While I’m on a roll sharing updates (can’t stop, won’t stop), how about a before and after? A few weeks ago I went back to DC to photograph this kitchen, and though I should have probably waited to reveal on my refreshed website, patience is not one of my virtues.
This project is near and dear to my heart for a number of reasons, first, because the clients are really wonderful people who not only undertook the renovation of this Georgetown kitchen while living in NYC, but also remained cool as a cucumber when I learned we were relocating to Raleigh and trusted me to manage the project from afar. And, lest I forget, all while pregnant with their first child!
So, not only are they the epitome of patience and grace, they also had vision. Let me paint the picture. This kitchen is on the lower level of a historic Georgetown row house and was in need of some TLC.
The floor plan was choppy, broken into three rooms–a breakfast room, the kitchen, and dining room which leads out to a beautiful walk out garden–but, with a dropped ceiling and narrow passages between rooms it felt dark and dated.
Yesterday I railed against the over use of open floor plans, but if ever there was a space that benefitted from taking down some walls, this was it.
before: standing in the kitchen looking into the new breakfast room
We removed the wall between the kitchen and breakfast room and on the opposite side of the kitchen moved a fireplace stack to allow for an enlarged opening between the kitchen and dining room. Instantly the light poured through and the space felt twice as large!
In the breakfast room we added a built-in banquette with under seat storage. I had the black and white ticking stripe on the upholstered cushions laminated with easy clean up in mind for my clients’ little one.
Giving a nod to the original herringbone brick, I selected a faux wood tile to avoid potential moisture issues hardwoods could have posed laid in the same pattern.
before: the breakfast room
Much more inviting than where we started, right?
In the kitchen, my client knew she wanted dark cabinetry and we landed on a black shaker style with un-lacquered brass hardware which ground the otherwise neutral space. The perimeter countertops are quartz, and the island countertop is walnut.
As in many city homes, space for laundry is a challenge, so we tucked these smaller units on the opposite side of the kitchen. The long run of countertop above offers ample space for folding.
One of my favorite elements in the kitchen are the blackened steel and walnut open shelves I designed and had fabricated by Brooklyn based, Coil & Drift.
After we had done so much work to lighten and open up the space, I felt it was important not to weigh it down with heavy uppers. One shelf is five feet long and the second four feet so there’s still plenty of space for storage.
One last pretty shot of the banquette. I can’t wait for my clients to be able to enjoy mornings here with their little one (they’re still NYC based and rent the home).
Photos by Laura Metzler