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Hagley Plantation Kitchen Design

Today I'm featuring a kitchen design project for a home right here in Pawleys Island, SC.

This remodel is scheduled to get underway in January 2021 and the homeowners are very excited. The house was originally built in the 80's and is need of some renovating. The kids are all grown and the homeowners have decided now is the time to make improvements and invest in what will be their forever home.


The house is a transitional style with a high sloped valued ceiling over the main living area. You can see the kitchen peeking through the pass through window where the ceiling lowers to 8'. The goal is to demo out this wall and open everything up as much as possible. The homeowners will be working with their builder to best determine how to deal with this load bearing wall and a column or two may wind up in the final plan. Here are some photos of their current kitchen and living room that will eventually become one large space.



The clients are envisioning a new modern coastal kitchen that feels light, airy and open. They requested white perimeter cabinets, to use the extra hardwood flooring from their living room in the new kitchen, selected their appliances and plumbing fixtures and threw the ball to me! They are working with a local cabinet builder who designed their cabinets so I created this basic floor plan below to show island size, light fixture placement and approximate size breakfast table and rug they will need.

Now you know the project set up, let's talk DESIGN! If you know me at all, you know I follow and preach a proven 10-step design process that I use for all of my projects. And if you want a sneak peak and cheat sheet of what steps to take and in what order, you can grab my free guide right here.



Keeping the design vision of a modern coastal kitchen in mind, I got to work on the best design options for paint colors, tile, countertops, cabinet hardware and light fixtures. Knowing we were going with a shade of white for the perimeter cabinets, my first order of work was to find out what the trim color was in the house which turned out to be Benjamin Moore's standard interior white PM-2. This helped guide the exact shade of white we chose for the main cabinets which was SW 7005 Pure White. Next was choosing the island color which was easy playing off the color of the oversized sectional which sits right next to the kitchen and the gray paint color throughout the house HC-170 Stonington Gray. We chose HC-154 Hale Navy for the island color shown on the far right paint swatch below.



Choosing a backsplash is always hard because it's like picking out candy from a candy store! Too many fun choices! Above are some of the options we considered for a decorative insert to work with white subway tile but in the end, we decided on the tile shown on the design board below. I recommended a quartz countertop because of it's amazing low maintenance requirements and the homeowners loved the Quartz Calacutta. Here is the final design board showing all of the materials working together. They are still deciding on the exact cabinet hardware but we both really like this squared edge stainless style shown.

I can't wait to see this project get underway and come to life over the next couple of months. I'll be sure to take pictures and post them as soon as I can #hagleyplantation. If you are working on a kitchen design of your own or are just dreaming of one in your future, come on over and join me in my new FB group Kitchen, Baths and Mudrooms by Design. Every week I solve one busy moms design challenge to help her create her very own dream kitchen! See you soon!

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