Whether you like to host family gatherings or throw large get-togethers for friends and neighbors, having a space designed around how you entertain can make parties more efficient and enjoyable. One of our clients purchased a home on a lovely piece of land in a golf community in Carmel, IN. They loved the location; however, the 1980s home needed a full remodel for it to suit their needs. Working with Architect Steve Goldberg of Goldberg Design Group and custom home builder Pat O’Connor with Homes by Pat O’Connor, the whole house was gutted and multiple architectural changes were made to create a home that suited how our clients live. We were brought in to help design a kitchen that would support this family’s love of entertaining large groups of people.
Both husband and wife were involved in the design process, and each brought their own ideas to the table. The husband wanted a yellow, cream and grey color scheme, and they both wanted a barn door look on the refrigerator. They had also found a resource for the style of range hood they desired, which was custom made for them. For these special touches in their kitchen, we served as advisors to help them implement their vision, and they wanted to find many items on their own.
In partnership with the architect, our clients began the kitchen layout design by addressing their entertaining style. They enjoy holding large gatherings, so a large spacious island with a lot of perimeter seating was installed to create a bar-like atmosphere. The rest of the kitchen design followed from there. We drew up the remaining layouts and elevations needed to address the functionality our clients were looking for. Flow, storage, and room for desired appliances were all specified in the plans. Our clients preferred a clean and uncluttered look, so we created a design that placed things behind doors, such as pocket door appliance garages. The family cooks and bakes frequently, so we made sure the guts of the cabinetry included multiple types of functional storage. The wide variety of options that comes with using custom means the cabinetry works well both inside and out! We also added special details such as bumping out the range and varying cabinets’ heights and depths for architectural interest. Since we had designed for enough closed storage, we added glass inserts in the upper cabinets to both break up the cold wall and to provide decorative storage.
Once the layout was complete, we then partnered with Ron Wagle from Zionsville Custom Cabinetry to craft the cabinetry with the desired style and functionality. It is particularly during this phase that images speak louder than words. Many clients do not know the vocabulary associated with the styles they like, such as inset doors or raised panels, they just know the look they like. By collecting images that represent their style, we can then help them choose the cabinetry that supports their vision. Our clients wanted a streamlined look, so we chose inset doors with small architectural detailing. For color we went with cream cabinetry on the perimeter and large island, and yellow cabinetry for the inner island. Ron was also able to craft the refrigerator barn door design we had created for our clients.
It is the details of this kitchen that allow its large scale to have a warm, welcoming look. The backsplash was selected to add a lot of dimension to the wall, which had a lot of presence even from across the large kitchen. The tile was also used as a way to continue the soft yellow color on the walls. Next, a second island was included in the design to fill the gap between the large island and the appliance area. This central placement made it perfect as an added prep area. We chose to make the island a focal point in the space by placing a sculptural light fixture over it, rather than installing decorative lighting over the large perimeter island. This design detail added to the visual flow of the space. Finally, to expand the entertaining room of the kitchen, a wet bar was built into an adjacent informal dining area which was designed to flow well from the large kitchen island.
At Hoskins Interior Design, we believe in designing for functionality as well as aesthetics. Our clients were creating a home designed to support how they live and an atmosphere that reflected their personal style. We were honored to be on the team that helped them achieve their goals. Questions about this project? Send us an email or give us a call at 317-253.8986.
Downsizing from a large home to a smaller one gives you an exciting opportunity to design for your next stage of life. However, it can be challenging to incorporate what you loved about your old space into the new one, particularly in the kitchen. We recently helped one of our clients strike this kitchen design balance in a newly-built smaller home in the Village of West Clay.
Our client brought us on during the beginning stage of her new construction process, making it possible for us to work seamlessly with her builder, McKenzie Collection, and cabinet designer, Sims-Lohman. We all worked as a team to ensure our client would end up with the kitchen she envisioned.
We participated in every design meeting with the builder, and created conceptual designs, elevation and plans that reflected the outcome of those discussions. We then assisted with the implementation of the designs, leading our client through all of her selections, from countertops and finishes to hardware and functionality planning.
Kitchen Functionality: Our client had chosen a floor plan from the builder that she felt would best suit her overall needs. We then helped her work within that space to create the functionality she expected. Even though this was meant to be a one-person home, our client loves to cook so the kitchen was important to her. She wanted to incorporate the t-shaped island she had in her previous home into this design. Her new kitchen is smaller than her previous kitchen, and she was concerned that she would not be able function the way she was used to within this new space. The “t” design had always worked well for her in the past, the top of the “t” serving as the workstation, and the base as the eating and entertaining portion. Working closely with her builder, we were able to create a kitchen design that incorporated this important feature.
The appliance choices were made around functionality as well. We went with a smaller cooktop than what is normally found in a high-end kitchen, as there was no need for a large range, and chose to have just one oven paired with a microwave. Our client preferred the easy access of a single door refrigerator with the freezer below. Finally, we redesigned the walk-in pantry from the original floor plan to accommodate the unique storage needs that come with downsizing from a much larger kitchen.
Kitchen Cabinetry: Cabinetry has a major impact on the look of a kitchen as it dominates the vertical space. Our client was moving from a traditional-styled home, and was looking to have a lighter, more transitional feel in her new space. The cabinetry we chose has a clean yet slightly detailed door style with a pale grey painted finish. The kitchen’s tall ceilings allowed for ample vertical space to install cabinets for optimal storage; however, we did not want to create a boring flat wall of solid doors. Placing glass in carefully selected upper cabinets solved this issue and gave our client a place to display her pretty things. For the island, only the top of the “t” was cabinetry, so we had a carpenter create the bottom to duplicate the cabinet style while accommodating the four bar stools our client wanted.
Lighting, Plumbing Fixtures and Kitchen Cabinet Hardware: The amount of choices within these categories tends to overwhelm homeowners. At Hoskins Interior Design, we begin the selection process by stepping back, allowing our clients to gravitate to the items they like. We then guide them through the options that suit their desired look. For example, in this transitional kitchen, the lighting, plumbing fixtures and kitchen cabinet hardware were meant to add bling and character to the soothing design. Our client wanted knobs on the upper cabinet doors however we also had her choose some long pulls for the bottom cabinetry to add a different look. The variety of cabinet sizes in this kitchen meant we need many sizes of hardware. A detailed hardware schedule worked perfectly to clearly communicate to the builder where each piece was meant to go.
Kitchen Countertops: One of our favorite parts of helping our clients create a new kitchen is taking them to the stone yards. It is a joy to watch them wander the slabs, searching for the perfect piece. Our clients fall in love with their countertops! For this kitchen, our client selected a gorgeous quartzite, a natural stone that is newer to the market. While it is priced at the higher end of the cost spectrum, it offers the sophisticated, simple look of marble with the easy maintenance of granite. We feel our client chose well, as the soothing greys within this slab were perfect for the look she wanted for her kitchen.
Kitchen Window Treatment: To ensure a cohesive look throughout the home, our client’s existing blue sofa placed in the adjacent open family room determined the color scheme of the kitchen. For the window treatment, we chose a blue, pale white and taupe-gray fabric with a large scale pattern that could be appreciated from the entryway and the family room. The colors also worked well with the cabinetry and countertops, complementing the pretty but not fussy look. The pattern also added visual interest to the mostly solid kitchen elements.
While leaving your old, larger home for a new, more manageable space is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. An experienced interior designer can help guide you through blending the things you love about your old home with the opportunities offered by your new space. There is no need to go it alone! Send us an email, or give us a call at 317-.253.8986 for more information on how we can help.