We have a fun repeat client named Matt who we love working with because he's got great taste and lots of good ideas.  Actually he started out as my chiropractor when I first moved to LA, and quickly became both a friend and a design client.  (He's still my chiropractor, in case you ever need a good one in LA, and he's a gem ... Matt even made a house call to adjust me when I was about 40 hours into my loooong labor with Benicio!) 

Anyhow over the years we've remodeled Matt's office both inside and out, and this time we tackled the galley kitchen of he and his boyfriend's cute bungalow in Atwater Village.

It started out very rustic and woodsy and terribly lacking in usable storage space ... but with great appliances!  (Love that hood.) 

Our first pick was this great budget conscious cabinetry from Semi Handmade Doors. They sell unfinished cabinet doors made to fit Ikea cabinet boxes.  Matt had the doors professionally painted by a guy who came recommended by the cabinet company.  It's a pretty foolproof way to design a budget kitchen that looks fully custom. The Ikea kitchen designers will help you get all your dimensions and layout just right, and then you send your plan over to the guys at Semi Handmade and they tell you exactly what you need to order in terms of cabinet fronts and filler/side panels!

In my opinion you can't ever go wrong with classic shaker-style cabinet doors ...

Since we didn't have to buy appliances we got to splurge on the marble tile backsplach which runs all the way to the ceiling.  It's Calacatta Gold which has warmer veining and undertones than your usual cool blue-grey Carrara Marble.  We got ours from a local showroom, but it's also sold here for $15/ft

I love the the way Matt chose to install the tile all lined up rather than in the usual running bond pattern that you most often see with subway tile.  

This is a really narrow galley kitchen, so lining it with lots of upper cabinets would have made it feel too closed in and cramped.  Free floating shelves in solid walnut were a good solution for a bit of added storage.

Et voila! The transformation from dark and cramped to sunny and open is complete!

Cabinetry: Semi Handmade
Cabinet Hardware: Lewis Dolin Oil Rubbed Bronze
Large Strap Shelf Bracket: Rejuvenation
Sconce: Rejuvenation
Calacatta Gold Subway Tile: Cosmos Flooring
Faucet: Delta
Overhead Light: Home Depot World Imports




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Furniture Store Denver said...

Wow!I think your home is classic and timeless, and you did a great job.

Poulin Design Center said...

it looks absolutely beautiful! Have loved watching your remodel evolve and seeing the finished product!You are definitely an inspiration for me while I try to style my own home. Thanks for sharing.


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