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The original kitchen needed help. Upper and lower cheap laminate white cabinets and a massive refrigerator took up too much space. Kim took down the upper cabinets and put storage underneath and in a separate pantry. Black chalkboard walls and a custom concrete countertop tone down the column's flashy mirrored tiles. Kim recently took down half of the wall looking into the living space to create this bar area, with a raw wood slab bartop.
Bar stools: Philly, CB2; countertop; Paco Originals; mirrored tiles: CoolTiles; light fixture: Ikea
"Gray is a much more modern neutral than traditional browns and beiges," Kim says. She also integrated some favorite bolder colors throughout the house.
In the downstairs living room, a built-in nook creates a cozy reading space, and custom built-in shelves cut down on furniture. RSVPs from the couple's wedding hang above the fireplace — they asked guests to draw a heart on the front of their responses.
Paint: Washed Clay (dark gray), Summertown (light gray), both by Mythic Paint
Bright turquoise raised wallpaper adds subtle texture as well as bold color. After a hole was accidentally banged through the wall, the contractor designed the larger built-in shelf. Kim made the chandelier by filling a birdcage with white string Christmas lights.
Sofa: Mona Sofa, Mitchell Gold Bob Williams; coffee table: Dane Decor; cowhide: eBay; wallpaper: Wallpaper Direct
Although the couple started out with a lot of hand-me-downs and existing furniture, they've been slowly paring down and replacing things. "I'm a big fan of reusing furniture," says Kim, "but some things you just have to let go." The home's simple and modern design is better suited to minimalist pieces and built-ins.
The café sign in the living room, found on the street, came from a patisserie where Kim's husband loved to buy petits fours.
Sofa: Dane Decor; rug: flokati, eBay; wall paint: Washed Clay and Summertown, both by Mythic Paint; ceiling paint: Strawberry Hills, Mythic Paint
The floor with the master bedroom had little natural light, so Kim designed the entire space in white. The recently completed renovation has a serene, oasis-like ambience. "I love that it has so much texture and dimension, despite being all white," Kim says. "It feels like a different, magical world up here."
Wall color: Paparazzi, Valspar; light fixture: Cellula, Design Within Reach