A 1980s-era kitchen, dining room and laundry area were combined to create a live-in kitchen. Crews scraped the white painting covering the original brickwork, creating a natural canvas for the antique fireplace mantle.
A Glendale condominium gets a new look with well-designed cabinets
The kitchen remodeling projects were vastly different--one involving a confined condominium, the other, an expansive home. Yet, in both, Victoria Reitz used the elements of space, light and color to create the "wholeness" of the final design.
Maximizing every inch in the Glendale condo, Reitz used floor-to-ceiling cabinets and built-in appliances to create enough space for a built-in office. Honey-colored wood, shiny black countertops and glass-front cabinets create an open feel, despite the small space.
With pastel-pink and slate-blue floral wallpaper and country-style curtains, the kitchen of the Northridge home appeared mired in the past. Reitz literally blasted it out of the 1980s, gutting the kitchen and the adjoining dining room and laundry area to create a new fashionable and functional space.
Before & After: Designers
Instead of an island or peninsula, Reitz's clients requested a classic table that could accommodate large family gatherings. Scouring antiques shops, she found a walnut table that can seat 18, as well as a carved mantle and surround that were customized to fit the fireplace.
Reitz also designed the creamy colored cabinets and used different but complementary materials for each of the back-splashes, including classic tin ceiling tiles installed over the cooktop. "Most people would probably use the same material for each area, but a designer helps you think outside of your comfort zone," Reitz says. "It gives a home a custom look, not like a model home in a tract."
Victoria Reitz, ASID