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Before & After: Villa Blanca Kitchen
August 25, 2017 in Before & After | 2 comments

Last week we introduced you to our ‘Villa Blanca’ project for a young couple who wanted their new home to feel bright, happy, and youthful. If you enjoyed last week’s light and bright transformation of the master bathroom, you are in for a treat with today’s post on the kitchen.

Looking back at the before photos, you can hardly tell these before and afters are from the same home. We tore down walls, painted, added custom cabinets, and professional appliances to transform this standard kitchen.


The home was built in 1999, but the kitchen finishes and layout seemed years older. Honey-stained cabinets, taupe paint and builder-grade fixtures did not fit the bill for our clients. However, with proper planning and the patience for a full scale remodel, their spacious kitchen could be transformed into a more suitable and modern space.

We tore down the wall shown below so that the kitchen would open to the living room and offer some bar height seating.

Taking out an entire wall of cabinets, meant that the whole kitchen would have to be reconfigured.

The kitchen had an arched niche opening to the den. It was taking up valuable space.  For the most symmetry and flow, this wall had to become the focal point of the kitchen. It would house a sleek range and new built-in cabinets.


We promise this is the same kitchen! The ‘Villa Blanca’ kitchen now has the clean, modern and homey feeling our clients wanted for this space. The couple loves to cook, entertain, and host parties. Their kitchen had to feel open and have all the functionality for prepping and cooking.

All of the kitchen cabinets in the Villa Blanca kitchen are painted in our ‘go-to’ white, White Dove by Benjamin Moore. It is crisp and clean. You will find this off-white hue on most bloggers and designers ‘best of’ lists.

Even the ceilings got a makeover in this kitchen remodel. If you look up, you will notice that we incorporated dark wood beams to add a homey, rustic feel to the kitchen. They are stained in a rich cocoa color to match the stain of the wood floors.

We selected Ceasarstone in London Gray with an eased edge detail for all of the kitchen countertops. For a seamless flow, the backsplash on the range and fridge wall have the same London Gray slab. The marble-like quartz looks sleek as a backsplash.

We incorporated twin islands at the couple’s request. Our client had ‘pinned’ many photos with this element and we knew it had to be incorporated into their design. It is unique and looks super sharp underneath an oversized pair of iron pendants

We added decorative millwork to outward facing sides of the island. The opposite side of the dueling islands house more cabinets and drawers. A sleek, new microwave is hidden in the island closest to the breakfast room for convenience.

The island closest to the fridge houses a small sink for recipe prep. Satin nickel pulls adorn all of the kitchen cabinetry.

The owners of ‘Villa Blanca’, who are self-professed foodies, wanted to incorporate Wolf appliances into their dream kitchen. The professional grade appliances finish out the upgraded kitchen. The painted stove hood has similar detailing to the custom cabinetry. It keeps the range wall bright and clean, while also making the kitchen feel even larger.

Minimal accessories on the countertops keeps the kitchen from feeling cluttered. Wood cutting boards with suede straps warm up the cool marble countertops and add a fun detail to the classic kitchen.

The Villa Blanca kitchen remodel was quite the transformation, but our tour of this home doesn’t end just yet. In the next few weeks, we will show you all the details of the fun Villa Blanca breakfast room, butler’s pantry, den, and entry!