After unveiling the first room, the last week, we're thrilled to reveal the striking from much-anticipated Portland project. And while the "updated traditional" design is jaw-dropping, it's actually the gorgeous green cabinet color that has our retinas really dilated. In fact, we'll go so far as predicting this to be the next big trend in 2019.
So what is this divine hue in question? It's the in the emerald satin enamel finish, to be exact, but we think it resembles the color of our favorite leaf with that perfect combination of green, blue, and a hint of gray. Henderson tells us she designed the Portland project from L.A., which she says was not easy or something she'd recommend if you're a renovation newbie, but that didn't stop her from creating some renovation magic.
"I could have made it easier on myself and done something basic and simple, but I wanted this to be special and bold," she explains. Well, we have to say, Henderson you nailed this one. Read on to hear more about her design process and shop the look to create your own dream kitchen.
Henderson tells us the house called for something that was "original and special," and she wanted this kitchen to be the centerpiece of the home. "Everyone always seems to gather in their kitchen, and this was open to both the family and dining rooms, so my goal was to create a mix of classic and modern, happy and sophisticated, with some moments," she says. Henderson also wanted to bring in a new big window to bring in a lot of natural light, but it is also a central view for anyone looking through it to see the kids playing in the yard below.
The entire kitchen was completely renovated from the ground up. They kept the floorplan mostly the same but pretty much ripped out the old kitchen to make some major changes. The island is much larger and oriented in a different direction, and they reworked the placement of the refrigerator, the wall ovens, and the cooktop. New cabinets, appliances, tile, floors, and countertops were also added.
But let's talk about the color palette because this kitchen really hits a home run in that department. "I've done a lot of blue kitchens so I wanted to do something different here," says Henderson. In general, they stayed away from gray throughout the home because as Henderson puts it, "Portland is already so gray so often." After testing a million shades of green, they eventually landed on the pewter green. "I'm so happy with it," exclaimed Henderson. "It's deep, saturated, milky, and dramatic.
It makes a quiet statement. It is a bold color without feeling bold, and it gives a lot of life to the room while keeping it timeless and traditional."
We mentioned it earlier, but designing this home from hundreds of miles away was the biggest challenge for Henderson and her team. Also, she admits since their team came into this project after a few decisions had already been made, there were some things that they had to "pony up and pay to be fixed afterward," including some windows in the kitchen that needed to be moved, and the original size of the island was too small and needed to be larger.
While Henderson really does love everything about this kitchen, but the on-counter display cabinets are probably her favorite thing about it, along with the gooseneck faucets, and the vintage-inspired range. "It's too hard to pick," she says.
The kitchen is very minimal and streamlined, without a lot of fuss. Fashion with function was the philosophy here, and it works.
The vintage range brings the "updated traditional" style authenticity and a timeless appeal while the brass drawer pulls provide a modern lift.
The mid-1980s home was originally a one-story builder basic home that needed a rehaul and, according to Henderson, "a big dose of soul." She adds: "It was originally pretty cheaply done and devoid of character and life." Well, she definitely solved that problem because this kitchen is bursting with character. Congratulations Emily Henderson Design, we're completely smitten.
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