Kitchen Design

The kitchen is a space we spend more time in than most in our home... from cooking, to entertaining, it is the heart of the home. Most of the time, those looking to invest in a new home or renovation have the kitchen on the top of their list. Remodeling magazine has found that the ROI for a kitchen remodel can range anywhere from 50% - 80% depending on the level of your renovation. Today, Mitzi Maynard and Lori Paranjape are sharing some of their favorite kitchen designs. 

Design: Mitzi Maynard & Photography: Kristen Mayfield

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This project was a large renovation.  The client had planned to build, but found a great property that had an existing home and our goal was to redesign it to meet my clients needs and wants.  The home owners wanted to make a kitchen where they could have large family gatherings, parties, and space for their growing family (dreams of having several more children). This family lives a healthy life style so we designed it with a smoothie station as part of the beverage center, and pantry away from the cooking space.  It was a large space and mixing different materials became an important part of the over all design. Scroll through to see the before & after!

Design: Lori Paranjape & Photography: Kristen Mayfield

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This kitchen was an exercise in contrast... we went dark on the cabinets (cerused black oak), and in order to keep the space feeling light, use thick white quartz countertops. The result is fresh and clean, which feels surprising for a black kitchen!

#WestEndClassicCaliFresh :: Before + After ::

MITZI MAYNARD: Interior Designer & Owner of Redo Home + Design

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Tell us a little about your client, and what they were looking for in their home renovation.

The home had been partially renovated, but my client was moving from California to Nashville and wanted a fresh start!  She wanted the house to reflect her style.  We began to add design elements that were more modern. Trying not to offend the original architecture, yet adding her personal style and aesthetic . 

Was this home a total renovation, or did it start with great bones?

The bones are beautiful! I love this house...especially the windows! 

That master bathroom is a favorite by many, and we’re dying over the vanity... tell us more!

So in this room it was about introducing elements! The brick wall looks original, but we added that, along with the classic black honed marble floor.  I have an amazing local custom cabinet maker that I work with!  Choosing the right wood and designing something that she had never seen before was exactly what she wanted. 

What part of the home did you get to design?

Everything except the kitchen. 

So many great pieces of art in this home - how did you incorporate all of it into each space? 

The art grew organically. She was collecting, and I was shopping for her on my buying trips and visiting local galleries. Then we just let each piece find its home!

Take a peek inside:

Photography by Aimee Mazzenga & design by Mitzi Maynard

 master bathroom: after

master bathroom: after

 master bathroom: before

master bathroom: before

 living room: after

living room: after

 living room: before

living room: before

 living room

living room

 dining room

dining room

 wet bar

wet bar

 home office

home office

 home office

home office

 hallway (upstairs)

hallway (upstairs)

 mudroom

mudroom

Budget Friendly Kitchen Reno

I know, I know...generally speaking "budget friendly" and "designer" don't go hand-in-hand. But with an investment in design time, hiring an expert can actually save you money during a renovation. For example, a good designer can help you avoid common mistakes and pitfalls in selections, and also help you stretch your money (ie. what are the right areas to splurge, and where can you save?). 

Today's blog is about a budget friendly kitchen renovation I did for an extra special (and sometimes difficult) client, my mom and dad. My parents own a classic Four Square built in the 1920's that had not been renovated in 20 years. The floor plan was choppy, and the kitchen was narrow with no storage, they had majorly outdated cabinets, and ancient appliances. They called on me when they were finally ready to turn their non-functional kitchen in to a functional one. Prepare yourself, here are a few before pics:

 Kitchen "Before"

Kitchen "Before"

 Kitchen "Before"

Kitchen "Before"

We poured over the kitchen plans for hours, trying to find the best way to add storage and also open up the space to the rest of the house. My dad, who happens to be a structural engineer, came up with a plan to add four additional feet to the back of the house without pouring a foundation. This saved some seriously money because we avoided the expense of pouring footings (**Always consult an engineer before making structural changes).

 The crew adding additional an extension to the house.

The crew adding additional an extension to the house.

Our next step was planning the layout of the kitchen. This helped determine how wide to make the opening into the living room. Originally, there were two doorways that accessed the basement stairs. We removed the basement access doorway in the kitchen, which gave us enough space for an entire wall of "pantry" cabinetry, as well as a wider opening into the living room!

 Opening up the wall into the living room and closing the door to the basement.

Opening up the wall into the living room and closing the door to the basement.

Because we were on a strict budget, we used Ikea's cabinetry along with their kitchen planner. The planner helped us maximize our cabinet storage and even add an island where we thought there may not be room! The new floor plan gave us double the amount of cabinetry they had in their original kitchen. For cabinet hardware I scoured the web to find beautiful but budget-friendly hardware. There are a lot of great suggestions on Pinterest, but I ended up finding our pulls/knobs online here from The Hardware Hut.

One of the places we "splurged" was on backsplash. Luckily we didn't need need a ton of square footage, which gave me a little more freedom in terms of price. I went a tile shop in Nashville, Traditions in Tile, and found some gorgeous handmade tile from Walker Zanger .  The handmade texture combined with a subtle color added warmth to a mostly white space. My parents didn't want anything that would feel dated in 5-10 years. 

Our flooring guy had the matching  1" oak flooring that was original to the house in stock. I thought it was important to make the new kitchen look like it had always been there, so I opted to wood instead of tile. That meant we had to refinish the entire first floor so the color was seamless but it was worth the effort! In the mudroom we wanted to use tile and landed on a classic slate tile from Stone Source. We laid it in a herringbone pattern to give it a modern feel. For countertops,  I chose a classic mostly white Quartz (Zen from Cosmos). My parents wanted a low-maintenance countertop because of their three grand children. Months later they are still happy with their decision! Here are some pictures of the nearly-completed kitchen:

 Coffee bar

Coffee bar

 Pantry wall.

Pantry wall.

 Stove + mudroom

Stove + mudroom

Other than a few stray projects (ie the end-cap for the stove) the kitchen is finished! It was very special getting to create a beautiful space for my parents home. All in all it was one of my favorite projects to date!

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Clare