This Minimalist, All-Neutral House Has a Stunning Matte Black Kitchen
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Name: Jennifer Davis, husband, two daughters, and chihuahua
Location: St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Type of home: Single family
Size: 1,410 square feet
Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live with my husband, Calvin, who is also my business partner, and my two daughters, 10 and 14. We also have a chihuahua, Noche.
We have a very neutral palette but with high contrast. We love natural materials and a mix of broken-in and new. We both are minimalists and live by the motto less is more (except when it comes to Calvin’s guitar collection).
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Mid-century modern
What is your favorite room and why? Definitely the kitchen. We more than doubled the size of the kitchen by removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room. In the previous kitchen, only one person fit in there at a time. We removed the wall the day we closed on the house.
I love the ceiling design and height in the kitchen. The moody black cabinets with unfinished white oak shelves and black sconces give the room a cozy, yet sophisticated feel.
The house is a four-level split, so we don’t have windows on the east side of the main floor. The kitchen has three oversized windows on the west wall, so the room is always drenched in light. When we did the renovation, we added a window on that wall and one on the north wall.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? We added these sconces recently, and I can’t even remember what it looked like without them. They pulled the whole room together, and it finally felt finished.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Your home should be a place of comfort. A well-designed home can be beautiful and cozy. I also strongly recommend bringing some elements of nature into you home, even if that means a faux tree or plant.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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