Soothing White and Gray Kitchen RemodelTraditional Kitchen, Chicago

Open shelving at the end of this large island helps lighten the visual weight of the piece, as well as providing easy access to cookbooks and other commonly used kitchen pieces. Learn more about the Normandy Remodeling Designer, Stephanie Bryant, who created this kitchen: http://www.normandyremodeling.com/stephaniebryant/

Inspiration for a large timeless galley light wood floor kitchen remodel in Chicago with quartz countertops, white cabinets, gray backsplash, recessed-panel cabinets, stainless steel appliances, an island and marble backsplash —  Houzz
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This photo has 57 questions
manju111 wrote:Nov 5, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The backsplash tile in this photo is a polished Carrara marble. Since marble is a natural stone and can vary from slab to slab or tile to tile, I recommend you work closely with your local tile provider to find something that fits most closely with the look you're trying to achieve. Good luck!
  • Gina Ramey
    thank you
Dawn B wrote:Feb 15, 2014
  • designpeg
    Do you have a catalog of your light fixtures? I am taken with the orb you have here
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    LIGHT & DAY LLC
    Love this at well! Even have it hanging in my house! Check out our online store liteandday.com Best price guarantee!!
lovlyspirit wrote:Feb 6, 2013
  • vlkemp
    I love this lighting fixture. Can you tell me where it came from?
  • ktzz
    Thx for wall color
amrpatel wrote:May 11, 2012
  • Deborah Williams
    I like the combo of the granite and ceasar stone
  • michelle tang
    Hi, what type of
    Stone did you use for the backsplash? It's beautiful.
Cynthia Rennolds wrote:Jul 3, 2013
  • Teresa Valadez Ganem

    What is the ceiling color?

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    Oak & Broad

    lanbolding, Previous comments on the photo show ""the floor is a natural maple hardwood floor.""

lunger wrote:Aug 29, 2012
  • hbarker2013
    Forgot to ask too - what frame did you use? Is it a carrara marble pencil frame?
  • peleni

    How do I find this tile? Search for carrara marble tile?

martipat wrote:Aug 8, 2012
  • Patty L
    The perimeter counters are honed, but what stone are they? I'm looking for a gray stone, but really want to find a granite. What is this?
  • abirdwell
    what color is the outer counter?
Melissa Boisclair wrote:Aug 20, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The grout is TEC Silverado #949.

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    thebuilderdepot

    The backsplash is fairly simple. It is a classic 3x6" then a chair rail or pencil to create a picture frame around a 1x3" or a 1x2" Herringbone. Italian Marble.

    Here are some examples of all honed all these products are also available in polished, and you can get a really good idea from our blog of Room Scenes, here.

    Carrara Bianco 3x6" Honed Subway Tile

    Carrara Bianco 1x2" Honed Herringbone available online. Stocked in the USA (as with all our products and ships out in 1-2 Business Days).

    A 1x3" Bianco Carrara Italian Herringbone. We are the only Google Trusted Online Store in the Tile and Stone Industry. Why? Because the standards set by Google are incredibly hard to pass. So hard, we are the only one. So when you buy from us, it is backed by Billions of Dollars.

    Perhaps the Chair Rail you could use to frame the Herringbone.


    This is all part of a collection of over 80 different products from the Bianco Carrara Collection. The largest collection of 100% pure Italian Marble stocked in the USA.


kannett wrote:Feb 25, 2014
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    Sedia Inc
    The licensed version is fro the Italian manufacturer La Palma but there are many copies on the market.
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    thebuilderdepot
    The product is a Carrara Bianco. The picture framed Herringbone looks like a 1x3", but I have also included a picture of 1x2" below. Our Carrara Bianco 1x3" is $12.75/SF and available here: http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/cbp1x3herb.html

    Then it is framed with a chair rail $12.95 each: http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/cacbipo12chr.html

    The tile on the wall is a 3x6" subway Tile $7.50SF: http://www.thebuilderdepot.com/cacbipo3x6su.html

    We offer it in 3x6", 2x4" or a 3x8" polished to make it a little different. I think with the slightly elongated Herringbone the 3x8" would have been a better look than the boxy 3x6". Of course I am no designer just have more Carrara Bianco marble products than any other supplier to choose from, so that creates an entire range of ideas.
Jesse Dechter wrote:Nov 4, 2015
christinedrab wrote:Mar 23, 2014
  • tidesin
    Can you please tell me the name and style no of the tile. Its beautiful!
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    Normandy Remodeling

    @tidesin the backsplash tiles in this kitchen are Carrara Marble in a few different sizes.

lospoblanos wrote:Feb 12, 2013
  • jmaurry
    How thick is the edge? Is that 2 inches?
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The island counterop has a 3" apron, mitred at the front and bottom edge, with a solid marble return under the island overhangs.
laura mallin wrote:Jan 12, 2017
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The backsplash in this kitchen is Carrara Marble. The herringbone tile is 2" by 4" and the remaining subway tile is 3" by 6".

  • rockybeach

    Gorgeous. Is the grout gray? May I ask the color, thanks.

kmbeard4 wrote:Dec 27, 2016
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The backsplash in this kitchen is Carrara Marble. The herringbone tile is 2" by 4" and the remaining subway tile is 3" by 6".

  • Jo-Anne Ochalla

    I would like to know the name of the Caesarstone if you could?

narinehgh wrote:Sep 21, 2015
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    Oak & Broad

    Previous comments on the photo show ""the floor is a natural maple hardwood floor.""

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    Normandy Remodeling

    Thanks @Oak & Broad - you're right about it being a natural maple hardwood floor.

pferro18 wrote:Jul 19, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The homeowners painted the walls after our renovation work was completed, so while they were able to recall the color they used, unfortunately I do not know what type of finish they chose for this space.

  • pferro18

    Would you be able to offer a finish based on the kitchen and the grey?

graily wrote:May 22, 2015
littleon wrote:Mar 15, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The backsplash tiles are a Carrara Marble tile in various sizes and shapes.

  • hadleyvold

    Are the tiles honed?

epiphanie wrote:Jan 3, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    We used Silverado grout with the marble backsplash.
  • kirstyn08
    Love the light
ejbmom wrote:Jul 5, 2013
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    Normandy Remodeling
    As the remodeler for this project, we can offer our insight and advice that we share with customers, but unfortunately do not have the homeowner's thoughts on daily usage of the surfaces.

    What we typically advise homeowners about using marble in their kitchens, is to be aware of its porousness and likelihood to stain. But we certainly understand that nothing can compare to the beauty of natural stone, so if we are working with someone who really wants to include it in their home, we suggest that it be placed in a lower-risk area, such as the island pictured above, rather than in the main prep area. The man-made solid surface options are beautiful and Silestone, Caesarstone and Cambria have a great many colors that mimic the look of real stone without the same concerns for maintenance and staining that you would find with a marble. In the end, it comes down to the homeowner's comfort level with having marble in the kitchen. If it would greatly upset you for it to scratch, stain or otherwise be damaged, you may want to consider other options.

    In this kitchen, we tried to get the best of both worlds, which may work for you depending on your kitchen's layout. If you could use the marble as an accent that would be out of the main work area, you may find that to be the best option if you would like to include it in your kitchen. You could then choose a Caesarstone or the like for the common prep areas, as we have done here, to be your everyday work surfaces. I hope that this insight has been helpful to you, and best of luck on creating a fabulous kitchen!
  • Gina
    Thank you Normandy remodel, that was very helpful.....:)
spank0909 wrote:Oct 28, 2012
Mitzi wrote:Oct 26, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    Thanks for the compliment! The windows on either side of the range are approximately 18x48".
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    A & C Wiles Construction, Inc.
    Can you tell me how wide the molding around the windows are? Beautiful kitchen!
noahluke wrote:Jan 1, 2018
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    Normandy Remodeling

    I just consulted with our Interior Design Manager, Leslie Molloy, CKD and she recommended the 28.5" fixture. She suggested you may be able to even go up to a 33" maximum diameter for your island.

mashinggrapes wrote:Jan 1, 2018
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    Normandy Remodeling

    I see you have a question about this photo, but for some reason your text didn't come through. Let me know if you have an unanswered question, and we'll do our best to find you an answer.

mashinggrapes wrote:Jan 1, 2018
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    Normandy Remodeling

    You can see the wainscoting in this photo, to the left of the island.

Tara Chiarizio wrote:Oct 5, 2017
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    Normandy Remodeling

    These are maple floors with a custom stain blend.

Mary Jay wrote:Aug 28, 2017
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    Normandy Remodeling

    I've looked through our notes for this project, but was unable to find details about the finish for the cabinet hardware. So sorry we don't have the information you're looking for, and best of luck finding a finish that's right for your kitchen.

Sheila Bihnmyer wrote:Oct 6, 2016
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The island countertop in this photo is Carrera Marble, not Caesarstone. The Caesarstone countertops are only on the perimeter counters of the kitchen.

redsox23 wrote:Jul 1, 2016
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    Normandy Remodeling

    Yes the total height of the island is slightly higher than the perimeter countertops, it is approximately 1" higher.

Karla wrote:Mar 23, 2016
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    Normandy Remodeling

    Thanks for your kind words! To answer your question, this island is 36" wide.

Tonilm wrote:Mar 8, 2016
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    Normandy Remodeling

    This is a 36" range, and the hood dimensions are approximately 64" wide by 28" high by 21" deep.

Ghaith wrote:Jun 24, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    These cabinets are part of a private label line created specifically for us and our customers called the "Normandy Collection."

harrykat18 wrote:Feb 21, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The cabinet manufacturer calls this paint color "Snow White."

Asal Rahimi wrote:Feb 14, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    Great eyes - the tile is actually two different sizes. The herringbone tile is 2" by 4" and the remaining subway tile is 3" by 6".

Chandell Sites wrote:Jan 8, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    Thanks, we love this island too! The dimensions of this island are 78" by 36".

DaVill Blinds wrote:Jan 6, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    To my knowledge, the homeowners did not add window coverings to their kitchen. Although I'm sure there are lots of beautiful options that would have added even another decorative layer to the space!

cemk wrote:Jan 4, 2015
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    Normandy Remodeling

    The light fixture above the island is from Crystorama.

tinacrotty wrote:Nov 1, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The dark gray paint is Benjamin Moore's Chelsea Gray.
cameysoko wrote:Oct 13, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The island counterop has a 3" apron, mitred at the front and bottom edge, with a solid marble return under the island overhangs.
Andria Childs wrote:Sep 4, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The hardware shown in this kitchen is from Belwith.
jimbo555 wrote:Jul 24, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The cabinet hardware in this kitchen is from Belwith.
kkranz1000 wrote:Apr 12, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    These island legs were part of the cabinetry collection, so unfortunately I do not have the specific dimensions of the various parts of the island legs. I'm sorry that I'm unable to answer your question for you.
Pillows & Pleats, LLC wrote:Mar 10, 2014
black_raven wrote:Feb 16, 2014
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    Normandy Remodeling
    Without having visited your home to see your space in person, we're making some assumptions about the rounded edges you're referencing. We're assuming that the corners are not square in the area you would like to tile and you're not talking about a broad curve in this vicinity. If it is the corners that are posing a challenge, you can consider two potential options to work through this when tiling:
    1. You can remove the wall board in this particular area and put in cement board, and in doing so create square corners. Cement board is a superior choice when tiling, so it would be a smart option that doesn't have to be costly to implement.
    2. A skilled tile setter can do what is sometimes referred to as "buttering" the back of the tile with the setting materials, effectively floating the tile so that it compensates for a lack of square corners. This is a bit more challenging and requires an experienced person to execute it properly, but may be another option to consider.
MB Harrigan wrote:Feb 1, 2013
meliskemp wrote:Nov 6, 2012
lmanzi wrote:Oct 21, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The chair rail is painted Paper White from Benjamin Moore.
karen surgent wrote:Oct 3, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The cabinetry company calls this color "snow white" but you can likely find similar options with nearly any cabinet company.
wfb3525 wrote:Sep 23, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    The trim is painted Paper White by Benjamin Moore.
klucine wrote:Jun 28, 2012
rtk123 wrote:May 17, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    Thanks for the compliment, the paint color is Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore.
sawyer212 wrote:May 15, 2012
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    Normandy Remodeling
    Thanks for the compliment, the paint color is Chelsea Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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Paint a room. The perfect time to start a new paint project is when the kids won't be beneath your feet or putting their little paws on your fresh paint job. Maybe you're ready for an updated wall color in your kitchen? Because cabinetry usually takes up most of the space, you could probably knock the whole thing out in a day.

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opening at side of island for condiments etc

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Marble center island. Plain solid on the outside counters

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white cabinets/grey stone like counter

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