The before and afters of this kitchen get me every time I see them. The Bienvenu home was gorgeous from the exterior. Beautiful bones, great spaces and a fabulous location just two blocks from the beach. In stark contrast to the graceful exterior, the interior was awkward. Besides the color and material choices being very heavy and dark, the arrangement was cramped and poorly designed. Here is what we started with.
This family loves to be in the kitchen, so, Alex and I came up with a new layout that combined functionality with a bright, airy and relaxed style. They wanted a lot of counter space for multiple cooks to work at the same time and room for entertaining and large gatherings. We began by raising the windows along the right wall to allow for plenty of counter space and cabinetry. The range was relocated to the space between the windows. A new island was constructed with two sinks and a built in banquette constructed on the opposite side. We designed and built a cypress table with plenty of seating for family and guests. Painted pecky cypress cabinetry with gold hardware, floating shelves and a stained pecky cypress ceiling complete the space.
The blue star range was the one special request of the owners. We designed the whole color palette around this beautiful blue.
The angled wall on the left was the perfect place to design a bar for everyone to fix refreshments. It's the ideal location to be a part of the kitchen but not in the way of the cooking.
We recently finished the Hickory Street cottage in Seagrove Beach. The kitchen, living and dining area are all open to each other so, I wanted each area to be separate but cohesive with the whole. I kept the color palette simple by primarily using navy, gold, white and gray with little pops of accent colors throughout. I love how the navy island pulls the whole space together and looks so beautiful with with gold pendants and hardware. The whole vibe of the space is open, airy and casually elegant- a place equally suited to entertaing after a day at the beach or lounging around barefoot and in bathing suits.
This home was built not only to be a vacation home for the owners but also as a rental home during the major seasons. To keep everything looking great but also functional, all of the furniture is slip covered in washable fabrics. It all looks fabulous but is also practical for the owners. The pillows add great color and pattern by complementing the blue color palette. The fabulous painting you see above the bar is by the local artist Allison Wickey.
Old Seagrove Homes was created out of a chance meeting one summer night on a roof deck overlooking the beach in 2007. While Alex was already running a construction company, Cynthia had studied fine arts and design. Three children and many projects later, the couple knew that what had started out as a construction company, was quickly growing into something much more. Today, Alex and Cynthia Rice work together as a design team, building inspiring homes from conception to construction and custom finishes. Thanks for following along with us!