Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Homes of Distinction Kitchen


I've been fighting a nasty cold/allergy bug this week. I blame it on the fickleness that is Atlanta's weather lately. One minute the sun is out and Spring seems so close, and then WHAM, the next day it's pouring freezing rain and I feel the need to stock up on bread and milk. I look like Rudolph the red nose blogger. FUN TIMES! 

So, this week I want to share some pretty, because everyone knows the best cure for the common cold is pretty viewing...like sunshine on the skin, good for the soul. 

Back in January, I mentioned I was designing the cabinetry for one of the show houses on the Roswell Women's Club Homes of Distinction Tour. This event has come and gone, but for those of you didn't get a chance to stop by and see the homes in person I want to give you a little tour of the kitchen. 


The home was built by Thrive Homes and was a new construction project. When I got ahold of this kitchen it was but a wee architectural floor plan. The kitchen laid out pretty organically with the hood centering in the room creating a pretty and symmetrical focal wall. 


The far right wall houses the refrigerator and pantry. The feature that hands down received the most positive feedback was the "hidden pantry".  In the above photo you see one of the tall doors next to the refrigerator is open.


By opening both doors you have full access to the pantry. The pantry wraps around and fills a large space behind the entire width of the refrigerator.  The shelves inside were done through house trim; We simply covered the entrance into the pantry with cabinet doors to create a more seamless look.


On the other side of the room there is additional cabinetry storage in addition to a microwave drawer and appliance garage. 


I had a lot of fun designing the island ends. Because of the orientation of the kitchen in the home, I knew the island would be visible from several angels - the breakfast room, living room and sitting room. I think the diamond mullion pattern adds sophistication and spunk to this tranquil space. 

All cabinetry in this space is inset construction by Bell Kitchen & Bath StudiosThe countertops are quartz by Cambria and the appliances are Wolf Sub-Zero.

Here I am all smiley and proud standing in front of the kitchen during the show. I don't know if I'll ever get used to the excitement I feel when I see a space go from paper to reality!

Photo from my Instagram
Whenever I work on a show house  project like this I try to sprinkle layers of interest throughout the space, but not so much so that the kitchen is no longer relatable. To me, the key to good design is creating a space that you can envision yourself living in. When you close your eyes you can see yourself being comfortable doing everything from eating cheerios at the island while paying bills to hosting fun parties. If the majority of people feel the warm and fuzzies when they see this kitchen, then I've done my job.

Unless otherwise noted all photography by Barbara J. Brown Photography

6 Appreciated Comments :

Emma said...

Wow, this kitchen is incredible, from the pendants to the flooring and everything in between! Good idea giving the ends of the island a little panache. Great job!

Courtney Foster Shearer said...

Hi Emma, thank you so much, I'm so glad you like the kitchen! The island ends are my favorite :)

Unknown said...

Courtney - this kitchen is INCREDIBLE! Can you tell me what wall color and trim color you used? I read on pinterest that the cabinets are "Indian River" by Benjamin Moore. I am putting in similar color floors and I just love the warmth of your overall design. With kind regards, Cindy

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