A “Coastal Cool” Kitchen Reno that feels right at home in Tennessee

New Hood and Backsplash

When you think “coastal interiors” what comes to mind?  If it’s paint hues of  white, blue, grey and silver, soft weather-worn wood, clean lines, and light cotton fabrics, you and I are on the same page.  And if you’re like me, your blood pressure just dropped and you exhaled a peaceful sigh just thinking about it.

This was the vibe clients Gina and Todd were seeking for their kitchen and adjacent living space when they approached me about a kitchen remodel.  Both native Californians, they informed me that they loved their current home which they had purchased just a few short years back for their growing family of five, but felt like the kitchen, in their words, “just isn’t us.”

Let’s talk about their kitchen for a moment.  It is HUGE!…a cook and entertainer’s delight!!!  The center island is wonderfully massive at 52″ x 75″ and the kitchen window overlooks the most dreamy outdoor living space.  So what gives?

In short…the color of the factory cabinets installed by the builder was just wrong.  The color was a “wonky” greenish cream with heavy glazing.  “Coastal Cool” they were not!  And although they were light in color, the room felt heavy and dark, in no part helped by the muddled and murky looking tile back splash.  Take a look at the before…

Many will be left scratching their heads as they look at this before pic.  Indeed, it’s a very Williams kitchen BEFOREnice kitchen with beautiful granite and a wonderful layout…but it was falling “flat” for the homeowners.  More importantly, it did not match their personalities or that of the rest of the house.  Their existing furnishings and lighting, however, were super cool and informed my decisions for the remodeled kitchen space, keeping it relaxed and coastal casual.



Light Grey Kitchen RedoNow we’re talkin’!!!!  This is a kitchen that the homeowners can wrap their arms around and fully embrace!  A new custom hood was built and cabinets were painted a perfect light grey called “Drift of Mist.”  From the beginning, Gina wanted a white kitchen and this paint color delivers…giving her the light space she craved but with a hint of grey color that complements the existing kitchen surroundings like the warm woods of the dining table and flooring.

One of my favorite choices that the clients made for this kitchen was to tile the backsplash with white subways using charcoal grout instead of white!  The look is bold and graphic and just the element this kitchen needed to truly set it apart and give it that youthful, fashion forward edge.  New Restoration Hardware lantern pendants were installed, coordinating nicely with cabinet hardware and existing lighting…the perfect cherry on top for this coastal inspired kitchen.Light Grey Kitchen Redo 1A custom refrigerator cabinet surround was created by pulling overhead cabinets forward. I love the way the refrigerator and oven cabinets now juxtapose one another on the same spacial plane, creating balance and custom details.  Cookbook CubbyBefore, this area housed one, lone barstool. Who needs just one barstool…especially when you have three kids?  A cookbook cubby was added to great effect!

LIght Grey Kitchen Redo 2A pretty kitchen window valance in a grey trellis fabric was an added touch I couldn’t resist.  This was my little surprise to the clients.

Office Alcove

This sweet office nook lands just beyond the kitchen and, of course, the subway tile made it instantly cool!!!



Many thank you’s to the Williams family for allowing Peach and the Willow and team of talented craftsmen the opportunity to dream with you and then bring those dreams to reality inside your home!  Also…thank you for allowing me to blog about the project!  I hope everyone squeals with delight as much as I have upon seeing the new space!  xoxo

Stay tuned for Part 2 when I reveal their living room refresh and killer new fireplace and  mantel!


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