This kitchen in Litchfield, Minnesota was cut off from the adjacent living room and was in great need of renovation. Additionally, the space’s character didn’t match the midcentury style of the rest of the house. So instead of refreshing it by incorporating all the modern elements, the style watches had to be wound backwards. Designer Danny Bone (CMKBD) of Studio M Kitchen & Bath Design Center was tasked with finding functionality and storage solutions to provide an entertaining room while opening up the kitchen space to the living room.
Despite the challenges associated with creating an open floor plan, such as limited structural beams and supports, Vaughn was able to expand the kitchen by removing and enclosing one of the front doors. The range and hood were relocated to the exterior wall, creating a central focal point between the two existing windows, and the full-height wall separating the living room and kitchen was removed, opening up the entire space.
This space is perfect for gatherings thanks to a new Zephr undercounter wine cooler and accent liquor cabinet refinished in Tricorn Black. The refrigerator door is paneled to create a cohesive look with the wood pantry, while warm wood tones, a bright countertop, and gunmetal and black accents further enhance the mid-century aesthetic. Thoughtful storage solutions, such as drawer accessories and peg dish storage for silverware and spices, significantly increase the usability of the space.