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A Modern Studio Kitchen - BTS in The Chef's Pantry

One of the things that brings my husband AJ and I great joy is home renovation and tackling different spaces in our rambling cape from the 1960's. We LOVE a project! We both love to cook and with the filming I do in the culinary space, modernizing a small bonus kitchen in the walk out basement quickly became a passion project for us. To maximize space and functionality we worked with Anne Marie Diamond and the team at the Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England. Our goal was to take a small, dated kitchen and create a high functioning "Studio" kitchen loaded with high performance appliances, durable surfaces, a fresh and light color palette, timeless metal finished and a sink large enough to hold a bushel of clams. Here's our style board with a complete list of products and resources:

1. Ann Saks Los Jardines Field Tile in Azul 2. Kohler Purist Single-Handle Semi-Pro Kitchen Faucet in Polished Chrome 3. Top Knobs Allendale Pulls in Polished Nickel 4. Simon Pearce Essex Pendant 5. WOLF Single Oven M-Series Professional Stainless 6. Green Barn Studio 7. Fine Paints of Europe Brilliant 98 Base White 8. SUBZERO 30” Over Under Stainless Pro Handle Glass Door Refrigerator/Freezer 9. Ann Saks Glass Bricks 3/4” x 3/4” White Cap Non-Irid


Counter – Karis Quartz from LG HAUSYS (Viatera Collection) Divine Stoneworks

Cabinets- Mouser Custom Cabinets Centra Eurostyle Cabinets Waverly Doors and Drawers White 20 Matte; Floating Shelves Alder Autumn

Sink – Kohler Prolific 29” Kitchen Sink

Heated Floor- Warmup Smart Floor

Cooktop – WOLF 30” Contemporary Induction Cooktop

Ceiling Lights – Elite Lighting RL475-850L



  1. Get inspired! Flip through design books and social media for ideas.

  2. Use an expert!

  3. Make sure power and water is off from the panel and pump before demolition begins.

  4. Use a Junkster bag to remove construction debris. (An entire dumpster will probably be to big for one room.)

  5. Be ready for big problems when you open up walls in an old house.

  6. Hide electrical outlets and plug ins behind trim under cabinets.

  7. Save money and paint the walls and ceiling yourself. A high gloss finish like Fine Paints of Europe "Brilliant" on the ceiling adds depth to low ceilings.

  8. Maximize space with light, monochromatic color.

  9. Durable surfaces like porcelain and quartz take the stress of staining or damaging a high impact space.

  10. Choose cabinets that offer double the storage.

  11. Match metals to tie a small space together.

  12. Use open shelving to display your favorite things.

  13. Glass doors on refrigerators bring a major design impact. But hiding what's inside!

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