Rustic Stone Kitchen

Designer Heather Guss used smart organization techniques to open up this down-to-earth kitchen and give it a spacious look.
Rustic Neutral Kitchen With Pendant Lights

Rustic Neutral Kitchen With Pendant Lights

In this rustic neutral kitchen, handmade colorful pendant lighting accents the kitchen island area.

With a little bit of organizational finesse, designer Heather Guss turned this small space into the decked-out, rustic room the homeowners were craving as their dream kitchen.

What were the main items on the family’s wish list?

This is a new build, and a second home. The homeowner wanted all the luxuries of their kitchen at home just on a smaller scale with a little rustic mountainside charm. Sub Zero/Wolf Appliances were top on their list, in addition to a comfortable traffic flow and a kitchen island.

Rustic Neutral Kitchen

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Stone-Lined Trim

Hearty stones create an archway over the kitchen's wet bar area.

Small Details

Simple cabinet hardware leaves room for flourishes elsewhere in the space.

Stunning Woodwork

Gorgeous warm wooden cabinetry gives the kitchen the "mountainside" appeal the homeowners requested for the space.

Colorful Accents

Small additions, like a vibrant green pot and dish, add a bit of lively attitude to the otherwise neutral kitchen.

Overhead Lighting

Handmade colorful pendant lighting accent the kitchen island area.

Casual Seating

High-back barstools upholstered with leather add to the rustic feel of the kitchen.

What was the single largest challenge you wanted to address for this client?

The size of the island. If it were up to the homeowners and there was not a size constraint, then they would have put in an island in that took up the whole space.

What was your biggest obstacle in this space?

Tying the bar into a couple of load-bearing posts and beams, in addition to keeping the flow of the kitchen into the living area.

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

We didn’t have any problems in the kitchen on this job. We had a small issue in the master bath with the medicine cabinets and the recessed areas they were supposed to fit in, but it eventually worked out.

What surprised you the most about the project?

How great the island turned out surprised me. I knew the color would be great, but I was afraid of red oak! I am no longer afraid of it and, in fact, love it.

What are the hidden gems in your plan?

A custom cabinet to the left of the range and right of the oven was custom made to fit the angle of the wall.

We were also happy to have utilized all of the space possible since the kitchen is small. Panels on most of the appliances helped keep the overall look of wood instead of heavy stainless. The pull-out shelf for spices to the right of the range — in addition to other and roll-outs and organizational inserts in the cabinets — helped to make the most of the small space.

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EW Kitchens Wixom, MI 48393 248-669-1300