A Modern, Rustic Gem With a Chef's Kitchen

This once outdated and walled-off kitchen was crying out for a breath of fresh air. A fantastic new footprint, gleaming white cabinetry and beautifully weathered wood give it the contemporary cottage character it deserves.

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Photo By: Lauren Pressey

Quietly Beautiful Open-Concept Kitchen

As the first view upon entering the home, the designers wanted this bright white kitchen to make an excellent first impression — to be quietly beautiful and not too assertive — and they succeeded. White Shaker-style cabinets and stainless appliances pair with a pale-wood island and white countertops. White pendant lights with black hardware and white stools with black cushions give dimension to the room, and the elimination of upper cabinetry further contributes to the openness of the space.

BEFORE: Kitchen

The kitchen before redesign felt cramped and contained. The designers pushed the kitchen out an additional 3 feet and removed the stove wall entirely.

White Chef's Kitchen With Soft Wood Accents

Three simple yet handsome white pendant lights with black detail overhang the white marble-topped island in perfect symmetry with the range hood and pair of windows bookending it. Omitting upper cabinetry allows for the maximum amount of light to flow in and a 6-inch ledge along the back counter contributes both visual interest and room for attractive displays.

BEFORE: Kitchen Window Wall

The kitchen before redesign featured a single window, with its light contained by upper cabinetry.

Redesigned Kitchen Features Rediscovered Light

The combined light of the open-concept room is magnified by eliminating the original stove wall and the upper cabinetry. The ample island in this beautiful chef's kitchen provides room for meal preparation as well as a four-stool seating area to accommodate trusted tasters.

Kitchen Ledge a Contemporary Alternative to Upper Cabinets

The redesigned kitchen makes the most of lower storage in order to eliminate the upper cabinets, increasing the light in the room. The clever addition of a 6-inch ledge adds visual interest, breaking up the white wall and also adding storage space.

Extra Space and Extra Light in Beautiful Chef's Kitchen

Wood-framed windows are a graceful touch in this airy open-concept space, and they pair beautifully with the pale-wood kitchen island and the dining table. The kitchen's window wall gained 3 feet in the redesign, pushing into the breakfast area to the benefit of both spaces. The breakfast area ties in nicely with its neighbor but retains its own identity with the window behind.

Discreet Behind-the-Panels Pantry and Refrigerator Maintain Flow

The selection of a built-in double pantry and paneled refrigerator maintains the uncluttered quality of the kitchen while accommodating crucial and substantial kitchen features. Black cabinet hardware complements the black hardware on the island and black details on the beautiful white pendant lights.

BEFORE: Dining Area

The dining area before redesign wasn't a dining area at all, but an underutilized portion of the living room.

Rustic Design Elements Create Casual and Inviting Breakfast Nook

A rustic wood table and four light-rattan chairs grace the breakfast nook in accordance with the light wood windows and natural window treatments. A bright, lovely spot to enjoy morning coffee while reading the paper or catching up on email.

BEFORE: Breakfast Nook

The breakfast nook before redesign was missing character.

Open-Concept Living Promises Seamless Flow With Inviting Corners

Banquette seating allowed the designers to accommodate both a formal dining area and a reading nook in this open-concept space without its feeling cramped. The central chef's kitchen transitions seamlessly into the other dedicated spaces. Light-wood furniture and such architectural elements as the windows, island base and wide-plank flooring beautifully complement the natural window treatments and are a lovely choice to underlay the white-and-black palette of the home.

Banquette Dining Area Combines Function and Taste

A Triple Seven Home pendant light overhangs a light-wood dining table with black chairs. The banquette features a built-in back cushion in a laminated oatmeal fabric, a seat cushion in custom leather and cozy neutral throw pillows for comfort and style. An adjacent reading nook makes use of the copious light from the home's gorgeous new wood windows and inspired design.

Cozy Banquette Dining Corner Ready for Entertaining or Rest

The dining area's rustic farmhouse table promises room for anything — a formal dinner, art projects, work or repose. Ample light from the adjacent window is augmented by the contemporary Triple Seven Home pendant light overhanging the washed-wood table. Black dining chairs pair with a corner banquette in laminated oatmeal fabric and custom leather. Natural throw pillows are a soft touch and invite us to put the work aside and relax.

Natural Materials and Features Warm a Monochromatic Palette

A simple black metal console table graces the wall in the open-concept living space, with an oversized mirror reflecting light from the opposite window to open the room further. Natural materials feature prominently in this design — from the wood-framed windows and wide-plank flooring to the clay lamp and planters and the sculpted driftwood vessel under the table. The designers peppered greenery throughout the otherwise neutral space, lending a soft, inviting feel.

Tasteful Patio Invites a Sneak Peek of Design Elements Inside

In style and grace, this patio suggests design elements to be discovered inside. A black mounted mailbox, house numbers and wall sconce stand in stark relief over the softly whitewashed brick exterior. A contemporary Dutch door in a washed wood provides a sneak peek.

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