Before and After: Simple, Minimal, Functional

Simple. Minimal. Functional.

Those were the words that my clients gave me to build their kitchen design. They wanted the main room in their home to match their minimalistic, Scandinavian roots. A kitchen where details were felt more than seen, and at the same time could accommodate three kids and extended family.

This is what the kitchen looked like before. A major problem was that the pantry had little storage space, and the fridge didn't allow room for a wall cabinet.
By removing sheetrock we were able to capture enough space to not only fit the oven and microwave, but also the fridge with upper storage, and a pantry with roll out shelves.
Spacious drawers replaced what used to be basic base cabinets around the perimeter and the island.

We took away the raised panel cabinets and replaced them with shaker style cabinetry with slab drawers in white painted maple. By shortening some of the wall cabinets and adding floating shelves, we were able to display the client's beautiful Nordic porcelain collection, and to visually open that side of the room. We decided to keep the shelves and the island in natural maple to provide an understated contrast to the white perimeter. The island now houses the two garbage bins inside the cabinetry.

We chose a wide format, textured tile, horizontally stacked on every wall and around the window. The under cabinet range hood was replaced with a chimney hood. Under cabinet lighting on dimmers was added to the perimeter cabinetry and also under each floating shelf.

I could talk about this countertop forever, but for the sake of brevity let me just say that it is quartz, the gray veiny wave that runs through it makes the most beautiful statement, and it complements the wave in the tile like a match made in heaven.

Definitely one of my favorite designs! If you are in the market for a remodel we would love to see you!

Design, materials, and installation by {{K&W Interiors}}
All after pictures by Kathryn Wierzbicki.


  1. I am very happy to read such a wonderful blog which gives the helpful information 

  2. What a beautiful kitchen! You are definitely an inspiration for me while I try to style my own home. Thanks for sharing..

  3. Thanks for these outstanding pictures . These are really beautiful. thanks for sharing with us


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