Mixing and Matching
Kelley and Jeremy Irwin of Denton, Texas-based Irwin Construction were tasked with updating a family home their clients had lived in for many years. Their challenge was incorporating a fresh, farmhouse-inspired look while keeping certain existing elements to save on the budget.
Before the redesign, the existing kitchen did not offer enough storage or seating space for the homeowners and their frequent entertaining, including the high school football team the husband coaches.
Since the existing cabinetry in the main kitchen and the adjacent eating area was in good condition, the design team kept them and painted them white to brighten the space.
“We had a challenge balancing the pendants and other light fixtures with ceiling fans in the kitchen and dining room,” said Kelley Irwin, explaining that their solution was to use corner-mounted ceiling fans that circulated air well but were tucked out of the way.
The designers removed the wall between the living room and kitchen to open up the space, but they left the two-sided fireplace as a divider.
Since the clients wanted to keep the existing brown floor tile in the master bathroom, the designers chose wall tile and paint colors that were gray with taupe undertones. This made the brown tile appear more gray than brown.