The kitchen is the heart of the home and often serves many purposes for a young family .
When designing this kitchen for the Ferguson's , I wanted to create a space that was both beautiful and functional for the day to day .
And so I really wanted to create a nice flow in here .
I wanted to design two cabinets in the kitchen and that are almost like a hutch .
She collects really pretty dishes and I know it's anyone that collects dishes , they want to display them .
So I wanted to incorporate that in the kitchen design .
And I think this is really elegant .
It's pretty , it's simple , but her china and her dishes still really pop .
And I think a lot of people get scared at the idea of mixing metals in the kitchen .
So just have fun with it .
It's really finding pieces you love and implementing them in your home .
Originally in the Zan house , the kitchen was partially a breakfast nook and closed off to the rest of the house .
It just wasn't practical for my client .
So we opened it up , gave him a bigger , more inviting kitchen , but also put some thoughtful details into the design to make it more functional .
You know , I tell people when they're designing their kitchen , they don't have to give up function form .
It's really a blend of both really thinking practically through your space and how you need it to work for you .
But also making sure you incorporate elements that you really love and that are true to your style .
I love open concept kitchens .
What I like about this space is that it's really a U shaped kitchen .
So you've got your sink here , you turn around and you've got your stove .
I really wanted to think through the layout for my clients .
When I'm designing a kitchen .
I like to design it around the stove .
I really like the rock backsplash because it's subtle but it gives off a lot of texture .
The Vin hood is cool .
It's a Stucco Vin hood .
You know , one of the things that really illustrates the idea of form and function is the idea of this pot .
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Downsizing to a smaller home was a chance to clear the clutter and refresh their setting .
As for Stacey , she wanted charm , she wanted character , but she also wanted simplicity .
My favorite thing about this kitchen is the back splash .
My client loved blue and white .
So we found this really fun handmade tile that I think really just sets the stage for this kitchen .
I tried to keep everything else very simple .
So it wasn't overwhelming for her .
You know , a lot of people when they're designing their kitchen don't consider open shelving .
I think a lot of people are intimidated by it .
They wonder is it going to make my kitchen seem cluttered ?
What I love about open shelving is it really gives the kitchen this feel of just an open airy space .
And what I do is keep it very simple .
The key is grouping things together and not doing too much color if you have a great backsplash .
But if you happen to have a more simple backsplash or no backsplash at all , this is not expensive at all .
The downs home is over 100 years old .
So I wanted to create a very classic design that didn't take away from the original character , but also blend that with some modern touches over here in the dining room .
This is the grand room to me .
I mean , we have this really large chandelier .
I like to do light fixtures that make a statement and I really feel like this light fixture is bold pairs well with this beautiful table that Clint made .
But another thing we did is just play off all the natural light that comes in .
We added a really cool window seat um to just make function more in the space .
They wanted more seating in here .
So that was just a natural way to add it now under the kitchen .
They like the idea of blue cabinets .
Um So we did lower cabinets that are blue .
There's still a really classic way about this kitchen .
We have the subway tile that they wanted a really beautiful career marble .
And then he got his stainless farm sink , which is something that he really wanted .
I think this kitchen is fun because there's a lot of mix and match going on .
You've got a , a mix of metals .
You've got some brass , you've got some stainless .
We also did a really fun play on color .
So I feel like when you see this kitchen it's just packed with character .