Wednesday, January 28, 2009

White Out

A while back I read a post about an Illinois McMansion on Cote de Texas.

The home's kitchen was designed by one of the most innovative Kitchen Designer's out there- Mick de Giulio of Chicago. It's featured in his residential portfolio, however it appears the Kitchen has undergone a remodel in the short 3 years since the house was built. A staging remodel no doubt, as the home is now for sale.


The original design by Mr. de Giulio is bolder with a color scheme of a deep blue, dark wood, and cream. The bookshelves that flank the fireplace were in this deep blue color, between cobalt and navy. As is the window trim.


The remodeled Kitchen features a more pure white and a Swedish influence. The bookshelves and window trim have been painted and bring a much lighter feel to the space. You now notice the features themselves rather than just their color.



The original island finish was a dark ebonized walnut. This too has gone to a lighter shade of pale and now matches the other painted woodwork in the space. The marble countertop looked especially pretty with the dark wood. I would have preferred to see this piece stay dark as it was, and contrast all the white. The use of baskets, open shelving, and the pot rack are very welcoming touches.


The backsplash tile is also different- the modern glass subway tile has been replaced with a traditional white version. Full height tiled backsplashes are one of Mr. de Giulio's frequent design elements, and again a detail for a true cook's kitchen.


I love that the tile brings a pattern to the kitchen, and I prefer this new tile- its more appropriate with the lighter wood finishes. And when your range costs as much as this beauty does, it should certainly take center stage!


The furniture appears to be the same, so I don't believe the owners have changed...just changed their color scheme. They've even kept the potted rosemary plants on the table in both versions. It seems the owners didn't want to totally erase the blue however- notice the striped grain sack draped over the upholstered ottoman.

Mick's ideas, specifications and finishes are top notch in quality, uniqueness and generally reflect a well funded budget. I am sure the home in Illinois is no exception- it is beautiful in photographs and I'm sure even more stunning in person.

To take a tour of this pretty home, click here.

To take this pretty home, new white paint and all, click here.


vicki archer said...

I love these before and afters - what a superb kitchen and family room. I love that La Cornue cooker - especially as it is double, now that would be a dream come true. xv

Courtney said...

It is always so interesting to see the before and after shots of a remodel. While I do find the blue window trim interesting (and it's a lovely shade,) in this space, I prefer the white much more.

Thanks too for visiting and commenting on my blog! xx

Cote de Texas said...

wow. great post. I really do not like that blue though. i wonder if it was photoshopped? hmmm. very strange!!! thank you so much for the shout out and link!!!

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