I was so thrilled to get to work on this black and white kitchen for my client (Here). The project all started with the kitchen. But when you start changing out cabinetry, you immediately turn to the “other side of the room” and think, “Well shoooooot! What do we do with the yellow cabinetry over here?!”
The Family Room: Before
Our cabinet guy who is so fantastic to work with, also constructed the built-ins and fireplace mantel to coordinate with the kitchen cabinetry. Down to the details: he planned the vertical pieces to perfectly set the portrait tv inside the woodwork of the fireplace mantle and columns. The graphite herringbone mosaic tile I found at Home Depot along with the matching floor tiles. Aren’t they gorgeous?!!! There was a warning in the reviews about discoloration but with a professional installer, the finished product came out perfectly.
Family Room: After
Built-ins and Fireplace Surround
Once we had the cabinetry bones in the process of being installed and painted, my client and I went SHOPPING!!! We headed to West Elm in the Pearl District to look for couch options. The couch you see in the before photos was a HUGE, wrap around leather sectional…you know the kind that reclined on each end and had cup holders?! Let’s just say, this single, highly successful female is very practical.
I am proud to say we found her a couch with a chaise on one end, to give her the “practical” spot to lounge and yet still looks chic and pretty (Urban 2 Piece Chaise Sectional). Another bonus?! The couch was an “in stock” item and would ship within the month! With all the horror stories of 6 months to a YEAR long wait for furniture these days, I was all over ordering something that was in stock and worked with our color-scheme!
The Side Chairs
To coordinate, I found these adorable side chairs with the wood legs at none other than Target! Comfortable and beautiful–thank you Studio McGee! Unfortunately, they are no longer available. To coordinate, we purchased some designer Schumacher pillows to go with them, a side table from Pottery Barn, and the lamp the homeowner already had in another space. With some plant and basket accessories we picked up at another shopping trip to Home Goods, this space was really coming together.
A Love for Live Edge
I had originally found her a live edge coffee table for this space (at Home Goods, no less!) but once we got it in the space, my gut told me we needed something different. So, we moved the live edge coffee table to the front room, and I found this round wood table at City Home PDX. Not kidding. I was thinking of it for my own space but when I was standing in her house, I knew she had to have it. The rounded edges really compliment all the squared off items in the space.
To finish off the room, I found this rug at Pottery Barn, and we loved it instantly. The colors just float into the background.
The “Breakfast Nook”
From the original kitchen island, we extended her island about a foot from the original footprint. We wanted to be able to seat as many barstools as possible around the island. By enlarging the footprint of the island, that then took up the space allotted for the dining table. But in truth, she didn’t use her dining table much. So, we found a smaller, more decorative dining table (at Crate & Barrel) to accommodate 4 and used 4 of her dining chairs that were originally in her dining room. The mix of the wood and the black and the brass really ties in nicely with all the rest of the black and brass in the space.
The last detail in this space is the coffee bar! My client isn’t much of a bar kind of girl as much as she is a fancy coffee drinker. Originally, this space was a desk with cabinets in that yellow/orange original cabinet color (see before pictures above). I designed this piece to look like a hutch that had always been there. And by painting it the same color as the island and the hood, it brings the elements of 3 to this space to create visual balance.
To say we are pleased with how this whole space came together is an understatement. Every time I step into her house and walk into that room, I truly can’t believe how far we have come and how elevated it feels now! We have created a space where people want to come and stay a while. We have created a space that is truly HOME.