Our friend Michelle McKenna has worked as an advertising executive, healing arts practitioner, and florist; she drew on her eclectic experiences when it came time to renovate her 1840s Georgian house (with the help of architect Rahesh Ram of
Nau Architecture). She spent extra time on the kitchen, sourcing one-off salvaged hardware, top-of-the-line appliances, and custom counters and cabinets. As she says, “We’re always here, so shouldn’t it be the nicest room in the house?” We’ve sleuthed all the components of her kitchen (and for those that are vintage, something similar) to re-create the look.
N.B.: The house is one of the 12 featured in
. Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home Above: The Shaker cabinets, cooktop island, and cherry counters were designed and constructed by brothers Ben and Tim Goodingham. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Above: Pale blue walls, Chinoiserie wallpaper, Swedish chairs, and retro accents come together at the breakfast table in the kitchen. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Materials Above: Three-by-six-inch ceramic subway tile is available from Subway Ceramics. Above: Michelle had the custom kitchen cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s Light Blue; $115 per gallon. Above: Michelle first spotted the chinoiserie pattern seen in the kitchen on a greeting card and found it was from British company Fromental. Contact Fromental for Chinoiserie Wallpaper pricing, information, and the different colors available (seen here is Blue Light).
Appliances Above: The Gaggenau Vario 200 Series 4-Inch Vertical Downdraft Hood is available through AJ Madison. For more on downdraft hoods, see our post Remodeling 101: Nearly Invisible Downdraft Kitchen Vents. Above: The Gaggenau 36-Inch Induction Cooktop is available on special order from AJ Madison.
Faucets & Fixtures Above: The Sigma Series 400 T-Body Bar Faucet is a similar style to Michelle’s kitchen faucet; $340 at Quality Bath. Above: The Barclay Langley Double Bowl Farmer Sink measures 33 inches long; $1,153 at Quality Bath. For more, see 10 Easy Pieces: White Kitchen Farmhouse Sinks.
Furniture & Lighting Above: The Lilla Åland Solid Birch Chair, designed by Carl Malmsten, is Michelle’s dining chair of choice. The chair is available through Stolab in Sweden. Above: The Louis Poulsen Artichoke Lamp in Copper, designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958, starts at $9,737 for the smaller chandelier at Design Within Reach.
Accessories & Hardware Above: Michelle sourced the brass handles in her kitchen from her “salvage guy,” Edward Haes. For something similar, House of Antique Hardware’s Center Solid Brass Handles are finished by hand for $16.09 each. Above: A stack of pastel Mr Right Cups by ceramicist Lenneke Wispelwey. The cups are £25 ($30) at Smug. Above: The Oji Masanori Futagami Brass Stationary Tray is $56 for the medium size at Nalata Nalata. Michelle uses the tray in the kitchen to corral scrub brushes and dish soap by the sink. Above: Also by Lenneke Wispelwey, the Mr Right Carafe is £129 ($157) at Smug. Above: Source a vintage telephone like this Pink Rotary Phone on Etsy.
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