Hello friends! I’ve been waiting for the day to announce a new kitchen project that has been in the making for… 6 years! I came into the picture about 6 months ago, but that’s a long time for my clients to practice patience for a new kitchen.
You know when you move into a house and you think, “we’ll be here 2-3 years” and then the year turns into 5, 7, 10 years later? We’ve all been there. In this example, my good friend and client, Jenni Gavin, is ready to remodel or move out. They chose a full remodel from floors, ceiling, and walls – they are all coming down and we’re starting fresh.
I’ve been in this kitchen several times for different reasons, events, social visits, etc, so I could picture the layout in my head very clearly. On the first day of this project, I took measurements of the kitchen and went right to work with a new floor layout.
I wanted the kitchen to be the central gathering place of the home. Kitchens naturally are the center of the home, but the current set up wasn’t meeting the Gavin’s needs. They have two children and want to grow their family, so it had to be functional, spacious, and support a family of four, plus their dog, Sully! With all the farming activity that the Gavins are in charge of, I wanted them to have separate rooms for their kitchen and entryway (currently it’s one large room), so that they can have beautiful storage for their shoes and not track in as much dust from the outdoors.
These are the current renderings of what their kitchen and separate entryway will look like after the remodel is complete. Some of these elements may change as we start the remodeling process, but this gives the Gavins a visual of what to expect and make any changes before the project begins. Jenni fully embraces an old English style kitchen, as do I, so it wasn’t hard to create a style that will suite their needs (plus it’s super fun to design).
We chose a warm cream base color for the cabinets and will continue the dark wood floor from the dining room to the kitchen. The pantry will add a splash of green for depth and color variation to contrast the cream cabinets.
Jenni and I visited the counter slab yard together and chose a creamy white quartz countertop. I wanted something subtle that flowed with the cream based cabinets, but also kept things bright and airy against the dark wood floors. We’re keeping the kitchen very neutral with splashes of green, dark brown, and brass accents through out.
It’s all coming together and I can’t wait for the final reveal! Until then, I will have more of behind the scenes as the remodel takes place this winter.
Ps. If you love supporting family businesses, you definitely need to check out Gavin Farms and what they are up to. Jenni has a special eye for beautiful design and shows the most precious moments with her family and daily life on the farm.
Calnin Design Studio is a full-service interior design firm serving Wisconsin and beyond. Katie and her team specialize in designing laid back luxury homes for clients seeking an intentional and slow living lifestyle.
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