1. Kitchen Transformation!

    Today we are thrilled to share a dramatic Before-And-After project we at Kate Marker Interiors recently completed.  The chef-caliber kitchen is a far cry from it’s 1990’s predecessor, which was the complete package of warm golden oak cabinets, burgundy walls, a diagonal island with built-in cooktop and limited functional counter and eating space despite the open layout and generous square footage.  Can you picture what it probably looked like?  Okay, here’s the real deal, our  BEFORE!


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    {the lackluster layout & dated color scheme was not passing muster with the chef}


    -What Had to Go-

    The client, a passionate cook, sought big changes to optimize overall functionality and establish a generous every day eating and entertaining space.  The original kitchen was an ample size but had some major drawbacks.  A poorly planned stovetop on the small island was a hazard to anyone seated at the island and the placement of a stainless fridge was the unfortunate focal point of the kitchen.  A diagonal (why was diagonal such a hit 20+ years ago?) walk-in pantry was also awkward in that it broke up the minimal counter space.


    -Reconfiguring the Space-

    With two little children, the client wanted a “work zone” but also an eating space that was still very much a part of the kitchen.  This was accomplished in two ways.  First, continuing the wood floor from the kitchen into the adjacent open-concept family room that had been carpeted.  This visually connected the kitchen and family room and allowed the kitchen to encroach closer to the family room by placing a large island in what would otherwise be wasted space between the two rooms.  Secondly, the plan for this large island was then swapped in favor of two islands!  The first island is in the heart of the “work triangle” with quick access to the fridge, range, and sink and the second island, complete with a counter overhang for bar seating, is very much in the hub of the kitchen but out of the way of food prep.



    -The Reveal-



    {light and airy cabinets surround two islands}


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    {lighting fixtures add a touch of sparkle}

    -The Distinctive Details-

    The walk-in pantry was removed  to allow for the eye-catching range and gorgeous backsplash tiles to become the new focal point centered along the far wall.


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    {the honed granite counters on the prep island}


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    {the backsplash tile is a raised ceramic}



    Honed quartzite counters on the perimeter are a soft complement to the artistic textured backsplash tiles in subdued greens and blues.


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    {white distressed wood cabinets with honed quartzite counters}


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    {white farmhouse sink}



    -Bench Seating-

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    {counter bench}


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    The two counter benches are one of our favorite alternatives to traditional bar stools.  They are customizeable and comfortable.  Contact us at Kate Marker Interiors if you are interested in swapping stools for a bench or two – so many options to choose from!  Here are some other examples of counter benches for the look we love!



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    {Source: 2 Ivy Lane via Houzz}


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    {Source: Caitlin Creer via Pinterest}


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    {Source: Tracery Interiors via Houzz}


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    2 comments Leave a comment

    1. Gorgeous! Do you mind sharing the names of the granite and quartzite? LOVE!

      Comment by jan — January 25, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    2. Hello! Thanks reaching out! It is a quartzite but it’s a speciality one.

      Comment by KMI — January 26, 2016 @ 9:28 am

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