The White Birch Project has sooo many beautiful spaces, but we’ll start our blog series in the heart of the home – the kitchen. This kitchen is an absolute stunner and one of our design team’s favorites to date. Our homeowners’ main goal when we started their custom building process was to “create a home worthy of the Oakstone Instagram”. We think it’s worthy of all our social media channels, especially our new blog. Speaking of Instagram, our DM’s were flooded with followers asking for details on this house. Consider this blog your all-access pass to designing the perfect Lowcountry/traditional-inspired home.
We like to think of lighting as “the jewelry of the home”, and if there’s one place to splurge on your lighting budget, it’s definitely your kitchen pendants. These burnished brass lanterns from Visual Comfort bring so much charm and warmth to the kitchen’s neutral canvas. Clean lines and cool iron details strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional. Touches like these pendants make the White Birch project feel like it’s rooted in the Deep South, rather than the heart of the midwest.
To create a warm yet clean backdrop for the kitchen, we opted for a cozy ivory shade of CKF Marquee Classic cabinets. Taking them all the way to the ceiling amplified the 10′ walls and made the whole kitchen feel so open and airy. A whitewashed white oak island added soft contrast between the cabinets, while also complimenting the wood trim on the stuccoed hood vent. To really make that pretty hood vent pop, we bordered it with traditional-style glass paned doors. And finally, we can’t talk about the cabinets without mentioning the hardware. A trio of vintage inspired cabinet latches, simple mushroom knobs and brass cup pulls created an eclectic mix of metalware.
To add depth and shine, we chose square Mallorca tiles from MidwestTile. These give the kitchen just a hint of coastal flair, a nod to the Lowcountry spirit we wanted to evoke.
Chrome plumbing keeps the kitchen traditional, clean and timeless. We intentionally mixed the golds and silvers to curate a much more custom looking design for the homeowners. A large white farm sink was an easy choice to elevate the island.
Black dining chairs brought modern vibes while a solid wood table kept the space grounded and traditional. We played around with so many different ways to arrange and style the table. This will be the perfect place for their family to gather for weeknight meals and holiday get togethers.
We kept the kitchen decor minimal yet traditional. Glass jars filled with flour and brown sugar were beautiful yet practical additions to the countertop. On the far side of the room, classic painted artwork paired with wood accents felt cozy and lived-in. A blue runner was just the right amount of color without being too bold or distracting. And finally, we decided to add texture with the blonde wood barstools from our favorites at McGee & Co. Shop the decor below!