Welcoming, Earthy Kitchen

Cheryl Balintfy designs a kitchen with an open floor plan and colors inspired by nature.
Kitchen With Earth Tones

Kitchen With Earth Tones


From: Cheryl Balintfy

Photo by: Johnny Stevens

Johnny Stevens

By: Lillian Hayes Martin

A couple who loves to cook together turned to designer Cheryl Balintfy, of Cheryl Lynne's Designs, to tackle their cottage kitchen and dining room remodel.

Cheryl reworked the floor plan, eliminating the bulky water heater, relocating the washer and creating wall space to hang sentimental artwork.

What were the main items on the homeowners' wish list?

They asked for help to re-design their 1949 home and give them a kitchen they both could work in together that included sentimental family heirlooms and artwork they had collected on their travels.

What were design issues you wanted to address?

This was a very small house and we were working with a tight budget. My goal was to work creatively and provide them with a design that met their needs as well as their budget.

Warm, Earthy Kitchen

See All Photos

Earth-Tone Elements

Cherry cabinets with an espresso finish, gold-and-brown-toned granite and wood floors create an earth-toned aesthetic.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Tiny and Cramped Beginnings

A 1940s kitchen, with original cabinets and tile counter, was ready for a remodel.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Amber Accent Tiles

Amber-colored, 1-inch glass mosaic tiles in the shape of diamonds add interest to budget-friendly porcelain tiles.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Hard-Working Corner

By varying cabinets and openings, a bookshelf combined with a wine rack makes a dead corner user friendly.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Whimsical Hardware

Organic circle knobs add a touch of fun to the classic cabinetry.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Open Cabinets

Seeded glass doors add texture and keep a large bank of cabinets from being boring.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Unique Design

A pass-through, topped with matching granite, unites the living space with the kitchen and dining room.

From: Cheryl Balintfy

What was the biggest obstacle in this space?

The biggest obstacle was to find a way to create a fully equipped central laundry area that remained discreet.

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

The kitchen island was changed into a peninsula in order to maximize the eating area to accommodate their dining room table.

What were the "hidden gems" that made a big impact?

We moved the washer and dryer behind closed doors and replaced the hot water heater with a space-saving, tankless model. A solar tube provides a hidden source of natural light.

What were the lessons you learned from this project?

I've learned to educate my clients about the physical and emotional demands that may incur, especially if they remain living there while the work is being done, and on the importance of having a solid design plan in place well before they swing the first hammer.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Stylish Kitchen Renovated for Optimal Use

Designer Rebecca Lindquist wanted to make this family’s kitchen more than just the sum of its parts by making it a useful space with custom designs, a coffered ceiling and copper sinks.

Rustic, Contemporary Kitchen Remodel

Designer Lauren Bland takes a cluttered, beige disaster of a kitchen and turns it into a spacious, organized beauty, complete with unexpected features and stunning woodland views.

Traditional Kitchen With Added Storage

Designer Cyndi Haaz creates a neutral kitchen with traditional style and plenty of storage.

Full Makeover for a Dated Kitchen

Decorating Den designer Joan Suzio, LEED, AP, started out thinking she was just helping touch-up a dated kitchen; but one thing led to another, and a major kitchen overall completely turned the space around.

Bright Green Kitchen Makeover

Designer Laura Dalzell turns a lackluster white kitchen into a bright green masterpiece, complete with new appliances and an improved layout.

Culinary Kitchen Remodel

Designer Linda McDougald cooked up a kitchen remodel with state-of-the-art appliances, plenty of storage and a nature-inspired palette to suit the dreams of a culinary student.

French Country Kitchen Makeover

Designer Bonnie Pressley takes this kitchen from its dated '70s design to a classic French country style, complete with new appliances, antique accents and hand-painted tiles.

Updated White Transitional Kitchen

Lighter cabinets and countertop choices helped designers Angelique Baez and Sonny Hires give this transitional kitchen a much-needed update.

Charming Mint Kitchen

Designer Laura Dalzell takes a mismatched kitchen and turns it into a mint-green masterpiece that fits right in with the traditional Kentucky home.

Modern Kitchen Redesign

Designer Shirry Dolgin reconfigures a kitchen to create a functional design with plenty of storage and workspace.

Cheryl Balintfy

Contact Me
Cheryl Lynne's Designs
www.cheryllynnesdesigns.com ASID, IDS P.O. Box 4789 Lago Vista, TX 78645 512-215-4538