Bay Dream Kitchen Reveal

Last fall, I was contacted to help bring a family's vision of their dream kitchen to life. They had moved into their home a couples year earlier, knowing that they would eventually redo the dark and dated kitchen. Not only was the kitchen dark, it also wasn't functioning well for a young, busy family. The table where they had most of their meals was next to the family room (behind the kitchen), there was a formal dining room next to the kitchen, and a formal living room in front of the kitchen and dining. With three young kids they wanted to take advantage of all unused the space.

Here's the before:

View from family room

View from family room

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We decided to open up the wall between the existing kitchen and formal dining room to create a large kitchen. We also removed the load bearing wall between the kitchen and family room to allow for more light and give the area a better flow. I designed a large island that seats the entire family and stretches across the kitchen. The two columns that take the place of the wall line up with the island, and a large wooden beam that coordinates with the vent hood runs the length of the kitchen to give the impression of separation from the family room.

The homeowners wanted a timeless kitchen that was mostly white, but that had an "organic and farmhouse" feel. They had a a sliding barn door with a diagonal trim piece, in their family room, that we took inspiration from for the island detail. The combination of white and wood grain always feels so balanced and timeless. Details like the vintage runner, patterned wallpaper on the back of the glass cabinets, and greenery added to the organic feeling.


Photography: Sweet Magnolia Photography

Contractor: Bennett Builders