Full of Charm and Character

Nicollet’s For The Home adds a little funk to farmhouse style

This beautiful Dutch colonial home needed a kitchen to match its personality. Designer Amanda Giuliano of Nicolette’s For The Home wanted to keep the small space open and airy as well as give the room a little funk with some unique touches.

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To start, Giuliano chose to do beaded white inset cabinetry by Arbor Mills for the perimeter. She felt the house warranted a traditional feel and wanted stacked upper wall cabinets to embellish the higher ceilings. She chose to go with Basic White paint by Arbor Mills for the perimeter cabinetry but a custom Sherwin Williams paint for the island, Black Fox.

Giuliano chose a traditional hardware shape, however, she ­modernized the kitchen by selecting stained brass finishes. Another stunning feature of this kitchen is the streamlined hood that was delicately placed between the timeless wall cabinets. Shiplap is a must-have element in any farmhouse kitchen and Giuliano utilized hints of shiplap all around this space. The custom side panels are perfectly detailed with shiplap and cross mullions. The coffee bar, hands down, is the cherry on top. Arbor Mills helped bring Giuliano’s vision to life by creating the distressed layered look on the oversized stiles and rails. Painted Tradewind by Sherwin Williams, a pale blue, Giuliano accented the soft colors with stained knotty alder. The quaint coffee bar boasts a four foot single drawer with custom drawer organizing inserts.

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Finally, the details to dress up the space meant that the overall palette needed to be very neutral. An imperfect subway tile in a taupe-like gray was chosen and accented by darker grout to coordinate with the countertop selections. The island top is Skara Brae by Cambria due to how well the stone matched with the island paint color. The veining in the quartz top also had the same taupe-like gray as the backsplash making it a flawless marriage of tones. The white perimeter cabinetry was dazzled with Calypso by Silestone which was the exact contrast the space needed without looking harsh.

Of course this incredible kitchen is loaded with storage. Giuliano was able to include a blind magic corner unit, cutlery divider, double pail wastebasket, tray divider, two adjustable roll outs and deep drawer storage. Even though the space was small, Giuliano knew that the appropriate sized appliances would make this space feel that much larger which is why a 30-inch, built-in Thermador refrigerator was utilized. This kitchen is the ideal blend of fashion meeting function.