I am beyond excited to share this beautiful East Nashville kitchen - not only because the clients are friends of mine, but also because this was my first design project after leaving my corporate job at Sony Music, and still one one of my favorite spaces. I was initially very nervous about being entrusted with someone else’s home for such a big renovation, but Jeff and Ally believed in me and I knew the vision would be a huge improvement from the previous kitchen. I love how this one turned out!
Ally and Jeff are both very social, so I wanted the kitchen to reflect their playful personalities and provide them with a space they can gather around with friends. We liked that the old peninsula had a place for people to sit but the wall was cutting the room in half and as a result, the seating didn’t get much use.
It’s hard to see in these original photos but the refrigerator had a lot of wasted space around it as did the washer and dryer, hidden behind the louvered accordion doors. I knew we could maximize the broken up space with a new, more open layout to improve usability and storage while replacing all of the tile to incorporate a more modern look. The result is a stunning space that oozes style - it’s hard to believe it’s the same place!
Open layout for entertaining
Increased pantry storage and larger kitchen appliances
Storage for dog/cat supplies
Keep laundry in the kitchen but make it more compact
Brighten the space - maximize the light coming in the windows/french doors
Create a flow that moves people towards the great backyard and deck
The house is a 1932 bungalow, so my challenge was to give the kitchen a fresh update but making sure it still felt connected to the rest of the house. The finishes we chose give the kitchen a modern update that feels classic, not trendy.
Jeff and Ally originally wanted gray cabinets but we settled on this gorgeous, rich blue color that I had fallen in love with on a visit to my cabinet source. The blue has a subtle hint of green so it feels fresh but it isn’t as trendy as a teal. There is nothing more classic than navy and white! The color really set the tone for the rest of the design.
We mixed in a few warm touches with the wrapped wood beam and wood legs on the island that provide a very subtle rustic touch. We also used wood for the open shelving. The hardware is a heavy, hand-forged iron that feels great to the touch and provides the hand made character I love so much. Finally, we painted the pantry wall with chalkboard paint to remind this kitchen not to take itself too seriously.
I am beyond thrilled how the kitchen turned out! Jeff did an amazing job laying the floor, adding bead board to the ceiling, and tiling the wall. It looks so great and it is so fun to be able to spend time here during friend hangs - I secretly listen to the comments when people see it for the first time. Most of all I am proud that it reflects Ally and Jeff, has given them a place to gather, and is a cozy spot for them and their animal family. XO - Carly