When it came time to design her new kitchen, Michelle Clifton wanted to simplify things.
“My whole life I have lived in really well-done, high-end, you-have-to-keep-things-perfect-all-the-time, not-casual living,” Clifton says. “I’ve just come to the point in life where I just want to come home and want to be home.”
Clifton’s challenge was to create a kitchen that felt fresh and distinctive. To do that, she decided to reach into her family’s history.
Clifton decided to incorporate parts of her past into her home. Her father was a collector, and he passed this love of the hobby on to his daughter. The family table she grew up eating at sits in her revamped kitchen; there are antique clocks on the walls.
Clifton’s kitchen is a mix of rustic and modern influences—rustic in the heirlooms and tabletops, and modern in the sharp black color choices and use of brass.
“That was the key,” Clifton says. “The rustic tied the modern and the antique together.”