Kitchen is very important when you design and build a house for sale. Buyers wish to imagine how they gather, cook and enjoy meals at the heart of their home.

In her new Pacific Palisades project Sheryl Schey who is a principal at White Picket Fence in Santa Monica (California) mixed classic modern metallic tiles, Shaker cabinetry, reclaimed boards and a deep blue color. The harmonious and unique blend of modern and traditional elements looks gorgeous, no matter what style you prefer.

Who lives in the house: The project was recently bought by a young family with two children.
Located: Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles
Площадь: About 360 square feet (34 square meters)


Schey says she is inspired by the way she cooks at home. Her approach to kitchen design is based on her own experience and comfort in her surroundings. In this particular kitchen the designer preferred a transitional style and combined modern and traditional elements.

Schey likes mixing different materials and uses light and dark colors in contrast with each other. She greatly balanced something new and something old, something blue and something borrowed.

Something borrowed: The designer used furnishings like the Lucite counter stools, contemporary chairs, glass kitchen table and cowhide rug. White and clear materials match all the major elements like the island and the ceiling.

Tip: Combine traditional and modern looks in one element. The classic Shaker cabinets are very modern, like sleek hardware and the toe kick.


Something new: Strong and clean Silestone countertops look great in contrast with the rustic rough-hewn boards on the ceiling. A modern touch is a metallic backsplash that reflects the light.

Tip: To lighten up a space, use reflective surfaces. Schey says she always incorporates glass cabinets in the kitchen, as they оpen up the space. Glass doors, stainless steel appliances and vent hood as well as metallic tiles perfectly reflect the light spreading it around. Extra shine is made by caged pendant lights and polished hardware.


Something old: The designer used reclaimed boards throughout the house. The inspiration came from the right reclaimed wood boards she used on the ceiling. The classic touch is white oak floors.

Tip: You can define a space by the ceiling. The vintage boards define the kitchen’s main work area, from the island to the countertops.


Something blue: The space is grounded by the large island – it provides a beautiful focal point. The entire kitchen is oriented around this blue piece.

Tip: Use the bright color on just one large object.



A butler’s pantry provides great modern-day functionality and is a traditional architectural touch. You can store beverages and china there. It is also a useful transitional zone between the dining room and a kitchen.

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