All the Deets: How we created this luxury New Traditional Coastal kitchen

We recently completed a beautiful, custom, new construction home located on the water in St. Petersburg, FL. The charming family that built this dream home loves a classic style, but wanted to make it comfortable and reflect the coastal setting as well. Keeping this in mind, we designed the interiors to complement the overall architecture and setting. Today, we are focusing on the luxury kitchen: the hub of any house. This one does NOT disappoint!

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Detailed Cabinetry and High End Appliances

This busy, young family has two kids in elementary school and they really needed to use all their living space. So, it was important for them to have a fully functional luxury kitchen that they would be able to relax in and enjoy spending time in as a family. We carefully pour over every aspect of the kitchen with our clients prior to finalizing the design. Our aim is to have no wasted space and consider where every item will be placed in the kitchen. Before the client moves in, we know where all of their small appliances, utensils, dishes, and even cookie sheets will go in the kitchen! We integrated in many functional features such as Wolf Sub-Zero appliances under counter refrigerator drawers. You can never have enough refrigeration storage and it makes it easy for kids to access drinks and snacks themselves. Win-win.

Part of our detailed interior drawings

Another key point of any luxury modern kitchen is cabinetry detail. With regards to adding detail, we chose to design custom cabinetry to create a unique curved pattern. This detail elevated the cabinetry from ho-hum to holy moly! Similarly, the detail of the extra large moldings are modern in scale, but traditional in their profile. Two toned cabinets and islands are nothing new. However, we did two toned cabinetry with a twist. We used a modern deep walnut stain and a creamy white (Benjamin Moore- White Dove) and put them right next to each other. This gorgeous effect worked because we maintained the look of symmetry with how we laid out the colors. Lastly, we integrated in LED lighting in the glass interiors of the cabinetry for additional ease of use. This kitchen is a head turner for sure!

 Interior Design by Studio M
Photography by Uneek Image
Interior Design by Studio M – Photography by Uneek Image


Unique Marble and Mixed Metals

There are so many details to consider in a kitchen. Not only are the cabinets a main focus of a luxury kitchen, but the counter and backsplash add a layer of texture and color. The beautiful calacatta marble throughout mirrors the color of the cabinetry. We selected our slabs from Vermont Quarries. This marble has darker gold and gray veins running through it, so it adds more warmth than your typical gray veining. We did a 3cm thickness and a leather finish on the marble which gave it a really unique texture. This finish is designed to give it a much more soft sheen and bring out the veining in the natural material. We love the contrast it provides against the dark wood grain. We also love using mixed metals in our kitchens. There are so many pretty finishes available now and by mixing in several you give your space a layered look. The custom hood was made by Francois and Co. in pewter with brass accents. We used polished nickle for the faucet and hardware. The counter stools have just a hint of brushed brass to pick up the accent on the hood.

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Striking Accents

We chose blue as the accent color for almost the whole house to enhance the coastal surroundings. We used a soft blue leather for the Hickory Chair counter stools to add some color to the room. Honestly, we never tire of ginger jars in a kitchen: such a classic statement. The results were spectacular!

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Breakfast Nook

There is a relaxed breakfast nook that overlooks the water just off the kitchen. We continued the color scheme of white with blue accents. Everything in this space was selected knowing that it would be used daily. Durability and cleanability were a MUST! When choosing fabrics and finishes for a breakfast nook, we always like to use performance fabrics and faux leathers for easy clean up. The faux leather on the seat and back has a subtle texture and they are so buttery soft you’d swear the seat was fabric! We used a Crypton performance fabric in a blue print by JF Fabrics. If you are not familiar with how Crypton fabrics perform, click here! Water and stains are literally repelled from the fabric itself. It is the perfect solution for families with kids (or really anyone- hello, life happens!).

The breakfast nook banqutte was custom designed and built locally to perfectly fit the space. The vertical channeling is beautiful and keeps it from looking too basic. The extra long oblong table was also custom designed by our designers and built locally. It’s made of a hard wood species and we finished it in the same dark walnut stain as the cabinetry. A stain and water spot repellant sealer was built-in to the finish to help with easier clean up. We are in love with the painted Chippendale chandelier from Lowcountry Originals that perfectly compliments the painted pendants hanging above the island. We used a custom paint color by Benjamin Moore in Misty Blue. The results of all things combined are a serene, beautiful place where the family can really relax and kick back without worrying about compromising the look of their room.

Interior Design by Studio M – Photography by Uneek Image

Our clients were thrilled with how everything turned out. They use every space in the kitchen and have ample space for all their things and room to grow. We love being a part of creating a happy home for our favorite families! Stay tuned for the bright and elegant living room reveal soon!