After years of renting, Silvia Miller was ready to buy a place of her own. The systems administrator found a charming ranch-style home on a tree-lined street in Coventry, steps from Tiogue Lake. “Living near the water and seeing a beautiful sunset and all the colorful birds, how can you not want to have the same type of theme in your house?” she says with a smile. At 808 square feet, Miller wanted to be mindful of choices to maximize space, add much-needed storage, and create a breezy coastal vibe. Also in the mix: keeping her comfy blue couch. Miller turned to Michelle Parenteau, interior designer and owner of Johnston-based Michelle Lee Designs. The results? “I have the right storage space for all my kitchen needs. It’s more functional and a pleasing space to work in,” Miller states. “The various colors of blue remind me of the water and the sky to bring nature into the house.”
My client was having problems with storage. She only had cabinets on one side of her kitchen with no countertop space, and her ceiling was extremely low. The kitchen layout was reworked with cabinets on both sides of the kitchen walls, and a peninsula was added for more work space/eating space. The ceiling was raised up and a wall was cut back so a pantry cabinet could be installed. Pendant lights and recessed cans were added over the peninsula. The old wood laminate floor was removed and vinyl plank was installed. A beautiful glass tile backsplash was added behind the stove.
Taking a cue from the deep blue couch, Breezy and Repose Gray (Sherwin Williams) were selected for the wall colors. I wanted to stay neutral so I could go bold with the tile and countertops. The quartz countertops have multi-tonal blues that look like the inside of a mussel shell.
The stools are custom two-toned metal and the chevron fabric was chosen to coordinate with the glass chevron tile backsplash.
I love mixing it up! Adding the ocean blue subway tile against the glass chevron tile pulled the entire space together. I decided to carry it all the way to the ceiling for a huge impact when you walk through the door.
When adding cabinets, it’s always great to add glass so the space doesn’t feel heavy but not everyone wants to show off what’s in their cabinets. Frosted glass gives the open feel but still hides what’s behind them.
My client wanted a floor that was soft on the feet and durable, so a vinyl plank with tones of driftwood was installed. The rug was chosen with various blues that resemble ocean waves.
To break up the linear elements, I had geometric shaped pendant lights installed over the peninsula, and to keep with the ocean vibe, a circular pendant in a washed wood finish was installed over the sink.
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