Sometimes Interior Design can be a result of an unexpected tragedy . A family I have worked for since 2011 reached out to me with a disturbing call. While away a pipe had burst in their home and ran for 5 days before being discovered.
Indeed it was tragic, but it had affected the only area of the home that had not been part of the original renovation “The Kitchen”. Upon arrival at the site the entire kitchen ceiling had caved in, the floors tamboured into a pile and the cabinet doors, so filled with water, had actually blown apart. Not your average day at the Design Studio.
But now was our opportunity, create the dream space. Located in Historic Bucks County we realized a true 21st century country kitchen. Working closely with the homeowner, spaces were completely re-visualized. The kitchen, sitting area, bar area, family room, back entry & laundry room where touched in the renovation process.
The side entry mudroom got a refresh with new stone flooring in a running bond pattern complimenting the famous “Les Touch” Bill Blass pattern by Brunschwig & Fils. The laundry area, right off the mudroom, got the same treatment tying the two areas together creating a visually stimulating space.
It was decided, after demolition, to omit the peninsula – opening the kitchen to the family room. Closing off a secondary opening to the Sunroom gave way to a 48” Subzero and the homeowner opted for a baking island in the turret area – which had been the breakfast room.
The kitchen needed symmetry. I decided to extend the brick from the fireplace side and add a charming fire backer board as a backsplash, therefore making the range the showstopper centerpiece.
Quartersawn oak floorboards in 5, 7, 9 widths add warmth and continuity.
The Bar, where the peninsula and bookcase had been, is now the crowning jewel! With an argyle-style stone top and French brass glass shelves, each element was customized for this space. Refrigerator drawers are hidden workhorses. Keeping beverages on hand nice and cold.