The kitchen, in my opinion, is the heartbeat of the home. This is the place, where in our home, many laughs are shared and fun memories are created. When Braden and I first moved into our home, we knew that transforming the kitchen was more than about making the space aesthetically pleasing–it was more about creating an environment where everyone could gather and enjoy the presence of one another. With my vision and Braden’s know-how, we created a space that was once just a dream for us.
Because our home was built in the 1860s, the kitchen was certainly an afterthought. At that time, all meals were prepared in the outdoor summer kitchen that still remains on the property today. Once kitchens began to make their entrance into normal blueprints of homes, it was necessary to add this necessity to our home. I am unsure of the year in which it was added to our house, but nonetheless, we knew when we came in that it needed some love.
We first decided to knock out the wall that separated the kitchen from the dining room. We wanted to create an open-concept layout so that the space could accommodate large gatherings. Since most of the cabinet space was located on the wall that was being removed, we built a large island that houses our sink, dishwasher, microwave, and storage space to make up for what we got rid of.
In addition, we chiseled away the layers of wallpaper, drywall, and plaster that blanketed the original brick fireplace right in the center of the room. It’s not often that you find a full-size fireplace in the kitchen, so from a design perspective, I knew that I really wanted to make the warm, antiquated brick a focal point.
I really love the combination of bright white, stark black, and warm woods and bricks. To me, it’s interesting enough to be aesthetically pleasing, but it’s warm enough to feel cozy and lived in. To create this look, we went with white cabinetry, counter tops, and backsplash, black flooring and hardware, and a stained wooden beam with wooden accents around the room. We also added three recessed lights and vintage island pendants to really showcase the space and all of its history and life.
Bringing this space to life has been by far one of my favorite projects, and we hope to continue to create this vision in our home and yours! If you like what we are doing, and you want to see what your space could look like with a little face lift, click here to set up a consultation!