Modern Colonial Remodel

Julie Sanfilippo

Share on:


Today we are sharing one of our favorite projects to date. When we met these clients we connected with them from the start. That’s super important because it’s been a long process (even longer thanks to the pandemic) but construction is about to kick off and we are so excited to see these changes come to life. Today we’re going to share some of the plans and talk about certain decisions that were made and why. Obviously this is a really condensed look at the process, but it definitely covers the highlights!


We always start with a consultation to get a better understanding of our clients needs and wish list. For this project the ask was to have a better flow and as much light as possible. They loved the big window they had in their breakfast nook area but hated that that nook backed up to the peninsula and the kitchen was super dark and not functional for their growing family. They also didn’t have a mudroom space, huge problem! They did have a full bathroom where they only needed a 1/2 bath.


As I mentioned above one of the biggest challenges for the layout was the bump out window for the breakfast nook because you couldn’t continue the kitchen run straight across. We originally tried to work a pantry into that space (as well as a couple of other options), but that meant losing the window which we knew would take away a lot of light – so they weren’t quite hitting the mark. We kept working through ideas and came to the solution below. It’s certainly not a straight forward/traditional kitchen layout but we were really excited about how it would function and keep the light. The best part? The homeowners loved it too! This remodel doesn’t just include the kitchen though, we also flipped the laundry and bathroom so we could fit a mudroom space in with the laundry. Removing the wall to the dining room and increasing the opening to the living room also help open up the flow and allows more light into the house.

The kitchen features a huge island with seating for 5, it also house the microwave, wine fridge and an extra oven. The stove area has tons of prep space by the nook window. We added some open shelves to the sides of the nook for a nice detail and a little extra storage. The sink centers over one of the 2 large windows overlooking the back yard.


Next we worked through the finish selections. The main cabinets will be white and the island will be a beautiful navy blue. Brass fixtures and hardware bring warmth to the space. the choices were selected to appeal to the couple’s modern style but still fit within the style of the home. Running the hardwoods through from the rest of the house makes the space flow and also brings warmth to the room.

The planning and selections and ordering area all in place so the next step is construction! We cannot wait to share the progress on this beautiful home!


The final reveal can be seen here.

Related Posts

Luxury Family Living
home Improvement
Erika Twohig

5 Tips for Luxury Family Living

Attaining livable luxury with your family can seem like an overwhelming task. However, if you are keen on creating a home your family will love, it is much simpler than you think. The key is to strike a balance between modern design and functional convenience. As Rhode Island Interior Designers we offer five tips for luxury family living. Whether you are buying or renovating a home, these tips will help you create a space that speaks of comfort and luxury.

Read More »
Kitchen remodel
Interior Designer Blog
Julie Sanfilippo

Kitchen Remodel: Beautiful Cedar Point Project Reveal!

Our amazing clients (now friends) bought a beautiful home in Barrington, RI, that needed a kitchen remodel. We came up with a plan that included a moderate layout tweak, paint (top to bottom), stair railing refresh, hardwood refinishing, furnishings, window treatments and accessories. Oh, and there were only 8 weeks until they needed to move into their home. We love a challenge and helping good people. As a full service interior design firm we have amazing partners and knew we could help our new clients make decisions that would would benefit their budget and timeline, so we jumped in head first!

Read More »
Large Scale Remodel
home Improvement
Julie Sanfilippo

Modern Colonial Project Reveal Part 2

Revealing some small but mighty spaces today. Our clients wanted to increase the functionality of the garage entryway, which had a full bathroom and laundry closet. They only needed a 1/2 bathroom here, but wanted to add a mudroom space and keep the laundry in that area. We love problem solving and tackled the layout challenge!

Read More »
large scale home renovation
Interior Designer Blog
Julie Sanfilippo

Modern Colonial Kitchen & Dining Room Renovation Reveal

This kitchen went from dark and cramped to open and bright! It still has tons of storage, features and style. . The overall goal of this renovation project was to create better flow, maximize space and increase the natural light. Of course we also wanted to make sure they have plenty of storage and functional features.

Read More »