If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a dated kitchen, pantry, mudroom and laundry space undergo a top-to-bottom remodel, consider this reveal post especially for you. As one of our most extensive kitchen remodels to date, we’ve been waiting on pins and needles to showcase the before and after images, along with some unique insight behind the process.
We were first commissioned for project #RDHlauriereno in 2017 after our clients came across our work featured on an Amber Interiors instagram post. We were thrilled to come alongside our clients in the process of redesigning their older home as we thoughtfully transformed the space with both function and aesthetics in mind.
Through the course of our work, we’ve found inspiration often comes in many unexpected forms, and the inspiration for this particular project originally came from a travel photo. During a trip to the south of France, we came across a winery featuring the most incredible interplay of colors, textures, and lighting and knew it was the perfect launching point for this kitchen.
Our homeowners had several requests for their new space, including a cathedral ceiling, new cabinetry and appliances, a large kitchen island, additional windows for enhanced natural light, the use of floating shelves, a double swing pantry door, and a more functional layout for overall ease of traffic flow. For countertops, our clients were looking for a low-maintenance yet visually stunning option, and we ultimately selected porcelain with the look of marble to check both of those boxes.
While remodeling older homes can often present some challenges, we took advantage of the more compartmentalized layout to introduce a honed marble and limestone pattern for the kitchen and pantry flooring. The home’s separation of spaces made a unique flooring option possible and turned out to be one of our favorite features of the remodel. Another layout consideration was the side entry, which needed to connect the mudroom and laundry room, plus feature storage, a double washer/dryer, and a large tub style-sink to allow for washing sports equipment and the family’s beloved dog, PJ. While it took a few tweaks to get the concept just right, our homeowners selected a layout to suit their needs to a T.
There are few features we love more than a walk-in kitchen pantry, so we decided to get creative by taking a portion of the garage storage area. By pushing the back wall 18 inches into the oversized garage, we were able to buy square footage and also accommodate a full feature wall for the cooking and prepping adjacent to the pantry.
When it came to lighting, furniture, and accessories, we sought out several one-of-a-kind pieces made in France, including the table and kitchen island pendants. We came across the French antique table during one of our buying trips, and instantly knew it was destined for the space. The dimensions and style lined up just right, and luckily our clients felt the very same. Similarly, the stunning kitchen island pendants were made of ceramic and also from France as a nod back to our original point of inspiration.
As we tied the final look together, we selected a large white chuck chandelier by Made Goods, which coordinated with the antler chandelier installed in the family room. All of the sconces were sourced from Restoration Hardware, and many of the accessories were antique finds purchased via the reDesign Shop. As a personal touch, the collage of artwork featured by the sink are vintage French prints lovingly collected by our client over the years!
It was such a privilege to watch the entire transformation unfold, and needless to say, this south of France-inspired kitchen will go down as one of our forever favorites.
Below, we're walking you through the before and afters, as well as progress throughout the project. It truly is our biggest transformation to date.