When our client asked us to redo the master bedroom in her new Upper East Side apartment, she had a couple of thoughts in mind. She wanted something fun and whimsical -- she loves pattern and bright colors -- but she also wanted a bedroom that was a serene escape from her busy life as a lawyer and mom of three.
Soon, the couple stumbled upon "a quirky midcentury home with good bones" -- the quintessential fixer-upper -- with an airy floor plan and breathtaking views of the city. Given these advantages, the designer was willing to look beyond the 1980s finishes, "crackly and gross" textured walls and tattered carpeting to see the structure's bright potential.
I know most people would have just demolished this space to create a big, open-concept kitchen and family room, but we felt like the existing floor plan really worked in this house. We loved having the intimacy of the current kitchen layout. It's funny how trends ebb and flow. Just remember that you don't always have to jump on the bandwagon.
In our opinion, the best kitchens are those that look like the homeowners actually cook! Whether your kitchen is dated, classic, modern, or trendy, styling adds much-appreciated warmth and personality. Nothing beats having friends and family gather in the kitchen to chat and eat, so make it inviting!