Before & After: Jeanne & Richard’s Danish Modern Kitchen

updated Oct 17, 2022
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After lighting struck their Texas home, Jeanne and Richard were forced to rebuild their kitchen from the studs. Rather than constructing a carbon copy of what had been lost, they decided to start anew celebrating their love for Danish Modern design and reminiscent of their parents’ open ranch-style homes.

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Armed with dozens of images for inspiration (including some from AT, which they discovered through their research!), their unique take on a classic modern look produced a dazzling finished product. This kitchen is a perfect symphony of Danish Modern: clean lines, joyous bursts of color and lots of natural light. Jeanne wanted the red cabinets to act as a stand-alone piece of furniture. Extending the window over the sink, the kitchen is flooded with daylight – a crucial element in Danish Modern design. In an interesting choice, they chose not to stain or paint the windows leaving the beautiful natural wood exposed to bring in more of the outdoors.

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Structural changes to the kitchen included extending the counter from its original placement and eliminating the wall that separated the kitchen and living area. The result is a large open space with the ranch-style counter Jeanne had imagined for her daughter.

“I wanted a big counter where Madeline could sit and do homework, eat, help cook, do crafts, you name it, while I am working in the kitchen. I grew up with a counter like this in my parents’ 60’s ranch house and have so many memories of talking with my mom or dad while they worked in the kitchen.”

Left: Floor plan before, Right: Floor plan after

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As difficult it was to lose their original home, Jeanne and Richard are completely overjoyed with the re-design of their kitchen. I can attest that when visiting their house, this kitchen is the place to be!

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Resources of Note:
Oven: Ikea
Other appliances: AJ Madison
Vent hood: Futuro
Cabinets: Ikea
Countertop: Silestone
Clock: Etsy seller uncommon
Windows: Pella

Thanks, Jeanne & Richard!

Images: Micki Howl