Caroline Pinkston's Kitchen Reveal
Meet Caroline Pinkston and Jenn Rose Smith, two young professionals who work for the popular lifestyle blog, Camille Styles. While both interior design lovers by nature, neither work professionally in the field. Caroline works as the Director of Partnerships for the blog, and Jenn Rose as an art director and writer. So when it came time for Caroline to remodel her kitchen, you can imagine Jenn Rose's surprise when Caroline asked her to be the one to design it. With excellent taste and a knack for visualizing spaces, Caroline had no doubts Jenn Rose was the obvious choice for the job and lucky for her, Jenn Rose was up for the challenge.
All Photography by Molly Culver | 5131 Calacatta Nuvo
Caroline and her husband Christopher purchased a beautiful, ranch-style home in Cherrywood, Texas. The challenge was to transform the mid-century house, which was filled with dated appliances and bland design, from drab to darling. Another twist to the project? It all had to be completed by the time Caroline’s baby would be born in late August.
Caroline and Jenn Rose decided to uplift the cabinetry with a fresh coat of cheery, green paint. While Caroline initially had her reservations about the bold color, she was quick to fall in love with it after she took the plunge and saw the finished cabinets. Light wood-inspired laminate replaced difficult-to-clean checkered flooring and Calacatta Nuvo countertops balance out the richness of the cabinet color.
The countertops have a light veining which helps bring in an element of modernity to an otherwise traditional white countertop. Additionally, having a baby is a messy job, which is why Caroline made sure all of her kitchen appliances are easy to clean and maintain—especially her countertops.
Caroline and Christopher traded in their old refrigerator for a stainless steel model with French-style doors and a freezer drawer. This upgrade allows them to have additional storage for baby food, salads and wine (at least that’s what we'd stock our fridge with!).
The previous pendant light shades used over the island were replaced with two that Camille had handy. An additional light in the center of the kitchen boasting black finishes helps to pull the space together. Flat black hardware was used to complement the green cabinets and light counters.
Want to have open shelving without compromising on storage? Take a page out of Jenn Rose and Caroline’s book: replace a select few of your kitchen cabinets with open shelves but leave your upper cabinets in place. This helps to open up your space and make it feel more modern while still ensuring there is plenty of room for baby bottles and chocolate bars (again, just what we would want in our cabinets).
A thoroughly unique and breathtaking brick-inspired backsplash wraps around the kitchen and extends from countertop to open shelving. Meanwhile, a small, ornately decorated rug and warm toned bud vases provide additional pops of color.
The project was finished just in the nick of time: baby Tom was born mere days after this photoshoot took place! We wish Caroline, Christopher, Tom and their furry feline friend nothing but health, happiness and plenty of new memories in their newly renovated kitchen!