Home renovation stories are among our favorites to tell. We love to uncover projects where careful planning and smart, creative design transform existing living space so that it fits the tempo of the family who dwells there. Today’s kitchen makeover does exactly this, as you’ll see. With the homeowner’s clear vision and well-honed aesthetic, combined with the creative talent of designer Gen Sohr, of Pencil and Paper Co., and builder Josh White of Joshua Builders, a space that was formerly cramped and dark is now filled with light and energy for the Nashville family who call this beautiful place home.
Photography courtesy of Leslee Mitchell.
Both the homeowner and Gen share a love of modern design and decor. Having come from the West Coast originally, Gen says it’s a pleasure to work with people who want to mix things up and take a traditional footprint, like this great older house, and add a contemporary feel — it’s a challenge to merge the two philosophies, but a worthy one that reminds her of the design elements she was so drawn to in San Francisco. Collaboration was the key to this project’s success, and the end result is a kitchen that is warm and inviting, that uses classic materials, like Carrara marble, in a clean, modern way.
As the homeowner says, “In the end, we wanted our kitchen to be a place where we could enjoy being together — with each other and with friends. All of the decisions we made during this project were influenced by the way we live. We’ve only been using this new space a few months, but it feels like it’s the way it always should have been.”
Many thanks to the homeowner and to Gen Sohr for today’s tour. To see more of Gen’s designs, visit her website: pencilandpaperco.com