After years of shooting other people’s houses, photographer
Valerie Wilcox sees her own kitchen have its moment in the spotlight. We sat down with her and designer Laura Goard of Square Footage to chat about the newly-renovated kitchen adorned with natural wood cabinets, Scandinavian-style accents and smart storage.
“Two stools tucked into the peninsula means that my husband, Colin, and I can do meal prep while also helping our six-year-old son, Calvin, with his homework and crafts,” says Valerie.
Flat-front, mid-century modern–style cabinets made in maple double as a kitchen pantry and dining hutch. “The warm wood is clean and uncluttered without looking sterile. A low-sheen finish makes the wood look less traditional, too,” says Laura.
“I love to cook, but I wanted to hide all the appliances,” says Valerie. “Laura accomplished this by putting the fridge behind the peninsula.” A woven footstool lets Calvin reach the pantry.
A Shaker-style peg rail offers utility and charm, and is an unexpected alternative to open shelves for display. The faucet’s dramatic gooseneck offsets the kitchen’s straight lines while its matte black finish maintains sleek Scandinavian appeal.
White tile set in a graphic triangular pattern is a budget-friendly alternative to covering all the walls in marble.
Author: Emily Evans
House & Home August 2019
Laura Goard, Square Footage