When Kyle moved into her San Francisco home two years ago, she knew that remodeling her kitchen was a priority. She loves to host dinner parties and the layout of her kitchen was not conducive to entertaining. Opening the room to create a welcoming space for friends to eat, drink and interact was a must.
Kyle turned to pinterest for design inspiration. Ready to ditch the yellow and blue color combo of her old space, she fell in love with the fresh, clean aesthetic found in shades of whites. In order to create a more open space Kyle decided to demo the walls that divided the kitchen and dining room. She worked with a structural engineer to develop the plans and was able to transform her corner kitchen into a large space, great for entertaining. Kyle's dad, a jack of all trades, was her right hand man throughout the process, serving as her construction team and innovator.
One of the biggest challenges my dad faced during this project was how uneven the ceiling was between the kitchen and the dining room once we removed the dining room wall. He tried a few things to even it out, but wasn't having a ton of luck (you can only raise the roof so much.) His creative solution was to put a faux beam up where the wall used to be in order to distract you from noticing this discrepancy. Even though this was never planned for, it has become one of my favorite architectural details.
To attain the white on white aesthetic, Kyle initially thought she wanted Carrara marble. When it was delivered she realized it was too gray and not the counter she had in mind. She sifted through hundreds of slab options in search of a replacement and finally settled on Calacatta marble. Calacatta is a whiter version of Carrara with a bolder striation pattern. Marble requires a bit more maintenance than other counter materials, because it is more porous and prone to scratching. As a result, it needs to be resealed twice a year. Despite these upkeep requirements, Kyle is in love with the finished product. And so are we!
RESOURCES OF NOTE: • Paint: Valspar "Cream in My Coffee", Lowes • Cabinets: Home Depot • Cabinet Pulls: Floorcraft Kitchen & Bath Appliance Center • Range: Viking • Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel • Dishwasher: Bosch • Sink: Shaws Original Farmhouse • Faucet: Floorcraft Kitchen & Bath Appliance Center • Wine Fridge: Home Depot (Vinotemp) • Floors and Tile: Home Depot • Countertops: GGI Granite, San Francisco • Pendant Light Fixtures: Peer Light, San Francisco • Pantry Doors: Designed by Kyle and custom made with love by her dad • Bar stools: Ballard Design (Images: Kyle Ewing)