Interiors, Kitchen

Classic White Kitchen with a Twist

Every year, I get wrapped up in a cinematic idea of Fall. Those Hollywood images and feelings intertwine with my own, much less picturesque, memories and feelings and I experience a let down. Spring always lives up to it’s promise, but in Fall the days just get darker and darker and the Halloween decorations gets snowed on, the cute sweaters aren’t in my closet, I’m uncomfortable in knee high boots and the squirrels have half-eaten my pumpkins. I need Meg Ryan shouting to me about the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and I would like to walk around the block in a cable knit sweater without sweating.

Getting on to a kitchen that seems like it would be very easy to style for Fall! At its heart, this is a classic, white kitchen. We added a few pops of black to give it a little bit of an edge.

All of the cabinetry in the kitchen is white and to keep it from being too farmhouse we added the dramatic light fixtures and the black tongue & groove paneling. (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

This client wanted a brighter and lighter updated classic kitchen. Her former kitchen was quite dark and cramped and, in retrospect, I don’t know how she cooked in it for her family of 4. The overall impression I had when in the old kitchen was of tight corners, cherry cabinetry, blush countertops and glass shelving. The new space is a part of a small(ish), yet mighty, addition we added. The client’s father drew up the plans and he added a family room, mudroom and a kitchen and pantry. The dining room and bar moved into the spot the kitchen left.

A calm, sunny corner in the new kitchen. (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

The two windows in the kitchen get eastern and southern light. This part of the kitchen is right off the mudroom and is a good drop spot for grocery unloading. The cabinets are from Sander & Sons in Littleton, the backsplash is Bedrosian’s Cloe tile purchased locally at The Floor Club. The area rug is from Denver’s Shaver-Ramsey. The countertops are quartzite sourced from The Stone Collection.

A shelf detail. (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

The client bought some “vintage” cookbooks from a used bookstore in town with an eye to the color of the spines. The floating shelves here are hollow. They have steel supports that are anchored to the wall studs and hidden around the box of the shelf. This requires some planning ahead but it’s a nice look for people who don’t want to see a wall bracket. These will hold a lot of weight.

Another shelfie! (Photo by Jordan Katz for Laura Medicus Interiors)

I love a classic white kitchen, and I like them best when they have a little punch of something else – be it wood (texture) or a color. This kitchen has a simple, straightforward layout and it’s rewarding to come back to the home after it’s finished and see it in daily use with the family.

“I don’t believe you can ever really cook unless you love eating.” 
― Nigella Lawson


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