A Kitchen Wish List Fulfilled

Kitchen with island and breakfast nookFeast your eyes on this adorable breakfast nook addition by Normandy Designer Vince Weber. It’s proof that even the smallest expansion projects can make a big difference. The extra square footage, coupled with a kitchen remodel, brought function and an eclectic new style to this Highland Park Home.

“For this family, the kitchen was the place to be,” said Vince. “They liked the concept of a living kitchen, which meant it would accommodate everything – cooking, eating homework, entertaining… whatever’s going on, it’s happening in the kitchen.”

White and gray painted cabinets with stained kitchen cabinets“They also wanted a unique style,” added Vince. “Different from what you’d see in a magazine.”

For starters, Vince revised the layout and added an eating nook.

“The addition was only 108 square feet, but it allowed for so many more windows,” said Vince. “The kitchen used to be really dark, but now it has great views of the yard and so much natural light.”

Dining table in the kitchenAn arched opening creates a soft separation between the kitchen and nook. And now that there’s a dedicated eating area, the island is free for homework or casual sitting.

Next up, an eclectic meets rustic vibe. This was achieved through three different cabinetry finishes, various light fixtures, a textured herringbone backsplash, contrasting countertops and a tray ceiling over the island that was made from reclaimed wood.

“The ceiling was dropped 3 inches to give the appearance of a tray ceiling,” said Vince. “We collected the wood from a nearby dismantled barn and pre-built it offsite. It actually is three pieces backed with plywood that we raised and inserted into place.”

Painted kitchen with island and rustic wood ceilingAt the end of the day, the kitchen is playful, interesting and bright.

Vince is a pro at designing personalized, useful spaces. Set up a time to meet with him to discuss your next addition or kitchen remodel. You can also visit the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for design inspiration. Or, learn more about home remodeling by registering to attend an upcoming workshop at the Normandy Hinsdale design studio.




X design at the end of island cabinetry Textured herringbone back splash tile Hidden refrigerator with warm gray stain










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