Kitchen Stools | Top Picks

The saying "The kitchen is the heart of the home" is proven to be true time and time again; and when I meet with new families that are looking to give their home an overhaul this is always a big consideration when it comes to design and layout.

There are so many details that go into designing a kitchen. From cabinets, lighting, tile to counter tops. But another important design feature that is sometime overlooked is kitchen seating. Having a place to sit and entertain is always top on clients list. So a great stool is always needed. Not only does it bring function but another dose of perfectly tailored design style. 

I must say it was hard to only pick a top 4 so I am sure I will be revisiting this subject again!

Top Picks, Kitchen Stools

1. Slope Leather Stools  2. Chantay Counter Stool  3. Danish Oak Stool  4. Henson Swivel Stool

Most stools have the option of either counter height or bar height, so make sure you are selection the perfect height for your counter top. We recommend having about 10" from the bottom of the counter top to the seat of your stool. Also, make sure you give each stool about 28-30" of sitting room. To get the perfect amount of stools for your kitchen, divide the lenght in inches by 30 to get your ideal number of stools. 

Let us know what you think about our favs at the moment. And like always if you need helping finding the perfect stool to perch on in your kitchen let us know!

Cheers, Holly

Island Lighting | Top Picks

Lighting can make or break a design and when the lighting is on point the whole room shines! But, it can be a daunting task to not only select the best designed light but also pick the appropriately sized light for the space. SO here are some tips along with some our top picks to help you get started!  

One of my favorite design elements in a kitchen is the island lighting. It is a hands down star and a place where you can have a little fun. I love to use oversized pendant to really capture your eye. Here are four of our top picks for large scale pendants (18" - 24" wide). 

Large Scale Pendants

1. Conical Drum Pendant  2. Gorham Gray Wood Pendant  3. Fulton Pendant  4. Nina Dome Pendant

Small scale (10" - 13") pendant are often used in groupings of 3 or on a smaller scale island. Here are four of our top picks!

Small Scale Pendants

1. Possini Schoolhouse Pendant 2. Eugene Pendant 3. Hatteras Pendant 4. Haleigh Wire Dome Pendant

A couple key pointers to keep in your pocket when it come time to hang those perfect fixtures are: 1. Hanging height should be 36" - 40" from countertop to bottom of pendant. 2. Keep you spacing symmetrical with average distance between pendants at approximately 30" - 32" apart.  3. Use pendant lighting as a secondary light source with primary ceiling lighting around for the perfect balance.

If you have any questions over selecting the perfect lighting for your space send them our way! And of course if you have a design project in the works let us know, we'd love to help!

Cheers,

Holly

Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno | Before & After

Another kitchen reno is in the books! And I am loving this one! It has a young and hip vibe, playful backsplash, and oh-so-much storage! Because, let's be real, we all have WAY to many fun (and cute) kitchen gadgets and ALWAYS need more places to put them! Tell me that's not just me....

Keep scrolling for all the details on our Misty Meadows Kitchen Reno!

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My clients came to me with a story that is not unfamiliar. They wanted to update their 70s kitchen, keep the same footprint, add more storage, raise the ceiling, and create a unique space that is a little outside their comfort zone. They wanted a nod to traditional and a stainless steel apron front sink was a MUST. 

| BEFORE

These pics may look familiar to some of you. The low ceilings, dark lighting, laminate, where do I even start. We wanted to keep the footprint the same and make the most of the space. The "afters" are almost unrecognizeable!

| DESIGN PLAN

In order to bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary, I mixed a lot of mediums. The raised panel cabinets are timeless and elegant, but I brought things into the 21st century by doing a two tone scheme. The rich dark wood would ground the space on the lower cabinets, while the white uppers would make it feel larger, brighter, and new! Because they wanted to be pushed a little outside of their comfort zone, I selected a multi-tone pennyround tile. It has classic appeal with it's shape and size, but a more contemporary attitude with the graphite, gray, and off white hues. The quartz is a newer material, but in a marble pattern which again is the perfect transition from old to new. Add in some bling with the lighting and cabinet hardware and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for a stylish kitchen update! (pun was most definitely intended!)

They also wanted to add storage to their adjoining dining room and create a place to serve large dinners. I designed a built in buffet to accommodate lots of storage for linens and serving platters, while allowing for a buffet in the center. It tied the two spaced together and made the dining room more functional for entertaining. 

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| AFTER

What a transformation! I was beyond thrilled with how this one came together and how it completely changed the space! 

And don't you just love how the dining room turned out? I would love to host dinner parties for friends and families in this space! The hint of pennyround with the dramatic cabinets and lighting are such a gorgeous focal point and really tie everything together!

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Kitchens are the heart of the home and such a smart place to invest. If you are thinking about a complete overhaul or just a small update, don't hassle with the stress of doing it alone. For more information on this project or to start the conversation about planning your own reno, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by!

Holly