A Cozy, Chic Kitchen

Jean Stoffer Kitchen

Over the weekend, I stumbled across kitchen and bath designer, Jean Stoffer’s Instagram page. I was struck by the Michigan-based designer’s ability to create spaces that are at once classic and warm, yet feel fresh and timely. Her website showcases several beautiful projects, but my favorite might be Jean’s own, recently completed kitchen. The timeless palette is composed of warm white with a few wood accents. You’ve probably noticed the wooden beams on the vaulted ceiling that add great texture and the lovely walnut top on the kitchen island. The black -framed windows feel fresh and current as do the brass, articulating-arm sconces. Meanwhile, the creamy white cabinetry, white ceramic subway backsplash tile with dark grout, and polished nickel bridge faucet and farm sink are about as classic and enduring as can be. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Jean Stoffer Kitchen 2

{The oushak runner adds a touch of color and texture to the otherwise neutral kitchen. This is a very good example showcasing that you can in fact mix metal finishes– the lantern is aged iron, the sconces are aged brass, the faucet is polished nickel, while the cabinet hardware is antique nickel. The warm undertones and unlacquered finishes make the various materials work.}

Jean Stoffer Kitchen 3

{Jean says she likes putting ranges into an alcove setting because it makes extracting steam easy and contains the mess to one area. You’ll notice the cabinetry here was painted black and she used a dark countertop  and marble backsplash for contrast.}

Jean Stoffer Kitchen 4

{Near the range, Jean added a convenient alcove for things like oils and spices.}

Jean Stoffer Kitchen 5

{People often treat kitchens as purely utilitarian spaces, so I love it when people (myself included) add decorative, personal touches such as art and potted topiaries.}


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