A beautiful blue & white kitchen renovation. My sister and her husband beautifully renovated their entire Scottsdale home, but it’s the kitchen that I’m most excited about sharing! The home was built in the 1970s and they think the last “improvements” were probably done in the early 1990s. (See the before photos at bottom of the post). They made it look like a completely different house and just what they need for their growing family. She has three grandchildren…so far!
They both are great at seeing a home and knowing how to take a space and convert it to a powder bath, or a closet into a bar. This comes from having renovated several homes over the years. They steal space from a closet or a bathroom to create exactly what they want. They basically took the home down to the studs and reimagined everything. Living in Arizona, it’s rare to have a basement, so storage is a big factor in remodeling.
A kitchen island with storage
In the kitchen, they used the original layout and added a large center island with space for three Riviera counter stools from Serena & Lily on one side with much-needed storage on all sides of the island. The microwave is even built-in on one side and there’s hidden storage on the side with the stools. The butcher block top was ordered from Armani Fine Woodworking in Denver, Colorado.
When they began the remodel I was still working part-time at Serena & Lily and so the design started around incorporating the Riviera Counter Stools into the design. Lynn has always been drawn to blue and white and this is her first kitchen where she used her favorite color combination. The Riviera stools and chairs are so comfortable. While working at the Westport Serena & Lily Design Shop, I helped many people with the purchase of these chairs and stools. People were always amazed at just how comfortable they are and so versatile. I used them in my New Canaan kitchen with a Saarinen table. They look great with almost any style from modern to traditional. You can see how I used the Rivera chairs in this post.
Another large design element came from the blue and white cement tile she used as her backsplash. Later she added it in the inset around her kitchen sink. It’s dramatic and really adds a punch! It is an in-stock pattern called Bordeaux VI.
Built-in Bench/Window Seat
The Built-in window seat was once a sliding glass door, but since there is a door to the backyard by the table, it made no sense to keep this door when it could become a built-in window seat with storage for her grandchildren’s toys in the deep drawers below. Since everyone always hangs out in the kitchen when they have family and friends over, this window seat provides comfortable extra seating. As you can see, they still get plenty of light so taking out the door was no problem!
A built-in Bar that was once a closet
The bar was once a closet, but since they have extra large walk-in closets and they live in Arizona, a coat closet was not really necessary. They Use this space for coffee and drinks and there’s even a Scotsman Ice Maker to the left. To the left is a pantry with pullout drawers and spice racks built on the doors. Every inch space was thoughtfully considered. When you’ve done this many homes, you know exactly what you need before you even begin renovating.
Cabinet Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Deep Royal
Sink: 32″ Blanco Farm Sink
Faucet: Newport Brass
Butcher Block on Island: Armani Fine Woodworking. Stain Color: Walnut
Pendants over Island: Pottery Barn
Woven Shades: Smith & Noble
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