We’ve spent a lot of time showcasing projects Amy has been working on.  We decided it’s time you meet some of our other designers and feature their amazing projects too.  We LOVE our designers at Interior Impressions!   We wouldn’t be here without this amazing team! Today we are featuring Brittany Meidinger and her tips for creating a simple yet amazing kitchen transformation.

Brittany, where did you grow up? I grew up in Moose Lake, MN.  It’s a small town near Duluth.

Are you married or single?  Children? I am not married and do not have kiddos.

What inspired you to pursue a career as an Interior Designer? It was always my dream growing up to do Interior Design. I loved going to model homes as a kid. I was always curious to see what my friend’s houses looked like (and then would re-arrange their living rooms or decor). When I was probably 11 or 12 I watched the TV series “Trading Spaces” and realized that design/decorating was an actual career! I decided to pursue my dream job and have been working with Interior Impressions ever since. I’ve been with Interior Impressions for 5 years!  I am very grateful for the opportunities Amy has given me…and to be working with such an awesome team! 🙂

 What is your favorite design style?  This is a tough one, but my personal design style is probably along the lines of what the Kardashian’s homes look like – a bit dramatic, black and white, antique mirrors, fun wallpapers, but I also love antiques and bold pops of color. The great part about being an Interior Designer is that I get to work with everyone’s style and taste. I love doing shabby chic cottage looks, rustic/vintage/glam design, modern farmhouse, or soft contemporary looks too. I like to make sure my clients are getting a design that is unique to them.

How would your friends describe you?  Probably as a bit of a goofball – I like to think I’m funny! 😉 I tend to give a lot of compliments. I’m the person who walks up to a complete stranger to tell them I like their outfit and ask where they bought their boots!  I’m a bit of a gamer as I like to play darts, pool, shuffle board, rummy, golf etc…

Let’s play “What’s Your Favorite”…ready, set, go!

Season =  Fall

Color = Blue

Wardrobe Staple = Diamond earrings (Faux, for now..)

Indulgence = Carbs 🙂

Vacation =  Anywhere with great friends/family

App on your Phone = Pinterest

Restaurant = Ray J’s in Woodbury (It gives me a small town feel and my sister works there!)

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Brittany’s Project Reveal Kitchen Transformation 

I absolutely loved working with this client and her family!    They came to me looking to update their outdated kitchen. The family wanted a unique and fun kitchen update that has a comfortable look combined with farmhouse and industrial touches.   I love that this kitchen transformation showcases that you don’t have to completely change EVERYTHING to get a fresh, updated look!

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KITCHEN BEFORE

Kitchen Cabinets

What’s on trend is painting all of your cabinets white.  However, to keep this kitchen unique to the client we decided to keep the perimeter cabinets their original warm wood tone.  We spray painted the existing cabinet hardware to Oil Rubbed Bronze.  This is an easy and inexpensive way to update the look.

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KITCHEN AFTER

 

Kitchen Island

We did give the island a fresh coat of white paint and replaced the old white laminate with a butcher-block countertop (which was the client’s idea and it is fabulous). Painting the island white provides a nice contrast to the warm wood cabinets. It also gives the kitchen that farmhouse touch the client desired.

We replaced the existing white wooden barstools with stools that had more of the farmhouse/industrial look.  To finish the island look, we added 2 Glass Orb hanging pendants with Edison Bulbs (both industrial and farmhouse in feel).  These coordinated well with their existing fixture over the kitchen sink.  The island is now the shining star of the kitchen!

Ditch the Microwave?

Yes you can!   This client had been thinking for sometime about ditching the microwave and this was the perfect time to do so.  We took out the white microwave and oven as well as the “garage” cabinet in the corner of the kitchen. This provided us a bit of a blank slate to add some uniqueness to the space. We added a stainless oven and hood vent. This added to the industrial look the client desired as well as created an upscale gourmet kitchen feel.

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AFTER: WHITE APPLIANCES REPLACED WITH STAINLESS STEEL HOOD AND RANGE

Finishing Touches

We replaced all of the white laminate countertops with Cambria Quartz Countertops.  They have a slight design to create movement and interest in the kitchen.  They also flow seamlessly with the white subway tile backsplash.   We added a farmhouse sink with an oil rubbed bronze faucet to complete the look.   Under cabinet lighting was added for both functionality and beauty!  We also replaced the client’s wood flooring with a wider plank and darker finish to provide contrast to the existing cabinets as well as add to the farmhouse feel.

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BEFORE: WHITE LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS, WHITE SINK, WHITE FAUCET

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AFTER: REPLACED WHITE LAMINATE WITH CAMBRIA QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS, WHITE SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH, FARMHOUSE SINK W/OIL RUBBED BRONZE FAUCET

We kept the original blue shade on the walls to give this kitchen personality!  All of the updates we did in this kitchen are neutral.  This gives the client the ability to change the paint color and accessorize with many different colors to give the kitchen a completely different look at any time!  To view more photos of this kitchen transformation please click on this link:

 http://www.interiorimpressions.org/portfolio-items/a-kitchen-in-blue/

The key to remember is that you don’t have to change out everything to update an existing kitchen!   We kept all of the kitchen cabinets, updated the hardware and gave the island a fresh coat of paint.  That alone gives the kitchen a fresh look!  Start by keeping the elements you love and then add other elements to give it an updated look.   If you are looking to update any area of your home, please contact us at Interior Impressions.

We’d love to help you!