Planning a New Kitchen? How to Add Charm & Character to a New Build

Planning a New Kitchen? How to Add Charm & Character to a New Build

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Esteban Cortez
Sep 28, 2017
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When Huberdine and her husband Bertie bought their Dutch home 11 years ago, it had just been built. While it's lovely to have a brand new home — the downside to new construction is that it doesn't have years and years of historical character and charm! Always a fan of romantic and rustic design elements, Huberdine immediately started to fill her home with vintage finds and natural elements to offset the home's modern finishes. Today, their beautiful country-style kitchen perfectly illustrates the effectiveness of decor on a space. Instead of feeling cold and sterile (as many new builds can easily feel), it's warm, charming, and full of character. And most of these elements can easily be added into your home.

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Instead of installing an obvious choice like subway tile in the kitchen, Huberdine and Bertie opted for a more unique backsplash. A standard square shape is embellished by irregular corners — lending the composition a textured feel. An almost opalescent, cream-colored hue enriches the plain white out-of-the-box kitchen cabinets. Aside from adding contrast against the grey walls, the white tiles have a vintage quality to them and evoke a "lived-in" feel to the home, just as the couple intended.

Also seen in their kitchen are added wall shelves with an architectural quality. Shapely, reminiscent of ceiling molding, the shelves contrast with the gray walls, too, but they also add personality and gravitas to space.

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Huberdine loves to collect cushions and ceramics for her home, but one of her biggest indulgences is buying wood cutting boards. Aside from providing Bertie (the true cook of the home) with a surface to chop fresh veggies, the rustic boards serve another purpose — they add a warm, rustic quality to the modern kitchen. If you look around the couple's home, you'll notice that Huberdine sprinkles wood accessories throughout to showcase natural textures. Here in the kitchen, the abundance of these wooden accessories helps bring a not-so-rustic kitchen's bones closer to having the rustic vibes the couple desired.

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Huberdine says, "We find it super important for our home to be cozy. Of course it should look nice, but above all we want our family and friends to feel welcome and completely at ease." The dining room — which is connected to the kitchen — succeeds in creating this vibe. To do this, the couple purchased a dining table typically found in farmhouse-style homes. It looks and feels warm, rustic, and comfortable — perfect for entertaining friends and family. The addition of a visually strong wood antique cupboard in the dining room also adds a custom-feel to the space, calling attention to the house's newer build date.

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Huberdine then made it a goal to add accents with personal stories, such as the small wooden crate seen on the table. She found these while helping her mother clean up the family home, and she brought them to her own space immediately. "Sure, I like them for their decorative quality," she says of the boxes. "But it's also so much more." Paired with preserved flowers, the crates add a personal touch and timeless quality to the kitchen area.


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