Rea­son­able Ren­o­va­tion

Use Caitlin’s tips to achieve your dream kitchen.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage Kitchens -


Be­fore you make any ren­o­va­tion de­ci­sions, look at what you al­ready have. “Con­sider the style of your home. It’s im­por­tant to make things co­he­sive be­fore you start,” says Caitlin.


“Kitchens have ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails, so start there,” says Caitlin. You’ll want to make sure the style you’re plan­ning com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing de­tails.


Don’t for­get to add some dark tones, even if you want a bright kitchen. “Fresh doesn’t need to be all light,” says Caitlin. “What’s fresh is the con­trast of el­e­ments, so black will make the whites feel fresher.”


“You can never go wrong with white paint,” she says. Not only will white walls make your kitchen feel clean and bright, it will al­low you more cre­ativ­ity with your dé­cor colors.


Don’t stress about choos­ing a de­sign that will still look new in 30 years. “Ev­ery­thing changes, and ev­ery­thing is al­ways go­ing to look dated even­tu­ally,” says Caitlin. “Cater to your present life and what makes you happy now. Make it a re­flec­tion of who you are and how you want to spend your time.”

“Due to the lim­ited space in the house, ev­ery area has to serve mul­ti­ple func­tions.”


To im­prove the use of space, she moved the washer and dryer to the wet-bar area right out­side the kitchen and re­placed them with a desk area. “Due to the lim­ited space in the house, ev­ery area has to serve mul­ti­ple func­tions,” says Caitlin. The desk is great for work, but can also be used for prep­ping food. The new washer/dryer area is a minia­ture laun­dry room and can dou­ble as a buf­fet area when friends visit. To open up the kitchen, they re­placed a small win­dow with French doors that al­low light to shine through the glass. They also knocked down one of the walls, but were cau­tious not to cre­ate a lay­out that was too mod­ern. “We needed a bal­ance be­tween open­ing up the floor plan and keep­ing the in­tegrity of the small vin­tage house,” says Caitlin.


To com­ple­ment the vin­tage feel of the rest of the home, Caitlin worked with a soft color pal­ette. “I didn’t want any­thing to be too shiny or new, so we stayed away from gold and went with brushed cop­per ac­cents,” she says. “The ba­sic Shaker style is al­ways the an­swer to in-be­tween styles.”When try­ing to achieve a fresh and eclec­tic style, it can be dif­fi­cult to know where to be­gin. “Ev­ery el­e­ment de­pends on ev­ery other el­e­ment, so I have to de­sign it all at the same time,” Caitlin says. When choos­ing the ma­te­ri­als, it’s best to pick pat­terns that don’t dis­tract from one an­other. “You have to pick what you want to be the star and the sup­port­ing cast,” she says. “The tile was the state­ment piece, and we went from there.” Caitlin also made sure to cre­ate a bal­ance with the color pal­ette. The walls, coun­ters and cab­i­nets are bright, so she added matte black plumb­ing fix­tures, a chair, stools and black-and-white tile to bal­ance the look and make the bright colors stand out.

This kitchen has an un­usual back­splash that doesn’t span the en­tire wall. “I elim­i­nated up­pers along the wall where the range was,” says Caitlin. “I didn’t want it to be heavy and closed in. The com­pro­mise is mod­ern and clean and doesn’t dis­tract from...

ABOVE LEFT| For added color, you can never go wrong with some green­ery, flow­ers or a paint­ing. Use these change­able items to give your kitchen bal­ance. If the space feels loud or bold, soften it with some solid-col­ored dé­cor. If it’s miss­ing a pat­tern...

ABOVE| Caitlin added a work desk to the other side of the kitchen. “I love to cre­ate zones, even in a small space,” she says. In­stead of a floor-to-ceil­ing pantry, this ex­tra counter space is perfect for com­puter work, meal prep and even fold­ing...

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