Kitchen Stories: A Design to Complement the Entire Home

Nestled along the waterfront, this home near Puget Sound in Washington had a disjointed interior that did not take advantage of the beautiful and expansive views of the water.  When the homeowners were ready to remodel, they contacted Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors (Mercer Island, WA).

A white on white kitchen design with shiplap ceiling and beams, track lighting, white inset cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry, white subway-tiles and white countertops with dark wood flooring.

The main challenge was opening up the space so that the entire main level flowed easily from one room to the next, and always with the view to the water at the forefront.  Vawn's solution was to move the fireplace from the center of the room (where it blocked the views to the water and from one room to the next) to the wall opposite the kitchen.  "In order to create a cohesive look, I designed the kitchen and fireplace wall to complement each other in design."  The result;  An open, airy space that allows family and friends to gather in the kitchen, flow easily into the living room and fireplace, and mingle in the dining area.  Everything is tied together beautifully and the views of the water are stunning!

Open concept floor plan with white built-in bookcases and fireplace mantle in a nautical styled home with Dura Supreme Cabinetry and mantle.

Another design challenge; Structural walls and beams needed to stay, and the ceiling was low with beams every four feet.  The home's original stained cabinetry left the interior feeling dark and small.  By creating a neutral color scheme, Vawn tied the living room, dining room, and kitchen together and the white painted cabinetry and millworks helped to create a more open, expansive feel. 

Open concept floor plan with white kitchen cabinets from Dura Supreme in a nautical styled home.

"I worked closely with the homeowners to incorporate numerous ideas she had collected.  She wanted a clean design but favored a more traditional look over a modern or contemporary design.  The ceiling already had a planked motif that works so well with the coastal design and so we took this visual cue and repeated it in the hood and the fireplace mantel", explained Greany. 

Open concept floor plan with white kitchen cabinets from Dura Supreme in a nautical styled home.

Another visual tie-in and a unique design ... instead of wall cabinets on either side of the hood, Greany kept the space more open and used wainscot panels with wall sconces to maximize task lighting.  Coordinating sconces are used on the fireplace wall to create design consistency and a furniture-like look for the kitchen area.  Small details like the location of the power outlets were considered so that the tile backsplash remains uninterrupted by unsightly outlets and yet they are located near the work surface for ease of use. 

Open concept floor plan with white kitchen cabinets from Dura Supreme in a nautical styled home.

These are the types of details along with expertise in overall design (whole home design) and functional storage that a professional kitchen designer brings to a project!

White on white bathroom design with Dura Supreme Cabinetry and floating shelves for bath towel storage.

Close up of a White painted bathroom vanity with inset cabinet doors in a traditional bathroom setting.

In keeping with the new interior design of the home, Greany selected the bathroom cabinetry and design elements to coordinate with the rest of the home.


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Photography: Northlight Photography

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in the Monterey door style in Flush Inset with black hinge, White painted finish.

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