Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Designer Christopher Grubb combines white cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and rustic touches to create an updated farmhouse kitchen.
White Country Kitchen With Tile Accent Wall

White Country Kitchen With Tile Accent Wall

Pendant lights hang down over an island with bar seating in this country kitchen. Glass door cabinets and provide dish storage around a patterned tile wall above the metallic stove. A strip of subway tile follows the white countertop around the walls of the kitchen. Wooden bar stools, gray herringbone flooring, and a black window frame above the sink add a few contrasting colors to the white decor.

Pendant lights hang down over an island with bar seating in this country kitchen. Glass door cabinets and provide dish storage around a patterned tile wall above the metallic stove. A strip of subway tile follows the white countertop around the walls of the kitchen. Wooden bar stools, gray herringbone flooring, and a black window frame above the sink add a few contrasting colors to the white decor.

By: Chelsey Bowen

For this Santa Monica, Calif., project, designer Christopher Grubb of Arch-Interiors Design Group, INC designs an inviting kitchen that mixes contemporary and country influences. The open yet cozy space features stunning architectural details, such as a vaulted ceiling, as well as clutter-free design solutions, like hiding the microwave in a drawer.

Describe the homeowners' wishlist.

The clients wanted their kitchen to be a welcoming and comfortable place to congregate and prepare meals. Just adjacent is the charming patio living space so they knew the kitchen would be a well-inhabited area. In keeping with their modern traditional aesthetic, they wanted the kitchen to have an updated farmhouse look.

White Farmhouse Kitchen

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Before: Cramped Kitchen

The original kitchen was very segmented and had odd angles. Originally, the clients wanted to keep the kitchen in the existing space, but they decided to add on to the room, which allowed designer Christopher Grubb to create an entirely new space.

After: Modern Farmhouse

The homeowners wanted an updated farmhouse design that fit in with their modern traditional style. The new kitchen feels more open and airy with beautiful white cabinetry, porcelain-tiled flooring, stainless steel appliances and a neutral subway-tile backsplash.

Vaulted Ceiling

Originally, the design was going to include a coffered ceiling. However, once the clients decided to expand the space, Grubb created a vaulted ceiling with beams. The new ceiling is a stunning architectural detail and also makes the space feel larger.

Center of Attention

Rustic barstools provide casual seating at the island, which functions as a eating area, preparation station and gathering spot.

Farmhouse Sink

No farmhouse kitchen is complete without an apron-front sink. This white one flows seamlessly with the white cabinetry and light gray countertops and backsplash.

Finishing Touch

What were the homeowners' design problems?

The original kitchen was very segmented and had odd shapes from adjacent walls. The original thoughts of trying to contain the new design in the existing space were quickly eliminated when the opportunity to add onto the space became feasible and with it, the freedom to created an entirely new space.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Even though the kitchen became an addition, there were still limitations in how far the space could be expanded. Seating became a concern. The island allowed for some casual seating and once completed, the client is "trying the house on" to determine if a small breakfast table or a built-in bench and chairs will suit their lifestyle better.

How does the end result match up with your original vision?

In the original design, a coffered ceiling was a concept to give dimension to the flat ceiling. As this became an addition, the opportunity to do a vaulted ceiling with beams made the design even more successful, allowing the space to feel taller and more airy.

What are the "hidden gems"?

No farmhouse kitchen would be complete without an apron-front sink. Black-framed windows dramatically frame the abundance of natural light spilling into the room. The microwave is in a drawer to not clutter the counter space, and the flooring is porcelain, which is very durable and this product emulates reclaimed wood.

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