The earlier than: “Nancy and her husband transformed their kitchen within the ’70s or ’80s. It had laminate flooring and cupboards, formica counter tops, and black and white daring striped wallpaper,” says Carley. “It’s a giant kitchen for a Nineteen Fifties home and it felt nearly like a galley, which I really like, however I needed to broaden it a bit.” A complete load-bearing wall was taken out and an archway took its place. “I wanted an open area for me to have the ability to see Max within the household/TV room [formerly the dining room] that sits proper off of the kitchen now,” Carley says.
On the brand new wall, Carley positioned a variety with open shelving. “I’ve by no means been an individual that collects a ton of kitchen stuff, “ she says, “So I knew I didn’t want higher cupboards.” On the alternative wall, Carley created a second arch that opens up right into a sunroom. “I knew I needed to have two arches as a result of there’s not tons of symmetry in my kitchen,” she says. She additionally added three aluminum-clad home windows on that wall. “There was one huge window, however I knew that this area was going to wish one thing slightly bit extra dramatic,” Carley explains. On the far finish of the kitchen, she added a panel wall with a hidden fridge and a pantry–espresso bar station. “It’s similar to a full wall of cabinetry to make it really feel open and seamless.”
The inspiration: “Nancy was so particular. She was very broadly recognized locally. She welcomed everyone into her house. I needed to ensure that as a lot as my kitchen does really feel high-end, that it felt homey, that it was a spot for individuals to collect and to have consolation and to really feel at peace,” Carley says. “So, truthfully, it’ll make me teary eyed, however she’s in all probability one of many greatest inspirations for creating [my] kitchen. I feel she’d be happy with what we did and all of the gathering that occurs there already. My [design team], we work at home loads, and it’s only a place the place all of us really feel impressed. We are inclined to gravitate in direction of it as a result of it feels not like a standard Southern kitchen, it feels slightly bit extra European. It transports you slightly bit, which is what I needed, as a result of I’m most impressed by French and European interiors.”