Studio S. proprietor Laura Kostanich and her partner, Dave, have prided themselves on the California-interesting aesthetic of their Mt. Lebanon house since 2016, when the few moved in.
“We styled the first flooring of our dwelling with tons of texture and combined wood, so we seriously experienced that textured, collected, lived-in design,” the interior designer claims.
While the initially floor of Kostanich’s household correctly represented her unique, contemporary type, there was a notable exception — the dated, 1990s-period kitchen area.
Kostanich says her family members, which involves two youthful little ones, dealt with the kitchen’s obstacles for a long time. Apart from an uncomfortable layout, it lacked storage, producing litter to pile up on the counter tops.
“The real pain was the door heading exterior. When you opened it, it hit the fridge — so the door didn’t open up up all the way,” she says. “That was definitely the factor that just drove us insane for five years.”
After a entire transform, the cumbersome format is no much more. To optimize house, Kostanich took down the wall concerning the eating place and the kitchen. She also made a decision on banquette seating in its place of a regular kitchen desk.
“It seriously finished up attaining us so significantly kitchen area that it just designed perception,” she states. “I assumed it might be awkward possessing the banquette in the corner, but it is actually really amazing. I really like it.”
Applauding Kostanich’s clever layout and timeless colour scheme, Greatest of Style and design judges named the finished product their Finest Renovated Kitchen for 2022.
“The designer produced a little kitchen really feel a great deal more substantial than it truly is,” notes judge Crystal DeCastro Knapik, a senior undertaking designer at Cleveland-centered architecture company Vocon. “I appreciate the stunning casework and the integration of the organic wooden tones.”
Kostanich claims she experienced the kitchen’s hardwood flooring patched in and refinished, offering the space a lighter, additional welcoming temper. Custom-created, pocket-doorway cupboards let the spouse and children specifically prepare and increase storage.
The dark-hued cupboards had been paired with unoiled soapstone counter tops to create depth, when the blended metals and diverse wooden tones enhanced Kostanich’s West Coast design and style.
Decide Stephen Schill, proprietor of Schill Architecture LLC, says he particularly loved the kitchen’s welcoming, heat coloration palette.
“I appreciate the distinction in between the painted woodwork and the organic woodwork,” he states. “The casework looks far more like furniture.”
Kostanich provides 1 of her beloved information is the plaster oven variety hood, which she credits with developing the space’s textured, lived-in design.
“We experienced plaster walls in our household and we patched and skim-coated them in the kitchen area,” she says. “I included the plaster hood about my selection to tie that in with the rest of the property.”
One of the ideal things about the renovation, though, is that Kostanich states it offers the family the possibility to assemble in the similar spot though cooking. It’s also terrific for entertaining.
“Everyone usually claims the kitchen is the heart of the property, and it is so genuine,” Kostanich says. “No issue what you do, everyone just keeps gravitating to the kitchen. It is correct when you have people around, and it is legitimate with your family.”
Interior Design and style: Studio S.
Cabinetry: Customized Structure by Studio S. and Trademark Cabinet Business
Appliances: Don’s Appliances
Fixtures: Newport Brass, Kohler
Lighting: Circa Lights, Mitzi
Household furniture: Customized created by Studio S., Wooden Whale, Nuevo and McGee & Co.
Flooring: Kerb’s Hardwood
Countertops: Premier Granite & Stone
Drywall Contractor/Skim Coating: Mark Madey.