project in progress: traditional kitchen + family room

we’re in the midst of a minor renovation for one of my clients who live in the garden district. the house is in pretty good shape, but was in need of some cosmetic upgrades to give it some polish. the bright butter yellow + dark green combination just had to go!

choosing the paint color was an important part of the process – some beautifully pickled swedish green-gray floors are there to stay, the kitchen and family room are an open floor plan, and the family room in particular gets a *lot* of light. after much testing and swatching (note: never, ever, ever paint a room without testing it first!), the winner was bleeker beige by benjamin moore (hc-80). it’s the perfect warm neutral for that house¬†– easy on the eyes, deep enough to give the room some depth and flows really nicely from one space to the other.

bleeker beige by benjamin moore
bleeker beige by benjamin moore

here’s a sneak peek at the kitchen (i’ll be sure to post the after shots when we’re done!):

poitevent kitchen

making thoughtful and smart decisions throughout this process makes the kitchen so functional for this family. by reupholstering the counter stools in a very well-priced vinyl, kids can smear their ketchup/sticky hands on them and they will wipe right off! the snazzy snakeskin was also an opportunity to bring in a little pop and texture – a little youth in an otherwise traditional kitchen. quartzite countertops are also a functional choice – while it looks like marble, red wine won’t be a problem! polished nickel fixtures are so much warmer, i find, than chrome fixtures. paired with a white enameled cast iron sink, the kitchen is basically indestructible. i actually cheated a tiny bit and painted the kitchen, cabinets and all, in a slightly deeper color than the aforementioned bleeker beige. the relatively low ceilings in the kitchen¬†called for a little more depth in color – so we went with bennington gray (hc-82) – and will serve to open up the space even more and make it feel bigger!

and here’s what we’ve got in the works for the family room:

poitevent family room

this family room is also really functional. it looks onto a gorgeous lilac flagstone-paved courtyard complete with a working fountain and beautiful boxwoods – a view that definitely shouldn’t be covered up! with lots of natural light coming in throughout the day, i wanted to keep fabrics really simple, soft, and comfortable. some pretty wicker baskets underneath the console helps it double as a work space. we also carried in the client’s existing hardware from the adjacent living room – the moonstone really gives the cabinet color great depth! and we went ahead and got the cut velvet fabric for the breakfast table dining chairs stain-treated. those grubby little hands i mentioned earlier are no match for these. all of this, plus some thoughtful styling of the large built-ins should give this house the update it really needed!

so, what do you think?!