Updated: Apr 13
One or our most popular posts on Instagram, is this stunner. Custom-designed and built locally.
This show-stopping, custom green kitchen in Palmer, Alaska was a project of a vision and trusting clients willing to take the plunge and see it come to life.
As you can see, there was a lot of opportunity to really show off their home's architecture. This was one circumstance where I knew immediately how I would design the space. I really wanted to take their cabinets to the ceiling and let their heirloom brass piece be the centerpiece of the design.
Often in our projects, we are tasked with using some sort of existing material. In this case, our clients had installed slate flooring relatively recently and wished to maintain it. So, we used the slate as our jumping off point for the color palette. I love the look of slate, but it can read "cabin" quite easily. If that is not the look you're going for, pairing it with clean lines and sleek color will deliver a more modern look. And, don't get too rustic with your wood finishes - I'm a hard "no" on clear coating hickory cabinets outside of a cabin atmosphere.
Since we were not going to be using the very upper area for storage, we opted to do a recycled pine panelling to bring the height. Paired with simple, slab front doors and drawers and dressed up with brass hardware, allowed for the room to have an eclectic, collected mood. I love how unique this space turned out.
Hand made tiles, pottery accents (did you see those light fixtures flanking the window over the sink?!), natural fibers (like linen and jute), and gorgeous, concrete countertops all helped anchor this space as well. We used a clear (no knots), stained alder for the custom island to keep the space warm (and to deliver some cohesion from an adjoining space where they have similarly hued wood floors).
If you've made it this far in my post, I'd say you deserve to see the before photo ... Here you go!
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