From dated to do-it-all, this beautiful kitchen remodel is able to withstand the wear and tear of little ones while protecting the planet and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. With Earth- and child-friendly materials, the space exudes eco-chic design.
Glass honeycomb-shape wall tiles are the starting point for this kitchen's garden-fresh palette. Delicate touches of pink, sky blue, and green set a soothing tone in the kitchen belonging to a high-energy family of five.
The kitchen's original red oak floors were kept in place and stained to reduce the waste of installing new flooring. A soft-white low-VOC paint was applied to the walls, millwork, and cabinetry, as well as the custom range hood, counter stools, and bench in the breakfast nook. Quartz-surfacing -- a nonporous material that resists mold and bacteria -- tops base cabinetry.
Window treatments, bar stools, and geometric backsplash tiles display a fresh palette of creamy white, apple green, and robin's egg blue. Custom upholstered cornices dress large windows that look out on a screen porch and the family's vegetable garden. Their cutout design frames the curvy shape of the hand-blocked botanical print.
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Stain- and scratch-resistant quartz-surfacing frames the island prep sink. A polished-nickel faucet complements hardware with a similar finish as well as shiny mercury glass pendants.
Glass-front latch-lock cabinets display a collection of cookbooks and ceramic serving pieces. The locking cabinets protect them from the hands of little ones.
A cleanup zone enjoys verdant views. To the left of the sink, a dishwasher hides behind custom cabinetry panels. Mounted dishware on the wall continues the kitchen's garden-fresh green palette.
A pro-style range was a must-have for the homeowners, who are both avid cooks. The custom hood embraces the range's industrial aesthetic, but a gentle curve and painted finish softens the look.
To the right of the main refrigerator, two large refrigerated drawers contain overflow of fresh produce. Near the island, light-colored linen upholstery is vinylized for protection from spills and trimmed in blue linen and bronze nailheads for panache.
A third oven stands in for a typical microwave. Its high placement within cabinetry keeps it out of reach from young children and perfect for budding bakers.
A mercury-tipped bulb gives an industrial-style pendant decorative appeal. Its placement above the island provides task lighting for food prep and homework alike.
A hand-distressed finish on the base of a made-to-measure breakfast table camouflages scrapes and scuffs. The furniture's antique styling is juxtaposed with the modern scale of slate blue iron lanterns.
Zinc tops the breakfast table in a stunning yet functional display. Chosen for its natural durability, the zinc tabletop is able to withstand everyday dining, homework, and arts and crafts. Plus, the more it's used, the richer its patina becomes.