The new “classic” kitchen

Malvern, PA Kitchen

Choosing to renovate a perfectly serviceable kitchen is a huge decision, and that renovation requires many other decisions throughout the entire process.  I was brought into this Malvern, PA kitchen project by Hunter Kitchen and Bath to help the homeowners select finishes, furnishings and hardware.  It had already been decided that the back half of the staircase needed to be removed, as well as the butler’s pantry and pantry closet, in order to make the room larger.  

As for finishes, the homeowners had a very specific look in mind.  They wanted white Carrara marble, white cabinets, and some darker wood elements for contrast.  Instead of going with marble, we decided on a quartzite, which would stand up to the wear and tear of their busy family.  It wasn’t easy finding a quartzite that looked similar to the marble, but after a bit of searching, we did come up with one slab for the island top.  A thicker edge treatment gives the top a rich, distinctive look.  The cocoa stain with dark-glaze finish of the walnut wood beneath it anchors the space and contrasts nicely with the top, the new floors (done in a medium-toned oak), and the cabinets.  We chose a black granite for the perimeter, then selected a patterned marble “mosaic” for behind the cooktop, that pulled in the blacks and grays in the room.  It’s also meant to be a focal point, and with the beautiful hood above, makes a nice statement.  The Carrara tile backsplash in a brick pattern, with gray grout to set it off, is meant to add subtle texture.      

There are a lot of fun details, like the hammered metal bar sink, lighted glass-front upper cabinets, a drawer microwave in the island, and plenty of pull-outs and drawers for convenient storage.  The hardware and light fixtures, selected by the homeowners, reflect their tastes and desire to keep the style transitional, interesting, and not-too-formal.  The end result is a bright, functional, welcoming and attractive space that this family can live and entertain in for many years to come.    

Photo Credits: David T. Woodall, Kingdom Works Media

General Contractor: Mustard Seed Construction

Before Pictures:

Powder Room:

Malvern, PA powder room

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