Peggy Wang, editorial director at Buzzfeed, worked with a friend, designer Keren Richter of
White Arrow, to renovate her Ridgewood, Queens, row house. The two wanted something brighter, updated, and cost-efficient. The kitchen checks all the boxes: bright blue cabinets (Ikea with custom fronts) and modern appliances. “We found the top-notch appliances [a Bertazzoni oven, panel-ready Bosch dishwasher, and Sub-Zero fridge] on Craigslist,” Richter says. Here’s a full breakdown of the look, with sources to match.
Above: The kitchen is defined by its blue-and-white motif and Scandinavian-looking floors (the existing subfloors, bleached). Photograph by White Arrow from Before and After: A Buzzfeed Founder’s Renovated Rowhouse, Budget Edition. Above: Standout copper accents—the faucet and overhead pendant lights—warm up the blue kitchen. Photograph by White Arrow from Before and After: A Buzzfeed Founder’s Renovated Rowhouse, Budget Edition. Above: Opposite the Bertazzoni range is a cupboard that acts as the pantry in the narrow kitchen. Photograph by White Arrow from Before and After: A Buzzfeed Founder’s Renovated Rowhouse, Budget Edition. Materials Above: The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White. Above: Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue No. 30 Paint is the bright blue color on the cabinets; $110 for a gallon of Estate Emulsion. Above: The base cabinet that coordinates with the apron front farmhouse sink is Ikea’s Sektion Base Cabinet One Bowl Sink ($170) fitted with a custom front to accommodate the sink from Scherr’s.
Above: The Ikea Sektion Base Cabinet with two shelves and doors is behind the custom cabinet fronts (also from Scherr’s). The base cabinet is $203 at Ikea. Appliances Above: The Bertazzoni 24-Inch Wall Mount & Undermount Canopy Hood is $944 at US Appliance. Above: The Bertazzoni Professional Series 24-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range; $2,099 at AJ Madison. Above: The 27-Inch Integrated Over-and-Under Refrigerator/Freezer is $7,540 at Sub-Zero dealers. Above: The Bosch 800-Series Custom Panel Ready Dishwasher is $999 at Bosch.
Faucets & Fixtures Above: The Watermark 2 Hole Deck Mount Kitchen Faucet in Polished Copper is $1,661; available through Watermark. Above: The Barclay 23 3/8-Inch Single Bowl Farmer Sink is similar to the apron-front sink in the kitchen. It’s $556.32 at Quality Bath.
Lighting & Furniture
Above: The Teti Wall Ceiling Light Vico Magistretti for Artemide is $65 at Hive Modern. Above: The Menu GM 15 Pendant Light in Copper is $370 at Huset. Above: The designers commissioned a wood armoire-like larder from Scherr’s to match the cabinets and finished it also in Farrow & Ball Hague Blue. For something off-the-shelf, see the Hemnes Cabinet ($179, shown) or Sundvik Wardrobe ($189) from Ikea.
Accessories Above: Peggy has a stock of Handmade Short White Mugs from Brooklyn-based Workaday in her kitchen; $44 each. (If you’re in New York City, you can test the exaggerated handles out at De Maria in SoHo.) Above: Source similar mixing bowls to those in the kitchen from Replacements. The vintage Friendship Blue Stripe 7-Inch Mixing Bowl is $52.46. Above: For something similar to the vintage spongeware pitcher and teapot in the kitchen, a Classic Spongeware Pitcher can be found for $98 from Tory Burch. Above: The Morandi Black Small Bud Vase is $18 at Canvas. Above: The Large Thick Cutting Board, hand-carved from fallen wood in Mexico for ABC Carpet & Home, is $270.
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