In a modern farmhouse kitchen, design styles merge to retain character while updating amenities.
One would never guess this modern farmhouse kitchen belongs to a 1895 Victorian home. Its airy traditional-rustic design, by San Francisco architect Ken Linsteadt, began by taking down the wall between a narrow original kitchen and adjoining dining room. A pair of French doors were retained to bring in maximum natural light. A large, double-hung window on the cabinet wall also was original to the house. It was sandwiched between cabinets to visually create an uninterrupted wall with glass. The glass doors on upper cabinets stop at 10 feet, but lead the eyes toward the 12 foot high planked ceiling. The ceiling planks give it a more rustic look than bead board or tongue and groove would have provided.
Notice how the island extends to the floor on three sides and is finished with wide wood planks but wider than those used on the ceiling. Only the working side has the traditional toe kick. Plain posts on the corners of the island deliver visual and structural support for the Calacatta marble counter. That lends a more solid look and distinguishes the island from the perimeter cabinets, which have bracket feet. Industrial Tolix stools were selected for counter seating. From this angle, at the far end of the island, we catch a glimpse of the small built-in seat under the window – a nice addition for this family kitchen and a great place for the children to feel more connected to Mom while she cooks.
Left over oak floor boards were crafted into a to-die-for range hood. This simple custom hood grabs the attention of everyone — present company included. The Wolf range is flanked by a pair of base drawer cabinets with bracket feet and stainless steel counters. I hesitate to call the stainless wall in the cooking niche a range guard, given its more wall-like appearance. The contrast of the rustic oak and shiny metal creates a striking focal point.
The box bay-window breakfast nook’s built-in bench seating and Eames wire chairs offer space for casual dining and glorious views, not to mention storage underneath. While the right side of the nook has a window [2nd picture, above], the left end has recessed display shelves. This family kitchen renovation is a wonderful example of how to keep that old house charm while adding modern day conveniences.
Ken Linsteadt also designed a stunning Stainless Steel Range Niche
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Michael lee west says
Loved this. I need ideas for the new kitchen.
I like this! I’ll bet it is perfect for the house, and it is certainly the sort of space that invites one in. Open, bright, and cheery, and not in the least kitschy (which is sometimes the case with farmhouse kitchens).
Love this kitchen! Love the rustic range hood, and how open and bright the space is! Thanks for sharing.
Love the banquette with the shelves inset beside, and the rustic hood is great.
Julie M. ~ The Little Red Shop says
Can you tell me where the pulls came from and what size they are? Thanks
Lianna, I can’t find any information online for the pulls. You could try contacting the architect, Ken Linsteadt.
kim clark says
I love your kitchen! Can you tell me what color “white” you used and what brand of paint? Thank you!
Kim, glad you enjoyed my post on this gorgeous kitchen. Searching did not lead to the paint name or maker, but you could contact the architect – Ken Linsteadt.
Marissa woods says
Where did you get the table and chairs? Love it all.