This reveal has been a long time coming, so we're super excited to say that our Lakeview kitchen reno is complete, installed, and beautiful!

Our client was in love with all-white kitchens with a little bit of glam, some pink, and one absolute must have: a crystal chandelier. This young family also had a unique request for a kitchen. They wanted a seating lounge incorporated where they could hang out, watch TV, and relax. The catch was, everything had to be ultra kid-friendly because, sofa + kitchen + toddler. Everything in here is certain to suffer a lot of wear and tear. We were up to the challenge though! Here's where we began:

BEFORE photo, Lakeview Kitchen Reno- Laura Design Co.
BEFORE photo, Lakeview Kitchen Reno- Laura Design Co.
BEFORE photo, Lakeview Kitchen Reno- Laura Design Co.

Their kitchen wishlist included a dining nook, the lounge area around a TV, and getting rid of the black countertops and island! Happily, this space had amazing bones. The cabinets were beautiful and in great shape. There was ample space and an area naturally suited to a built-in dining bench. And that fireplace tho!! We worked within their existing framework to remodel what was necessary, and give a facelift to everything else. In the end, the room is a true reflection of our client's style and lifestyle. Ready to see it now??

Classic White Kitchen - Laura Design Co. Chicago Interior Design
Built-in dining nook in white classic kitchen.
Classic White Kitchen- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

Eeep right?! We are so over the moon about how this turned out. We keep doing double takes looking back and forth at the before & after!

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

The kitchen is oversized, but still separate from the rest of the house. And as with most kitchens, this is where the family lives, so they really wanted a lounge next to the fireplace. We were able to find pieces and fabrics that fit the bill perfectly, though it took some sleuthing! The furniture had to be underscaled to fit (since a lounge doesn't usually go inside a kitchen...) with a sofa width of only 60" max. We finally found a sofa that came in a petite size with a low back that didn't disrupt the sight lines across the room, meaning the fireplace can still be enjoyed by someone standing at the island. And everything is upholstered in ultra-durable outdoor fabric. It had to stand up to vigorous blueberry testing to be in the running!

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

In the dining area, a large round table sits at a newly constructed bench seat. Pull out drawers added storage, and a seat cushion is upholstered in Sunbrella fabric to withstand spills. And, as requested, we added a crystal chandelier!

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

There are a few details on the lounge & dining side that we particularly love. The art prints were found by our client and were the jumping off point for the whole kitchen. We added pops of blush pink throughout the whole space to tie everything back to the soft watercolor florals. 

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

The fireplace surround was originally a yellow stone that fell right in line with the mustard walls and busy granite island. We knew it would look dated and dingy when everything else was white, so we suggested a marble mosaic tile to replace it. The hearth on the floor was also replaced with a piece of quartz to match their new countertops.

Arabesque marble mosaic tile with light grey grout on fireplace surround- Kitchen remodel by Laura Design Co.

When it came to styling the coffee table, we wanted to find an accessory that was ultimately kid-friendly, without making the space feel like a playroom. These silicone and wood rings from Otherware were perfect! We're in love with how they mimic sea glass beads, but without the choking hazard. They're made for play.

Hipster kid-proof coffee table styling accessories: Teething rings that look like glass beads
Hipster baby teething rings by Otherware - Design & styling by Laura Design Co.
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

The walls throughout the room were painted Classic Grey by Benjamin Moore. I think we all did a happy dance the day we finally said goodbye to the yellow walls!

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

On the kitchen side of the room, we unified the countertops with Ella, a gorgeous marble-look quartz from Cambria, and we painted the black island white to match the existing cabinets. That was *supposed* to be all that was done over here other than some new stools and accessories. But, as sometimes happens, when one thing (especially such a big thing as the countertop) is upgraded, it tends to make everything else around it scream "Me too! Me too!" So we ended up repainting all of the cabinets with a fresh coat of Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore and replacing the backsplash with a crisp white beveled subway tile. 

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

Our clients loved their existing island pendants so they got to stay!

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

They also absolutely loved their industrial spray-faucet, so we kept that as well! The client picked out a stainless apron front sink that fit well with the style of the faucet.

Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
White beveled subway tile- Interior design by Laura Design Co.
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design
Classic white kitchen with lounge space and built-in dining nook- Laura Design Co., Chicago Interior Design

We love the transformation in this kitchen, but the thing that made us the most happy was when our client said, "It's soo me." That's what it's all about! We are so grateful to have been brought in on this project, and hope you enjoyed the reveal!

Laura & Laura

 

Sources: *

Table, 17th c. Priory & Sofa, Belgian Track Arm- RH

Counters- Ella by Cambria

Cabinet Paint- Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

Wall Paint- Benjamin Moore Classic Gray

 

* In order to respect the individuality of our clients' designs, we share some sources for the benefit of our blog readers, but not the complete list.

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AuthorLaura Irion