Let’s Get Cookin’

by Lauren Setum

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone is enjoying 2014 thus far. Today, Salt & Pippa is kicking off the new year with a kitchen design. You might remember the Master Bedroom design I posted last month; this kitchen is in the same home and in need of a little updating. Let’s start with the paint color my friend and I selected for the space. It is…

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Sundial by Benjamin Moore

We chose this color for a couple of reasons. First, there is an existing, exposed brick wall in the kitchen. Since it will be staying, the color needed to embrace and compliment it. Second, my friend wanted the space to feel a little more open and fresh. A lighter color selection does the trick. Finally, this color works perfectly with the Living Room paint color (to be debuted in an upcoming post). Since the Living Room is right off the kitchen, this was a must.

Now on to the space plan. The two floor plans below are essentially the same, as existing cabinetry will be refinished rather than replaced (for the most part…keep reading!). There was some deliberation as to where the refrigerator should go, but in the end, I think it’s best to leave it where it originally was; this is what’s shown on the plans. Though the doors will partially block the doorway to the living room when open, traffic flow disruption will be minimal since the fridge isn’t left open for long periods of time. Plus, you can also enter the space through the dining room, which is on the other side of the wall with the refrigerator and stove.

You’ll also notice that there is a free-standing custom cabinet drawn in on the plan to the right of the dishwasher. This piece gives the homeowners extra storage space…a welcome addition to smaller kitchens! Not only is the piece functional, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing. Who doesn’t love to gaze at an original piece of furniture?! It’s placement in the space is quite intentional as it is what you see when looking into the kitchen from the dining room; definitely important that this be considered when space planning.

Last but not least, the large window at the end of the room offers a lovely view of the back yard. Unfortunately, the low sill height prevents any sort of built-in breakfast nook. But never fear, there are still options for seating!

OPTION 1: An upholstered lounge chair and small side table offers a place to perch and enjoy a cup of coffee.

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OPTION 2: A custom table with butcher block top would offer additional workspace when needed but could also double as an informal dining area for quick meals.

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Moving on to material and finish selections…

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Rug: This runner from Surya fits the bill for multiple reasons. Besides fitting into the aesthetic concept my friend and I discussed, it is also functional for a kitchen. Since it’s a flat weave rug, it will be easy to simply take outside and ‘shake out’ when needed; no thick, plush pile rugs for a kitchen, thank you very much.

Accent color: This color will provide just the right amount of ‘pop’; I picture it on the custom cabinet. My next post will go into its design more in depth.

Cabinet finish: This finish is called Honey Walnut. I’d suggest a warm brown stain color like this one as it will effectively update the space without feeling like someone ‘tried too hard’.

Cabinet hardware: This pull from Amerock is available at Brass Handle in Edina (for all you Minnesotans).The finish is the perfect golden color…subtle and pretty. I have an alternate plan for the existing cabinet hardware (think custom cabinet!).

Countertop: This quartz countertop can be found at Home Depot. Quartz is a great product. It’s less porous than granite so it resists stains better. Plus, it’s extremely low-maintenance. I chose a countertop with minimal texture and pattern because it will be right next to the brick wall, which has a lot of texture and multiple colors.

Backsplash tile: I currently have a kitchen of my own that I would like to redo. Until then, I’m going without backsplash tile, and let me tell you…my walls have some food on them. I definitely recommend investing in some tile. Product doesn’t have to be expensive. I like 1 x 1 tiles from Daltile (available at Home Depot) for this kitchen. Check out the drawing below for install details.

Pendant light: This pendant light from Rejuvenation would look fabulous above the kitchen sink. Great price, too!

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This elevation shows the basic idea for the custom cabinet. It is also the wall with the brick, as seen in the photo below.

 

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Now for the more major cabinet change I’m recommending. The photo above shows existing upper cabinetry on the wall with the refrigerator and stove. To make the space seem larger and more open, I’d suggest taking them out, tiling the entire wall and installing open/floating shelves as seen in the elevation below. The shelves can be used for displaying nice dish ware, or, if it’s preferable to hide certain items, decorative baskets and bins can be used. Add a new stainless steel vent above the stove for proper ventilation, and the cooking can begin!

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The tile color, as seen on the materials board above, closely resembles that of the paint selection so as to not overwhelm or clutter the space. In order for a space to be successful, not everything can be a focal point. The neutral color tile blends in and serves to open up the space and make cleaning easier. It does not compete for attention but rather ensures cohesiveness.

Drab to Fab!

by Lauren Setum

Back in September, I wrote a post entitled Your Sofa is Ugly. Subsequently, I received some feedback from defensive sofa owners…you know who you are. While I fully intend to stand my ground (sorry folks, I’m calling it like I see it), this time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. And it’s good news! If you have tired, old furniture, there may be hope!

This past weekend, I spent Sunday afternoon perusing Hunt and Gather, a vintage and antique store in Edina. If you’re looking for wall decor, jewelry, furniture, lighting, or quirky accessories, I highly recommend checking out this store. Bear in mind that their stock is continually changing since they offer one-of-a-kind items so go in with an open mind. I’ve purchased several lounge chairs from here that I intend to reupholster. Which brings me to the point of the post. Instead of buying completely new furniture, consider breathing life into old pieces that have semi-hidden potential and character. Take a look…IMG_2075

A sampling of all the unique items you’ll come across at Hunt and Gather in Minneapolis. The vintage metal Tonka trucks in the upper left-hand corner would make great accessories on built in shelves!

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Left: Antique door knockers. There were about six of these available…they’d make fabulous wall art when all grouped together.

Right: Vintage wood bins. Decorative and functional!

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This freestanding ‘locker/amoire’ of sorts caught my eye. I can see it in the laundry room, mud room or guest bedroom of a mid-century home. So fun and unique.

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This round end table could be the ‘pop of color’ in a room…just add this Ruby Red paint from Benjamin Moore (or any other color of your choosing).

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This pair of chairs was my favorite find of the afternoon. They have a great shape, and I can definitely picture them in a home office. Reupholster in this ikat fabric from Schumacher and ta-da!

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This side chair is so unique, and honestly, could probably suffice as is. But, if you are looking to spruce it up a bit, consider reupholstering in this fabric from Zak + Fox.

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These case pieces are also lovely (and more ‘antique looking’) as is. For a modern twist, consider a painted yellow finish using Bold Yellow from Benjamin Moore.

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This settee has great traditional lines, without being stuffy. Make it a statement piece using a bold upholstery fabric from Harlequin.

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This retro barstool would look fabulous in any one of these color ways from Pollack

A WORD TO THE WISE: If you have the urge to reupholster yourself…resist it. Contact a professional. The end result will be 100 times better, and it will last 100 times longer. No offense or anything. Happy hunting!