Kitchen of the Week: A Mix of Textures, Metals and High Contrast (7 photos)
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here:Interior decorator Robyn McQuiston; her husband, Stan; and their 14-year-old son
Location:Atlantic Beach, Florida
Size: 225 square feet (21 square meters)
Interior decorator Robyn McQuiston and her husband, Stan, love their 1930s shingled house in Atlantic Beach, Florida, near Jacksonville. But the cramped, outdated 1950s kitchen wasn’t serving their needs.
“Cooking is one of my favorite things to do, and we love to have people over almost every weekend,” McQuiston says. The couple, who have a teenage son, wanted a kitchen where she could cook comfortably and that would serve as an inviting place for the family and its frequent guests to hang out.
The new space used to be split between a porch that had been glassed in and a small kitchen. The large ceiling beam marks where there was a wall between the two. The spaces were on two levels, with a step between them. The renovation took out the wall and leveled out the floor. With the footprint enlarged, McQuiston designed the kitchen in a style to fit with the older home, with the goal of making it look as though it had always been there.
“I wanted to go with an unusual design style — a bright and shiny new kitchen full of drywall would not have worked in our house,” she says. She looked through Houzz photos to find inspiration. “I just love the look of white contrasted by dark wood. The wood just pops against the light colors,” she says.
She used walnut on the countertops and open shelves, salvaged wood on the beam and bamboo on the stools and matchstick blinds — and she likes to leave out wooden cutting boards.
Kitchen Of The Week: A Mix Of Textures, Metals And High Contrast (7 Photos)