Following last week’s blog, which covered the front porch, entry and living room for a new build ‘Spanish Revival’ style home, this week we look at the kitchen and breakfast room.
As I mentioned, our homeowners moved from Chicago and had a more formal sensibility which they combined with the Spanish Revival look for a unique style that should stand the test of time.
For the kitchen we used timeless white cabinets, a marble slab counter and back splash and bronze metal lanterns and hardware.
The island is the perfect place for this family to gather for homework, snacks and just hanging out. The low back counter stools keep the view into the kitchen open. They are covered in navy Sunbrella fabric for easy maintenance.
The counter and back splash are a gorgeous white marble. I like to ask my clients how they feel about their marble counters after they have lived with them for a while. I have never had them in a kitchen and always want to know ‘would you do it again?’. Everyone, including this client, says they love them, but you have to keep them clean, sealed and that they are not for everyone. You just have to decide if you are the type of person who can accept the upkeep and potential stains.
Speaking of upkeep, we also placed an indoor/outdoor rug in front of the stove to help protect the wood floors. It is so hard to avoid spills between the sink and stove and putting a precious rug in front of a stove is not the best idea.
Our team member, Sarah, did such a lovely job ‘staging’ the kitchen with fruits and vegetables I had to include a few extra shots!
Here you can see a full view into the entry we looked at last week. You can see there is quite a bit of storage and I like the refrigerator placement in this home as well. It is in a wide pathway and is easy for the kids to access without interfering with the cook.
This area also includes a bar/butler’s pantry where the homeowner can display her glassware.
To the left of the kitchen is the open plan breakfast area. The homeowner had a family chandelier we used over the breakfast table and we sourced a new table, chairs and drapery panels.
The home is very neutral in color, but those drapery panels have a bit of ombre from beige to navy, which you can see better in this photo below:
Our dining table is a dark, wood trestle styled table with room for leaves at the ends, giving the homeowners flexibility for seating. We had fun choosing a graphic pattern to go on the back of the dining chairs inside the wood frame. These custom touches can go a long way to making your house feel more homey.
There is a door to the left of the table that leads to the pool area, so we skipped a rug, deciding it would either be a tripping hazard or get wet on a regular basis. Design should be beautiful but also functional!
Hope you loved this beautiful kitchen area. We finish up the house tour next week with a downstairs guest bedroom anyone would be happy to stay in for a while!