The most-used room of this former Atlanta bachelor pad gets a fresh upgrade that marries two styles
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Bold Cottage Kitchen Design Ideas
When it came to their new kitchen, Jenn and Nigel had their respective must-haves in mind, but no cohesive vision. Nigel prefers “shiny” things, and Jenn’s wish list included painted floors and blue cabinets.
That’s where Atlanta architect Mark Williams came in, calling on the house’s cottage bones to unite Jenn and Nigel’s disparate visions. At first glance, the cool blue cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops portray a clean, sleek, modern style. But look closer and such details as beaded board and open shelving show a casual side.
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Meet the Packers
Take one look at Nigel Packer chasing his boys through their Atlanta kitchen and it’s hard to believe that less than six years ago, he was a bachelor and this cheery 1920s bungalow was a chopped-up duplex inhabited by him, his roommates/tenants, and a whole rec center’s worth of arcade games.
Thanks to Mark, a dining room now resides where the pool table once was, and adjacent is a new eat-in kitchen. The 280-square-foot existing space was hardly gigantic, but his strategic layout made it feel just right. “Knocking down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and raising the door frame between the kitchen and breakfast nook gave the space a lofty feeling that isn’t typical of this house’s age and style,” he says.
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Jenn says, “When guests see us open the pantry door, they’re like, ‘Whoa! A room’s back there?’ ”
White mixing bowls: from Urban Cottage, Inc., Atlanta; 404/815-9993. Wall paint: Eider White (SW7014) by Sherwin-Williams. Cabinetry and blue wall paint: Stratton Blue (HC-142) by Benjamin Moore. Cabinet hardware: Princetonian Bar Pull 8 13⁄16-inch (M1044) and Princetonian Bar Pull 3 Posts (M1048) by Top Knobs. Countertop: For a similar look, try Organic White by CaesarStone.
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“The breakfast nook is so cozy! The kids love crawling under the table while I’m cooking.”
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Mark suggested a more durable flooring material, but Jenn held out for the painted wood. She says, “It was a lot of work, but it’s probably my single favorite feature.”
Barstools: Nimitz Anodized Finish Bar Stool from ivgStores.
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Tour the Space
Steal this kitchen’s best layout ideas.
1. A new pocket door closes off the kitchen from the hallway. 2. The quartz-topped island, recessed to accommodate several barstools, is surrounded by painted beaded board to reinforce the cabinets’ Shaker panels. 3. All it took was widening two openings to turn the former storage and laundry area into a main thoroughfare. 4. Mark designed a hardworking cupboard to stow the Packers’ wine fridge and coffeemaker. 5. An oak harvest table and upholstered banquette are the natural breakfast headquarters. They sit where the laundry area once was.