Emily Henderson

The Big Reveal of an Updated Kitchen

Modern Deco Kitchen Reveal

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Hey Guys, it’s me Ginny again bringing you a big reveal today. If you tuned in a week ago you’ll have seen our sneak peek intro to the Modern Deco kitchen we recently finished. Gahh, I’m insanely excited about this one because I think (hope) you are all going to go nuts for it just as we have. We all want to move in ASAP. I don’t think I need to say too much about this one because I feel like the space really does speak for itself. But, I’ll give you a run down of what we did with it and how we styled it out for the everyday use of a busy family of 4.

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First off, let’s talk about the floor tile, because that really set the tone for the rest of design for the space. This Silver Lake Hills family is not afraid to bring color and pattern into their home and we wanted something that felt graphic (so it would tie-in with their dining room wallpaper), yet timeless. The color variation is subtle enough that they won’t get bored of it in a few years and they will age and beautify over time. It literally is the wow-factor in the room.

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We brought in a blue-grey paint for the cabinets that ties-in with the floor. We thought about doing just a straight grey but this just felt warmer, more inviting and and happier for a young family. Since we opened up the kitchen pantry space we were presented with this slightly awkward corner (above). There was an option to make it closed storage but that meant having a blank panel to one side which I didn’t love the idea of. Then there was a thought of chamfering it off so that the corner would be an angled cabinet but that felt a little 90’s dated. So we ended up utilizing this spot as large open shelving for books and big crock pots and vessels. We did make sure that the family was happy with the fact that it would be a right angle, as some people might be concerned about banging themselves on the edge, but they didn’t mind because of the amount of circulation space to the exterior door.

We did inset cabinet doors and drawers with a frame which gives it a more custom, traditional look. We also recessed the toe-kick a few inches more than normal so that you see more of the floor tile since the tiler installed it under the cabinets.

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We always wanted to bring in a neutral gray into the kitchen so we did that through the wall tiles. These are the 3 x 6 subway with the glazed edge by Fireclay in the colourway Blue Spruce. I love how matte they are and really pop with the white grout we used. I have to say that the contractor’s tiler was super meticulous when installing which was amazing. I would strongly advise spending time with your tiler checking over the spacing out of your tiles as this can really make all the difference.

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We installed open shelving on either side of the windows as well to make that wall feel more open and light. One of the main concerns was losing storage space but since we were adding cabinets elsewhere in the room it wasn’t too much of an issue. We kept the shelves simple with everyday essentials on the lower shelves. We corralled these into groups so different height cups together, different height and colour glassware together and plates and bowls stacked on top of each other.

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We put items on the upper shelves that don’t need constant grabbing so we put more vintage, delicate pieces like the amber glass champagne coupes,  the heirloom pitcher and the collection of teapots. And no shelf is complete without a set of cook books and a cute piece of art.

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The sink and faucet might be one of my favorite highlights of this room and I long for a large open farm sink like this. That faucet from Newport brass will only get better and patina with age. You do have to be careful with unlacquered metal though because it can tarnish if you don’t look after it since it’s classed as a living metal. The best thing to do is pat it dry to avoid any hard water spots and you can also clean it with a 50/50 water and white vinegar solution – just don’t let that solution sit on the faucet for too long and def don’t soak it either. It takes a bit more care than your average faucet but that’s the price you pay for an insanely beautiful piece of kitchen jewelry.

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We extended the lower cabinets at the end of the room to give additional storage and countertop space. For the countertop we went with Pental Quartz for it’s durability. They initially wanted to do a white counter but we love the idea of having something with a slight vein in it. We definitely didn’t want for it to appear like a marble alternative but the solid white felt pretty stark and contemporary with the rest of the palette.

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You can never have enough flowers in your life so we brought a bit of colour in here with these tulips. You also don’t always have to use a vase, this is actually a tall mug set from Food52 that we have stacked on the top shelf.

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Since we have lots of gold in here the amber glass really stands out in and is reminder that we don’t always have to go with clear glass.  Colourful glass can bring an extra layer as long as the tone is right with everything else.

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Onto the other side of the kitchen is where the majority of the appliances are. We relocated the fridge to this new spot which sits neatly tucked away behind the wall, we also opted for a counter depth so that it didn’t protrude into the kitchen too much. Howard (the homeowner) was particularly excited about his appliance upgrade and spent quite some time sourcing these and I just love the pops of red on the stove dials.

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Keeping with our everyday essentials, we styled this area out with a stack of books leant against the side of the fridge enclosure, a wood bowl of fresh tomatoes (also brings in colour) a vintage butter dish and a roll of kitchen towel. All these items are of varying heights and sizes which gives this corner some depth.

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The opposite side of the stove we corralled our cooking essentials. We used a pretty vintage vase (Emily’s of course) for the wooden spoons and other utensils, added salt into a cute marble dish and decanted oil into this amazing bottle. Our rule of thought is if it ain’t pretty then pop it away. But that doesn’t mean you can’t leave out bottles of vinegar like we did, just as long as they’re cute. I’m forever popping away the spray oil that my hubs leaves out, someone needs to invent a stylist spray bottle :) The wood tray and grinders really warm up the surface.

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You can see at the end we added a full height pantry and additional counter space with uppers and lowers where the fridge used to be.

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For the shoot we made this into a bar area using the amber glass again. It really does pull in your eye from the brass hardware from Rejuvenation.

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The lights are also from Rejuvenation. Since the house was built in the 30’s we wanted to add a touch of deco in here and these fit the bill perfectly.

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The kitchen leads onto the the cute dining nook in the family room that Emily designed a few years back so we added a few flower and plants on there to give it some life.

So there you have it, Modern Deco kitchen. Tell us what you think, do you like how we opened up the space?

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And if you want to recreate it then see the Get The Look below.

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1. Floor Tile | 2. Wall Paint | 3. Shelf Brackets | 4. Backsplash Tile | 5. Gas Range Stove | 6. Brass Pulls | 7. Brass Knobs | 8. Countertop | 9. Pendant Lights | 10. Porcelain Teapot | 11. Short Round Vessel | 12. Medium Vessel | 13. Tall Vessel | 14. Grey Plaid Kitchen Towel | 15. Red Plaid Kitchen Towel | 16. Marble & Brass Tray | 17. Blue & White Vase | 18. Nesting Bowl Set | 19. Blue & White Soup Bowl | 20. Red Tall Mug | 21. Blue Short Mug | 22. Wood Paddle Board | 23. Bowl Set | 24. Blue & White Marbled Vase | 25. Gold Soap Dispenser | 26. Grey Drinking Glass | 27. Amber Old Fashion Glass | 28. Brass Faucet | 29. Farmhouse Sink | 30. Round Wooden Serving Tray | 31. Red Crock Pot | 32. Paper Towel Holder | 33. Pepper Mill | 34. Glass Decanter | 35. Short Blue Old Fashion Glass | 36. Clear Pitcher | 37. Marble Dip Bowl | 38. Pestle & Mortar | 39. Marble Serving Trays | 40. Wooden Whisk | 41. Wooden Spoon | 42. Tall Concrete Candle Holder | 43. Medium Concrete Candle Holder | 44. Short Concrete Candle Holder | 45. Ceramic Pitcher | 46. Blue & White Tumbler | 47. Blue & White Mugs

*After photos by Zeke Ruelas 

** A big thanks to our contractor, Belin from Mega Builders, and Mike & Yudah from 4Carpenters for making the whole process so seamless. 

 

 

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  1. This is so friggin incredible! I love how functional and beautiful the space turned out. It’s also really great to see the kitchen maintain some historic charm without sacrificing modern convenience! Might be my new favorite Emily and Team kitchen!

  2. Beautiful work everyone!! I’m sure that tile will make them smile for years to come. I do have a couple of logistical questions. I noticed that they previously had a water tank in their pantry. Did you find a clever spot for it, or did they install a filtration system? Also, did the microwave get tucked into a cabinet? You guys are so good about practical designs, so I’m always curious about that stuff.

    1. The microwave did get tucked into a cabinet so that they didn’t have to set it out and the new fridge is set to have a filtration system in it. xx

  3. 2 things, a statement and a question.

    First the statement: It’s absolutely gorgeous, well done! Love the choices and finished product, it’s extremely well balanced, and I would expect nothing less from the EHD team!

    Second the question: Why is it titled a ‘Modern Deco Kitchen’? This 100% isn’t meant to be accusatory, I’m actually wondering what makes this deco style, from an experts point of view? I get that the house was built in the 30’s, and the light fixtures, and possibly the faucet are in a deco style, but what other design features do you feel warrant this a ‘Modern Deco Style’ title? Would love to hear your answer!

    *(I already wrote this in the sneak peak last week, but was late to the comments)

      1. Hi! The whole house has a deco feel. Does it feel like a great gastby kitchen? Nah. its just inspired by the era with the finishes, metals, and patterns. xx

  4. I am considering using cement tile in my bathroom, but I am concerned with the possible difference in heights with the thickness of cement tile. The tiles would meet the hardwood floor from the hallway. Any ideas? How did you deal with the transition in this room?

    1. I did this is my bathroom, and it’s not much higher once older floor is removed. Any transition no matter the difference in height can be seamed with a pretty wooden door threshold. I used the same color as my hardwood and it looks great with the cement tile.

    2. Find a contractor/tile installer who will shave down the joists to get your tile flush with your hardwood floors. It takes patience and extra labor costs, but very worth it to get that quality detail.

  5. Absolutely stunning! I’m so curious what kind of a budget it takes for a kitchen like this? Currently looking at some fixer uppers where the kitchen would need a complete remodel.

    1. Budgets depend on so many things, they’re in California and used some very high end materials. I’m thinking it’s at least 50k+, probably more since they removed walls etc.

  6. I love the kitchen! You guys did a fantastic job.

    Not to be a downer, but I found the copy on this post really hard to read, with run on, incomplete, and awkwardly phrased sentences. Just something to keep in mind when proofreading and editing posts.

    Great kitchen!

  7. So beautiful! Love the inset doors and the new pantry to ground the galley kitchen. Its so good to see clients who will go bold!!! Fantastic and perfect for the home!!! Looks like there is undercaninet lighting too :)

  8. Thank you for including the roller shades in the photos! I’d love to know the source. We have similar windows in our home and I’m forever trying to figure out privacy at night yet open windows during the day that will hold up over time!

  9. Does it bug anyone else that the wall tile goes all the way up to the ceiling on the stove side, but not on the window side? I find it awkward how it ends right under the shelf. There isn’t so much wall to cover there.

  10. I love the color on the cabinets. This is a gorgeous kitchen but except for the stepped shades on the light fixtures it doesn’t look deco at all to me. Also, I think it is going to look really dated in about 5 years–the patterned tile, the brass shelf holders, etc. all scream 2016.

    1. I have loved patterned tiles for 10-15 years (since early Domino days), so I hate to hear that they may be dated soon. I’m afraid you might be right though. I don’t find the argument that they have been used for centuries that compelling. They’ll always look good in Spain or Morocco, but maybe not in US suburbia. These things can have a 10+-year life span though.

      I definitely share your feelings about brass. I love the look in certain contexts, but am hesitant to go full hog on it. I might use black instead.

      Still love this kitchen though. It’s of-the-moment but not the slightest big generic.

      1. Morrocan patterned tiles are timeless to me as they have been used in homes for thousands of years. Also the light fixtures, sink, counters and cabinets are so classic in style. So, if in 10 years it needs refreshing, the cabinets could be painted and the hardware color and open shelving changed. It would make it new without having to redo everything.

  11. I love so many of the details in this kitchen!

    Where are the shelf brackets from in this kitchen? Are they vintage? (the link at the end of the post is to a really different style) They are amazing and so simple and perfect! Love that they are square and don’t have an arch, and have been looking for something just like this.

      1. I have a question regarding the brackets. The ones linked above are the small ones that hold an 8″ wide board, and there is another one that holds a 10″ wide board. But my dinner plates are wider than 10″. So, would 10″ boards not work if you want to hold dinner plates, b/c their pictures show plates on there?

  12. Wow, wow, wow! The first features that stood out to me were the colors, especially the cabinets and floor tiles, and that gorgeous vintage-style lighting. It has the perfect combination of classic with modern design that is also warm, friendly and original. I am dying over the gorgeousness of the floor tiles. And I appreciate the natural-grey-stone colors of the backsplash to compliment the floor pattern. We used Fireclay tile in our last kitchen. It is so incredible in person with its handmade qualities. This whole kitchen is so yummy! Great job!

  13. This is gorgeous and major inspiration for my own kitchen remodel! Can you share the source for the brackets you used on the open shelving? I am guessing they are custom as I have done very similar brackets for a client before (and they were a PIA…), but just in case they aren’t I would love to know! Thank you!!

  14. I think calling this deco is quite a stretch, but bravo anyway! I would have liked to have seen some natural wood in here as a contrast to all that paint and color – maybe that would help it be a little more timeless. I love color though, and this is so lively and wonderful.

    1. Totally agree about the natural wood! If those shelves were a sleek oak or even walnut it would have done wonders for the overall balance of the room. Beautiful still!

  15. Great job and love to see how well it works with the dining room. For anyone in kitchen Reno mode, don’t forget the options: using mocketts (pop up power strips) or sillites (self contained receptacles) or even easier option of installing backsplash outlets horizontally if that would work better with your tile. Like this: http://m.imgur.com/Fh5nU?r

    1. Love the floor, just used this tile in my master bath and it is gorgeous! Wondering about the cabinet color. Is the link above really the cabinet color and not the wall?

    2. My inability to distinguish some colors made those tiles look tan and they looked awesome with the cabs. So well done, even though they are grey.

  16. LOVE IT. Could you link to the dining nook makeover Emily did? I am dying over those chairs in the dining nook and want them all for my greedy self.

  17. Ginny, you did an AMAZING job with this kitchen!! It’s one of my favorite kitchens I’ve ever seen! Way to go–so beautiful, and even better yet, functional! You’re a GREAT designer!!

  18. What is the little bowl/dish that is holding the sponge? That’s really cute. I always buy those stick on drainers that go inside the sink and they get yucky. I even bought the stainless steel one but it was lined with plastic and it’s already gross. A dish–how simple yet perfect! Let me know what that one was please.

  19. I love this kitchen! Can you give me more details on the backsplash? Is it gray? Or griege? I have cream distressed cabinets and brown speckled granite counters so I’m looking for something not too gray but I can’t go white. Love subway tile.

  20. Not even a little bit envious…So lovely. I would spend my days gleefully cooking and sliding around on those tiles in my socks. Well done.

  21. This is stunning! You are right- the amazing tile set the tone for the room but it took a real pro that made it all sing so beautifully!

    My kitchen is very similar in layout but without the extra room you got from the closed off pantry—mine is a laundry room. And i did a very small renovation which included three pendant lights in the middle of the room-from rejuvenation. I was worried maybe they took up too much visual space as compared to going with the recessed lights that everyone seems to use now. So I was very pleased to see your post! Your use of the three pendant lights looks perfect! It’s a unique look and such a pleasing balance.

    It is also great to see some color! Not just the same old white and grey that is seen everywhere.

    Brava!

  22. Beautiful!

    A quick question: I notice that the brass knobs on the (non-pantry) cabinet doors are installed in line with the inset panel. I’d love to know the thinking behind this placement (as opposed to where knobs are often installed, in the upper/lower corner). I’m looking to add knobs to my kitchen cabinets, and it would be helpful to know how a designer looks at / thinks about placement. Thanks!

  23. Love it. It’s not really “deco” besides the lighting but it is lovely.

    I did LOL about at the mention of putting the delicate stemware on the upper open shelf. Is this house in California? Does no one factor in designing in earthquake country? Hope you left the homeowners with some blue tack!

  24. Well, it wasn’t ugly before but it’s certainly stunning now. I didn’t think I’d like the strong tile floor but now that it’s all together, I quite like it. I need to take another look at all the stuff I have out on my counters and style it a bit more.

    I do have a leftover space next to my range that’s not wide enough to be a really useful space. I had my contractor order a cabinet but leave the side off (open to the room) and put on a false front. It reads as a regular cabinet but functions as shelves and holds all my cook books.

    Great job. Just the perfect colors.

  25. The cabinets and floor are absolutely gorgeous! That paint color is perfection. I think the backsplash tile on the sink side of the room looks a little odd the way it just ends below the shelves. Was it a design decision to stop it there? I thought maybe you planned to finish it eventually since the top row of tile appears to have a straight unfinished edge instead of rounded off.

  26. did you also use unlacquered brass for the cabinet hardware? i am using the Massey pulls from Rejuvination and I can’t decide between lacquered and unlacquered.
    Thanks!

  27. Beuatiful!
    Remodeling my kitchen and I want to paint my cabinets this grey-blue, only problem-when I click on the paint link it bring me to a different color ‘wolf grey’ which is strictly in the grey family, no blue.
    Please provide the name/brand of the paint color if possible.
    Thanks

  28. I love the modern deco kitchen, It would be great to include measurements. From the looks of it, it is the same galley type kitchen I want to face lift. however, I think I am about 6 feet shy in length. Not sure. Hope you post measurements