A Kitchen So Nice, She Designed it Twice!

We’re pleased to introduce a new addition to the blog team, Nicole Goetz! NG HeadshotNicole has been a designer for decades, and we’re looking forward to the insights and expertise she’ll share here on Sips & Tips. Today, she’s bringing us a kitchen that she redesigned—twice!

The Power of Referrals

My family had a kitchen and bath design and contracting business, so I grew up in the industry. It was 2001 when I first met the Hopple family; however, they weren’t new to my family business, as we had just completed multiple projects at their brother’s house. Jenny and Sam were adding an addition to their home and needed a larger kitchen for their expanding family. At the time, their three kids were still pretty little: Abby was 5, Grayson was 3 and a new baby boy, Grant, was on the way.Photo Sep 17, 8 59 02 PM

We designed an open and warm space for them with a honey finish on traditional raised panel doors with dark granite countertops and a dual-purpose island. (These first cabinets were from a custom cabinetry shop, not Medallion). There were a few design challenges to work with in the kitchen that I’d be faced with again down the line—especially that support beam!

Repeat Business

As the family lived and loved in the space, the style of the early 2000’s…did not stand the test of time. The Hopples also found that the way they used their kitchen was changing. They frequently host events and get-togethers in the home and Abby, Grayson, and Grant are all grown up and inviting their friends over, too! So by 2018, they’d decided it was time to remodel.

I’d seen my father’s projects come full circle many times in his career and he had shared that this was true sign of your talent and skill as a designer.  I was officially honored to come into the next phase when the Hopples contacted me to revisit their home again so many years later. Unfortunately, my father had passed away and I was unable to share in that joy with him. I was working with Mark Wishnow of Wish Kitchens and Baths doing design and consulting on various projects and asked if we could tackle this project together. We made this kitchen come to life in a rejuvenated and refreshed way.

Color Trends

Mark and I took the warm kitchen with butterfly granite and transitioned to taupe, grays and browns.  We mixed Medallion finishes in rich gray Peppercorn for the perimeter and Smoke stain with lots of distressing, giving it that timeworn look for the island.  Photo Jun 18, 5 58 49 PMWe tied it all together with white quartz and a tile backsplash that pulled the gray veining from the countertop.  The countertop helps all the tones of taupe play nicely within this large space.  The Hopples really wanted to keep the custom wine bar my father had crafted in the first design, so we incorporated its buttery tones into soft goods to keep the piece relevant with our new vision.

The Hopples had a very honey-toned cherry kitchen table in the first design, and replaced it with a Pottery Barn trestle table in a warm, weathered gray finish. It plays really nicely with the kitchen cabinets!

Problem Solving

With the kitchen having that problem post in the middle of the space, we came up with a plan to make the post feel like it has always belonged. We landed on an eating space to the left and a beverage station to the right. Having the slightly angled end allows the kitchen to open up nicely to the informal dining and great room.  Using the same footprint of the original space, we brought the island more into the center of the kitchen and added a microwave drawer to keep the counters clean and not detract from the wall cabinets.

Hardware Selections

My favorite way to make a project feel more custom is to take the time to have hardware fit, feel and function properly on the cabinet. It’s important to keep the hardware proportionate to the size of the drawer or door. I like to mount waste bin hardware horizontal on the door stile, this gives everyone the ‘pull here to look inside’ placement.  I went a step further and did two different finishes on the island and perimeter to keep pushing that this isn’t a basic kitchen remodel.Photo Jun 18, 5 16 25 PM

Function x’s 2

Two sinks, two waste-bins, two ovens: this kitchen doubles up on all the kitchen essentials. Jenny and Sam love to bake and host their annual holiday parties.  She wanted the function of double ovens, but also desired more counter space to spread out while cooking. We decided on a range and a separate single oven in the island to achieve multiple baking centers while gaining the most counter space. Having a larger prep sink and secondary waste-bin allows multiple cooks in the kitchen.

Going back to snap photos recently, the home feels much different as the kids have now grown to be young adults—they fill the space in an entirely different way. It will always be important to the Hopples to have a welcoming kitchen. We have managed to meet this goal with each design function and layout throughout the years. Who knows, maybe I’ll be 60 when I get to do it all again!


Door Style: Calistoga, Reverse Raised Panel

Perimeter Finish: Cherry – Peppercorn – Ebony, Glaze & Highlight

Island Finish: Alder – Smoke – Ebony Highlight

Wall color: SW Shiitake

Tile: Dune – DekoStock – Purity – Mink Glossy

Hardware: Amerock – Westerly shown in Graphite and Oil Rubbed Bronze

Countertop: MSI Quartz Statuary Classic 

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