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Before & After: A New Jersey Kitchen Gets A Touch of Glamour

by Maxwell Tielman

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Shannon Tate likes to compare the act of caring for one’s home with the act of caring for one’s self. Although the health of a home and the health of an individual might not seem all that related, Shannon, a former life coach, sees them as inextricably connected—the former serving as both a barometer and a tincture for the soul. This is why, when confronted with a space in need of some TLC, Shannon takes to her task as an interior designer almost like a therapist would—administering questionnaires, addressing issues in functionality, and prescribing decorating schemes that are appropriate matches for her clients. “I really believe that having a well designed space that’s a true reflection of who you are is an important part of the self-care puzzle,” Shannon says. In the case of this New Jersey kitchen, Shannon found that cracking the puzzle meant finding a way to impart a bit of her clients’ personalities into the space. Applying the skills gleaned from her diverse background, Shannon was able to transform this once run-of-the-mill kitchen into a functional, beautiful space with just the right amount of glamour. Check out all of the photos, plus Shannon’s design notes after the jump! —Max

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“My inspiration is always my client,” Shannon says. “I have them fill out a design questionnaire that gets me in touch with who they are, what they love and where they want to go in life. I then create their design with the intention of visually and stylistically representing who they are in their space.  
“My process after the questionnaire is really pretty organic. I really try to understand the essence of who they are and feel into what would be right. It’s always so fun! After reading through their answers to the questionnaire, I try to kind of feel what it would be like to be them and understand their inner workings.”

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Sources

  • Wall color: Benjamin Moore – Classic Gray, OC-23
  • Subway tile: White – Lowes
  • Grout color: #60 Charcoal by Polyblend 
  • Cabinet paint color: Benjamin Moore – Chelsea Gray, HC-168
  • Countertops: Quartz in Cashmere Carrara
  • Table: made by me, reclaimed Brazilian hardwood
  • Hairpin legs for table: from Hairpin Legs For Less
  • Stools: from Etsy Barnwood Furniture re-created some vintage stools I found online
  • Cabinet knobs & pulls by Amerock in Elegant Brass finish
  • Faucet from Elements of Design, Lafayette Collection in Polished Brass
  • Pendant lights over Island from Hudson Valley Lighting
  • Globe Pendant over dining table from West Elm
  • Chimney Range Hood AKDY Hood in Stainless Steel
  • Wine fridge by Danby

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