Kitchen designed by Dan and John Life in South Orange, NJ.

To create this “urban farmhouse” style kitchen in South Orange, NJ, Dan and John Life envisioned a new layout that would optimize the former kitchen space for their clients.

The old kitchen had lost its charm (when cabinet doors and drawers refused to close, and tiles popped off the countertops).

In the redesign, counter space would be gained, and the range would no longer be jammed into the corner.  Instead the range would become the focal point, centered at the end of the space.

Kitchen and Living Room designed by Dan and John Life in South Orange, NJ.From the initial sketch, clients Michele and John loved the new design vision.

Kitchen Sketch SquareAnd they became very excited when we asked if they could picture the range in a bold accent color — instead of stainless steel.

Kitchen and Living Room designed by Dan and John Life in South Orange, NJ.Michele and John enthusiastically said “Red!”  And so, the Bertazzoni stove was the first appliance (and red the first color) our clients chose for their project.

The old kitchen cabinetry would be removed…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto make room for new gray base cabinets and white upper cabinets (with white small brick subway tiles on the backsplash wall in between).

Kitchen and Living Room designed by Dan and John Life in South Orange, NJ.And the formerly tiled floor got a warm makeover with wide wood planks.

The quirky area under the stair…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwas neatly redesigned as a home for the refrigerator.

Kitchen and Living Room designed by Dan and John Life in South Orange, NJ. We guided Michele and John through all design decisions on their project, tailoring choices to our client’s preferences while maintaining the design vision.

The cluster of mason jar pendants is a perfectly styled lighting solution above their island (selected by Michele from Pottery Barn).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore design details are shown in the gallery below (hover over the thumbnail images to read captions).

We are our clients saying? … we “LOVE our new kitchen!”

Click here to read Michele’s review of Dan and John Life.

live.  enjoy.  repeat.

Photo credit and thanks to: James Leynse Photography for the great ‘after’ photos (excluding detail shots)

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