Kitchen Updates

Small Kitchen with Big Style

Jennifer Taylor Design Small is a relative term to many, especially in regards to room size.  I recently completed a kitchen remodeling project that most would consider small as it's only 160 square feet.  The biggest complaint I received from my client wasn't its size, but that it had NO STORAGE!  The pantry closet was only 2 feet x 2 feet and totally packed.  Kitchen items were stored in the laundry room/bathroom and all the small appliances had to be out on the counter.  Plus, my client loves to cook, so most of the appliances needed to be updated.

Jennifer Taylor Design - BEFORE

Jennifer Taylor Design

Now, back to the laundry room/bathroom.  They were one in the same!  I've been doing this for a long time and this was a first for me.  With some careful planning and a contractor who knew how to problem solve, we turned the under utilized carport storage room into a brand new laundry room.  Then, the bathroom got a much needed facelift and you guessed it....storage!  I'm honestly jealous of all those cabinets.

Jennifer Taylor Design - BEFORE

Jennifer Taylor Design - BEFORE

Jennifer Taylor Design

Jennifer Taylor Design

The kitchen layout stayed the same.  We did decide to eliminate the very small eating space and create a bar area for wine and china storage.  Across from that, we did floor to ceiling pantry cabinets to replace that tiny closet.

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Jennifer Taylor Design

Jennifer Taylor Design

I'm really proud of how it all turned out and I know the client is happy with it, too!

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Nip and Tuck

My Appleton project can best be described as a house that just needed a little nip and tuck.  It was a great house, but just wasn't my client's style.  They brought me in at the very beginning and we made a plan!  This included paint colors, lighting changes, a new bathroom, kitchen updates and some much needed personality.  The biggest structural change was closing in a portion of the ceiling in the family room.  It was open to the second floor and was a total waste of space.  I also saw a ton of potential on the fireplace wall and had to close in that opening as well. Jennifer Taylor Design

Jennifer Taylor Design

Jennifer Taylor Design

What a difference, right?  We closed in the ceiling, added trim and gave the fireplace wall A LOT of personality!  Oh, but wait.  Let's look at the kitchen.  It got some design love as well.  The island was small and not functional; so we replaced it, painted all the cabinets, replaced the counters and added the best tile on the splash.  The tin behind the stove just wasn't working for us.

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Jennifer Taylor Design

Jennifer Taylor Design

I don't know what I love more about this project.  My clients were a dream to work with and I can't wait for them to get all moved in.  I also can't wait to share more with you once I take some final photos.

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Easy Kitchen Updates

Kitchens are one of the most important rooms in a home and often the most neglected when it comes to design.  If remodeling isn't in your budget, here are a few ideas to bring some style into your kitchen. Most cabinets are painted white or stained, so adding some color is a great way to personalize your kitchen and this can be done a number of easy ways. I understand that many of us have some appliances out on the counters, but if you can store what you don't use every day that gives you some much needed space for a few colorful accessories. Those could be canisters, a utensil holder or even an open cookbook in a stand. I also love displaying colorful plates on the counters, especially in the corners.

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Another way to bring some style to your kitchen is with a rug. If you have the floor space, use one large rug instead of lots of small ones. Outdoor rugs are great for kitchens as they are easy to clean in case of spills. Rugs provide warmth and texture, but also can cover up a floor that you may not like.  Do you have a window? Then add a fabric treatment. Either a simple valance or a roman shade works well in a kitchen. I also love the traditional style of cafe curtains. Coordinate the fabric with other colors you are using and don't be afraid of a little pattern. I used a floral design in this kitchen and I love how many colors it has.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Easy Kitchen Updates

If you are fortunate enough to have glass front cabinets, then you can't pass up the opportunity to showcase some colorful dishes and glassware. I usually style these cabinets so the bottom shelf is more functional by stacking dishes or bowls, then I use all the pretty things on the upper shelves. You might even consider painting the back of these cabinets a different color for even more contrast like we did in these.

Jennifer Taylor Design - Easy Kitchen Updates

Whether it's the kitchen or another room in your home; the key to any well designed room is using things that make you happy.

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