We are SO excited to reveal the kitchen today from our Evergreen flip project! We really wanted this space to feel more traditional and cottage-y with modern touches. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I love this sweet and functional space! Ready for some crazy before photos? There were two sinks in here, some serious water damage and how about that carpet?!
We were really lucky though that we didn’t have to change the footprint in here. I was actually pretty shocked when we first walked through that a 100 year-old house had such a large kitchen! We just needed to move a window a few inches and we opened up a few of the doorways, but that’s it for structural changes! I loved the original corner banquette concept and opted to recreate that space, which also allowed us to skip barstools at the island in favor of more storage (and a prettier view of the kitchen from the front rooms – it’s not fun to be a slave to straightening up barstools!).
Here are some wide shots to give you a sense of how the space flows:
When designing a kitchen layout, I always like to have the sink in front of the window if at all possible and the range as the center focal point. I fill in the fridge wherever makes the most sense after that. In this space we also had room for a pantry hutch and little desk area to keep mail and cook books.
My biggest tip for selecting kitchen colors and finishes is to let your starting point be whatever is the hardest thing to source (or the hardest thing to change in the space if you’re not starting from scratch). For us, the trickiest selection was the floor tile, for sure. I wanted a patterned tile, but I wanted something more affordable and durable than cement tile. We totally scored with this neutral patterned porcelain tile that was only $5/ft! Once we figured out the tile, it was easy to pick cabinet colors, wall tile and and counter material from there. When you start with the tricky part, the rest of the design will fit together like puzzle pieces. Because we all see so many amazing kitchen designs on Pinterest all the time, it can be hard to narrow down a favorite color or material when it feels like there are infinite wonderful options! But this approach makes it easier to eliminate good options in favor of the right-for-the-house option.
Once we got the floor tile samples in, we saw there were some green undertones in the tile and that gave me the idea of doing a sage green perimeter cabinet color. (See what I mean about how once you make the hardest decision first, it’s easier to narrow down options?!) Our cabinet company, CabCo Cabinets, offers unfinished maple cabinet options, so we went with a gray-blonde island to mix things up a little. We actually had our painter brush on a gray-beige acrylic paint wash on the raw wood cabinets and I really like how it turned out! It adds a lot of warmth to the room without darkening the space. And to add to the cottage/traditional look, I chose painted and stained wood knobs for the cupboard doors and all of the drawers on the island. I love, love, love this look!
Another way we worked to keep the space light was with the matte white Cafe Appliances. They are GORGEOUS and every single person who comes through the house has asked about these appliances! They come in a few different smudge-resistant matte finishes and the handles are customizable as well – I selected the Brushed Bronze option. I only wish this house had a gas line because I LOVE their gas burner range, but the double convection/induction ovens on our electric range are pretty amazing. The fridge is my absolute favorite – the proportions are perfect – and I love that it has a water dispenser on the inside for a solid front door! I couldn’t recommend the Cafe line more if you want a high end look at a more affordable price point.
I love to mix metals and finishes in a kitchen – I think when it’s done right, it makes a kitchen look more custom and less cookie cutter. I used a lot of brass finishes in the lighting and on the appliances, and a little black/bronze in there too with the drawer pulls and shelf brackets. I think little hits of black keep the eye moving around a space and provides some good balance.
Speaking of black and high contrast, we went with white quartz from MSI called Calacatta Venice for the perimeter countertops. It’s affordable and much easier to maintain than marble but gives a similar look. I like the subtle veining in this one! For the island we found a black honed granite remnant and I love the mix of materials! Granite is a total workhorse in a kitchen, and I love honed jet black granite the most because it doesn’t have any speckles and can pass for soapstone or honed black marble, which are much more expensive materials.
The backsplash is another favorite moment in the design for me. We opted for floor to ceiling handmade subway tiles from Bedrosians Tile. We even installed the tile on the front of the banquette bench! The tile is from Bedrosian’s Cloe line in White and we used Mapei Alabaster grout. The subtle color variation in the tiles is my absolute favorite. It adds such a beautiful, textural layer to this space. And the price is so, so reasonable at under $7/ft. I’m obsessed and can’t wait to use these tiles again in another project. Maybe the square size? And maybe the pink or the blue next time?!
My final tip is to save some room in your kitchen reno budget for pretty organizational items and accessories for styling, which absolutely put the finishing touch on any kitchen! Even just a little bit of styling for your surfaces will help to cozy up your kitchen. We’ll be sharing more how-to’s for kitchen styling soon and on the @juniper.home instagram account, because heaven knows this post is loooooong enough already! :) We’ve tried to round up all of the sources for you here, but for sure let us know if we missed anything in the comments!