Suburban Kitchen turned Modern Farmhouse: Press and Behind the Scenes

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The Kitchen issue from Colorado Homes & Lifestyles is out!

 On last week’s post, Modern Farmhouse Revealed,  I shared more photo’s from one of the kitchens I designed that was recently published in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles September/October issue.  This week I have the magazine in hand (see my cheesy photo above) and have an excerpt of the article as well as a few behind the scene sketches that went into the design.  Here’s an excerpt from the article by Christine DeOrio:

Photo: Sara Yoder/Courtesy Laura Medicus

Laura Medicus, interior designer, Laura Medicus Interiors

Last summer, the owners of this Golden home returned from a vacation to find their kitchen completely destroyed by a food. One tearful phone call later, interior designer Laura Medicus was on the case sketching a new space she hoped the family would love even more than the original.

Medicus began by removing a wall at each end of the room to open the space to the adjacent living areas and accommodate a new dining counter for the couple’s young boys. She added a combination of open shelves and closed cabinets, a custom pantry where gadgets and small appliances can be neatly tucked away, and a built-in wine and liquor cabinet.

Next, she set about creating the modern farmhouse look the homeowners envisioned, pairing black granite countertops (a more durable and affordable alternative to soapstone) with custom-made poplar cabinets painted a soft white hue and crowned with moldings that emphasize the kitchen’s traditional style.

Finally, the designer added a few “country-rustic” touches—handmade backsplash tiles, two pairs of wooden shelves mounted atop handcrafted iron brackets, and a distressed beam above the stove—because “sometimes an all-white kitchen can be too precious,” she says. “It needs some oomph!””

Check out the rest of the article for 9 more awesome kitchens!

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These are really loose sketches I did for the client before it was built to look at lighting placement.  I think it’s pretty easy to get carried away with decorative light fixtures and I was really pushing hard for sconces in this particular kitchen.  I even wrote a blog post about it for the client in an effort to win her over!  As you can see from the final product – she met me halfway with my sconce desire and it looks fantastic.

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These are sketchy elevations I did to help see the layout of the cabinets and the relationship of the dining room to the cabinets. Things were changed and adapted from this, but this was the starting point.


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Kitchens are so much fun to design – this kitchen was fairly small and it was such an interesting challenge to pack in everything the client wanted without sacrificing the simple, “effortless” look we wanted to achieve.  Simple and effortless are very rarely that at all when it comes to design.

Here’s a close up of the custom shelves and handmade, rustic shelf brackets that Oak Tree Classic Woodworks made.
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The photographer, Sara Yoder, in her hunched “photog” stance chasing the light.







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