What’s For Dinner? A Kitchen Mash-Up

Do you recall the song Mash-Ups that the TV series Glee became famous for? They would take 2 unrelated songs and mix them together in one song. Well, this next Kitchen mash-up became a renovation with spectacular results.

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Welcome to the South

The homeowners left the dream home they built in Minnesota with its open concept living spaces to move into a older home with lots of character and lots of separate rooms in Anchorage. The house has tons of potential, but it was so different from their previous home that the homeowners wanted to get some design advice for making their wonderful furnishings and accessories work in the new spaces. We have done some creative things like divide the long, narrow, seldom used Living Room into a Sitting Room and Dining Area while turning their former Dining Room into a much needed Office.

Meeting the Needs of the Family

To make the Kitchen & Breakfast Area function for this family of four, we did an in-depth analysis of what worked  and what did not and what were must-haves in the new space. For instance, the existing island had an overhang with room for bar stools underneath. The two boys never sat at the bar so we eliminated the overhang in the new design to allow for more maneuvering space.

Finding the Right Kitchen Designer

At this point, we called in 3 different Kitchen designers and had them draw up plans for the space. The homeowners selected the design by Katharine Hatcher of Southern Kitchens for several reasons: her plan allowed for reusing a majority of the existing cabinetry (which was in good shape and a rich stain color that the homeowners liked); she addressed the functional issues with the existing layout; and the homeowner felt she could work well with Katharine. The last consideration is as important as the other two. A Kitchen renovation of this magnitude is a long and stressful endeavor,  and you need to have a good working relationship with your Kitchen designer as well as your contractor.

Kitchen Mash-Up: Robin's Nest Interiors

Adding a Pantry

The new design called for replacing the current island with a new more functional one as well as adding pantry cabinets at the Breakfast Area end of the room. This was essentially dead space, and the homeowner needed more storage.


We decided to do the new cabinetry in a black finish with a glaze that matched the wood stain on the existing cabinetry. The unifier between the two cabinet colors was the gorgeous Cambria quartz countertop which had both colors in it. We added a travertine backsplash to complement, not compete with the countertop. We spent a lot of time of the hardware – think about it…Don’t you spend a lot of time selecting just the right pair of earrings to complete your outfit? So should it be with your cabinetry hardware!

Kitchen Mash-Up: Robin's Nest Interiors

Making an Open Concept Floor Plan

The most significant change in the Kitchen had nothing to do with cabinetry or finishes – it was creating a larger opening between the Kitchen and the Family Room. This change made the two spaces feel more like the open concept this family was used to.

Kitchen Mash-Up: Robin's Nest Interiors


We added this gorgeous copper top table with wrought iron base and fabulous chairs from Arhaus in the Breakfast Area. The homeowner found this whimsical chandelier online. It fits this kitchen mash-up and this family perfectly. We added a pop of color with the green on the walls and some warmth with cornice boards on the doors leading to the Screened Porch and colorful rugs underfoot.

Kitchen Mash-Up: Robin's Nest Interiors

This kitchen mash-up was a long process, complete with a couple of pep talks along the way. The beautiful (and practical) results speak for themselves. My goal in working with this family is to help them realize the potential this home has to offer and truly it make it their second dream home! If not, I will be happy to move in!



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