Lighten Up Kitchen Update
Solution: The room is now light and airy thanks to a unified all-white palette punctuated by subtle hits of color and pattern.
To create an elegant, light-filled look, Suzanne painted the walls and cabinetry the same creamy white and then continued the less-is-more palette with white marble countertops, a white tile backsplash, and linen barstools.
Upgraded the Cabinetry
Suzanne worked with Matthew Quinn of Design Galleria to create new cabinetry while retaining the kitchen's original layout. "We strengthened the room's architectural envelope," she says. "Once that's in place, a room requires less decorating." Together, they designed Shaker-style cabinets topped with weighty molding and a handsome island with dining table-like legs.
Furthering her plan to enhance the room's architecture, Suzanne turned one corner of the kitchen into a cheery dining area with an L-shaped built-in bench that mimics the cabinetry. To keep the dining nook cozy (not restaurant-like) she surrounded the metal bistro table with slipcovered armchairs and hung a sparkly chandelier above.
Brought in One Print
Using the same patterned fabric on the window valances and pillows throughout (Montmartre in Clay/Blue from her own collection for Lee Jofa; leejofa.com), Suzanne introduced color and life to the kitchen without taking away from the all-white effect.
Words of Wisdom: Decorate for now, not forever. Don't wait for the perfect piece; you can tweak things later. Decorating should be something that always changes, like fashion.
Favorite Paint Colors: I have two: Benjamin Moore's White Dove (benjaminmoore.com) is a warm white that works in any room, and Glidden's Limoges Blue (glidden.com) is my all-time favorite color.
Best Makeover Advice: Keep some of the things you like most, but redo drapery, rugs, and upholstery to really transform your room.
Shopping Tip: Buy what you love, even if you don't have a spot for it now.
Every Home Needs... A master plan. You can always take it one room at a time.
For more inspiring design ideas, pick up the designer's Second book, Suzanne Kasler: Timeless Style, due out in October ($55; rizzoliusa.com)