Somewhere between contemporary and updated traditional you’ll find this gorgeous kitchen by Ethan Charles Design. This Oak Park, CA renovation was done for a long-time friend and the fun details show how closely he worked with his friend-turned-client to make it a space they connect with. Keep scrolling to see how the collaboration turned out!
From the designer… The client is the parents of one of my closest friends in middle school. So, they have literally known me for 15 years – way before I ever thought about going into anything even remotely related to Interior Design. She reached out to me early last year to let me know that they were going to be moving out of their home (the one that I knew and hung out at) and into a new home in Oak Park. The new home was one that her parents left her that they had lived in for 40 years (before their passing), and it had never been renovated aside from some new flooring! They were downsizing to this home which was a single story and half the size of the home I knew. So, we knew some things had to be done!
We added a powder bath, and extended the house slightly and moved the kitchen over! The kitchen you see did not used to be there! We really wanted some fun ‘wow’ moments in the house when we started designing the spaces. The first thing that came to mind was the range… We knew we had to do something a bit different from the norm, and a classic Italian range seemed like the perfect focal point for the main wall of the kitchen. The second thing was the kitchen island, and our client wanted to do something really different and amazing with it. Hence the idea of wrapping the island on three sides was born! However, we didn’t just want it to be 90 degree angles with a regular waterfall edge and a slab front… So, we decided that angling in the front sides of the island was the best course of action! We hadn’t really seen it before so we thought it would be really amazing and different, and of course we had to wrap the windows in a zellige tile.
The project was a special one for me because of my personal relationship and history with our clients. It was a perfect example of trust and collaboration between a client and designer, and the result was a gorgeous kitchen!