Architect and designer Laurel Powell transformed a closed-off galley kitchen and separate living room into an open kitchen, breakfast nook, and living space. By expanding with an addition, Powell created more space to adjust the layout. “We designed the layout so that this growing family could all be together,” Powell says. “Now little ones can be in the living room while mom is in the kitchen.”
With functionality and beauty in mind, Powell tripled the amount of cabinet storage in the kitchen and painted the new cabinets a light gray. “We wanted a light kitchen but also wanted to hide little finger prints so we went with a lighter gray,” Powell says. A quartz countertop, with the look of marble, provides durability and complements the white and gray palette. Antique brass sconces and hardware play off the gray with elegance, while polished nickel fixtures blend with new stainless steel appliances. “Mixing metals gives a collected, timeless look,” Powell adds.
Hand-cut subway tiles reach to the ceiling and frame an antique oil painting above the range, adding an unexpected homey feel to the kitchen. “I wanted to add both a comfortable and elegant feel to a space that is usually only functional and utilitarian.Traditional but with a twist,” Powell recalls. The whimsical chandelier with an antique finish, for example, was selected to add both refinement and charm.
Pine and oak floors separated rooms before, so Powell repurposed the pine elsewhere and added new oak to the existing oak to tie the floors together. Two Oushak rugs support the transition from the kitchen to the informal living room.
The living space begins with two olive velvet, high-back chairs that introduce rich, elegant color and texture. An oversized lamp adds a sense of scale and a sculptural element to the room, while blending with the color palette. The mantle’s custom ironwork beautifully mimics the coffee table’s exposed hardware. An heirloom antique buffet table hosts matching lamps, and an abstract painting brings out subtle blues in the overall design.