A kitchen is more than a place to cook and eat. It’s a place to gather, to converse and, when designed effectively, it’s a place of solace. The reality, however, is that the kitchen often evolves into a dumping ground for miscellaneous clutter. Whether you are in need of some basic reorganization, a total kitchen overhaul or a minor facelift, find some inspiration in these creative renovations. Today, we catch up with Hannah Crowell, founder and head designer at Nashville’s Crowell + Co. Interiors, to learn what informs her design process and influences her aesthetic decisions when creating the perfect kitchen.
Hannah has a uniquely talented lineage. The granddaughter of country legends June Carter and Johnny Cash, and the daughter of Rosanne Cash, Hannah was surrounded by creative personalities from birth. Though music was not her calling, she always felt a deep connection to art and design — a feeling that was influenced, no doubt, by her mother’s and grandmother’s particular ways of filling a space. Hannah loved being in her grandparents’ house, which was dressed with ornate decor and filled to the brim with eccentric collectibles. Hannah’s mother expressed a similar affinity for dramatic design — it wasn’t rare for her to spontaneously decide to repaint her children’s rooms bright pink. Though Hannah’s personal design principles don’t mimic those of her forebearers, she learned an important lesson in design from both women: every space within a home should feel sacred and personal. It should be useful, intentional and it must reflect the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
Hannah’s credos for making the most of your kitchen redo? Don’t skimp on custom cabinetry if you can afford it (and it can be affordable), have plenty of lighting (err on the side of too much), don’t be afraid to mix metals (stainless steel and bronze can jive) and marble countertops are definitely a “do!”
This house in East Nashville is an old Victorian home that had a small, dark kitchen. Hannah and her team completely stripped and gutted the space to accommodate an entirely new design. Custom cabinets, new appliances, lighting fixtures and countertops were installed, and the resulting masterpiece is modern and rustic with nuances of a New England farmhouse.
This home was a new build, but the homeowners were dissatisfied with the kitchen. It didn’t require a dramatic renovation, but certainly needed a facelift. Crowell + Co. repainted the cabinets, installed new plumbing and lighting fixtures and resurfaced the countertops, proving that clever cosmetic fixes can lead to big improvements!
This home had a large kitchen that was dark and dated. Hannah and company completely reconfigured the space, adding new appliances and lighting fixtures, custom cabinets, new flooring and tiling. The results are impressive, but not overdone. With the right balance of traditional and modern elements, this renovated kitchen is ideal for entertaining and has everything a large family might need.
BONUS! Renovation #4:
Though we don’t have any before shots of this renovation, we simply had to share it! This is a kitchen of one of the Nashville Predators hockey players and is seated in the Adelicia, a hip condominium complex in midtown Nashville. Outfitted with mixed metals and contemporary fixtures, the kitchen is masculine, but sophisticated. Dark woods and leather bar stools bring a soft edge to the overriding geometric elements.
- A special thanks to Hannah and Crowell + Co. Interiors for sharing these inspiring kitchen renovations with us today!
- Today’s gorgeous photos were brought to you by Brad and Jen Butcher of Brad + Jen.
- Many of the kitchen appliances seen today can be found at CenWood Appliances in Nashville, with another location in Memphis.