House Milk Kitchen

July 13, 2012

Photo by Kate Glicksberg

I’m so excited to finally share with you a project I worked on last year! Design*Sponge featured the kitchen renovation of Jaime Derringer of Design Milk yesterday with some superb shots of the before and after.

I met Jaime almost 2 years ago when I was embarking on a new business journey. I contacted her through her business consulting venture, Bakery, and asked if she was willing to meet me in person after learning she lived nearby. Our business relationship eventually turned into friendship. So when she moved into her beautiful mid-century ranch and mentioned she wanted to renovate her kitchen, the wheels starting turning in my mind. Of course, as a new homeowner, all of the projects were overwhelming, so I quietly sketched in my notebook, waiting for her to say “when.” Well, that sort of came when she was pregnant. You know, when your mind is really thinking clearly. However, she had fantastic partnerships with Electrolux, Caesarstone, ModWall, and many more to bring this buttery-walled, retro kitchen into the 21st century. So we buckled down to get things done before the water broke… though baby Amelia had plans of her own with an early delivery! The result is completely different from their original kitchen, but still keeps time with the mid-century modern aesthetic.

Photo by Jaime Derringer

As the editor of a design blog, Jaime definitely knew what she wanted and has a great eye. As an interior designer, I lent her my “professional occupant” goggles to create a kitchen that was realistic for her needs, budget, and schedule. We played around using Google SketchUp to create an optimal layout and test materials. We were quite limited with the appliances, plumbing, and electrical due to a lack of access above and below the space. Keeping the basic footprint, we forged ahead with a fresh, modern palette and increased storage. Jaime knew she wanted to mix dark wood with stark white, and SketchUp was a great tool to see what we could apply and where we could apply it. Working with a kitchen design center, we got creative with their stock cabinetry to reduce costs but create a custom look. A prime example was the finished open shelf for easy access to oft-used dishes.

Photo by Kate Glicksberg

We increased storage by adding a pantry and wine center in the breakfast area, as well as raising the overall cabinet heights in the room to the maximum 96″ ceiling height. There was even enough space in the breakfast area for a built-in desk, with space for her art collection above. The desk, designed for her husband Jordan, also can operate as a buffet for family events. Before, the space was divided with a kitchen on one side and a breakfast table on the other. Extending the cabinetry into the breakfast area not only maximizes the space, but also connects it to the outdoors, where Jordan can easily grill just off the kitchen.

Photo by Kate Glicksberg

You can see more of the progress of the kitchen, and more of her house, on Jaime’s sister site House Milk. It was a pleasure to work with Jaime and Jordan, especially as they made their house into a home for their new family.


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