cot­tage-style home with a tra­di­tional look.”

“I wanted to main­tain the in­tegrity of the

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage -

Save vs. Splurge

Dis­cover when to save and when to spend in your kitchen re­model.

SAVE. Your back­splash doesn’t have as much wear and tear as the coun­ter­tops, so you can afford to go with a look-alike ma­te­rial. “We used mini brick mar­ble, but you can use a porce­lain mini brick to save,” says Nancy.

SPLURGE. “Don’t, by any means, try to save money with in­ex­pen­sive coun­ter­tops,” says Nancy. “They are crit­i­cal, and you’ll want some­thing to stand up to wear and tear.” Nancy sug­gests quartz or cracked lime­stone as beau­ti­ful and func­tional op­tions.


With the cot­tage’s 17-feet-high ceil­ings, Nancy’s big­gest chal­lenge was keep­ing the kitchen homey and warm. She worked with the size by adding pieces larger in scale, such as the is­land, light­ing and win­dows. “The ar­chi­tect de­signed the win­dows and arches to give the kitchen a homier feel,” says Nancy. “He tried to give me as much win­dow space as pos­si­ble.”The win­dows al­low nat­u­ral light to fill the room and keep ev­ery­thing look­ing bright and wel­com­ing. The color pal­ette also helps the space look grounded with its white foun­da­tion. “I wanted to keep things neu­tral, be­cause I was deal­ing with navy blue and gray in the liv­ing room, says Nancy.


When de­sign­ing a kitchen, Nancy al­ways be­gins with a lay­out plan. “This lay­out was tough, be­cause it was so big,” she says. “I wanted it to func­tion well for more than one per­son, as my grand­chil­dren of­ten help me cook for the hol­i­days. I also wanted a lot of stor­age.”With her cus­tom-made cab­i­netry, Nancy had plenty of stor­age to hide her sup­plies and dis­play her din­ner­ware. She used the glass doors to her ad­van­tage by dis­play­ing her an­tiques on the shelves. “It took hours to ar­range,” she says.

The ma­te­ri­als in the kitchen, though clean and sim­ple, are what set her kitchen apart. “The coun­ter­tops are made of Su­per White quartz, which is re­ally re­silient and doesn’t show any­thing. It’s hard to find white coun­ter­tops nowa­days.” Ev­ery­thing in the kitchen, from the mini brick mar­ble back­splash to the an­tique re­claimed chest­nut floor­ing, was care­fully cho­sen to achieve a tra­di­tional cot­tage look.

|OP­PO­SITE| Hand­made win­dows and arches al­low light to pour into the kitchen and help keep the space to scale. Nancy kept the tra­di­tional vibe with a farm­house sink from Fer­gu­son En­ter­prises and Water­stone faucets. The cab­i­net hard­ware was cho­sen for an...

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