For ten years my friend Jacki had to put on her makeup in her car because the lighting in her house was so bad.
“That house was a dungeon, and I was over it,” says Jacki.
But Jacki has a new house now and it’s far from a dungeon. It’s big and open and light and bright. She has windows everywhere, can lights galore (eleven in her kitchen alone), white cabinets, light wall paint, and a fresh, clean look that is far more her style than her old house.
The kitchen in particular is spectacular.The Shaker-style custom cabinets from Khuel Millworks are painted in Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. The upper cabinets with their glass fronts go all the way up to the ten-foot ceiling. Counter tops are a leathered granite in Gray Ice; the enormous island, which easily seats six, features Rococo quartz.
For her back splash, she used a beveled tile–Rittenhouse in Artic White. A built-in wine fridge is conveniently located at the end of this counter nearest the large, adjoining family room.
Jacki is a native of San Diego and loves a beach-like feel so she chose a lighter flooring, Mannington Dockside in Sea Shell.
With their clean lines, the Pennie Wood bar stools from Kosas Home are indicative of Jackie’s preference for simplicity. She purchased them from Overstock. Her dining table and benches are from Restoration Hardware. She chose Sherwin Williams Pussy Willow (lightened to 60 percent strength) for her wall color.
The light fixture over the table also reflects her streamlined style.
A built-in paper towel holder at the end of the island is a clever and practical touch. The T-bar hardware pulls in flat black by Probrico were the perfect choice for the design of this kitchen.
Cookbooks have a handy home in these shelves at the end of the island. An extra electrical outlet is another convenience.
With her entire new house as light-filled as this kitchen, the days of Jacki having to retreat to her car to do her make-up are over. Any spot in the house would work for that task now.
No more dungeon. Mission accomplished.