Retro/Modern Mashup Made Real

A fun, artsy family was ready to invest in their turn-of-the-century farmhouse. They wanted a new kitchen where the mom, an artist, could display her colorful collection of “its and bits” and the dad could make his homegrown hot pepper sauce. They also dreamed of a first-floor powder room, better storage space, and a luxurious upstairs bathroom.


Willy-nilly renovations from another era had resulted in an awkward warren of upstairs rooms that weren’t being used to capacity. The dark and dreary galley kitchen had a sagging floor at its center. There was nowhere for the family to sit down for a meal.


The green and black tile floor was already on the family’s wish list and served as inspiration for the kitchen. Removing a wall expanded the footprint. Dad contributed distinctive open shelving built from pipes and live-edge wood. A confetti-like back-splash and new display space for colorful Fiesta ware (along with the quirky “its and bits”) create a perpetual party in the kitchen. 

Opposite the kitchen, the main entrance/mudroom provides custom storage for shoes, coats, and garden paraphernalia. Sunny yellow walls in the new powder room brighten the petite space. The tile floor in the upstairs bathroom sets the tone there: Although the palette is quieter, the Moroccan flower motif still feels lively.


The colorful redesign perfectly matches the personalities and lifestyle of the homeowners. It's a little farmhouse, a little retro, a little modern and a lot of whimsy. The larger world approves, too. The kitchen was a favorite on the design site Houzz, winning honors as one of the Best Kitchens showcased.

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