Before: The owners of this Las Vegas home went on vacation and returned to find that it had flooded, with the kitchen getting the worst of the damage. The disaster had just one upside related to the cramped, 1950s kitchen, which the couple strongly disliked. “It was the perfect opportunity to remodel,” designer Daniella Villamil says.
After: The husband is a big fan of industrial style, while the wife loves the French bistro look. The new kitchen combines their tastes. Custom brackets for the open shelving, steel-and-wood bar stools , and a black range and hood gave him the industrial touches he craved. Inky blue cabinetry and white subway tile gave her the bright French bistro feel she wanted, while open shelving offered a place to display her collection of gorgeous dishware.
Scope of work: This project was a total remodel, involving removing everything from the old cabinetry to the floors and starting anew. Villamil gave the couple a more functional layout (the old kitchen was cramped and in a U shape) and a brighter feel with more light.
Wall tile: The ceiling height throughout the entire home is 8 feet, “so we needed to try to lift the ceiling up through light color on the walls,” Villamil says. “That’s why we went with an extra white on the walls, and subway tiles to reflect light.” Black grout emphasizes the tile shape and is a lot easier to clean than white grout. “She doesn’t have to scrub and scrub,” Villamil says.
Open shelving: The designer had the shelves custom-made out of 1¼-inch maple finished with a clear coat, and the brackets custom-made by a local shop. They are cast iron plated to mimic an antique brass finish. “Anything handmade has an imperfect quality that makes it really unique,” Villamil says.
Open shelving and brackets: Augustus; cabinets: Jorge Suarez of Work 4 Less; pot filler: Wayfair; sconce, cabinet pulls and knobs: Rejuvenation
This couple was the first of Villamil’s clients interested in trying open shelving, and it works well for them, as their dishware, shown in this photo, is quite beautiful. “Everything she owns is something you want people to see,” Villamil says. “She didn’t have an ugly dish.”
Cabinetry: The cabinets are a simple Shaker style, made by local shop and finished in a wrought iron color. “We wanted to ground the kitchen and create some contrast with the subway tiles and quartzite counters,” Villamil says.
Savings: The designer sourced the range and range hood from someone in California who repairs high-end used appliances and gives them new life. He had the black Viking range and the range hood; the hood was stainless steel, so he powder-coated it to give it the same black finish. The refrigerator isn’t visible in the photos, because the designer had it enclosed in a cabinet that matches the lower cabinetry; see the upper-right side of this photo.