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Before & After: A Couple Designs the Modern Kitchen of Their Dreams

by Sofia Tuovinen

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When Rebecca (@bexmarie) and Jared Raskind (@raskindphoto) moved from a 1930s Spanish-style home into a contemporary house in Glendale, CA, they wanted to approach their design choices from a fresh perspective. The amazing views from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room initially drew the couple in, but once they realized the potential in creating a stunning modern kitchen and open floor plan, they had to give it a go. They knew the renovation would be worth it — and they were right!

In order to create the large, modern kitchen of their dreams as part of the overall renovation, Rebecca, SVP of Los Angeles-based PR firm CLD PR, and Jared, one half of the celebrity and entertainment photography duo Smallz + Raskind, first considered hiring an interior designer. “We interviewed a few designers we liked and several of them told us they wouldn’t be able to work within our budget, Rebecca shares. “I am thankful this happened because we decided to design the kitchen ourselves. It was a really fun process and we are so thrilled with how it turned out in the end.” When Rebecca and Jared rolled up their sleeves and began designing the kitchen themselves, they ended up embracing the process from start to finish. The original, closed-off kitchen was opened up to become part of the large, open-plan living space. When the couple saw the soaring ceilings in the adjacent family and dining rooms, they also knew that removing the drop ceiling would work wonders in the new kitchen and serve their design vision at large.

The true highlight in the recently completed kitchen is the Bianco Venatino marble slab wall behind the range, a feature that Rebecca and Jared had in mind from the very beginning. To accomplish their vision, the couple made the bold but necessary choice to remove a row of windows. “We really wanted a marble feature wall and that was the only way to accomplish that. It was a little risky […], but the kitchen still receives so much natural light from the living room; it was well worth it,” Rebecca notes. In the end, the couple couldn’t be happier with how their kitchen turned out. Now it’s the perfect spot for Rebecca, Jared, and their twenty-month-old daughter Zoe to cook together and enjoy the company of friends and family — “it really is everything we could have asked for.” —Sofia

Photography by Bethany Nauert / @bethanynauert

Image above: Both Rebecca and Jared love statement pieces and incorporated this in their kitchen by opting for stunning marble slabs that cover the entire range wall all the way up to the vaulted ceiling.  

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To make room for the range and the marble feature wall, the couple chose to remove a row of windows. With the original drop ceiling also removed, the new kitchen feels lighter and brighter.

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The kitchen used to be a separate room. By removing the walls between the family and dining rooms, Rebecca and Jared achieved the modern, open-plan layout they had longed for.

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I love how [the kitchen] is open to the dining room and living room so I can easily see my daughter playing while in the kitchen,” Rebecca says. “The kitchen also has a great view, so being able to wash dishes while watching the sunset makes it a lot more enjoyable. It feels very stylish but also timeless.”

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The new kitchen offers the family plenty of storage, which makes cooking here even more enjoyable. “It’s beautiful and totally functional. It has a ton of storage and really makes me want to cook. I really feel like it’s a dream kitchen,” Rebecca shares. 

We had a strong vision and I’m really happy that it worked out even better than we imagined.

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Rebecca describes the initial inspiration for the kitchen, “When approaching a design style for this home we really wanted something that felt more minimal, light, and airy.”

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The bar stools and the gold-toned pendant globes above the island play well off the wooden beams and add a touch of earthiness to the otherwise sleek space. 

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“We ended up needing to keep some beams we were initially hoping to get rid of, but overall we are happy with the warmness they add to the room,” Rebecca explains.

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Beautifully stained beams add support where there used to be load-bearing walls.

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The two-tone cabinetry and marble backsplash create a modern monochrome aesthetic in Rebecca and Jared’s kitchen.

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Rebecca and Jared kept the cabinets sleek-looking with matte black and glossy white cabinet fronts. 

SOURCE LIST

IKEA glossy white cabinet uppers
Semihandmade Supermatte black slab lowers
West Elm globe pendants
West Elm bar stools
Kitchenaid refrigerator
Cosmo Kitchen products range

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