Houston Kitchen Designers Shine With Own Redo
Houston kitchen designers Wayne Franks and Lisha Maxey have conquered another remodel – and this time, it’s their own!
“We wanted a contemporary, somewhat commercial look since we’re expanding into interior kitchen design in Houston,” says Lisha, Wayne’s senior designer – and fiancée. “But we also wanted something homey with a comfy, family feel – and we couldn’t go too contemporary, since the style of the home is so traditional.”
Well, the Cypress duo has pulled it off – with this stylish update hitting all the right notes.
The clean, contemporary, white-black-and-grey color scheme is just the beginning of this transformation from the previous kitchen:
The revamped 20-by-15-foot kitchen and adjoining dining area also features new stainless steel appliances by Maytag, lighting and furnishings by Restoration Hardware and countertops in white Carrara marble and Absolute Black honed granite.
The paneled oak cabinets are now painted a crisp, bright white and finished off with polished nickel pulls. The center island is now a cool grey a few shades darker than the warm grey on the walls. On top of the grey on the new sheetrock, previously covered in a camel-colored textured paint, is Sherwin Williams’ Faux Impressions sparkly “Striae Quartz Stone.”
Ho-hum 12-inch ceramic floor tiles with a western motif border have been replaced with grey tile “planks” resembling distressed wood. An oak-paneled flush-mount light fixture has given way to recessed lights and barn pendant lamps in oil rubbed bronze from Restoration Hardware. And the section housing clunky upper and lower banks of cabinets between the kitchen an dining area now has a sleek counter-turned-table with custom-milled legs.
“At first, we wanted to open up that section altogether, but then realized we needed more counter space,” explains Lisha. “The table – a continuation of the granite countertop – was the perfect solution. Plus, it offered space for extra seating.”
The black, high-back and low-back bar stools, she adds, are also from Restoration Hardware – as is the new round chandelier and the dining table over which it hangs.
As you can see from the photo and video above, Wayne and Lisha also took out a wall between the kitchen and living room and remodeled the adjoining living room as well. A decorative cedar beam stained Minwax Jacobean now spans the ceiling where the wall once stood.
The oak paneling and stairway railings in the living room, meanwhile, also got a coat of white paint and new window treatments and light fixtures from Restoration Hardware. Staining the top handrailing with the same Jacobean dark stain, however, boosted the new contemporary look even more.
Wayne and Lisha’s outdoor living space also got a revamp, with a new patio ceiling also stained Jacobean and new outdoor furniture and outdoor area rug from Restoration Hardware. The furniture is from the Klismos collection, in weathered zinc, with Sunbrella fabric in the color “Smoke.”
Here’s a video of the new living room and patio:
“We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” says Wayne. “And it definitely shows our capabilities when it comes to interior and commercial kitchen design.”
Does your kitchen need a revamp – inside or out? Just contact us! Wayne and Lisha can make it happen!
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