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Design Spotlight: Designing the Bright & Exquisite Kitchen and Dining Room

Updated: Jan 31


Photo of Bright & exquisite kitchen looking toward the focal window.

Introducing the newest JAD kitchen design... the Bright & Exquisite Kitchen! We're so excited to finally share this project with you all after teasing the beautiful images that our talented friend Robin (of Robin Falk Photography) shot for us all week long! So, without further ado, here are all the juicy details on the Bright & Exquisite kitchen design.


What were the client's interior design goals? 


The clients were looking to create a larger kitchen space with an island that positioned their kitchen as the natural hub of the home.


They also wanted to expand their kitchen, and update it so that it blended with the rest of the home. The existing kitchen was outdated and stood apart from the overall feel and flow of the other spaces. The home is large (over 3k square feet!) yet the old kitchen was only taking up about 80 square feet. That's way too small for a home of that size! The newly completed kitchen is over 200 square feet plus the eat in kitchen space.


Another goal we had going in was to open up their closed off mudroom space and create a comfortable, functional, and true entrance to the home, which ultimately includes a drop zone, the removal and opening up of walls, and new flooring that carries throughout.


Their must-have list:

  • Large island, as the hub of the space.

  • Ample counter space for prep.

  • More natural light.

  • Large stovetop and oven space.

  • Hidden appliances.

  • Beverage fridge.

  • Quartz countertop.

  • Creative and functional design layout.


Designer's favorite elements: 

  • The seamless counter to backsplash, it's simply gorgeous!

  • The warmth and dimension achieved with the pendant lights we chose.

  • The details make the design! And we love the corbels on the island.

  • The range hood.

  • The neutral and nature-inspired wallpaper in the eating space!


A before & after transformation from the kitchen project.

A challenge, or challenges, unique to this project?


The sink placement in this kitchen was challenging, only because we had very limited options. Ultimately the two choices were: in the corner, or in the island. Confined by space, we transformed the corner sink placement into a focal point in the design. A window, flanking cabinets, and a sconce light elevate the function and charm of the space. While unconventional, this placement frees the island for true entertaining glory – the client's top priority.


Existing HVAC that was discovered in the wall limited cabinetry placement options, but rather than try to hide it we embraced it as a natural divider between kitchen and dining areas. This dividing element works wonders in creating flow across the spaces.


Any final thoughts about this design?


This kitchen is truly one-of-a-kind! The bowed window that once sat under-appreciated in the dining room is now a gorgeous true focal point of this custom kitchen and dining space.


The layout of the design is truly unique to this home and feels as though it has always been this way. This was a goal we had for the space (to make it feel like it has always been this way) since the first day of the project and we are so happy to achieved that goal for the homeowners!


Swipe through the gallery below to see some of our favorite shots from the project, and check out our full gallery (here) for even more!



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