Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
The kitchen serves many different purposes besides just eating. (I mean, eating is super important, don’t get me wrong!)
Sometimes homework is done at the kitchen table or bar. Other times it serves as the gathering place for a party. It’s also where I get most of my work done on my computer, so this space had to be inviting, attractive and both functional and unique.
Highlights in Decor:
-I brought the color scheme used in the living room into the kitchen. Using the pop of blue against the backdrop of the neutrals give the kitchen an airy feel.
-I used open bracket shelving for extra storage and an industrial feel.
-Gallery walls are all the craze right now, so I had to put one in my kitchen. See all those W’s…this is an easy and fun way to personalize your walls. In addition to Warren, it can stand for WEEKEND, WEDNESDAY OR WEIRD.
-I added some extra space almost out of thin air! I had no place to have a small desk where I could get some extra time at my computer while waiting on rolls to heat. (Yes, I am the queen of multitasking!) So I created some space by adding an alcove with a built in desk and shelving. I now have a place to work and extra storage!
-I used galvanized stools and a galvanized chair in this kitchen to add to the other industrial elements used in the kitchen.
-I used two vintage doors in the kitchen. I bet you can guess which ones they are! That’s right, the pantry door and the door leading into the laundry room. The arched pantry door is actually the screen door from this house and the entry door to the laundry room is an old theater door. Both tell a story and are unique. I get lots of comments on the pantry!
-The 2 chandeliers over the island provide great lighting. I would say they are FUN-ctional! When I stumbled upon this chandelier I knew I had to have two. They are so farmhouse! Seriously, sometimes you just have to have two of whatever it is you like. It’s actually quite unexpected when it comes to decorating, unless of course it’s pillows.
-Above the fridge and ovens I added some built-ins. The chicken wire adds some unexpected texture and the barn door inspired cabinet screams farmhouse.
-In the kitchen I again used a striped pattern in my curtains to carry it through from th eliving. I also used burlap ruffled curtains. The use of these two different styles of curtains provides some diversity and texture that adds to the cohesiveness of the look I was envisioning.
What is your favorite item in your kitchen?
Here are the before and after pictures of the kitchen.
If any of these decorating highlights catch your attention, check back tomorrow to see my son’s sports inspired room and who won the argument for the theme!