Let’s peek Behind The Scenes Of a Cozy Kitchen Renovation and see what it took to get my client out of overwhelm. My client was concerned. She knew how she wanted to renovate new kitchen. But the choices she had to make on such a large investment led her to ask for my help on some key decisions. Her overwhelm came from what she saw as a small window of time. Home on sick leave for a few weeks, her goal was to have her kitchen pulled together by the time she to returned to work. She wanted to paint the kitchen yellow. At that point, she asked for help on how to get the color selection for the walls, counter top, backsplash and flooring to jibe.
Often what we think we want and what our heart is telling us are two different things. Such was the case with the kitchen for my client. She was having the cabinets built before contacting me for help and this is the wood that she chose for them. A warm honey color, I could see why yellow was her first thought for what she wanted to be a sunny kitchen. I pointed out that balancing the bright color choice that she had made for the cabinets with more muted ones would make her kitchen feel not only sunny but also not overpowering.
After visiting one of my favorite showrooms, we found a perfect balance of warmth and cool neutrals for her counters, backsplash and flooring. Since the counters and backsplash were visually full of color and movement, I suggested the solid flooring pictured here.
This condo kitchen was small, (ok cozy) so it was important to not make the room feel too chopped. We agreed that the grays were perfect neutrals to tie all of the elements together.
Compare how tight the space feels with the darker before cabinets. And the white tile and appliances was too stark a contrast making it feel closed in. And the small tiles, popular when the condo was originally built, emphasized the smallness of the kitchen.
One important lesson that I have learned is that when one spouse says, “No, it’s whatever she (or he) wants,” they still appreciate having played a part in some part of the design. Though the wife was the visionary on this kitchen project, she often made sure that her husband agreed on what were their final choices for the counter tops, flooring and paint color. And he proudly selected the hardware and it is stunning with the cabinets.
More To Come
As the very top picture shows, the colors of this couple’s new kitchen are warm and inviting. And, no, we did not paint the walls yellow. But a kitchen is full of color by way of food, napkins, placemats and candles. I suggested that she use her touches of yellow in accessories. And while we are still (as of the writing of this post) designing the perfect window coverings and considering having the refrigerator powder coated a stainless steel color, my clients are enjoying their new kitchen very much.
Great Last Minute Gifts
Looking for great last minute gifts that only you will give your friends and family? Consider gifting a memento of shared experiences.
My husband and I often travel east to Philadelphia area to see our good friends, Mitch and Laurie. Mitch’s brother is a pretty big deal in the world of casting. (His casting company found the talent for the The Wiz Live shown on NBC recently.) We often are fortunate get good tickets to see Broadway plays that his company has casted. Last September, we were fortunate to see “The King and I” at the Lincoln Center in Tribeca.
Afterwards, our group made our way to The Rosa Mexicano Restaurant. As we entered the bar area, the towering display of individually sculptured wall divers took my breath away. Imagine my thrill, when I found a 10.5″ x 9″ replica of the divers by Global Views. I can give a gift that won’t be duplicated as a memento of that dining experience. This 10.5″ x 9″ piece of replica piece is going to be a hit.
Home Grown Gift
Are you a gardener? Full disclosure, my attempts at growing anything from a bulb is usually an epic fail. Talented designer and gardener, Ivan E. DeGonzalez, photographed the progress of his Red Amaryllis from bulb to bloom. I’d have been too happy to receive bulbs that had been given a good start or even in the final beautiful blooming stages for my birthday!
The Gift of Service
Coupons to walk a friend or relative’s dog lets you sample the real dirty work of owning a dog while gifting. How about putting together a week of healthy menus and recipes for a friend who has little time to plan? Organize a week or month of menus and recipes in a beautifully designed binder with set of mixing spoons and a beautiful plate from a resale store or estate sale. Free babysitting coupons never get turned down by grateful parents.
Interior Design Consultation
Another great last minute gift is one of an interior design consultation from Mary Etta Designs for a loved one who is downsizing, moving or getting married. Design consultations help save time, money and overwhelm when there’s help from a professional interior decorator. Contact me here if you want to give a consultation as a gift of service for Christmas or any other occasion.
There you have it! Three unique and great last minute gifts to give that won’t be duplicated. Art or sculpture reminiscent of shared experiences, a flower or plant that you personally have grown, and the gift of service.
Happy Holidays and May the New Year bring you Joy!