Mis­sion: Dream Kitchen

Big goals and big style come to­gether in this warm and wel­com­ing kitchen.


“The wife loves to cook and for years made do with a small kitchen that pre­sented sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges for stor­age, counter space and nav­i­ga­tion. She wanted a de­sign that was com­pletely fresh, wel­com­ing for guests and highly func­tional,” says Ali­son Greene, se­nior in­te­rior de­signer at Jack­son De­sign and Remodeling, the firm that took on the build.

With the kids in col­lege and fi­nally the room—and time—

to tackle a big re­model, the own­ers of this stun­ning

open-plan space went for ev­ery­thing on their wish lists, to cre­ate the long-awaited

kitchen of their dreams.


“The first sig­nif­i­cant de­sign de­ci­sion was to move the kitchen from its ex­ist­ing place in the floor plan to the front of the home, re­plac­ing a for­mal liv­ing room the clients rarely used. This al­lowed for an ex­pan­sive open lay­out for the kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing space,” Ali­son says.

White bead­board sets the tone in the sur­round­ing rooms, so the de­sign team de­cided to keep the farm­house style go­ing in the new kitchen. “We also wanted to in­te­grate rus­tic el­e­ments in­spired by the home’s knotty-alder front door with a dec­o­ra­tive wrought­iron de­sign.”


The old kitchen was dis­con­nected from the liv­ing room. The new kitchen needed to be open and con­ducive to en­ter­tain­ing. “More coun­ter­top space for cook­ing/bak­ing prep was a ne­ces­sity, as the client had been us­ing a pic­nic ta­ble for ex­tra prep space. One of the wife’s top pri­or­i­ties was a spa­cious is­land for prep­ping meals and for peo­ple to gather around for en­ter­tain­ing,” Ali­son says.


The orig­i­nal kitchen was all white and stylis­ti­cally utilitarian. The new kitchen packs a big punch with eye-catch­ing ma­te­ri­als. “The floors were the first el­e­ment we se­lected. We de­cided to cre­ate the floor­ing from three neu­tral col­ors (gray, white and beige) in a ran­dom pat­tern. Two col­ors would’ve made it look more like a check­ered pat­tern, which wasn’t what we were aim­ing for. Three col­ors helped bal­ance the col­ors evenly. Once we chose the floor­ing, it in­spired the rest of our se­lec­tions for tex­tures and ma­te­ri­als,” says Ali­son.

Indigo wall­pa­per with a geo­met­ric flo­ral de­sign sets the din­ing area apart a bit from the kitchen, while sim­i­lar wood fin­ishes keep it co­he­sive. “The over­all style was in­spired by a farm­house aes­thetic and also brought in rus­tic el­e­ments with iron cor­bels, metal light shades, and a stained barn door [as door to] the walk-in pantry,” Ali­son says. “The satin mar­ble coun­ter­top echoes sim­i­lar col­ors we chose in the floors and on the cab­i­nets—beiges, grays, whites, with a hint of green— which is why we choose a soft green for the wall color,” Ali­son says. “We like how a soft green can act as a neu­tral color in a space be­cause it al­lows for adding dark, light and sat­u­rated col­ors in ac­ces­sories, furniture or cab­i­netry, with­out them com­pet­ing with each other.”

Style Guide

Check out the top three big ideas for recre­at­ing this look.

1. Don’t be afraid to in­cor­po­rate pat­terns on your floor. They won’t look busy if

you use neu­tral col­ors and let the pat­tern speak for it­self.

2. White kitchens don’t need to be white through­out. You can keep white cab­i­netry on the main perime­ter of the kitchen and have a pop of a dif­fer­ent color on your is­land. This brings warmth and in­ter­est to your space with­out over­pow­er­ing the clean, time­less feel­ing of a white kitchen.

3. If you have the space to ex­per­i­ment cre­atively with your pantry door, do it! In this home, there is a long wall next to the pantry en­trance. The barn door is an imag­i­na­tive choice for the pantry door and serves a func­tional pur­pose while also help­ing to vis­ually bal­ance the space. When the door is closed, a dec­o­ra­tive bul­letin board serves as a place­holder for notes and recipes.

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