It’s not such a stretch to assume that a family that lives near the beach would want to connect with the water, but this home in Pacific Palisades, California, required some updating before it truly felt like a beach-side retreat. Designer Sarah Barnard helped the homeowner change what had been an older, traditional space into an eco-friendly, family-friendly kitchen with seaside style.
“The homeowners’ desire to create a family-friendly kitchen that stylistically highlighted the beach led to the marriage of the features we selected,” Sarah says. “For instance, the kitchen cabinetry with the routed panels in the doors are sort of an old time traditional look, but they are paired with the modern counter-tops, which have little bits of glass and shell in them.”
A good idea for anyone who wants to blend old and new is to retain at least some of the existing features. For instance, an original exposed brick wall in this home’s kitchen lends an eye to the home’s roots, but the homeowner wasn’t initially sold on keeping it in place. “We heavily contemplated what to do with the wall at the onset of the project,” Sarah says. “We thought about veneering over it or drywalling it, but as the construction took shape around it, we progressively lessened our attack on it, and by the end, everyone decided they liked it and that it should be left alone.”
Sarah Barnard’s Checklist of Must-Haves for a Stylish, Family-Friendly Kitchen
• Display your favorite art. This homeowner has several of her personal art pieces in the home. Even if a designer selects much of your decor, you can add a personal touch by hanging a few of your favorite wall hangings, whether they’re photographs, artwork you purchased or your child’s drawings.
• Remember your context. Pick up a material that has meaning to your home’s location. For instance, in this home, Sarah had counter-tops imbued with pieces of glass and shell installed to reflect the home’s proximity to the beach.
• Spend now to save later. Buy quality materials, Sarah says. “If you are planning to be in your home for a long time, buy the best quality materials you can afford to save money later. Remember—if your sink breaks, you may damage your counter replacing it, costing you a lot down the road.”
Written by Torrey Kim
Styled by Sarah Barnard
Photographed by Charles Metivier