How To Add An Addition To Your House Without It Feeling TOO New (+ A Classic Yet Trend Forward Kitchen Island Extension You Need To See)

Issues can get difficult if you add an addition to a house. I feel Emily can attest to that with the farmhouse. The added area is superior however you must ensure that it doesn’t really feel too “new construct” in order that it seems prefer it nonetheless belongs with the unique construction. Effectively, that’s precisely what designer Rosy Alexander did for her shoppers with this kitchen/lounge addition.

As is the case with most desired kitchens, this one wanted to be sensible for his or her massive and frequent household gatherings but additionally have it look very well designed (I imply why else rent a gifted designer like Rosy?). So that they selected an ethereal, Scandinavian-inspired design and that’s precisely what they received. Oh, and simply wait till you see the island desk extension:)

Pendants | Blue Cupboards (in Evening Sky) | Limewash Wall Shade | Tile (in Weathered White) | Countertop | Faucet | Skylights

Since we’re BIG skylight individuals let’s discuss that first. We’re of the opinion that for those who can put in skylights, DO IT! I like how excessive the ceilings are within the addition and people skylights someway make them really feel even taller in one of the best ways. Nothing compares to pure gentle and particularly if you need an ethereal, Scandinavian really feel to your area. These ones are from Velux which Emily utilized in her mountain home bed room and is utilizing A LOT of them within the farmhouse.

How cool are these course of photographs?

However let’s get again to how Rosy made certain this addition didn’t really feel too “new”. First off, have a look at the window mouldings. Whereas they aren’t tremendous ornamental, they nonetheless really feel a bit extra conventional (possible talking to the unique construction) and hold it from feeling too trendy. They simply may have leaned onerous into the Scandinavian appear like Emily did with their home windows the mountain home which solely have a light-weight wooden inside body. That very same look would have utterly labored with this room however in all probability doesn’t work with the remainder of the house’s authentic design.

HOWEVER, have a look at the right distribution of the sunshine wooden accents. You may’t inform as simply on this photograph above however these floating cabinets assist to maintain the general design feeling gentle they usually visually steadiness and complement the darkish blue cupboards on the opposite aspect. Plus based on Rosy, it was the right place for her shopper’s collectibles and on a regular basis necessities (AKA an ideal place to indicate some additional character). Now please discover that little white oak cubby nook on the far decrease left. THEN discover that candy white oak trim on the highest of the tile and across the backside of the hood (these you possibly can see higher within the photograph beneath). There’s extra however we’ll discuss that in a sec.

Wine Fridge

Now onto another particulars just like the wall paint and tile selections. I do know it’s a little bit robust to see in these pictures however that’s limewash on the partitions in only a fairly heat white tone. I don’t know for those who’ve ever been in a room with that wall remedy but it surely’s fairly spectacular. It’s this secret texture that doesn’t essentially scream out at you at first however when you notice it’s there, you form of can’t take your eyes off of it. I’m certain that’s what it seems like when you find yourself on this room.

Then in fact you’ve that beautiful handmade zellige tile (these are the identical because the one’s in Emily’s LA kitchen). If one thing is handmade it’s almost assured that it’s going to solely add heat and texture to your area which is strictly what this tile does and did to this kitchen. Would a basic white subway tile have been fairly? Completely. However wouldn’t it have evoked the identical visible texture? No. It simply relies on the feel and appear you need.

Vary | Fridge | Wall Ovens | Drawer Pulls | Cupboard Knobs

See that hood white oak trim element??

After I requested concerning the option to go along with a stovetop and separate wall ovens, Rosy mentioned “The shoppers host and cook dinner so much, in order that they wished versatility and a number of cook dinner stations.” As NOT a cook dinner myself, I’m all the time curious concerning the equipment selections individuals make and why. How do you all really feel about this combo as a substitute of a full vary? Em did discuss a bit about it in our 2022 kitchen equipment traits submit for those who’re curious.

I additionally figured they had been large entertainers due to their wine fridge😉

Okay, I feel it’s lastly time to get into this kitchen desk island extension…

design by amber interiors | photograph by tessa neustadt | by way of all kinds of

This desk is my favourite a part of the kitchen. The joinery!! It’s a customized piece so naturally, I requested if that they had any inspiration photographs and this kitchen island above was their jumping-off level. I additionally requested why they selected doing an extension within the first place:

The tabletop was created out of necessity. My shoppers love to assemble across the desk and the kitchen. In Indian tradition, household gatherings are very a lot about sharing meals collectively, and the shoppers need their household and associates to have areas to assemble whereas they’re cooking. We commissioned Jacob Wolfe of Daswolfe from Charlotte, NC to create the desk extension, and he exceeded our expectation with the island fronts and tabletop.”

Barstools | Island (customized)

Whereas I like the Amber Inside’s Island (and the whole lot they design), I am keen on what Jacob got here up with. Easy however oh so particular. EHD’s favourite descriptors;) That cutout and beam actually have my coronary heart fluttering. I additionally love that it’s the identical top because the counter (the multi-level island has been popping up extra on my feeds) and that it’s narrower. This fashion there’s room for stools with out it overwhelming the area and it feeling tremendous crowded when household is round it.

Truly, your complete island is customized which is one thing they had been in a position to afford since they used Semihandmade cupboard fronts. It made their price range a bit extra versatile to splurge on these customized parts.

Ah, I haven’t even talked concerning the cupboards but! Effectively, I like that enormous wall full of different-sized compartments. I feel it makes it look a bit extra fascinating than the easier floor-to-ceiling single panels. In addition they virtually went with a black colour as a substitute of this blue. Black would have been fairly however the midnight blue is so inviting. Nonetheless, they nonetheless get that colour drama with these lovely black-honed counter tops and black {hardware}.

Wanna see the opposite aspect?

I beloved that she took the small print of the island and put them within the cabinetry on the opposite aspect of the room. I like the delicate patterns of textures of the textiles. HOP TIP: For a big area don’t be afraid to layer rugs! Jute rugs are often a lot extra reasonably priced so you should utilize that as your “BIG rug” after which layer a smaller (and softer) rug you’re keen on on high.

Additionally, I like that chair virtually an excessive amount of. The distinction to all the opposite lighter and softer tones helps to floor and have a slight edge to the area, plus balances all of the darkish tones within the kitchen.

So there you’ve it! Some addition and texture suggestions, lovely kitchen island inspo, and a chair that’s possible knocking your freaking socks off. Comfortable Tuesday!

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*Design and Photographs by Rosy Alexander

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