A Gorgeous Santa Monica Kitchen
This is the kitchen we all aspire to when we are grown ups. Miles of Calcutta marble, custom walnut cabinetry, and high end appliances. With an enviable installation of original modern art. The kitchen we deserve after years of hard work and building a successful business, like my client M.
The client found me via a feature in Remodelista and reached out to me describing his dream kitchen. It was a deeply personal and long email inquiry, but I was touched and wanted to meet him in person and help if I could. When I met him, I realize he could have worked with any high end designer in LA, but he really wanted to work with me. I was up for the challenge of designing a truly customized kitchen to his preferences, with no thought or worry of resale and what future users might think.
The "Before" wasn't terrible. It was modern, but in a 90s bachelor outdated sort of way that wasn't working. He wanted warmth and personality. Luxury and comfort. A space he would want to spend all his time in.
We worked through a few versions before settling on this beauty. The layout was opened and banquette seating was provided to create different zones.
The key feature is a stunning marble monolithic marble box that acts as a modern sculptural piece when you first enter the kitchen. It serves as the island as well. Yes, it is a waste of storage opportunity, but we were not lacking in this large kitchen so we went for it.
Flat slab walnut cabinet fronts with integrated recessed finger pulls were a treat to design. Floating shelves and no upper cabinets has become a signature Veneer kitchen design element. Thoughtful details like waterfall edge counters, wood paneled hood surround, and the vertical slat wall brought the kitchen to the next level.
When we were at the stone yard picking out 6(!) lucsious slabs of marble, a slab of soapstone caught our eye and we had an idea to turn it into a custom dining table. With simple side tables from the remnant pieces.
Paired with Knoll pearl boucle fabric for the chairs and custom made bench cushion. So delicious.
You gotta admit, its a very special kitchen. Beyond personal and luxurious. My sweetheart of a client didn't want it the good design times to end and is moving on to the living room now with Veneer is along for the ride. I'm sure that will be just as special and spectacular too.