Client Me Myself And I Can’t Make Up My Mind // Reveal, Pt. 2

Well, hi friends !!

I’m back to share more #clientmemyselfandicantmakeupmymind with you… have I missed you ?? I thought so… it’s been a whole week since my last visit here, but what a week it has been. The good news is that I’m here to distract you a bit with Part 2 of this house of ours: the kitchen and the dining room! In case you missed it last week, be sure to check out Part 1 of the Entrance and Living Room, as everything is connected in what I like to call the Great Room, so you’ll want to see this for a small visual context!

Ok, so there you go, and if you want to see more of the process, head over to Progress Tour 1, Progress Tour 2, and Progress Tour 3!

xoxo amber


Let’s go !! For someone who doesn’t cook… my cooking really says the opposite, HA! But really… she’s amazing, and I love every square inch! So let’s start with the ground. I decided to continue the magnificent white oak flooring from DuChateau in the kitchen, and throughout the house really. The only places we don’t have hardwood are in the entryway and bathrooms, if not to keep things simple I stuck to a floor finish in the main areas. While the kitchen is connected to the living room, to give it some separation we created a cutout and added more of these textured reclaimed white oak beams by Ross Alan Reclaimed. Do you feel a theme here? A handful of materials… used in different ways throughout the house for a whole cohesion within the same space. Whether you are designing a house from scratch or decorating your first apartment, one thing I always wonder is, is this part of the same house? Using the same materials really adds a sense of calm to everything and makes every room feel connected.

Ok, back to the kitchen! The countertops are all Calcutta marble from Modul Marble, and I decided to have the backsplash repeat on the stove hood using the weathered white zellige from Cle Tile, and took the backsplash all the way to the ceiling. It was a controversial decision when it happened, but I love the way it turned out and I think it’s so unique !! We also added this fairly narrow marble shelf above the stove which is a favorite detail… I usually keep my salt mill up there for easy access (when Mike is cooking!).

All of the fitted wardrobes are custom and painted ‘Figueroa’ by Portola Paints, just in a different finish than the rest of the house (satin enamel), because you know I love a beigey greigey kitchen moment. The large hutch is such a great combo of form and function. I designed it to have both open and closed storage; there are lower cabinets that open, drawers and my favorite part, tops with sliding reed glass doors. With the reed glass you can see a bit of what’s going on behind them, but not enough to make everything look perfectly stylish all the time because let’s be honest a house is not just something to look at !! When I want to put on my style, I can open the doors on either side and zhush away – they stack and open on either side.

Moving on… I knew I wanted to make a statement in the kitchen, and this personalized living island by Matthew Cox was made for me. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had to be mine. We put in a few more drawers and made some modifications to it, and added a marble top and sink, and it became the centerpiece of the kitchen. I know you are going to be wondering how we have a marble sink … and the answer is 1) we have a dishwasher and 2) I keep this sink grid for everyday use to help protect it and prevent plates, etc. rings or whatever. The brass faucet is from Waterworks and has the finest lines; it’s a pull down that makes rinsing the sink easier and the patina with the unfinished brass is improving day by day. Speaking of brass, I finally made my cooking dreams come true with the LaCanache stove and man is everything I hoped it would be! Gwynnie’s 100% Mac and Cheese tastes best when we cook it on this pan… HA!

Now you might be wondering where all of our less pretty household appliances are. First of all, all major appliances like our refrigerator and dishwasher are built into panel doors. Second, our small appliances are hidden in the two large wardrobes with sliding drawers. On the left side we have our microwave and toaster, and on the right our coffee station. Electrical outlets are also tucked away in there, but we have some on the underside of the island for things like blenders etc. To keep the interiors of our cabinets and drawers tidy, we used baskets and drawer organizers from The Container Store because lord knows I’m a pure monster !! When we moved we were very lucky to see Life in Jeneral helping us and organizing everything and I was very diligent to keep everything exactly where Jen had said it should go!

Ok… it does for the kitchen! Let’s move on to the dining area.

Cabinet color // ‘Figueroa’ by Portola Paints in Eggshell, and the upholstery color is ‘Piano Room’ by Portola Paints in Eggshell
Ceiling beams // Ross Alan Reclaimed lumbar in white oak
Flooring // DuChateau Varació in Tonalé
Tile // Key Tile
Wall lights // Morrison picture lamp
Windows // Ultimate Marvin Signature Collection
Frying pan // LaCanache

Dining Area

Let’s move on to the dining area, where the centerpiece is obviously the personalized wicker bench. You might remember we did something similar in the breakfast nook of guest Bu Round Two, and I liked it so much that I decided to do it at my home. I designed the pew to look like a church pew which gives the lines such a great curvature and really makes it unique. I had a custom cushion made for the seat with a simple French seam and minimal tufting, and added pillows from Shoppe to make it cozy and comfortable.

I wanted this area to be really light and bright so we added three narrow Marvin casement windows that frame the space beautifully. You can also see the edge of the vaulted ceiling and a bit more of this T&G from WindsorOne. The walls are painted ‘Figueroa’ by Portola Paints in a Roman clay finish that has a subtle texture when you see it in person.

You know I can’t resist a little brass … and these wall lights from Galerie L7 have a great patina with a shell shape that has such a nice curvature. The wicker chairs are vintage Charlotte Perriand (and are available!) And the table is the X base with a custom round rim top. I went with a minimal artwork by Kirill Bergart and kept everything simple and minimal. Now that we are working from home I spend a lot of time in this little corner every day and it makes me so happy.

Flooring // DuChateau Varació in Tonalé
Windows // Ultimate Marvin Signature Collection
Ceiling // Tongue & Groove WindsorONE
Painting // Walls are ‘Figueroa’ by Portola Paints in Roman Clay finish, windows and trim are painted ‘Piano Room’ by Portola Paints in Eggshell finish, Ceiling is ‘Table Linen’ by Portola Paints in Eggshell finish

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