A Classic French Gray Kitchen

THIS KITCHEN! It’s been a long time coming. I am so excited to share it. This kitchen was closed off, dated, but definitely well-loved. It was so exciting to open up the walls as much as possible and create a new space that could be just as loved!

I really enjoyed working with this sweet, sweet family! I got to design some built-in bunk beds (that I LOVED), a laundry room and a kitchen. I also got to see world’s cutest dance routine and answer a lot of questions about working with Fixer Upper. This kitchen will always be a special one for me.

Before pictures:

After Pictures:

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(Love seeing little bits of Magnolia style in my clients’ homes ^^^^)

There are so many details in this kitchen that I love. We spent a long time on the plans and really poured a lot of attention into the details. Here are few of my favorite things about this kitchen:

  1. Stain/ paint combo – I love the warm stained paired with the Classic French gray. We also added character to the gray with a black rub on top of the paint. I love how beautiful these cabinets turned out.
  2. Those counter tops… they are stunning with those finishes.
  3. I love that the cabinets go to the ceiling – I love how grand that makes this kitchen come across.
  4. The brick accent on the island + the herringbone brick that we put in the entry as well.
  5. Okay okay.. I really just love everything in this kitchen :).

Coming up next is the laundry room!

Doing White Right

I have a lot of people asking me about whites. I personally love this white trend. Simplicity has always been my favorite. I do have a couple of pointers on doing white right.

  1. Picking the white right.

When selecting the white that you are going to put on your walls consider the base color. I think a common mistake that many people make is they just pick any color white. When shopping for the perfect white you have to be careful, because a lot of the colors may be named “white”, but they are not actually a true white. Many of the colors at the top of the chart look white, but the color in them comes through a bit more than anticipated 9 times out of 10. Get a sample first and place it in several places around the room, this will help you decide if the white is right for you.

2.  Pick a soft white.

Even if you are going for a stark, modern look, pick a softer white. White is already clean and modern as it is. If you are going to go all out and paint every surface white, keep it soft. An example of a soft white is “Alabaster white” by Sherwin Williams. This white is great for trim, walls, ceilings, and even floors. Yes, even floors. I’ve seen it done, and it is really fantastic, however not practical for everyday life. Imagine what you see on wood floors, imagine that on white floors…yep. Beautiful, but not practical.

3. Pick the right finish.

Lastly, although I love the matte finish, I do not recommend it for the white. I would get at least an egg-shell finish, so that if you do see the occasional hand print it can be wiped down easy enough. This past week I had the privilege of staying in a beautiful beach home that had beautiful white walls. Really it was amazing. Even after being there just a week I could see that we had left our mark. Nothing over the top just anything that touched the walls left a small mark.

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White walls, white trim, white ceiling, white tile… so pretty!

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Excellent light + a good white = heavenly

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Love the contrast – it makes the white even more dramatic

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Floor love

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I love all the natural contrast that occurs with white as well. So enjoyed staying in this beautiful home “Three Little Birds” in Carillon Beach, Florida. I left feeling inspired and highly motivated to explore the possibilities of white!