Deconstructed Remodel: Chocolate in a Silver Wrapper Kitchen |

So I was recently contracted to oversee and coordinate the installation of a kitchen designed by someone else. (*Gasp!*) The homeowner contacted me after she had  already received a cabinet plan and ordered the cabinets. What she didn’t have was someone to manage the construction and guide her in figuring out the rest of her finishes. Certainly not a problem. The plan was straightforward enough and the cabinet finishes she selected were fairly neutral. What she had yet to decide on were primarily the countertops and backsplash.

So to pull it all together and coordinate her two-tone cabinetry, a rich chocolate and a soft grey-blue, we went first to the counters. To top the grey-blue cabinetry, a gorgeous granite called Brown Antique in a brushed finish was chosen. To top the chocolate cabinetry a light, softly varied granite called Fantasy Brown in a polished finish was chosen. The movement of the Fantasy Brown was a prefect compliment to the more subtle Brown Antique. Additionally, the combination of finishes helped to reduce the amount of “hard shine” in the kitchen and created bit of texture and warmth.


But the real star of the kitchen, and what pulls the entire room together, is the backsplash. I salivate over this backsplash. It’s a showstopper. A classic subway pattern of Silver Stone wraps the room and over the range the pattern is interrupted by a basket-weave mosaic. The natural variation is so inviting and creates wonderful depth.

Silverstone Backsplash

The final kitchen (which I’ll post pictures of once I’ve got them) is a gorgeous combination of light and dark, cool and warm.

Man, I love my job.

UPDATE, 9.21.13: I’ve got some pics! I finished this project a number of weeks ago, but things have been a little crazy around here. I apologize; the lighting is a little off in some of these photos, but I think you’ll still be able to get a feel for the kitchen. (By the way, don’t you just love those pendant lights from Pottery Barn?) | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Man, I STILL love my job!!!

– Rachel |


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