A White Monte Vista kitchenTraditional, Austin
This Award-winning kitchen proves vintage doesn't have to look old and tired. This previously dark kitchen was updated with white, gold, and wood in the historic district of Monte Vista. The challenge is making a new kitchen look and feel like it belongs in a charming older home. The highlight and starting point is the original hex tile flooring in white and gold. It was in excellent condition and merely needed a good cleaning. The addition of white calacatta marble, white subway tile, walnut wood counters, brass and gold accents keep the charm intact. Cabinet panels mimic original door panels found in other areas of the home. Custom coffee storage is a modern bonus! 30" Sub-Zero Refrig, Rohl sink.
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3. Bring in gold and brass accents. After successfully saving the porcelain tile floor with gold florets in this 1920s cottage, designer Julie Bradshaw knew that gold and brass details would be just the thing to make the otherwise white kitchen shine. Antiqued brass appears in the cabinet hardware, light fixtures, vent hood and woven-wire grills beneath the sink. The finish helps create sunny little dollops amid the stark space as natural light floods in. Light fixtures: Circa Lighting; custom hood: Vent-A-Hood; sink: RohlSee more of this kitchen
Designer Julie Bradshaw replaced the refrigerator with a 30-inch Sub-Zero model with panels that match the rest of the cabinetry. “In a small kitchen, every inch counts,” she says. “This family didn’t need the standard 36-inch refrigerator because they buy fresh and don’t need a lot of storage space.” (Having trouble finding the refrigerator in this photo? I did. It’s in the foreground on the left.)With the bulky appliance out of the way, Bradshaw got clever with the layout. She changed the typical galley space into a T-shaped layout, ending the counters so she could extend a row of cabinets across the back of the room. This gave the tight kitchen some breathing space and a more expansive feeling. The cabinets along the back are used for pantry storage and the one on the left includes a coffee bar.