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A Family Kitchen

Kitchen Reno Makes Room for Grandchildren and Friends

Diane Johnson Interiors recently completed a kitchen renovation for empty nesters who wanted to update their space to fit their new lifestyle. But, they weren't downsizing! The couple happily entertains their kids and grandchildren, so asked Diane and her team to modernize their kitchen and add seating.  We talked to Diane about the project.

AL: How did the client find you?

DJ: We met many years ago through a mutual friend who recommended my design services to the family. We have also renovated and designed additional rooms throughout their home including the terrace level. 

AL: What were their directives for the design?

DJ:  The kitchen originally had a horseshoe-shaped island which made the kitchen look very small, so a complete kitchen update was needed. The client wanted to modernize the kitchen and wanted to use the color blue in the room. And the loved the first swatch of fabric I showed her, so that set the tone.

AL: Tell us about the lucky family who will enjoy this reno.

DJ: This is a large family home with six visiting grandchildren. The client wanted to make better use of the large space so her family would have a nice space to congregate.  For holiday meals the family serves fourteen people and the new kitchen design allows everyone to hang out in the kitchen and have a good time during the holidays and throughout the year.

AL: What are your favorite design features?

DJ: We love the refrigerator because it doesn’t look like a regular refrigerator. It’s a side by side refrigerator and freezer cased and inside an expansive custom cupboard. I also like the bar that separates the kitchen from the family room because it’s very functional. 

AL: And what are the client's favorite design features? 

DJ: The client loves the leathered marble countertops because they are practical and pretty at the same time. She also loves her stove and refrigerator because they are both very large. My personal kitchen was their inspiration to help them envision what their kitchen could become with our design expertise and renovation.