When Danielle Colding designs a space, she likes to start with the finishing touches and build from there. Here's how she used two one-of-a-kind accessories to inspire a coastal-chic kitchen.
Before: Too Much Beige
David and Rebecca Levitsky of Huntington, New York, have a problem: There's too much beige and not enough personality in their outdated kitchen. Plus, there's no place for a table large enough to house their growing family. It needs a major overhaul — and Danielle's here to help.
Searching for Inspiration
Danielle's first order of business? Find a piece that will set the mood for the kitchen design. While shopping with her aunt, she finds this vintage painting of the nearby Long Island Sound. She'll infuse the painting's watery gray hues into the new kitchen.
The Perfect Piece
If the painting inspired the room's palette, this ginger jar inspired its patterns. Danielle decides to use a Moroccan tile that repeats the lattice pattern on the jar.
Danielle meets with the Levitskys in her Brooklyn studio, sharing her inspiration and design direction. Then, it's time to get started on the renovation!
Help From the Carpenter
Danielle's carpenter, Justin, gets to work demolishing the family's existing beige cabinets.
Raw Wood, Blank Canvas
Danielle bought these inexpensive unfinished chairs online, then worked with her design assistant Barry to customize them with a buttery yellow hue.
The Finishing Touches
Danielle adds the final accessories just in time for the big kitchen reveal.
The Moment of Truth
Will the Levitsky family (and their newest addition) like their new-and-improved kitchen? Here's how it turned out.
Before: Dark and Closed-Off
The living room has a vaulted ceiling, but the kitchen ceiling drops down, making the small space seem even smaller.
After: Soaring Ceiling
Danielle and Justin were able to tear down the drop ceiling, creating an airy, loft-style kitchen.
Before: No Kitchen Flow
Before the makeover, the kitchen workspace jutted into the room, blocking the room's flow. And then, there's the beige situation: beige floors, beige countertops, beige cabinets, beige appliances. Enough!
After: Island Style
A kitchen island creates extra work and storage area, while still allowing the family to move through the space. Best of all, there's no more beige — the kitchen's walnut cabinetry, white backsplash and gray cork flooring add layers of neutrals.
After: Appliance Updates
Danielle traded the family's outdated appliances for sleek stainless steel models.
After: Vintage-Inspired Pendant
Vintage, industrial-style pendant lighting adds a feeling of history.
After: Ocean-Inspired Accessories
Beautiful blue glassware in cobalt and aqua adds a splash of water-inspired color in front of the white tile backsplash.
After: More Space to Work
The brand new kitchen island features ample cabinet space and a stain-resistant white quartz countertop.
Before: Useless Utility Cabinets
An entire wall of the kitchen was devoted to utility cabinets — but they didn't provide any utility for the Levitskys.
After: Brand New Built-Ins
A built-in cabinet with a tile backsplash adds color to the room and even more storage space.
After: Colorful Backsplash
The lattice pattern on the concrete tile echoes the one featured on the white porcelain ginger jar.
After: Room Inspiration
The new shelving unit provides room to display serving dishes and favorite accessories, like the vintage painting that inspired the room's palette.
After: Come Sail Away
A bright white sailboat and the ginger jar that helped inspire the space pop against the blue tile background.
After: A Place to Draw
Danielle painted the bottom cabinets with chalkboard paint. Now the family's three-year-old son (and a coming-soon new baby) can draw while Mom and Dad cook.
Before: Dining for Two
Before, the family had only two chairs at their tiny table — not enough to seat everyone.
After: Seating for the Family
Now, the Levitskys have a place to sit and enjoy dinner together. A gray-and-white striped rug defines the dining space.
After: Driftwood-Inspired Table
Danielle bought this table with an espresso finish, then sanded it down, added a coat of white paint and quickly removed it. This created a whitewashed effect that evokes the look of driftwood.
After: Final Touches
Pale blue dishes add another shade of azure to the room.
After: Vintage Postcards
Danielle found these vintage postcards that depict scenes from Long Island's history. They even include real messages on the back.
After: Tile-Inspired Screen
Danielle had carpenter Justin create window shutters inspired by the room's tile that act as both art and a privacy screen. He programmed his router to made the precise, intricate cuts.