Date: July 7, 2020 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
Designer Krista Lewis renovates a kitchen to complement its home’s era and the family’s style
Built in 1966, the Little Rock home April and David Messersmith share with their three children was remodeled when the family moved in 13 years ago. However, both their style and needs have evolved over the past decade, prompting them to call local designer Krista Lewis to update several spaces in the home, including the kitchen. “Krista and I were sorority sisters at the University of Arkansas, so it was a lot of fun to get to work with a friend on this project,” April says. The two shared a common goal of renovating the room while keeping the style in line with the home’s midcentury architecture.
The footprint of the kitchen didn’t change in the makeover. However, several tweaks to the existing cabinetry, which also received new front panels, helped make it more user friendly: A set of cabinets were removed to allow for a larger four-door refrigerator; a desk was replaced with cabinetry and new countertops to create a buffet; cabinetry was extended to the ceiling to create storage for less frequently used items; and several base cabinets were swapped for drawers to create easy access to heavy pots and pans.
In terms of the palette, light and bright was the goal. Krista chose white walls and warm gray accents to play off of the hardwood flooring, which was one of the only carryovers from the previous design. These neutrals are accented with a vivid green, seen most prominently on the breakfast table chairs. “One pop of color keeps this room very clean and streamlined,” Krista says.
“Krista did a great job in meeting us where we were with this house and helping us see the vision of what it could be.” —April Messersmith, homeowner
Engineered quartz covers the counters and backsplash. “Using the same material and taking it up the wall for the backsplash gives one seamless appearance, which also helps the space feel larger,” Krista says.
Close at Hand
In addition to several other changes to the cabinetry, the upper cabinets to the left of the sink were swapped for open shelving with industrial-style brackets. “I keep all of the smaller dishes we use every day here so they’re easy to reach,” April says.
“Even before COVID-19, we ate most meals at home, so we wanted a big table to accommodate the five of us,” April says. Indoor/outdoor velvet covers the seats making for easy cleanup.
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