Summer Travel

Grand Cayman, BWI

I had the privilege of visiting Grand Cayman with family this summer. Fun fact: my maternal family is from the island and a street named after my great grandfather is Farrington Lane's namesake.  It is a very special place to us and this was our first trip with the newest addition to the family, my sweet nephew. Please enjoy! All photos by me and 100% unedited...the water really is that blue :)

plane
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land
ginup
shore
dinner
turquoise
dinner
palm tree
Namaste.

Namaste.

clear water
sunset
island in the sun

My grandfather used to spend his days barefoot bone fishing off that point. We love our island in the sun :) Until next time!!

Project Reveal: Austin Kitchen Remodel

This Austin project was probably one of my favorites to date because of the kitchen AND the clients. It is always such a pleasure when those two things come together so well. The clients had even already installed the beautiful brick floor for me to work with. The bones of the house are traditional, so we had to keep this in mind with our design plan. The clients wanted a fresh and modern look, but still warm and consistent with the rest of the house.

The kitchen before felt closed in and a little dark - the greenhouse window and fur down were not helping the cause. My clients had already settled on totally rebuilding the cabinets, fur down, and moving the fridge - I did not have to do any convincing! As always when remodeling, there were some constraints we had to work around with the structure and budget. We decided to eliminate cabinets over the new range entirely to make room for a statement hood and made up for the lost storage by taking all of the cabinets to the ceiling. We also cased the new window and removed the more traditional woodwork on the ceiling.

Here is a before and after (I apologize for the iPhone after, but don't worry there are high quality pictures below):

After testing out different counter materials in the space we settled on an absolute back honed granite with brushed brass hardware. My favorite spot in the kitchen is the fabulous fireclay sink with the faucet in champagne bronze. The backsplash is a painted white brick that we extended to the ceiling and around the window. With the fridge in its new spot it created a more usable counter space across from the sink rather than having it broken up into smaller unusable sections. This area can now do double duty as a buffet or bar for entertaining!

 

Photography by  Colette Creative

Photography by Colette Creative

whitney walker design
whitney walker design
whitney walker design
whitney walker design
whitney walker design

Overall the project was a huge success! Thank you to my clients for the opportunity to work with them, the talented Colette Creative for the beautiful photography, and Brooke at Bay Hill Design for consulting and wisdom :)