This stunning kitchen update is a bolt from the blue.
Photography by Chad Davies
Interior Design: Katrina Stumbos
Contractor: Mark Thompson
Painter: Rob Miller
Carpenter: Jerry Schmit
By Catherine Warmerdam
WHEN THE HOMEOWNERS of a 1964 Carter Sparks home in Sacramento’s Wilhaggin neighborhood decided to revamp their dark, outdated kitchen, they were intent on respecting the home’s midcentury bones while at the same time creating a space that speaks to how they live today. That meant coming up with a design to make entertaining easy (they often host fundraisers at the residence) and daily living comfortable and informal.
Interior designer Katrina Stumbos hit the mark by creating a room that she describes as “a little fun but also refined—it’s a totally sophisticated kitchen where you can entertain and that your family can gather around.” The look, which Stumbos dubbed “midcentury farmhouse,” incorporates traditional elements done with a twist, such as Shaker cabinets painted an unexpected navy blue. The result is a kitchen that feels both fresh and familiar and is oh so beautiful.
1. The 12-foot island is capped with a white Silestone countertop that was given “a beefed-up edge to give it heft,” says Stumbos.
2. The refined barn-light sconce was designed by a local maker
3. The wide-plank acacia hardwood floor was chosen for its rich color and durability. “It holds up well in high-traffic areas,” says Stumbos.
4. The vintage pendant lights, which the homeowner purchased on Etsy, were powder-coated in gold to match the rest of the kitchen hardware.
5. The faucets by Newport Brass are done in a satin gold finish, which complements the shimmer of the backsplash and brings warmth to the entire kitchen.
6. “The backsplash was a big splurge,” says Stumbos. The custom mix of glass tiles by Oceanside Glasstile has “a subtle beauty that we designed the kitchen around.”
7. Stumbos chose unfussy cabinet pulls by Atlas Homewares. The champagne-gold finish adds a sense of luxury.
8. The island sits atop raised legs that are in keeping with the home’s midcentury-modern architecture.
9. The homeowner “wanted to take a risk with color on the cabinets,” says Stumbos. After much deliberation, Dunn-Edwards’ Parisian Night emerged as the winning hue.