THE DESIGNER LOOK - The bold and beautiful farmhouse kitchen

Let’s get bold and beautiful! We were invited in to give a major face-lift to a three bedroom rancher in Langley, British Columbia. Designed for an empty nester we wanted to create home that would be welcoming for her sons to visit with her future grandkids, family birthday parties and a place to foster memories.

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We started the design process getting to know the home owner, how she lives, her habits and the overall feel she wants to have when she opens her front door every day.

When we met with the clients we could see that traditional lived in space was a must, a relaxed but stunning kitchen with a lot of storage and a space to gather. Let’s walk you through some of the design and details that transformed this builder special in to a bold and beautiful home.

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THE FIFTH WALL

Let’s start with one of the areas most neglected in a home, the ceiling! At first glance the ceiling detail might look existing, we wanted to create a rustic architectural detail, and add some charm to the space. We created faux exposed beams. These beams at first glance look like solid wood but we actually crafted them from stained oak veneer and added the fun details aged brackets manufactured by a local crafts- man Birdman The Welder. (Instagram: @birdmanthewelder.)The industrial feel was carried throught out the whole home with metals details such as open shelving brackets and a custom metal hood fan. Layering traditional element in to the space with the Metrie (Instagram: @officialmetrie) ceiling tongue and groove material and painted white to match all the interior trim. Playing with texture is an easy way to add charm to any space, don’t be scared to add a few elements of texture like the wood beam details, ceiling, metal and the mosaic backsplash. In a large space do not be scared of adding something bold. Here we used Benjamin Moore (Instagram: @benjaminmoore) 2062-10 polo-blue to add life to this home chefs dream of a kitchen. All the millwork and kitchen cabinetry is shaped with a traditional shak- er-style door, which balances out this bold blue.

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BACKSPLASH

As with most features in this kitchen, we wanted to select a tile that was traditional with a modern shape or size. Working with suppliers such as Ann Sacks (Insta- gram: @annsacks) we were able to select the Cashmere grey Capriccio Field tile. Taking the tile from counter- top to ceiling will make the space feel larger and more curated.

COUNTERTOP SURFACE

Caesarstone quartz (Instagram: @caesarstoneca) was a must for our client while being stain, heat, scratch, chemical and mildew resistant. The perfect match to the blue was the stunning 5143 White Attica which was inspired by classic natural marble with beautiful dark grey veining. Don't be scared when you look at a slabs like this. Although it might look bold and have a lot of natural inspired veining, it looks amazing installed, it makes for the perfect statement pieces on the island.

FAUCET + SINK

The stunning Artifacts faucet is paired with a deep white coast-iron aprom sink, both supplied by Kohler (Insta- gram: @kohler). This pairing adds a farm house charm to the space. A warm and luxurious finish to chrome is polished nickel. Adding a polished nickel finish to the faucet creates more layering to the space and generates a curated and layered detailed space.

METALS

The original selection for hardware and handles was a brass finish, while the client was reluctant we could un- derstand her reservation and found an alternative. A matte black finished worked perfectly with all the other metals in the space. Don't be scared to mix metals, just try and mix them in a subtle way and it will make any space look personal. When mixing metals always layer metals with the same “cool” or “warm” undertone.

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Leave a comment below. Would love to hear what you think of this Bold + Beautiful Kitchen Renovation.

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