Date: November 2, 2021 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Steph Smith |
Before & After: Marie Jeffery updates a Bentonville kitchen with a calm palette and expanded storage
After 15 years in her home, Jami McFeeters was ready for an update. She called designer Marie Jeffery to go all in on a full-home renovation, focusing some of the biggest changes in the hub of the home: the kitchen. Here, the home still featured builder-grade selections and had been fully lived in since its construction. “She wanted it to be a little more functional and to feel clean and calm—especially since she works from home now,” Marie says.
Starting with the bones of the room, the designer specified easy-to-clean, wood-look tile flooring to replace dark hardwoods. Without adding square footage, she extended the room visually with a third row of cabinets that sit atop existing wall cabinets. This also gave more storage space for less frequently used items, such as pitchers and platters. Next, an over-range microwave was traded for a built-in drawer version, allowing for the addition of a beautiful wood-slat vent hood, and the cabinets were painted and topped with Caesarstone’s “Misty Carrera” counters.
In terms of style, Marie notes the predominant earthy green hue gives the space a slightly masculine and organic feel. “Earth tones were a big deal to Jami, and she liked that I was leaning natural for the cabinetry paint color and bar stain,” the designer says. A textured backsplash and mix of gold and black hardware play into this aesthetic and finish out the space.
Cabinets are painted “Homburg Gray” by Sherwin-Williams.
Across the room, a built-in desk was removed to make way for a bar constructed from stained white oak, a finish echoed on the barstools and hood trim. Concealed storage on either side of the bar functions as a pantry.
Make it Uniform
Relocating the microwave allowed for the creation of a range hood. Streamlined slats painted the same color as the cabinetry bring style without drawing overt attention.
Put on the Polish
A brass pull-down faucet makes quick work of dirty dishes, and its side single lever offers an easy way to turn it on and off. A matching built-in soap dispenser keeps the area free of clutter.
Bring on the Texture
Marie searched high and low for just the right barstools to complete the dine-in island. Their woven backs play off the texture seen on the backsplash.
Raise the Bar
The newly constructed bar area not only has a wine rack and serving counter but also loads of storage. A white oak finish and ring-style hardware elevate its look.
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