the table, this is definitely one entertaining kitchen and nook!