I can’t wait to share my friend Laree’s Anthropologie kitchen with everyone! This is the same house with the Anthropologie Meets Glam Living Room I shared a bit ago. Laree and her husband let me be the designer on their remodel a few years ago, and let me tell you, they were a DREAM to work with AND their house turned out fabulous if I do say so myself. The house was only 5 years old and was the model for our track neighborhood, but it wasn’t the right size or style for their family so a reno was in order. Why not move somewhere else where they could build or find the perfect house? Because our neighborhood is unbeatable. Seriously a dream, I happened to live two doors down from the reno so keeping up with every detail was a snap.
First of all the kitchen was tiny in the original design so with the help of a local architect and general contractor we pushed it out in two directions. This left room for a lot of cabinets and a huge island with seating for 6. The Wolf gas range, huge built-in refrigerator, hidden dishwasher and dishwasher drawers, refrigerated drawers, pot filler and gorgeous faucet make this a chefs dream gourmet kitchen.
We chose white cabinets with very light distressing and had them installed around the outer edges of the kitchen. They have inset drawers and doors and conceal the dishwasher (in the top right photo below) fridge, trash and anything else you might want or need in a kitchen. The drawer pulls and handles are an oil rubbed bronze finish from Restoration Hardware and tie in with the tile accents and granite. Upper cabinets were fitted with glass and lighting for display.
I love the built-in hutch and all of Laree’s bright cheery kitchen wares. She can change out the display depending on the seasons as well, giving the kitchen an understated decorated look with reds and greens for Christmas or bright for summer.
The wavy glass gives the built-in a vintage look while not obscuring the interior too much. I love how she stores her mixing bows, cook books, Kitchen Aid mixer and festive serving ware all inside but within view.
This kitchen has a ton of counter space and storage thanks to the expansion in the renovation. Isn’t it bright and happy? There is nothing quite like a white kitchen, ahhh.
Now for the island. This is a show stopper. We wanted it to look like it was an antique that didn’t come with the house. Just a free-standing piece of furniture that had been picked up at a European antique shop. We chose a deep rich blue/green paint. Where heavily distressed a warm brown stained base shows through and ties in with the wood floor. I love the heavy carving details and corbels and how they don’t match the clean lines of the white cabinets. For the outlet on the end of the cabinet I picked up an adorable tin and enamel plate cover from Anthropologie that fits perfect (similar to THIS one). Refrigerator drawers hold drinks and snack close at hand for the kids. And check out those drawer pulls!!! I was so excited to find them again at Anthropologie, they are their “Rock Candy” in brass pulls. I had them installed sticking up for a happier feel (sounds weird but they appear more like a smile than down in a frown).
There are a pair of french doors that led out to the back yard from the kitchen. To give them privacy and shade in the afternoon, I found these fab curtains from Anthropologie, again, how I love that store (sorry, these curtains are no longer available). They are a heavy drapery fabric in gold with flocked milk chocolate velvet paisleys. I was drooling when these arrived in the mail. To hold them back these antique looking door knobs from Anthro’s sister company Apartment Therapy were perfect.
The kitchen window is dressed with Athropologie’s Mantadia crewelwork curtains and a remote-controlled honeycomb shade tucked up above for easy shade. I wrapped the entire window with this amazing crackle tile and used a fabulous egg and dart trim as a molding around the edges. This picture doesn’t do it justice, I promise it is amazing.
For the tile we went with the crackled tile in an off white creamy shade. Then crisped it up with white grout. I love the look of the old vintage looking tile with the bright new grout. It feels like we came across a crate of old tiles and used them in this new house. The accent pieces are small oil rubbed bronze tiles from Dal Tile (similar to THESE). My amazing tile installer showed me how they could be left all oil rubbed bronze, OR grouted so only the scroll raised part showed. I about died when I saw them grouted, seriously so beautiful. They were the perfect tie in to all the oil rubbed bronze throughout the kitchen. After a lot of planning, I opted to have the field tile on the diagonal with the accent tiles every fouth intersection and on the square. This kept it interesting but clean. I also chose to keep the area behind the range simple. Often people do an “accent” wall there, but the space is so small that it just makes it look busy and distract from the other beautiful elements in the space.
Here is the space with the lights on. I love all the lighting options in this kitchen. Pick your mood, then pick your lighting. Upper cabinet, under cabinet, inside cabinets, over the sink, over the island, under the island and recessed all incandescent or halogen for a warm glow.
This little chandy above the kitchen sink is precious. It is made to look like an antique with pressed turquoise glass. When I found it I couldn’t stop giggling, knowing it would be perfect in the space. I threw it on a dimmer for perfect light any time of day or night. I found it at Lamps Plus but it is no longer available.
Under the bar I had the electrician put rope light for a nice glow at night and to accentuate this fab piece. The angle of these pics makes it appear visible, but unless you are tiny, you only see the glow.
Ballard Design’s clear seeded pendants were the perfect understatement for above the island. I thought about going with a color, but didn’t want them to steal the show from all of the other accents in the space so clear it was. I love the shape of these and the seeded or bubbled glass and the light they reflect. (these are no longer available, but a similar one is found HERE)
When Laree and I went shopping for granite she was immediately and consistently drawn to the same Alaska granite over and over. And I was so glad she was, it was amazing and purchased from Arizona Tile. We did a huge 4″ edge on the entire kitchen. This granite has huge deep crystals that draw you in and mesmerizes. I could stare at it for hours. It is a subtle beautiful piece of art. It is mostly white and cream with gray, black, and yellow mixed in, perfect for the space. The black also tied in with the oil rubbed bronze, the crystal with the crystal hardware and the yellow with the walls.
One last look:
A special thanks to Laree for letting me come take pictures of her fab kitchen more than three years after we created it. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Thanks for coming to the open house! Would you like to see more of Laree’s home? Check out the following links:
Anthropologie Meets Glam Living Room
Star Wars Bedroom
Laree’s Dinning Room and Family Room
Pottery Barn inspired Kid’s Bath