Recall Lucy McLintic’s cool, Serene Edwardian at San Francisco? She’s just completed a remodel of her kitchen, dining area, family room and powder room in a build that took three months and was in preparation for nearly nine.
The intent to redesign was in place because they moved into five years back and this was finally the right time.The design had two major issues: a narrow corridor leading from the kitchen to a small one-quarter bathroom (only a toilet, no sink). The bathroom was so tiny the door knocked the toilet bowl once it opened. And more space was required for 2 boys to playwith. Some crafty rearrangement was obligated to prevent major structural work or another addition. Read on to find the glowing, natural and modern haven now.
Lucy has dreamed of the kitchen for ages! She knew the countertops and cabinets had to be whitened. That required darker shades for the tile and flooring, and some pattern. She chose herringbone floor tiles to echo the zigzag rug that could be reused in the family room. Silver travertine wall tiles added a touch of luxury and texture, while staying within the modern, clean-lined look.
The old kitchen was badly organized (with four entry doors), and falling to bits. The issues were solved by blocking up a door between the kitchen and bathroom, creating more counter space for the kitchen and room for a sink in the bathroom. The doors have been eliminated between other rooms.
The countertops have a strange border profile: a reverse bevel, or’sharknose’. Lucy noticed that as an emerging fashion in Europe and wanted to give it a shot. It was hard to describe, but her builder knew what she meant and got it just perfect.
Open walnut shelves and toe kicks warm up the area. A white kitchen can be so clinical, but open shelving lets you bring some character to the room. The shelves are full of a mixture of old items, gifts and products by a local restaurant supply store.
The dining area and family room were swapped, making the dining room currently visible from the kitchen so that it seems just like a kitchen-diner. It all feels like one area, though no major structural changes were made.
The small dining area is the best size for the household. Attention is focused on the dining table from Room and Board. The neutral palette is in shades of java, latte and milky white but intriguing shapes and textures have been added, such as the hyperlink suspension pendant by LZF. It’s made from wood veneer and can be rather the statement bit.
See the preceding arrangement in this earlier house tour
The inlay mirror was the beginning point for the powder room. Lucy didn’t need the overall effect to be traditional, therefore she paired it with modern minimal glass tiles and a floating walnut vanity with square-edge countertops at the same Caesarstone as the kitchen. The dressing table is habit but from the same shop as the kitchen cabinets. The paint is Benjamin Moore’s Iron Mountain. Wall-mounted taps were selected as a result of limited space.
The family room is used all the time. It’s the middle of the house physically, so there is a natural gravitational pull toward this area. Now the dining area transferred to the rear of the house, the space feels more open and inviting. Most of the items in the area — the sideboard, mirror, rug and end table — were reused. The sofa and the Cherner chair were the only new developments.
The area was intentionally kept sparse to book the floor area for the kids to play. The deeper wall color (Benjamin Moore Wiemeraner) and patterned carpet prevent it from feeling empty.
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