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Kitchen of the Week: Warm, Cozy and Autumn-Inspired

Houzz consumer Ricki Vaughn of Decatur, Ill. always had a good idea of what her dream kitchen could look like — and before her remodel, the original kitchen just was not cutting it. The space was small, with hardly any cabinets and small counter space, making cooking and cleanup hard.

The rustic landscape enclosing Vaughn’s home motivated a new kitchen palette predicated mostly on golden browns and grays found in nature. Warm hickory cabinetry was custom created, and an unpolished slate backsplash was installed on each wall. Vaughn also made certain that her kitchen needed just as much storage and prep area as possible. “It was like Christmas every day to see the shift in the kitchen,” she states. “I don’t even mind cooking today!”

With the support of her builder, Craig Parker of KLC Remodeling, Vaughn tripled her cabinet and counter area. Customized cabinets house a pantry, trash drawers, dish drawers and pull-out shelving. Black appliances simplify the kitchen’s look.

Range and Oven: Hot Point
Cabinets: Hickory, custom made by Jim Bishop Cabinets in Alabama

“My Agency was my inspiration,” says Vaughn. “He kept telling me I was only going to do that once, so I need to do it the way I wanted to get it done” After falling in love with hickory cabinetry seen on holiday, Vaughn decided it would fit perfectly with her home’s pastoral site.

The slate backsplash was extended to the wall entering her family room. The kitchen sink, originially on the other side of this area, was moved beneath the kitchen window, and this was also expanded.

Sink and Fixtures: Delta
Backsplash: California Mosaic Slate

Vaughn traveled to St. Louis, Mo. to locate the Rosewood granite for her counters, and while she had been there, she picked up a scrap of black granite for this small corner table. “I wanted a small table in the corner of their cabinets, and the black granite drew all the appliances together, and was a match to the Rosewood granite”

Vaughn advises current kitchen remodelers to be certain they really think out their strategy prior to approving the final layout. “We ended up changing the design of the kitchen 3 to 4 days before we gave the go-ahead to dictate the cupboards,” she states. “Additionally, have a builder that will work with you and give you good advice, since they have done more kitchens than you have. Craig really built our dream kitchen”

Countertop: Rosewood Granite
Floors: Positano red ceramic tile

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