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 Crowell + Co. Interiors, to learn what informs her design process and influences her aesthetic decisions when creating the perfect kitchen.

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Designer Hannah Crowell of Crowell + Co. and her husband, James Wilson, in one of their renovated kitchens

Hannah has a uniquely talented lineage. The granddaughter of 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!”

Renovation #1:

This house on Forrest Avenue 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 is the "before" shot of a kitchen renovation in East Nashville by Crowell +Co.

The Forrest Avenue kitchen prior to renovation was claustrophobic, poorly lit and lacked space.

Stunning kitchen renovation n an East Nashville Victorian home from Cromwell + Co.

Hannah kept the paint palette mostly white, which reflects bright light throughout.

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Gourmet oils and vinegars, sugar canisters, coffeepots and cutting boards serve as elegant countertop accents. They make the kitchen feel warm and used.

A quaint breakfast nook opens onto a screened porch blending exterior and interior.

A wall was torn down to create space for a quaint breakfast nook, which opens onto a screened porch, blending the interior and exterior seamlessly. Picture yourself  posted up with a bowl of Cheerios or sharing an intimate meal with friends and family.

Snuggle up at this cozy breakfast booth designed by Cromwell + Co.

A mix of industrial finishes and natural accents creates a rich composition.

Kitchen inspiration from Cromwell + Co.

The marble backsplash brings vintage appeal to the otherwise contemporary space.

Renovation #2:

This home on Vosswood Drive 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!

 A look at the Vosswood kitchen before renovation.

This is the kitchen prior to renovation … new, but uninspired.

A clever kitchen facelift brings light and energy into the space.

The island is the focal point of the kitchen and invites dining and entertaining. Upholstered bar stools add a subtle edge to the clean design.

A textured tile back splash brings dimension to a monochromatic color palette.

A textured tile backsplash brings dimension to a monochromatic palette. Stacked books and flowers are romantic and playful countertop accessories.

Renovation #3:

This home in Legends Ridge 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.

This is the before shot of a kitchen that was renovated by Crowell + Co. Interiors.

The kitchen before renovation is large, but it feels cramped due to poor lighting, dark countertops and an inefficient use of space.

The tv fits seamlessly into the design of this renovated kitchen!

A flatscreen TV was elegantly installed above the stovetop, so the homeowners could enjoy the news, catch a game or watch their favorite shows while cooking or dining at the island.

The textured tile back splash brings some panache to the traditional design.

The textured tile backsplash brings some panache to the traditional design.

This kitchen boasts ample storage, cooking and preparation space, as well as top notch appliances.

This kitchen boasts ample storage, cooking and preparation space, as well as top-notch appliances.

Installing an ice machine and microwave beneath the island minimizes their visibility.

An ice machine and microwave were installed beneath the island to minimize their visibility in the overall aesthetics of the design.

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 and is seated in the Adelicia, a hip condominium complex in Midtown. 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.

This contemporary kitchen in the Adelicia is perfect for entertaining guests.

With ample bar seating that looks onto the open kitchen, this space is perfect for entertaining guests.

This renovated kitchen in the Adelicia looks like the perfect bachelor pad!

The stainless steel hood vent accents the contemporary surfaces and finishes throughout the rest of the kitchen.

  • A special thanks to Hannah and Crowell + Co. Interiors for sharing these inspiring kitchen renovations with us! 
  • 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