Modern Glamour Kitchen & Powder Room
It all started with Ann, a (very stylish) CIO who wanted her dated and beige kitchen revamped to better suit her dynamic and glamourous personality. She called her contractor/cousin, John Landers, who immediately advised her to have Amish Touch quote her kitchen cabinets. Her long-time (10 years) designer had received a quote from her custom cabinetry people. The spread in pricing was $10,000 – not an insignificant amount! When Ann decided to go with Amish Touch (because after all – who wouldn’t in that situation?), her designer of 10 years ceased all work on her kitchen design.
Ann asked Darin and Liz of Amish Touch if they knew a designer – and they kindly referred Ann to Bellehaven Designs. Due to COVID concerns (this was late March of 2020), we decided to work together virtually. Ann sent photos of her kitchen, describing what she hated about it (everything).
At Ann's initial meeting with Darin and Liz of Amish Touch, she picked a very trendy, lightly distressed, gray painted cabinet finish, as well as Cambria Britannica countertops (You know the one – you’ve seen it on every kitchen island in the last few years! I’ve even considered hiding my samples from my clients!)
The original design concept drawings felt a bit flat to me and not really reflective of Ann’s personality, but it’s all about the client’s taste in my book, so our second meeting had us reviewing the initial drawings. Ann seemed a bit lukewarm, but I didn’t know her that well yet. I tentatively asked if she liked it, and I received a very reluctant “Yeah, but…” in response. Going out on a limb, I mentioned that it fell flat to me. Ann immediately agreed and we were on to a new design. She wanted a modern and glamorous design, not a “safe” one.
This freed my creative side to really go out on a limb, and, inspired by a Baker Furniture piece, I came up with what became our final design concept. I even included the (fabulous) Artistic Tile mosaic by the range top and Ann loved it!
Next up was sourcing the plumbing fixtures, so I immediately connected with Jen Brockman of Crawford Supply. By this point, Ann and I were meeting in person, but Crawford was still being cautious, so Ann and I sat together and Zoomed with Jen. Also, Ann and I initially picked a plain white Cambria quartz countertop, but when Gina Saran at Precision Stone Design quoted it, she also suggested a look-alike “generic brand” plain white quartz that looked terrific, had the same quality level, and saved Ann over $1000.
We hit one snag during the construction phase.
Kitchen – During (Left) and Mosaic Tile (Right)
When Ann’s old school cousin/contractor opened the waterjet marble mosaic backsplash tile, it was in circular pieces. Neither John nor his tile guy had ever run into this, so I was tasked with finding a higher end tile guy. Enter Paul Dix. Paul met me at Ann’s on a Sunday morning and I was instantly struck by his calm and capable manner, as well as the careful thought he put into his suggestions for the tile layout. Due to the off-center orientation of the range top, the backsplash tile also looked a bot off-center. Paul’s suggestion to expand the tile’s footprint was perfect!
While remodeling her kitchen, Ann and I also worked on her first floor powder room. And by the end of construction, Ann was thrilled. She invited some neighbors over to see her kitchen and one of them commented, “It looks just like something you’d see on HGTV.” Now, she occasionally gets calls from those neighbors asking if they can bring their friend/sister/mom, etc over to see her kitchen. (I advised Ann to start charging an admission fee.)
Curious about how it turned out? Read on...
Modern Glamour Kitchen & Powder Room:
Designer: Bellehaven Designs
Cabinetry: Amish Touch
Tilework: Dix Ceramic & Marble, Inc.
Fixtures: Crawford Supply
Countertops: Precision Stone Design