Design and images: Tera Janelle Design
Going for classic, clean lines and comfort too, designer Tera Janelle hit all her marks (and more) with a fresh spin in this kitchen, featuring our Wave in Silver Haze. Choosing this shape and color, to soften the "otherwise hard lines of appliances and cabinetry," this kitchen is full of thoughtful, imitable details that we cannot wait for you to see, keep scrolling to see more.
First, can you tell me about about yourself?
I am a Wisconsin farm girl who grew up and fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where we currently live in an old Georgian colonial with our Labrador, Kloee. I adore nearly every type of cheese, classic interiors, and the perfect shade of gray. Tera Janelle Design is a full service design studio in Lynchburg, Virginia. We specialize in build-to-finish design, from new construction homes and renovations to boutique commercial projects. Our team's work has garnered attention in Virginia design publications, been showcased at the Lynchburg Design House, and published nationally in Domino Magazine.
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Can you tell me about this home? Is there a story behind the project you'd like to share?
Our clients knew when they bought the house it was destined for a facelift, but this talented couple had incredible vision. The things they didn’t like about the house could be changed. Like this kitchen and dining area, which were itching for a renovation. We were excited to partner with them in making this home one they love! First things first, this 1960’s house felt closed off. The kitchen appeared small given the home’s overall square footage. So we widened the opening between living room and kitchen. Then it was time to get to work on those dated ceilings and awkward soffits. Next went the old cabinets and the home’s mismatched floors. And in their place were installed custom kitchen cabinets and new white-washed oak flooring throughout the home.
The widened entry between the kitchen and living room brings a modern sense of open-concept to the home’s floor plan. While the chair rail, crown, and new wainscoting embrace the home’s traditional style. The mix of metals and wood tones throughout the space keep the feeling casual. And the gray-green of the backsplash tile and saturated navy blue on the island (Benjamin Moore’s “Washington Blue”) liven the otherwise neutral space.
The awkward closet pantry was eliminated in favor of additional cabinetry, making the kitchen feel larger. Behind those pantry cabinet doors you’ll find pull-out drawers and outlets to provide an out-of-sight place for the microwave and coffee pot. The Kitchen Aid mixer has its own spot too!
When it came to the dining area, we kept things simple with a focus on clean lines and contrast. The side chairs are easily wiped down if any visiting kiddos get messy, but they are comfortable for adults too.
The slipcovered, linen captain’s chairs add texture and height. And the pretty framed map and photography print give nod to the clients’ honeymoon in the Outer Banks. Light fixtures are from Circa Lighting.
What type of look or aesthetic were you and your client's going for in this kitchen?
A fresh spin on the classic "white kitchen." Clean lines. Classic. Comfortable. With a touch of rustic.
How involved were your client's in the design process?
The clients had a general direction for the process, and they had already signed with their contractor when we joined the project. We joined the team with a focus on refining the overall design, layout, selecting finishes, and styling the final space.
What made you go for Silver Haze?
We wanted a primarily neutral space that didn't feel boring. The Silver Haze tile speaks to the colors in the map artwork from their honeymoon and in combination with the "Washington Blue" (Benjamin Moore) color on the island, livens the otherwise neutral space.
How about the Wave shape? Were there other contenders?
The shape felt both fresh and classic, softening the otherwise hard lines of appliances and kitchen cabinetry.
How did the installation process go? Did you face any challenges?
The clients chose their contracting team wisely. Installation went smoothly!
Lastly, what shapes or colors are you hoping to use in future projects?
We're in the midst of another client kitchen renovation using Foggy Morning 2x6 tile in a herringbone pattern. It's running counter-to-ceiling for a strong, beautiful statement. We can't wait to see it installed!
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