Several years ago, Jane featured the charming Mother Daughter Rustic Kitchens [below] belonging to Houston designers Pamela Pierce and Shannon Bowers. I instantly recognized Pierce’s now not-so-rustic kitchen in the current issue of Veranda [top]. Having grown tired of the decor, Pierce did a remix of contemporary pieces with the existing antiques. A marble-topped charcuterie table has been replaced with a custom stainless steel island. The oversized lantern, once so trendy, was deleted. The 19th century French butcher shop steer remains. Pine plank cabinet doors were traded for a clean slab door with simple knob. The cabinet surrounds and whitewashed plaster walls also were painted a bright white.
The wooden sliding shutter-style panels on the wall of steel doors were removed, exposing more windows and garden beyond. Stone tile counters were displaced with white marble. The original unvarnished wood beams and 18th century cathedral flooring provide texture, contrast and rustic country appeal. Those remain.
While researching, I ran across yet a third island featured in Western Interiors. After changes were made, but before the custom island was ready, Pierce used a wrought iron étagere as the centerpiece for the room. While it is a pretty piece, it’s not quite right. Perhaps because it’s visually heavy and too close in character to the steel windows.
Also featured was the kitchen’s fourth wall, with shallow open shelves above a second sink. It’s nice to see how the kitchen has evolved over the years. And the various photos show how a little revamping goes a long way.
(Sources: Veranda, Western Interiors and Design)
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