Remodeling Stories: A Sophisticated Farmhouse 15 Years in the Making

This remarkable kitchen remodel located in Deer Park, IL (Northwest suburbs of Chicagoland) caught my eye instantly as I was browsing through Houzz one day. It’s no wonder that this spectacular kitchen has been gaining an ample amount of attention within the industry, because it is a kitchen that dreams are made of and was 15 years in the making.

Kitchen in Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Kendall Panel door style in a gray Custom Color Match, designed by Michelle A. Lecinski of Advance Design Studio, Ltd.

Prior to this stunning kitchen reveal, the original kitchen had several issues that were not working for the homeowners. There was a garage door that was awkwardly placed within the kitchen that caused interruptions on a daily basis and a cooktop in the island with a dreadful downdraft that had to go.  

Intrigued by the phrase “Common Sense Remodeling”, the homeowners reached out to designer, Michelle A Lecinski, of Advance Design Studio, Ltd., known for their company philosophy called “Common Sense Remodeling”, which is a system designed to create smooth and predictable design, financial and construction experiences for all their clients. After meeting Michelle, the homeowners knew that their company and design process was the perfect fit for them.

A photo of the original kitchen before it was renovated.

Michelle worked closely with the homeowners to create the vision that they wanted based on inspirational photos they shared and including corresponding colors that already existed throughout the home. The whole remodel project consisted of a kitchen remodel that improved the workflow by relocating the garage door access into the upgraded mudroom and relocating the location of the refrigerator, microwave and main cooking area. The completed look reflected elements of the homeowners’ style and personality which they and Michelle like to call, “Sophisticated Farmhouse”. 

“The projects I personally like the best, are the ones that put the client’s dreams on display”, Michelle said. “And this is one of those projects.

Photo of the completed ktichen design renovation.

The main focal point of this kitchen is the new hand made-to-order custom Vintage Zinc and Brass ventilation hood by Vogler Metalwork & Design, which solved the homeowners’ downdraft issue and has become quite the conversation piece. This stunning hood also centers over a beautiful black enamel and brass LaCornue Range that came all the way over from France. Together these two stunning pieces create a unique combination that is both breathtaking and an apparent show stopper among friends and family when they visit.

A beautiful kitchen showcasing a custom zinc and brass vent hood, centered over a Lacornue range.

To add function and sophistication to the design, Michelle incorporated Dura Supreme cabinets in the Kendall Panel door style with a custom gray paint finish (Benjamin Moore HC-168) on the perimeter layout of the kitchen, and a custom blue paint finish (Sherwin Williams SW9139) on the island in the Kendall Panel door style. Pairing Calcutta Miel Quartz (perimeter) and Limestone Grey Stone (island) countertops with these custom colors created a beautiful cohesive color palette that complemented the other surrounding spaces and looked like the new kitchen belonged there.

A kitchen photo of Dura Supreme Cabinetry in the Kendall Panel door style with a custom color paint.

Photo of a kitchen island featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry in the kendall panel door style with a blue custom color paint.

Other unique elements that were incorporated into this one-of-a-kind kitchen renovation were brass diamond mess cabinet inserts imported all the way from the UK by Brass Gilles UK and complimented the other brass finishes throughout the kitchen such as the brass cabinet hardware, unlacquered brass faucets by Waterstone and the brass accents on the range and hood.

Decorative brass mesh inserts compliment the beautiful custom color gray painted cabinets.

Overall, this is an outstanding kitchen renovation that Michelle and her clients worked together to create a unique kitchen just for them, that you won’t see everywhere.

To learn more about this project by Michelle A. Lecinski, visit Advance Design Studio, Ltd., an authorized seller of Dura Supreme Cabinetry click here.


Cabinetry Details:

Dura Supreme cabinetry shown in the Kendall Panel door style with a custom gray paint finish (Benjamin Moore HC-168) for the perimeter, and a Personal Paint Match finish in Debonair SW 9139 by Sherwin Williams.

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