Cooperstown FarmhouseFarmhouse Kitchen, New York
Photo: Vicki Bodine
What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Don’t micromanage. Unless it’s a major health issue (like cross-contamination), if your partner/housemate/kid likes to do things differently than you do, let them. Even if it bugs you, know that it’s far from the end of the world if the dishwasher is loaded “the wrong way” or the cheese ends up in the produce drawer. Choose your battles carefully, because picking too many fights in the kitchen is sure to end in disgruntlement on both sides.
“Uh-oh” moment: “It was actually more of an ‘aha’ moment,” Holmes says. “As is common with projects of this type, you never know what you’ll find when you open up 180-year-old walls. Initially, the space was to be taken back to the studs and the walls were to be Sheetrocked right to the ceiling. As demolition progressed, the ceiling beams were exposed and their original face was removed to make room for the new Sheetrock. Once we saw the beams, however, and saw what they added to the space, we knew they had to stay. It was unfortunate that the original face had been removed, but to see them now, you’d never know. They just belong there. The kitchen would be a different place without them.”Designer secret: “As a designer or homeowner, when tackling a project like this, it’s so important to really be present in the space, throughout the process,” Holmes says. “As with the beams, you never know what treasures you’ll find. You can add a lot of beautiful things to a space, but sometimes highlighting what is already there can be invaluable.”