Kitchen of the Week: Sweet French Country Style in Austin
Not too clean but not too precious, this 150-square-foot kitchen to get a couple in Austin, Texas, feels exactly perfect. Daniela Johnston of UB Kitchens reorganized the layout, incorporating lots of storage and counter space whilst maintaining the customers’ love of French country style. Ready-made pieces and Custom add patina and warmth.
Lack and the kitchen’s original layout of storage made cooking a drag. Despite the square footage, the couple wished to expand space and the space to dishes. “Everything was a tight fit,” says Johnston.
Perimeter countertops, open shelving and lots of new drawers provide the new layout an open texture whilst packaging in lots of function.
Cabinetry: Mid Continent Signature Series in Maple, Celadon and Antique White; countertop: Eco, Silestone
The plate rack over the sink displays a group of vibrant plates while keeping them safely. “It adds an element of uniqueness and interest,” says Johnston.
The custom made clay tile backsplash attracts in French country style. Darker grout highlights the tile form and makes for easy cleaning. Custom copper drawer pulls tie in with the copper farmhouse sink.
Backsplash: custom, Clay Imports Artesanal; sink: Handcrafted Metal; faucet fixture: Delta
Open shelving and glass cupboard doors prevent the kitchen from atmosphere closed off. There was A custom hood designed to blend in with the cabinetry.
Hood: custom, UB Kitchens; range: American Range
The bottom consists of drawers. A lazy Susan in the corner cupboard helps the customers keep even more meals or pantry items from sight. “Using drawers almost exclusively allowed the clients the capability to arrange more efficiently and get items easier,” Johnston says.
Keeping up a functional kitchen work triangle proved difficult when trying to maximize counter space, but the U-shape format helps maintain the sink, stovetop and refrigerator in a layout that works. Wrought iron chairs on casters add to the French country vibe and can be readily transferred away to turn the table into additional workspace.
Table: Pottery Barn; seats: Wayfair; flooring: hickory, The Tile Guy; refrigerator, dishwasher: KitchenAid