Finally, THE ESTATE is now complete and we are all moved in. First space I'd like to share is our GORGEOUS kitchen. Designed by the incredibly gifted Jennifer Kowlaski with Six Walls Designs. Built by our amazing friends and talented local builders Highlands Builders Group.
This space is a dream! A jaw-dropping, eye-catching, magazine-worthy kitchen. I mean....
Our plan, simple. Not a ton of requests. The ABSOLUTEs were: HUGE kitchen island, open to family room, no white cabinets + no upper cabinets. The design came together flawlessly...except for one MAJOR, 1,000lb mistake -- more on that later.
In one of the first meetings with our designer Max and I spotted this cabinet sample in the corner of the room. A quarter-sawn oak cabinet with the ever-so-slight detail frame. Modern, classic, minimal. From there, Jen got to work on the renderings and came up with this awesome design. Next up: the slab backsplash. Surprisingly, the hardest part.
I mean come on, it was a BIG (cost + size) deal! And the process of 1. finally selecting a slab, 2. making sure it was within our budget and 3. securing the hold was (not to be dramatic, but for honestly) an emotional rollercoaster. There were tons of trips down to the slab centers and it seemed like every time we thought we finally decided on the perfect one, it was either misplaced, already sold, or damaged.
Finally, we found THE ONE. A stunning, Blue Roma Quartzite in a leather finish, with just the perfect soft blue/green color and black, thin, horizontal veining. We approved, designer approved, reserved by fabricator. Done. Day of install it took six guys to mount the 1,000lb slab on the kitchen wall. It was finally up and it wasn't going anywhere, ever. One small problem, it was the wrong one. NO JOKE. I was ugly crying to our builder over the phone. There was nothing we were going to be able to do about it now. Instead of delivering the exact slab we selected #1 of 22 Blue Roma Quartzite block, we now had #21. To be honest, it could have been a whole lot worse and after a few weeks it began to grow on me. A full-size quartzite slab backsplash -- come on, STUNNING.
Award-winning? We think so.
It's actually a contender in the Luxe Red Awards 2021 Kitchen category. Please support our designer by going to: www.luxeredawards.com; select category: Kitchen; scroll and select the image of our kitchen + vote.
Walnut custom butcher block: Grothouse
54" Premier Magic Lung® Designer Series Vent-A-Hood in black + brushed brass finish
Dal Tile Quartz Countertops in Broadway Black
Brizo LITZE® Faucet in luxe gold
Kelly Wearstler pendants
Arteriors Home Stefan sconces
La Cantina 32' long x 10' tall sliding door
Bauhaus Ashley Norton cabinet hardware
One of my favorite design elements is the under counter built-in shelves, which provide utility -- the perfect spot to store our serve-ware -- and form, flanking the corner butcher block countertop. Speaking of function, that gorgeous walnut butcher block countertop will one day host an epic charcuterie and cheese spread. One day.
Hoping to roll these posts out once a week, revealing one space at a time. Stay connected to hear more about the design and see the finished space. You can follow along and see more from this project on our IG @maxrombakh or Facebook account. Also, check out the first 2 episodes of our 3-part webseries following the build of THE ESTATE on our website.
Photography: Matthew Gallant with Clarity Northwest
Rendering: Jennifer Kowlaski, Six Walls Designs