Client: Delightful empty nest couple
Location: Columbia, MD
Services: Selection of all kitchen materials, space planning, furniture, window treatment and lighting fixture selections, color palette, lighting plan and purchase management.
Areas designed in full or part: Kitchen, sunroom, dining room and exterior
Color palette: Monochromatic palette of grays, taupes and whites
Materials and details: Quartz countertops, DuraSupreme textured foil frameless cabinets, original wood floors (refinished), LED under cabinet lights, white glass mosaic backsplash tile, Finger pull cabinet hardware, 7-orb chandelier on custom-finished canopy, Clear glass sphere chandelier, Solar basics roller shades and Robert Allen upholstery chair fabric.
Project Overview: This couple wanted a kitchen remodel design for their 30-year-old, dark kitchen and enclosed sunroom to maximize the view of their wooded back yard and bring more natural light into their home. They began working with Roberts Architects to design the layout of the new spaces with the goal of creating a modern kitchen and sunroom.
April Force Pardoe Interiors was brought in to help finalize the kitchen layout and assist the clients with all of the furnishing and material selections for the new spaces. The clients wanted a modern look with clean lines and no brown! After several discussions about a kitchen island it was decided that they didn’t want or need one. They wanted to maintain an open feeling to the kitchen. With two walls removed to open up the sunroom and floor to ceiling windows placed along the back and side of the house, the bones of the project were set. Frameless cabinets and quartz countertops were selected to provide a low maintenance and clean, modern look. The faint horizontal lines on the cabinets run vertically to mimic the lines of the trees outside of the wall of windows in the back of the house.
In the new sunroom space, we added a pair of swivel chairs in a gray, taupe and cream woven fabric. The soft fabric adds texture and visual interest to the monochromatic color palette. The swivel feature allows the couple to enjoy the outside view or turn to enjoy the ethanol fireplace in the corner. The triangular shaped table has a wooden shelf to add warmth to the space. For light control we added sleek roller shade to all of the windows. They can be raised completely and “disappear” or come down to offer temperature control and privacy.
In the dining room we updated the lighting fixture to fit in with the modern design of the renovated rooms. The couple was inspired by an orb chandelier they saw while on vacation in Europe and is thrilled with their 7-orb chandelier. It’s the showpiece of the dining room and you can see it as you enter the home. A new entry lighting fixture mimics the orb shape of the dining room. The clients also replaced the exterior materials on their house with Hardie Plank Lap Siding. April Force Pardoe Interiors selected the exterior color palette for the home. The same “no brown” desire rang true outside.
This project was featured in the November 2014 issue of Chesapeake Home & Living.
From the client: “After 31 years in our home, we decided to undertake a renovation of our kitchen and sunroom. With no previous experience and a full-time job involving weekly travel, I decided to get some help. April was recommended by our architect and from the beginning it was a perfect match. Her initial analysis of our intentions and preferences set us up for success. She is a very quick study with excellent taste and her access to resources is considerable. She helped with selections of cabinets, countertops, hardware, lighting, paint, and furniture. For every decision, she narrowed dozens of choices down to a small number that allowed us to select quickly. She worked well with our builder and often replaced us in providing direction and oversight when we couldn’t. When problems arose, April provided perspective that helped us know when to move ahead and when to wait. She also taught us not to “rush to judgment” as the project progressed but to allow the changes to come together into the total effect – a big picture April often had that we lacked. And, as we daily marvel at our redesigned home, I’m happy to say she was right!” – Marilynn