Transformative Vintage Kitchen Design
This Tennessee home was overdue for a functional and stylistic update, yet my client wanted to incorporate some of the vintage treasures she had acquired over the years. I think we did a great job of achieving all three goals. The 1970s design separated kitchen and dining room by a peek-a-boo peninsula, ineffective for communication and unattractive as a divider. We needed to open up and lighten up the space, giving it room to breathe without losing storage or countertop space.
The new design unites the kitchen and dining areas with a long wall of white cabinets in a classic Shaker style. A more decorative cabinet would have competed with the vintage decor, while the simple Shaker cabinets provide a neutral backdrop for an eclectic assortment of elements including a vintage ceiling fan and chandelier. A bank of glass-door cabinets provides a neat and trim display space for china and dolls, preserving the counter below for prep and serving. The peninsula is gone and the wide span of ceiling supported by a single turned post.
The new kitchen incorporates that must-have cabinet, a drawer base for pot and pan storage, as well as a pull-out spice cabinet and lazy Susan. The island is composed of a recycled glass-door display case with a thick solid hardwood slab top. The dark tones of the island countertop are reflected in the granite countertop on the kitchen’s perimeter.
One of the things I enjoy most about my work is helping each customer create a uniquely personalized space, one that works well and projects their personality.
Kitchen Designer Rachel Brune