I’m so happy to report that the barn renovation is about 97 percent complete! It’s been a long six months since the start of this project but we can see the finish line now and have started cleaning all the dust off things. There’s still a lot to do, but we are hoping to start adding furniture in the next week or so!
Before we start putting all the odds and ends in their place, I wanted to show off the farmhouse kitchen design and explain our decisions. This space is going to be used for guests but also as my new kitchen studio. While I adore our kitchen in the house, using the barn kitchen will allow me a little more flexibility, privacy and, frankly, I won’t have to clean up that morning’s breakfast or scour the stove before we shoot video. There’s a lot of pressure to get real life cleaned up in time to start production at 9:30 for videos.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I based the inspiration for my barn kitchen off Joanna Gaine’s laundry room. (You can see a photo here.) But I also let bits of me in.
A few things to note about my style:
- I like a good pattern that feels feminine but not over powering. Something that has a little curve to it but will really be timeless and speak to my girlie side no matter what the current trend is.
- I like rich wood tones. This doesn’t alway mean dark. In fact I love light wood right now. But I like something that feels like it has some depth.
- I need rooms to feel like they fit their space and purpose. For the barn kitchen I needed it to feel like it was a barn and more rustic than my normal kitchen. I didn’t want it to feel like it was a kitchen in an apartment that could be anywhere.
- I LOVE functional design. To me this means shelving that holds more than decor and spaces that can flex with my (our) life.
Modern Italian Farmhouse
For the kitchen look and design I wanted it to feel like it was something that you might actually find in a barn somewhere – possibly in Italy – but updated and modern, of course. To me that meant it had to have rich wood tones where the gain was on full display. It also meant I couldn’t go buy off the shelf cabinets and make them fit into the space, which was honestly my original intention due to cost. However, once we got into it, I knew I also needed to keep it all light and open in the narrow space of the barn.
Additionally, I didn’t love the idea of cabinets that could possibly hide little, furry intruders. This is a barn, after all, and while we will be getting barn cats, they will remain in the unfinished portion of the space.
I wanted things wide open and visible and so we decided on open shelving all around. Uppers, lowers, island all are open now and since this won’t be an everyday space, I think this will work beautifully for my studio space and guests.
As for my finishing choices, I went with a darker wood color because I wanted it to feel a bit more rustic. As mentioned above I wanted it to warm with the rich wood grains and also wanted something to set off all the white that was happening in the rest of the room. In all honesty, it probably turned out a bit darker than I intended but it was a struggle to make sure that it was the right brown. I didn’t want it to feel too yellow, or red or grey in this space.
In our house we have a vintage farmhouse sink in the kitchen and while it’s gorgeous, it doesn’t have a lot of the functional features I need since I cook all the time. For the barn, we were gifted a sink from Blanco. We picked the Profina apron front sink because we knew it could fit the farmhouse theme and I loved how deep it is. It also has a cutting board fitted for the sink and a stainless steel sink rack for easy drying. and the Empressa faucet in oil rubbed bronze. The Empressa is dramatic and beautiful with a pulldown for easy sink cleaning – something we don’t have in the house.
Originally, we had been planning to put up subway tile for the backsplash and up the walls. But, I wanted something that again felt more rustic in the space and felt more barn-like. I also felt like using a black grout might just make things too busy for my eyes. Instead, we decided to do a brick tile going all the way up the walls and use a white grout. I adore how it looks!
I searched all over for our floors. ALL OVER. The original plan was to do a high quality laminate for the floors but the more we go into it, the more I knew I really wanted tile. I wanted something I might find in Italy on the floor of an old house in the countryside. I wanted it to feel pretty and impactful but also a bit understated. My intention was to have a grey design but grey was so expensive. (I also think grey everything is on it’s way out.) The house has a lot of black and white flooring, like in our bathroom, and while I think it’s pretty. It’s really too harsh for my eye.
I found our floor tile from Home Depot online. You can find it here.
This floor runs throughout the main level. Upstairs we decided to stay with the high quality, laminate that’s waterproof.
Not marble fan
I’m not a big fan of marble because it’s so hard to take care of. I love the look but I’m worried about realistic maintaining with when I cook all the time, like red wine and have children. So, we decided to go with a quartz that looks like marble. We have something very similar in our kitchen in the house. Again, function is key for me here. I love how durable quartz is and I also love that the pattern is more consistent than granite.
The open shelving will all be functional in this space, but my favorite, fun and functional feature is island. It moves! There’s hidden castors on the legs of the island so we can push it around as we please. For my video work this will be really helpful, and it will be perfect for parties that we might have in the space too. We can move it out of the way as needed, use it as a peninsula by putting it up against the countertop or even turn it directionally in the space.
The only thing I might still change about the kitchen is the range hood. I’d love to soften it somehow so we are looking at adding some modeling to it or something to help it feel less angular.
For next steps, I’m going to soften things up as I look to fill the shelves with everyday dishes, baskets and other supplies that I’ll use for my video work. I can’t wait to show you the odds and ends that I find!
So what do you think? I’ve love to hear in the comments. Thank you so much for visiting the blog today! Check out more about the barn and see how it started out here.