before and after

before & after: clean + simple kitchen redo

by Kate Pruitt

There are many rooms in the home where I tolerate, and even encourage, artful clutter: collections of knickknacks, walls covered with art, neat piles of magazines and books. But not so in the kitchen. For whatever reason, I love maximalist decorating in other rooms, but I’ve always dreamed of having a simple, clean, bare bones, monochromatic, minimalist kitchen, something a lot like this lovely version from Jackie Lenox. With some very smart curation and material choices, Jackie’s managed to create a space that has a lot of personality with very few objects, or at least very few exposed objects. I love the color play between the dark gray cabinetry and the light wood open shelving; in fact, the basics of the room play off one another so nicely that a little bunch of flowers or branches is all it will ever need for a finishing touch. Awesome job, Jackie! — Kate

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See more of Jackie’s kitchen redo after the jump . . .

Time: 5 months

Basic Steps: I did tons of research and created moodboards to really hone in on the feeling I was going for, which is clean, yet warm, slightly industrial with added touches of color and whimsy with accessories. This really helped me, especially since both my husband and I are graphic designers and can debate a shade of gray for hours. Then our architects (my dear cousins) Abruzzo-Bodziak showed us tons of different layouts and material options until I drove them crazy, but eventually we all agreed on a general look and feeling. What really clinched it all was seeing their amazing 3D renderings. It was sometimes difficult to imagine some of these materials together, but that rendering really brought it all home.

We also spent a ridiculous amount of time figuring out our storage options and where every item would go. We really didn’t want to have all kinds of small appliances all over the counters, so they’re all tucked away in the storage cabinets. And who wants to have a garbage can out in full view? Hide that in a pullout drawer! Even our cat’s litter box was built into the vanity in the renovated bathroom (this litter box was discussed and sketched to death . . . it was almost comical!).

Our advice is to do lots of research, find good yet nice people to work with and then stay on top of your trades and contractors. Don’t ever be afraid to tell them you’re not entirely happy with how something’s going . . . this is where the “nice” is particularly important. Our contractor was such a nice man; it makes all the difference, especially when you have to ask to re-do something. — Jackie

Cabinets: Scherrs (ready to assemble)
Cabinet colors: Sherwin-Williams, Repose and Dovetail Gray
Appliances: Bosch range, microwave and dishwasher, KitchenAid fridge
Countertops: Organic White by Caesarstone
Sink: Extra Deep Kraus sink from Overstock
Faucet: Danze, Parma collection in brushed nickel
Backsplash: extra large satin white subway tiles from Cancos
Bar stools: black Tolix knockoffs from Overstock
Kitchen peninsula/worktable: Custom made at a restaurant supply in the Bowery, NYC
Cuckoo Clock: Ingolf Haas modern cuckoo from DWR
Pendant lights: Titan1 pendants from DWR
Open shelves: Doubled up furniture-grade plywood made locally in Brooklyn
Flooring: DuroDesign cork tile

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