A Storage-Centered Kitchen Renovation for a Nashville Couple and Their Pets

Two canines, three cats, and one very persuasive couple. Designer Sarah Robertson, the Westchester County, NY–primarily based principal of Studio Dearborn was hesitant to tackle a brand new shopper in Nashville. That was till she heard the temporary. The shopper “requested for salvaged Silver Fox brick from her hometown in Wisconsin, a super-organized kitchen to make it simple to prepare dinner and entertain, and, most essential, loads of room for the ‘Furry 5,’ because the household calls their pets, to maneuver round,” says Robertson. The job was laborious to withstand.

First got here the request for orderliness. Cupboard doorways and drawers now open to disclose built-in knife blocks, area for espresso pods, slots for cookware lids, vertical reducing board storage, and, after all, pet meals bins (Robertson is TikTok-famous for her customized tidying options). Three undercounter trash and recycling cans on the sink wall, with one strategically positioned underneath Robertson’s signature pullout paper towel holder, make cleanup a simple job.

dark blue kitchen island

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As for that requested brick? The designer used it solely on kitchen partitions that face the surface of the home, a transfer that tips the attention into seeing it as an exterior wall at first look. Given carte blanche to decide on colours and supplies, she complemented the brick: soapstone on the counters and behind the vary, marble on the island, and painted and oak Shaker doorways. Quite than a hulking island, Robertson added one with a smaller footprint that leaves extra-wide aisles for the Furry 5 to place themselves for scraps.


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dark blue kitchen by studio dearborn

Robertson selected to make use of soapstone behind the vary as a result of actual brick, particularly on this lighter colour, would have been inconceivable to maintain pristine. Cabinetry: Studio Dearborn painted Black Horizon, Benjamin Moore. Vary: Dacor. Pendants and sconces: Circa Lighting. Fixtures: California Taps. Soapstone: Polycor. Brick: The Brickyard, Inc. Stools: classic. Soapstone: Polycor. Brick: The Brickyard, Inc. Lamp: Crate & Barrel.

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Espresso Station

coffee station

A waterfall countertop wrapped in oak matches higher cupboards and beams. Tile: Pratt + Larson. {Hardware}: The Foundryman. Espresso machine: Rocket Espresso.

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Pet Station

pet station

A easy feeding system was important. Below the counter, a pot filler mixed with an inset bar sink (with a drain and stopper!) serves as a water bowl that by no means runs dry.

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Magic Drawers


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freezer drawer

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The first prep space on the finish of the island homes all of the householders’ reducing boards and knives and sits simply reverse the principle sink and waste bins for simple chopping and tossing.

Realizing {that a} wall of fridge-and-freezer area would remove room for a espresso bar, Robertson proposed a freezer drawer as an alternative. Contents: quite a lot of espresso and Jeni’s ice cream.

Muddle Free Counters


To rid her purchasers’ counters of dish-drying racks, Robertson customized the deep Steppe sink. It’s extra-long, with a raised platform inside to carry a drying rack out of sight however in simple attain.

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Prep Kitchen

prep kitchen

Initially conceived of as an out-of-the-way area for cooking messes, this room is only one door away from the principle kitchen and is used primarily for further storage.
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Why It Works

floor plan

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