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Manhattan Loft Kitchen: Before + After

September 17, 2009

I’m so excited to share one of my recently completed projects, the kitchen of a Manhattan Loft Apartment.  I designed the entire residence and still need to have professional photography done for the MANDARINA STUDIO website but thought I’d post this snapshot in the meantime to show a ‘Before’ & ‘After’.   Some background about the project:  The client is a young single entrepreneur who leads a busy professional and social life;  he often works from home and entertains there as well.  The apartment is a duplex with the bedroom and terrace upstairs, but the main living area is an open plan loft style space.  Since the kitchen is open to the dining and living areas, the concept was to create a seamless, clean aesthetic that is contemporary, stylish with a bit of whimsy and fun!

Kitchen: Before

Kitchen: Before

Obviously, the before photo illustrates the many problems of the original kitchen, namely the country cabinetry, fascia that shields awkward spot lights (I still don’t understand this design), vinyl tile flooring and the disjointed overall appearance by the combination of stainless steel appliances with the white cabinets;  the space is just too small for this to be successful.   Given that this is a small kitchen (typical in Manhattan), my goal was to limit the amount of materials and ensure that they compliment the finishes in the adjacent living and dining areas.

Kitchen: After

Kitchen: After

The idea was simple: dark cabinets on the bottom to coordinate with some dark finish furniture in the adjacent rooms and light on top for a fresh, light look.  The wood base cabinets are actually a very dark gray while the top cabinets are a combination of white finish wood and back painted glass.  It is not evident in the photo but all of the wood cabinets have a beautiful horizontal texture finish that is quite unique and more interesting than the standard.  The combination of built-in appliances, wood panels on the face of appliances and elimination of cabinetry hardware creates a very streamlined, clean aesthetic which is further accomplished with the white Caesarstone countertops.  The peninsula bar was added for extra storage and to provide a serving space for entertaining.  The vinyl tile was replaced with wood that continues from the rest of the space.  Lastly, the glass backsplash done in green adds a bit of fun!  Would love to hear your thoughts.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. linda permalink
    September 17, 2009 1:22 pm

    It looks great! Congrats!!

  2. September 17, 2009 1:34 pm

    You are one of the best modern designers in the market. Great work Amanda. The green back splash brings life to the kitchen, Easy to clean and shows little dirt.
    Keep up the good work
    Chefross

  3. Professor permalink
    September 17, 2009 2:13 pm

    Wow! Great work! Would love to work with you in the future.

  4. September 17, 2009 2:23 pm

    Amazing work love!! Gorgeous!! Lots of love and luck to you!! xoxo

  5. renovategirl permalink
    September 18, 2009 10:19 am

    Very nice – I like the practical tops – dark is nice – but not so good for finger prints LOL

  6. September 18, 2009 7:44 pm

    Amanda, I love it – all of it!!! Hot apple green glass tres chic…can’t wait to work with you on a project!!!. LOL J

  7. September 19, 2009 3:03 am

    Wow, that is a serious before and after! I love it, it is just beautiful. That green backslash has got to be one of the coolest ones I’ve seen in a long time!

  8. September 24, 2009 5:14 pm

    Wow, Amanda, that’s really great. I love the white caesarstone because it brings it all together and balances out the color scheme. The edges are sharp yet forgiving. That light green is delicious, one of my favorite colors. Can you do my kitchen?

  9. Bob permalink
    September 30, 2009 2:12 am

    Great job i love it

  10. October 13, 2009 3:22 pm

    Hi there! I just featured your office redo on my blog! C’mon over and check it out! 🙂

  11. Marianne Serban permalink
    November 7, 2009 1:17 am

    Amanda, as usual you “wow” me. You are as great on small projects as on the bid ones; lucky owners of the new kitchen! I love it. May more.
    Marianne

  12. March 4, 2010 6:02 am

    So much more sleek and modern, LOVE it. What is the counter made from? Where was it purchased?

    Jen Ramos
    http://www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

  13. February 1, 2011 3:06 pm

    What a sweeping range of work. I love the clean design and dramatic use of color.

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