New Classic

When Leah and Paul Harbor hired Ashley Gilbreath to design a new home for their young family of five, they had an important request—a kitchen that was hard-working yet met Leah’s traditional style preferences.

There was one non negotiable design factor for the custom islandthe clients entire family had to be able to sit around it Five Serena Lily stools with easily wipeable vinyl cushions tuck under the islands overhang Designer Ashley Gilbreath ensured that the island was scaled appropriately for the kitchen <em>Photos by Laurey Glenn<em>

Ashley Gilbreath finding balance

Make a list of what your kitchen has to do. Do you need a double oven? A separate fridge and freezer? Your definitive list lets you know what tools must go into the space.

“There are so many cool appliance options out there, so don’t just go with something because you’ve heard of it,” Ashley says. “Do your research and be nit-picky.”

When guests open the front door they have a direct line of sight to the kitchen table and on to the living room beyond This high traffic area had to be open and high functioning Banquettes are a great way to maximize seating and create a visual break in a space Ashley says kids especially love to pile onto a banquette at mealtime

Appliances are typically dark, and their visual weight can distract from an otherwise light kitchen. Consider using cabinet-front panels to conceal them as Ashley did in this kitchen.

“When you’re positioning things, make sure you’re keeping your center line,” Ashley says. The statement range hood in this kitchen is balanced by a fireplace situated directly across the room.

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We tried to make sure your eye goes to the right places at the right time The range hood should be first Then its really a marriage of your wall colors trim color cabinet color cabinet hardware and flooring Ashley Gilbreath

What Makes It Traditional

“The range hood is really your artwork in a kitchen,” Ashley says. Because it takes up a lot of real estate, it is typically what first draws attention. This wooden range hood with applied brass strips definitely take center stage.

This 48-inch Ilve range from Ferguson reinforces the traditional style of the kitchen. The brass finishes echo the hood outline, cabinet hardware, and sink faucet for a cohesive look.

“Sometimes a mix of neutrals is the most difficult thing to execute correctly,” says Ashley. She used Farrow & Ball “Skimming Stone” for the cabinetry, Benjamin Moore “Thunder” for the hood, and “Mystery White” marble from Cottage Supply Company for the countertops and backsplash. When the undertones of the various hues align as desired, the kitchen appears timeless.

The inset cabinet details and furniture-like feet add an extra traditional touch to the kitchen. The upper-most cabinets, intended for storing occasional items, have brass mesh on their door fronts to draw the eye up with a bit of metallic shimmer. Grace Fabrications brought these thoughtful cabinet designs to life.

After the design was finalized, Ashley’s first step was finding a slab that would perfectly work with the space. The marble was fabricated into cabinet countertops, the island countertop, and a backsplash.

This bar/butler’s pantry is the pass-through between the kitchen and dining room. Grasscloth wallcovering and a soapstone countertop differentiate the space from the kitchen. Using lighting and accessories from Parish Shoppe and art from Catie Radney, Ashley created a space that she says feels Southern and classic but also young and fun.

Interior designer: Ashley Gilbreath, Ashley Gilbreath Interior Design Builder: Bob Hastings, Hastings Construction, Inc. Cabinets: Cole Reese, Grace Fabrications  Countertops: Cottage Supply Company Appliances: Ferguson Plumbing fixtures: Fixtures & Finishes

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Madison Pincombe

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