Bea’s BEE-utiful Real Life Kitchen

I’ve shared 2 other real-life Medallion kitchens with you in the past, a European-inspired Maryland kitchen and a chic Farmhouse-inspired one, but this week, I’m looking at a really special one—it’s in the home of our marketing production artist, Bea Osborn!

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The Osborns’ previous kitchen was built with the home in 1990, and Bea wasn’t crazy about the size and layout. Soffits were tricky to decorate, the peninsula blocked the kitchen off, and there wasn’t enough storage space.

The corner nearest the entryway gathered clutter, and the overall palette and styling just didn’t fit the simpler, more contemporary vibe of the rest of their home.

I cook a lot–it’s a functional kitchen.

The new kitchen definitely fits the bill!IMG_3014_straightened r.jpg

Love this little accent!

A cool but inviting palette of Peppered Appaloosa and Irish Crème updates the honey hues of the old kitchen.

Bea wanted to add more interest to the kitchen in addition to the two finishes, so she also used the Brookhill door style as an accent on the hutch and center island, which contrasts with the simplicity of Potter’s Mill flat panel on the perimeter.IMG_3028_r

Multi-width hickory flooring in a neutral brown and stone-look granite finish off a look that is reminiscent of the shores of the Great Lakes (like Minnesota’s own Lake Superior!)

But this space went through quite a few versions before this. Bea really thought through every element of her new kitchen…the finishes, door styles, appliance placements, and more.Bea-Kitchen-Rendering.jpg

new-sink-wall.jpgoverall2Just look at how the microwave moved from over the range in the original kitchen to a side wall to the center island!

That thoughtfulness led to decisions like changing the full-height glass mullion doors in one of the later designs to a stacked cabinet look in the final kitchen. Bea realized she’d want to use the cabinets right next to the cooktop to store more un-photogenic (but practical) ingredients and supplies. Glass mullions in the “splash zone” also require more cleaning.

Not only does Bea cook regularly, she also cans and jars honey from her own beehives (which I’ve gotten a chance to sample!) honey2

It was really important that the new kitchen made it easy. Enter her own personal baking zone—she moved her stand mixer from the countertop to a dedicated cabinet and added dry goods storage in a pull-out next door.IMG_2998_r

To get even more appliances and regularly-used items off the counters, Bea chose to put in an appliance garage to the left of the range. That space was previously a large full-depth pantry, which made the entryway feel tight. By pushing the cabinets back slightly, that walkway (and the whole kitchen) feel more open.IMG_2982-1.jpg

The narrow island is hits the perfect balance between usable space and an open kitchen with plenty of space to move. At 27”, it feels substantial without constricting walkways. There’s also seating for 2 (with an adjacent dining area for when her grownup kids come home for visits).IMG_3006_r

She also incorporated shelving for her many cookbooks into the island (she has one that has just recipes that use zucchini!), and created an organization station on the left wall with a mail drop/filing storage and a message center functional end.IMG_2956_r

Display was another big consideration when Bea was designing her kitchen. The wine hutch created space to display inherited glassware from her mother and grandmother that previously lived in storage boxes.


The backsplash tile from the range area was also carried into the back of the hutch.

Bea also displays her local-made pottery around the kitchen, especially on three open shelves to the right of the sink.

Two years after her big remodel, Bea is still loving the new kitchen.

This kitchen is used multiple times per day, for many different functions beyond cooking – yet it still impresses all who visit!

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