Linda Hayslett Gave This Midcentury Kitchen a Spacious Facelift

Outdated carpet, linoleum tile flooring, and eight measly cupboards. The kitchen in Linda Haylett’s shoppers’ midcentury home had seen higher days, however that did not cease her from dreaming about what it could possibly be. By increasing the Nineteen Fifties ground plan, taking down a wall between the kitchen and front room, Hayslett added a 100 sq. toes to the room—together with a brand new eating house, new cabinetry and home equipment, in addition to a bar and banquette seating. Plus gentle—a lot extra gentle.


preview for Design School
cutting board hanging on the wall in kitchen designed by linda hayslett

Lauren Pressey

On one wall, she hung a set of mismatched breadboards—the shoppers can pluck one off at any time when the need for cheese and crackers strikes. Deep inexperienced cabinetry grounds the room, whereas whimsical accent colours give it brightness.

The multifunctional banquette is Hayslett’s favourite function as a result of it will probably additionally double as a workstation even on quiet nights with out visitors.

“The kitchen, banquette, and bar areas are distinct with out being disruptive. The house has an awesome move.”

To beat pandemic challenges of hovering costs and scarce provides, she sourced in-stock flooring and cabinetry with nice success: Now, the galley-style house has 27 cupboards, good for the house owner who loves cooking for herself and huge crowds. The welcoming new environment is younger and vibrant. The shopper already has plans to host dinner events and make lasting reminiscences within the house.

before shots of kitchen linda hayslett


kitchen with green cabinets sink by linda hayslett

Lauren Pressey

In renovating the kitchen, Hayslett elevated the entire variety of cupboards from eight to 27. A dishwasher by the window and sink creates a restful place for cleanup.


home bar


Since in-stock cabinetry was scarce, Hayslett opted for open shelving above the lowers within the bar space.

Breakfast Nook

breakfast nook by linda hayslett

Lauren Pressey

“It’s the right spot to see all the things occurring in the home,” Hayslett says. “It’s a comfy place to chill out, but the shopper also can have a pleasant ceremonial dinner there too. Anybody sitting on the banquette seems like they’re part of the dialog in the lounge or within the kitchen.”


kitchen with green cabinets designed by linda hayslett

Lauren Pressey

“The shopper now can have thrice extra visitors over and may at all times be a part of the dialog,” says Hayslett. “Now she loves cooking extra, as a result of it’s simpler to navigate by way of the kitchen and host large dinner events.”


HB: What was the house like earlier than?

Linda Hayslett: The house felt small, dated, and darkish. There was a variety of darkish brown, olive inexperienced, and beige all through the home. The flooring was paying homage to the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Eighties, with linoleum tiled ground within the kitchen and carpeting all through the house. The wall separating the kitchen from the lounge space made the house really feel particularly cramped and compartmentalized.

HB: What was the inspiration for the makeover and the way did you obtain it?

LH: The inspiration was colourful, heat, and modern with a bit of caprice. My general type aim for this mission was to create a enjoyable, welcoming environment for my shopper, who likes to entertain. Her dwelling hadn’t been touched since she purchased it in 1999. I wished to replace her house with a up to date colourful palette that felt large and comfortable on the similar time. My shopper wished a enjoyable shade for the kitchen quite than white.

HB: What was essentially the most tough a part of the renovation?

LH: Being that it was through the peak of the pandemic when her mission was began, we had many hiccups. We confronted many delays on supplies, akin to flooring, scarcities for paint components, and out-of-stock cupboard {hardware}. On some objects, we needed to be affected person, since we had already ordered and paid for them. However for others, such because the {hardware} and paint, we pivoted by chopping down on a number of the cabinetry and choosing what was in inventory. Initially her bar space was imagined to have extra cupboards, however we minimize half to lower prices and work with what provides we might get.

HB: How did you funds?

LH: We saved cash and obtained artful with the paintings. Most individuals don’t understand that paintings doesn’t have to be an precise photograph or painted piece. Her kitchen space seemed nice, however I knew it wanted one thing enjoyable on the partitions to make it look completed and welcoming.

I assumed it will be nice to do a wall with totally different cheese boards that might additionally operate as platters when she had events. This saved cash. I displayed totally different formed and styled cheese boards throughout from the bar space as a result of I assumed it will have an awesome affect contrasting the massive white wall on the entrance of the house. This additionally helps with storage, because the boards don’t take up cupboard house and can be utilized at any time when she desires to entertain.

Comply with Home Stunning on Instagram.

Leave a Reply