The ultimate color block room: a farmhouse-style kitchen in Upstate New York is updated with one bold stroke (read on to discover why we think Prince Charles would approve).
Leave it to Philadelphia-based design duo Tara Mangini and Percy Bright of Jersey Ice Cream Company to pull this look together—sourcing their inspiration from Plain English's British Standard Kitchen (an all-time Remodelista favorite), inspired by Prince Charles' wish to bring well-made cabinetry to "the people." Mangini and Bright's version of the two-tone look spills over to the smallest details, with black bin pulls, door knobs, even switch plates. Recreate the look of this DIY kitchen with our sources below and see all the "before" photos of farmhouse at Jersey Ice Cream Company.
N.B.: Great minds think alike: Anna Dorfman of Door Sixteen sleuthed out the key elements of the British Standard Kitchen that first inspired Mangini and Bright.
Above: Jersey Ice Cream Company (named after an embossing stamp the couple found at their first flea market excursion together) started out as a Vintage Shop on Etsy; today they offer full design services in the Philadelphia area. Their aptitude for finding the best antiques comes through in the accents of the kitchen, like the green metal table legs supporting the kitchen sink.
Above: A large built-in kitchen cupboard unit was stripped of its frills (see the "before" photograph here); the glass panels were replaced with lath.
Above: A compact black dishwasher disappears beneath the Ikea butcherblock countertops.
Above: The finished product: a kitchen worthy of below stairs Downtown Abbey.
Above: Mangini and Bright used Benjamin Moore's Black Horizon to slice the kitchen palette in half. A gallon of Ben Interior Paint in Black Horizon is $36.99.
Above: Crown City Hardware's Modern Bin Pull with rear mounting offers a clean look with concealed screws. Measuring 3.75 inches, it is available in four finishes. Shown in oil-rubbed bronze; $17.99. For more ideas, see 10 Easy Pieces: Modern Bin Pulls.
Above: Barn Light Electric's Ivanhoe Dino Porcelain Pendant Light is $143 for the 12-inch size.
Above: Take a tip from the Jersey Ice Cream crew by saving on the curtains: cut and sew your own size of Ikea's Vivan Curtains in white for $9.99 a pair.
Above: Shaws Original 2-Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink is acid- and alkali-resistant with a 9-inch internal depth for $2,529 from Shop Designer Plumbing. A more affordable option is the Alfi 32-Inch Double Bowl Fireclay Farmhouse Kitchen Sink for $799 through Alfi on Amazon. For more options, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.
Above: Ikea offers the affordable oiled-beech Numerär Wood Countertop, which comes in precut lengths. Kitchen counters measuring 49 5/8 by 25 5/8 by 1 1/2 inches are $89.
Above: Continue the colorblock effect by painting the lower half of Ikea's Bekväm Cart ($59.99) with Black Horizon.
Above: The Small Cast Brass Cupboard Latch in antique is $18.99 from House of Antique Hardware.
Above: Mangini and Bright added their own detail on a built in cupboard by replacing the sections of glass with lath (photograph two above). For their step-by-step instructions, see our previous post: DIY: Lath Wall by Jersey Ice Cream Company.
Above: For door knobs on the lower half of the wall, Rejuvenation's Black Porcelain Door Knob is available in seven different finishes for $35 each.
Above: The Small Aluminium Wall Lamp is made with cast aluminum and glazed glass. It measures just shy of 8-inches tall and 4.3 inches wide; €74 at Manufactum. For more see: 10 Easy Pieces: Outdoor Nautical Bulkhead Lighting on Gardenista.