Photos by Dwell Photography and Brandon Alms. Cabinet Concepts by Design brought to life Emily’s vision for a bright green kitchen, and Unique Tile installed bright white quartz countertops to brighten the room. Now with a spacious island for prep work and the updated appliances, this kitchen is a home chef’s perfect workspace.
To pull this off, Emily, a former art director, gave each room an eye-catching element, whether it was a piece of furniture, like the leather sofa in the den and the coordinating painting above it or accessories, like the geometric-printed curtains and patterned plates in the dining room. In other spaces, color was built in, like in the kitchen. “Although we wanted to maintain the integrity of a colonial-style home, we also wanted the kitchen to be fun, fresh, modern and different from the popular white or black kitchen designs,” Emily says. Working with Cabinet Concepts by Design, she chose green cabinetry, which carries into the laundry room–turned-pantry where she had a coffee and wine bar installed. “Green cabinets are not for everyone, so it is always interesting to see people’s reactions,” she says. “They either love it or hate it.”
The Johnsons still have a few other changes they’d like to tackle in the coming years, including a flagpole—their signature addition to each renovation. Guest bathrooms and an apartment above the 800-square-foot guest house–garage are slated for phase 2, and phase 3 includes a pool. But for now, Emily, Will, their two children and their new puppy, Abe, are looking forward to filling the space with happy memories—and maybe a few puddles and pool floats once phase 3 is complete!