Throwback Reveal: Avenue A

This house is truly an oldie but a goodie. Would you believe me if I told you we completed it almost FIVE years ago? How fresh and fab is it still, AMIRITE?! This is why I pretty much come to blows with anyone who says white is boring. White is NEVER boring. It is the Jennifer Anniston of interior design color schemes. It’s classic, cool, and in a league of it’s own. Read on to see how we helped transform a little dilapidated beach cottage into this coastal, casual and cool modern farmhouse.

White paint farmhouse kitchen and gray island and wood hood over range.

Our team was so killer for this project. When you get to work with people who respect and appreciate good design, it is a gift. Denton Developments and Richard Haynes Real Estate are those people. They even kept their annoyance with me and their eye rolling at my weird ideas to a minimum. Basically they are saints.

White farmhouse Kitchen white countertops wood floors subway tile backsplash and wood barstools designed by Kate Lester Interiors

This house was mint green and had walls everywhere when I first walked it. We opened up the floor plan, added more square footage on the first floor and a completely brand new second story. By the time we were finished, it was goodbye sad, dark house, and hello fresh new farmhouse. We used simple subway tile with a contrast grout to add interest in the kitchen and the leftover reclaimed wood from the floor to panel the hood, because it was just too gorgeous to go to waste. It’s probably my most favorite feature of this kitchen, but then, so are the all-white cabinets and simple paneled island, so I pretty much love it all.

White farmhouse Kitchen with banquette breakfast nook and white countertops wood floors subway tile backsplash and wood barstools designed by Kate Lester Interiors

The breakfast nook was such an integral part of the overall design concept. Our clients wanted a place where eating, cooking, homework and family time could all happen at once, without any walls. It feels so open and airy, and it totally works. Plus I found more reclaimed wood and we paneled the back of the hutch to tie in the hood. It adds a texture you don’t often see in a kitchen area, and is pretty unique.

White bathroom with bathtub marble countertop and white cabinets designed by Kate Lester Interiors

This bathroom is like the perfect white and stone sanctuary. Can we talk about that tub? It’s calling my name as we speak. Polished nickel accents keep it from feeling too casual, and the oversized art adds a bit of the unexpected. A word of advice, don’t be afraid to put art in the bathroom. Hang it, lean it, just get it in there!

Be sure to check out our portfolio page to see the rest of the images of this completed project. All photos by the uber-talented Amy Bartlam.







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