Authors: the new Hello Kitchen Blog
Courtney and Jamie have a very unique 1916 bungalow that was moved to its current location in south Austin around 1960. The house is pretty unusual in that it has quite a large footprint, three rooms across by three rooms deep, with the kitchen located in the middle. This means the kitchen gets no direct daylight, but the sunny enclosed porch adjacent to the kitchen helps flood the north side with light.
The original kitchen, below, had some of the traditional charms, like glass front cabinets and a cool tin ceiling, but the layout had some flaws. The first thing one saw when entering the house was the huge stainless steel refrigerator / freezer combo, and the louvered pantry door. The end wall cabinet was cute, but didn’t fit quite right in the space. Also, we knew the house had shiplap walls, but they were covered up by a more flimsy beadboard.
In the new design, we placed an arched door china cabinet to finish the end wall, and cleaned up the space by removing that pantry. Since the tin ceiling was a great feature that adds texture to the tall space, we stopped the cabinets short of the ceiling plane to reveal its border.
On the opposite side, we kept the framed opening facing the porch, but extended the a curved marble countertop for the breakfast bar in place of the more contemporary concrete top. The interior shiplap is an original feature of the house, and its character is accentuated with a milk wash.
The big focus of the kitchen is the La Cornue ‘CornuFe’ range in Provence Blue. This seriously well-designed piece set the bar for the hardware selections throughout the space, and Courtney and I had fun together finding some of the special pieces! The swing arm wall sconces from Rejuvenation incorporate task lighting and vintage details.
Good story with this arched door cabinet! Courtney was familiar with the style of hardware and knew it would complete the look of the arched door cabinet. But we had no idea what they were called or where to find them. I checked my hardware sources and figured out that the correct name is cremone bolts, or espagnolettes if you’re in Argentina. We found some available… for $3800 a pair! More web searching revealed a much more affordable option from Gruppo Romi. The only downside is that they took about 5 months to ship! Thankfully, Courtney and Jamie had an awesome, and patient, contractor, who promptly installed them when they arrived. And they look beautiful… worth the wait!
Courtney chose the door pulls and this great Jado Saffron faucet to match. The cabinet beyond houses the pantry, which has its own set of shelves and butcher block countertop. The refrigerator is hidden behind the second set of doors. The cabinets are painted a soft creamy white, Benjamin Moore’s ‘Calm’, with the deep blue accent behind the glass doors. White carrara marble and the white milk wash round out the monochromatic kitchen.
The farmhouse zinc sink is custom made by Austin Handcrafted Metals. I just love the towel bar on the front that complements the drawer pulls!
This cupboard catch is from Willow and Stone, a UK company who specializes in traditional hardware. The satin nickel finish is classic.
This project was completed almost a year ago, and I’m so excited to finally post the images. Speaking of photography, we were so delighted that the owner took time to photograph the kitchen for us. I love the patina that comes through in his work, which highlights the best features of the kitchen.
Contractor: Jake Bradley of Blue Horse Building & Design
Photography: J Clark
Zinc Farmhouse Sink: Austin Handcrafted Metal