Texas designer Erin Williamson turned the tired kitchen in her 1970s Tudor home into a bright, happy space for cooking and hanging out with her family. “The previous iteration was pretty dark and cramped,” Williamson says. “The finishes were dated, and the layout was not serviceable for a family of four.” By removing a dividing wall, the remodel combined an existing kitchen and dining room into a flowing and functional space where the family could cook and dine together.
Photos by Erin Williamson
Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: Interior designer Erin Williamson and her family
Location: Austin, Texas
Size: 275 square feet (25.5 square meters)
As a nod to the home’s Tudor architecture, designer Erin Williamson used quarter-sawn walnut cabinets that were given a dark stain using Rubio Monocoat. She brightened up the space with porcelain chevron tile floors and Caesarstone countertops in Fresh Concrete. “I wanted to keep it clean and simple, but have a traditional air,” Williamson says. “I also wanted to keep the walls really clean with no shelving.”
To create a flowing open-concept space, Williamson eschewed a kitchen island and instead grounded the space with a stylish antique Turkish rug.
The corner sink and windows made it cumbersome for Williamson to tile the wall, so she shied away from a traditional backsplash and instead painted the walls in Farrow & Ball’s subtle purple-gray Peignoir. “This makes it easy to change,” Williamson says. “If I get tired of it, I’ll paint over it.”
To tuck appliances out of sight, she concealed the refrigerator behind white-painted millwork and the dishwasher behind dark walnut wood. Williamson’s dishwasher has two drawers, allowing her to wash two separate loads. “I love it,” she says. “It’s so handy!”
A 1970s Pierre Cardin chandelier illuminates the cheery eat-in kitchen. The back of the banquette is upholstered in an S. Harris tweed, and the cushion is covered in a faux leather so spills wipe up easily. A tulip table with a walnut top adds a modern edge while also tying into the walnut used throughout. And for additional seating, Williamson paired black cane-back chairs from CB2 with the contemporary table. Vintage sconces, abstract art, vibrant pillows and ethereal draperies add coziness to the dining area.
“I gave the dining area an identity by adding a few glamorous touches while keeping it simple and clean,” Williamson says. “It’s minimal but still interesting, so it feels like an inviting destination.”
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