A Gray & Brass Kitchen Plan

Hello world!  One of my dearest friends recently bought a new house ALL the way up in Philadelphia and she asked me to help her design it!  Being a Philly girl at heart, I was more than happy to help a friend and Philadelphian out.  Indirectly, this has also given me a great opportunity to fine tune my long distance design processes.  As a mom, e-design is becoming more and more appealing to me.  It will allow me the flexibility to work with clients without having to do endless site visits and last minute meetings.  (Because let's face it, getting a babysitter is a pain in the a$@).  So, of course I said YES!  

She and her hubby bought a big beautiful old home, with lots of great little details (read: pool + pool house).  But, the previous owners were sort of living with a mismatched, cheap, traditional-ish vibe circa 1993.  So, we have GOT to update.  

They've got plans to give the kitchen a complete renovation, but not for a while.  There are other things to tackle first before spending another huge chunk of money on kitchen renos.  So, we developed a plan for her to make some small updates to the current kitchen that will make it a fresh and live-able space until they are ultimately ready to bite the bullet and renovate.

Below is a photo of the current kitchen.  Its maple on maple on maple on maple.  Holy wood.  Yikes.  But, this is by far the worst kitchen I've ever seen.  We can work with this.

Our main goal is to tone down all the wood.  It's not that we don't love maple.  Maple is fine, but there is just SOOO much of it.  Luckily, there are lots of ways we can break it up and mask it.  Here is the plan of attack.  First, paint the cabinets.  We're going with a light gray tone on the upper and lower cabinets, as well as the island.  Then, we'll take down some of the upper cabinets and replace them with open shelving for a lighter feel.  Next, we'll replace all the hardware to bronze knobs and pulls to give it a modern and updated look.  Then, we'll add white subway tile to the backsplash, perhaps in a different shape to add some interest.  Next, we'll update the pendant fixtures to something a bit more modern, with a bronze finish to tie into the cabinet hardware.  And lastly, we'll layer in accessories:  white barstools, white canisters and a subtle pop of color on the floor.

I am so excited for her to get started transforming this space.  I know she will make it beautiful.  And nothing makes me happier than helping friends.  Click here to see more inspiration images.

Pendant Fixture // Barstool // Hardware // Canisters // Rug // Backsplash