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Best Use of Color in a Kitchen

Combining two different styles is not an easy feat, but Jeremiah Lee and Susie Edie of Rock Solid Renovations helped these local homeowners create a kitchen that spoke to their love of elegance and natural elements.

By Jennifer Adamson

Jun 2019

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Best Use of Color in a Kitchen by Rock Solid Renovations Springfield MO
Photo by Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks, LLCGreen granite might seem like a bold choice, but Lee and Edie tamed the color with traditional wood cabinets and a muted backsplash.

WINNING DESIGNER: Jeremiah Lee & Susie Edie, Rock Solid Renovations

PROJECT GOAL: The homeowners wanted a space that mixed both their personalities, so the designer combined elegance with natural elements to create a look as beautiful as it is functional. 



(Editor's note: This winning design tied for Best Use of Color in a Single Room with a design by Nathan Taylor.)

After enduring another stressful holiday season in a kitchen their family had outgrown, the owners of this eclectic space knew they needed to make a change. They also knew the person in charge of the renovation would face the challenge of combining their contrasting styles, so they decided to rehire Susie Edie, an interior designer with Rock Solid Renovations.

“We had done a bathroom for them about a year prior, so I had a little experience working with them,” Edie says. “She’s very open to ideas. With her, I can get a little more creative.”

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Best Use of Color in a Kitchen by Rock Solid Renovations Springfield MO
Photo by Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC

Eager to dive in again, Edie learned the homeowners’ vision for the project, which quickly grew from a single-room remodel to an open-concept plan, improving flow between the kitchen, dining room and living area, and providing more usable square footage. The entire kitchen was gutted, with the exception of original wood floors in the breakfast nook, later used to match new flooring throughout the kitchen. 

Custom cabinetry was installed, including a floor-to-ceiling cabinet to the right of the stove to conceal the coffee maker and microwave. Other non-negotiable amenities include an additional island with an extra sink, more storage and overflow seating, plus an enlarged pantry, upgraded refrigerator and second dishwasher.

417 Home Design Awards 2019 Winner of Best Use of Color in a Kitchen by Rock Solid Renovations Springfield MO
Photo by Gayle Babcock, Architectural Imageworks, LLC

When the general design was complete, Edie turned her attention to finishes and textures, considering how she would reconcile cravings for masculine, rustic elements and feminine elegance. First, she chose a handsome green granite to complement a copper sink that was at the top of the couple’s wish list. The countertops then inspired a color palette of hues from nature. By pairing a spalted sycamore live-edge bar and reclaimed barn wood with mixed metallics found in hardware, lighting and the range hood, Edie achieved a look both homeowners love. Floral-patterned window treatments and woven shades were the final touches.

“Being able to use such a variety of different finishes and materials made the overall project so dynamic,” Edie says.

RESOURCE LISTINGS

Where to find the looks and materials used to create this colorful winning kitchen space in Springfield, Missouri and surrounding areas.

HARDWARE
800-435-6959

PLUMBING FIXTURES
605 N. Sherman Parkway, Springfield
417-865-8392

LIGHT FIXTURES
4113 S. National Ave., Springfield
417-221-3193

KITCHEN CABINETS
4166 N. 20th St., Ozark
417-581-8096
KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
233 Lambeth Road, Billings
417-258-2787

STONE/TILE
2418 W. Battlefield Road, Springfield
417-889-8453

PAINT
3027 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield
417-882-6429

APPLIANCES
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
417-833-1113
CUSTOM WOODWORK
4166 N. 20th St., Ozark
417-581-8096

BEAMS/RESTORED WOOD PRODUCTS
4166 N. 20th St., Ozark
417-581-8096

OTHER SUPPLIERS
Van Dyke’s Restorers
800-237-8833

417-779-5324