You can tell a lot about a person by their kitchen. Whether it’s a quaint galley in a rustic farmhouse or a spartan kitchenette in a New York City pad, there is something thrilling about nosing your way into another person’s kitchen. If today’s featured home reveals anything about its owners, it’s a love of color, a reverence for food and a profound appreciation for friends, family and good conversation. So sit back, relax and take a peek inside a truly inspiring transformation.
Photography by Wiff Harmer
When I inquired about the guiding principle behind the composition of this kitchen renovation, local designer Sally Truit said she let the family inspire the design and inform her process. Her jumping off point was a sample of a Southwestern terra cotta tile stained with ambers and blues. Sally wanted to incorporate these rich hues in a manner that wouldn’t overwhelm the space. Her solution was to allocate light blue to the ceiling and introduce the complementary orange through accent furniture like bar stools. The kitchen was made complete by custom paint finishes by Robin Campbell Designs.
The renovation invoked the keen eye of Van Pond of Van Pond Architects and relied on the diligent workmanship of Paul Hammond of Hammond & Brandt Builders. A wall was demolished, new appliances and fixtures were installed, and counters were resurfaced, among other cosmetic procedures. The island was repositioned to face the stovetop and window, allowing for traffic to flow more easily through the space and encouraging dwellers to congregate at the polished marble counter. The stove received a facelift of sorts with a new backsplash that reflects the New Orleans heritage of the residents. Sally stressed that it’s the subtle incorporation of these warm elements—the exposed brick, upholstered seats, interplay of painted and stained woods—that imbue this space with both charm and modern sensibility.
This is the second time the homeowners have used Hammond & Brandt Builders for a renovation, and they couldn’t be more pleased with the results!
Here’s a look at the before:
And the after:
A special thanks to the homeowners for welcoming us into their fabulous kitchen!
- Builder: SB Guide member Hammond & Brandt Builders
- Interior designer: Sally Truitt, [email protected]
- Architect: Van Pond Architects
- Specialty painting: Robin Campbell Designs
- Photography: Wiff Harmer