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Saying Goodbye to the '90s

All those kitchen features that we were drawn to in the 1990's like dark stained wood cabinets and black granite countertops are now being pushed aside for lighter and brighter finishes that feel clean and welcoming. For this kitchen remodel our clients worked with our design team to help them create a kitchen that is functional, warm and oh so beautiful!


Loving the home and loving the neighborhood, our clients came to Meadowlark looking for design solutions to bring their '90s-style kitchen into the 21st century. The clients had grown tired of the dark finishes and chopped up work areas in their '90s-style kitchen and knew it was time for an update not only in the look and feel, but also in how the space functioned for them. They longed for a more open plan with lighter finishes that would bring a breath of fresh air into the space.

The Team

Design:  Jimmy Bevilacqua and Rachael McClain

Project Manager:  Jason Patterson

Photography:  ERI Creative


Schematic Design

The kitchen had plenty of square footage, but the layout was broken up with awkward transitions to adjoining areas. A doorway to an unnecessary hallway and a partial wall between the kitchen and the family room made the space feel boxed in. Our designers knew there were opportunities to open up the space, create more storage and have the kitchen transition better to the adjoining rooms.

Our Client's Wish List:

  • Open up the kitchen to the family room
  • Lighten up the finishes, but keep to the traditional aesthetic of the home
  • Create a larger island with comfortable seating for family and friends
  • Make a more inviting and comfortable breakfast area
  • Create an organized work area
  • Add more storage

Design Development

Our Designers saw the potential in this kitchen space and quickly sought to take advantage of the things the clients loved about the home and incorporate them into the design solutions. Listening to how the clients used the home on a day-to-day basis resulted in these design opportunities:

  • An existing bay window in the kitchen overlooking a beautiful backyard space provides the perfect spot for a breakfast nook with built-in benches with storage
  • The existing back-to-back hallways were unnecessary and thus incorporating one of the hallways into the kitchen provided valuable wall space for floor-to-ceiling cabinetry 
  • A large island with a beautiful Statuario white polished marble slab countertop grounds the space and provides for loads of storage
  • Removing the partial wall between the kitchen and the family room creates a warm and cohesive space for the family to stay connected and also a great place for entertaining 
  • Customized kitchen cabinetry was used to create a work station that perfectly blends into the space
  • Traditional white Shaker cabinetry provides a traditional look that is in keeping with the aesthetic of the rest of the home

The Results

This kitchen has been transformed not only in how it functions for the family, but how it lives and feels. The newly opened up and reconfigured kitchen area with lighter classic finishes creates a kitchen that beckons you into this space and makes you want to sit and stay for however long the owners will have you.  

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