A Virtual Kitchen Design And The Results Are Stunning!

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Hi Everyone,

Before we delve into the virtual kitchen design, I want to know how y’all are doing? You don’t need to answer. And, this post is not going to be about the pandemic.

Not really.

But, really.

What I mean is that from now on, everything will be about the pandemic.

 

It’s just a difficult time, so a friendly reminder to be kind to yourselves. It’s okay to spend a day–

 

NOT:

 

  • cleaning
  • being productive
  • knowing what day it is
  • wanting to talk to anyone or work.
  • exercising even though you know it will make you feel better

 

But, try to get some exercise anyway. It really WILL make you feel better.

 

Well, I could go on, but I just want you guys to realize, if you don’t already, that everything you’re thinking and feeling is normal. I looked it up. It is normal to feel foggy, cranky, uneasy, anxious and depressed. Therefore, please go easy on yourself.

 

Okay, that’s the end of today’s pep talk.

 

That’s because I can’t wait to talk about today’s topic.

Actually, it’s not just about virtual kitchen design, but all virtual interior design.

I believe that more than ever, it’s the wave of the future.

Now, is it as good as the designer coming to your home?

Ideally, the designer should be there at least once. But, it is possible to do the design 100% remotely. Or, sometimes all you might need is a consultation. That is money well-spent, IMO.

 

The idea is that if you can’t find anyone in your area, you can hire a designer thousands of miles away to help you out.

 

However, not everyone is suited to work virtually. A client who needs a considerable amount of handholding is probably not going to be a good fit.

But, if you:

know pretty much what you want

have an easy-going personality

understand that perfection doesn’t exist

Then, you’re probably a good candidate for virtual kitchen design and other virtual design services.

 

If you’re interested in some other posts about client/interior designer relationships both good and bad, you will enjoy reading the following posts:

 

My Interior Design Client is Giving Me Sleepless Nights.

How to Tell if Your Decorator is Ripping You Off

My Interior Designer Just Fired Me. Huh?

I Hired The Decorator From Hell

By the way, if you are looking for an amazing kitchen designer. I highly recommend by friend Deborah VonDonop. She doesn’t know I’m recommending her. And, this is in no way sponsored. Please click the link to check out her beautiful website. And, also subscribe to her blog. She gives out a ton of great information, there, as well.

 

Okay, the rest of this post relating to virtual kitchen design is actually a continuation of another post I did several months ago.

 

Remember Mrs. F? She had a horribly dated kitchen that she couldn’t wait to get rid of.

If you missed the post or want to refresh your memory, of the dated kitchen, please check it out here.

While you’re reading that, I’m going to go out for a quick walk.

Okay, I’m back. It’s beautiful out and the Bronx River park was CROWDED with parents and kids, not social distancing. Fine, if they’re all quarantined together. Methinks that they are not, however.

Oh well, just trying to do my part to keep us all safe. Is everyone back? Great.

 

Laurel, I’m a little confused about the virtual kitchen design. Didn’t you go see your client a few times? That isn’t virtual.

 

Yes, I did. And, that’s because Mrs. F only lives about 8 miles from me, in Larchmont. However, I did most of the job virtually. And, if I had to, I could probably have done all of it remotely.

Mrs. F is the ideal client to work virtually. She enjoys handling parts of the project herself and had a clear vision of what she wanted. And, as you’ll see in a minute, she gets the job done.

 

In fact, if you go back and read the post.

 

Mrs. F ordered that furniture, the day after the post came out.

 

She wanted it for Thanksgiving. Really? haha. I just snickered to myself. Thanksgiving 2020?

But, no. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Three weeks later, Mrs. F sent me an email telling me that everything had just arrived and she loved it all!

Impressive! And, it was a good two weeks before Thanksgiving.  By the way, she only saw the furniture when you guys did. But, doing a mood board is a terrific tool for visualizing how the furniture will look together.

 

So, I wanted to share with you, some photos of the finished kitchen and especially the incredibly lovely dining area.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - entire kitchen - dining area
Here’s the view of the kitchen looking towards the dining area. Again, if you missed it, please go back to the original post. That way, you can see the kitchen before. The dining room used to be a separate room. There are also more images of the kitchen.

In addition to Mrs. F’s organizational abilities, she did the gorgeous art wall completely on her own.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - art wall - party room - table - Wisteria - lanterns - Ballard DesignsHere’s the Wisteria dining table. Oh, dang. It’s sold out already. The other items are linked to in the original post.

But, if you notice. The room behind the French doors is an addition, the Fs had just done when I began working with them in 2014. You can see the post about the “Grown Ups Party Room” here.

 

I love how the spaces are now flowing.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - kitchen - after

Another view of the path between the dining area and kitchen. The stairs were already stenciled and Mrs. F decided to keep it. I think it’s a fun addition. The chairs are from Selamat and the stools and host chairs are from Serena & Lily.

BTW, everything is still 20% off at S&L. It won’t be forever. But, I imagine it’s due to you-know-what.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - Noir sideboard - custom Roman shades by HarringtonHere we have the gorgeous Gustavian sideboard from Noir Furniture. But sold at Wayfair. You can find it in the Hot Sales widget. (below the OKL only, widget)

The lamp is from Chairish. There are two of them and they are vintage lamps. Mrs. F had to get the lampshades as the lamps did not come with them. I told her to take the lamp over to where they sell them to get it fitted. It really is the best way to do it, if you’re not sure. For a great post about lampshades go here.

But, the best part might be the Roman shades.

You may recall that you first saw this shade in this post about decorating details and my bedroom.

Here’s what happened.

I did go over and measure for the shades. And, then I tried to reach Deb Cronin. And, Mrs. F tried. We both tried repeatedly. I don’t know what happened to her. But, we didn’t hear back. I hope she’s okay. She does beautiful work and sounds very nice, too.

So, it was around Thanksgiving and I let it go.

Mrs. F did not. But, she didn’t bug me either.

 

Custom Window treatment by Harrington
But, get this. She found a workroom who was already making that style shade with the ribbon design. I have no idea how she found them, but she did. The company is called By Harrington.

 

By Harrington - Greek Key corner Roman Shade
They make numerous styles. One of my favorites is this Greek Key Corner Roman Shade.

Their prices look very reasonable too.

Anyway, about six weeks later, Mrs. F had her beautiful Roman shades.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - custom Roman Shades - By HarringtonYes, it’s true that the design is cut off on the bottom when the shade is up. Neither of us minded that, however. I think they look great. I had helped Mrs. V. virtually with the grosgrain ribbon color as well. Actually, I think it was from Etsy. No, wait. I found the ribbon on Amazon.

 

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - Rug - Dash & Albert - Chairish - lampThe other lamp is over here.

Virtual Kitchen Design - Benjamin Moore - Simply White - Zellige tile - La Cornue - Williams-SonomaBenjamin Moore – Simply White wall color and the cabinetry is a similar color from the cabinet company – Zellige tileLa Cornue range- Williams-Sonoma

Love that range!

 

And, now I have a little surprise, not related to the virtual kitchen design.

 

A year earlier, I also helped the Fs with their family/TV room.

Mrs. F had already painted the room Benjamin Moore Rolling Hills 1497, one of the beautiful Laurel Home Collection colors.

 

But…

 

Yes, I know.

The big black sofa.

And, these are recliner big black sofas.

Mrs. F could not wait to get rid of them.

And, she wanted a new rug too.  Something timeless, soft and durable. And not too expensive.

Well, at eBay, I found this beauty. For others that are similar, go here.

 

ebay RUG-NEW-HAND-KNOTTED-WOOL-WOVEN-MADE-USHAK-OUSHAK-IVORY-9-x-12-rugs

It is a hand-knotted Oushak style and it was only about $700.00! And, she got it super fast. From there, I was able to put together the rest of the room.

 

Virtual Interior Design - Family Room - garden stool - Wisteria Sofa - Anthropologie - Chairs - Pottery Barn - Benjamin Moore Rolling HillsAnd then we did a sofa from Anthropologie in a persimmon velvet. And two leather recliner chairs from Pottery Barn. Mrs. F got the pillows from Etsy. The end tables are also from Pottery Barn. And, I believe the lamps are from Wayfair.

And, she surprised me and got the two gorgeous Chinoiserie panels. I don’t know where they are from. But, I love them.

Well, that’s all for tonight. I hope you enjoyed seeing Mrs. F’s beautiful home.

 

 

before - after family room

please pin to Pinterest for reference

 

And, many thanks to Mrs. F for taking all of these lovely photos!

xo,

 

PS: Please check out the newly updated HOT SALES!

 

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  • Rose - April 12, 2020 - 6:23 AM

    Hi Laurel!

    I so enjoy your blog posts and often read them more than once. I wanted to share with you and readers that one of the best workrooms ever is located in Central Arkansas, called Possibilities Unlimited. He recently did Roman shades in my kitchen and beautiful drapes (and Interior design) for our first grandchild’s nursery.
    I could go on and on with other creative and beautiful work he has done as well but I just wanted to give him a shout out as a thank you to him. He also has ties and travels to Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.ReplyCancel

  • Atreyee - April 12, 2020 - 12:00 AM

    Lovely work, really bravo!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret VE - April 11, 2020 - 8:56 AM

    Fantastic Laurel and Mrs. F. What a wonderful transformation.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon W. - April 10, 2020 - 8:56 AM

    Carla Aston does virtual design. I believe she is in Texas. Not sure if I’m supposed to recommend others, but she helped me with my Master Bedroom. Her work is beautiful but she does have expensive taste. However, I followed her lead and made our room into a beauty!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 12, 2020 - 1:23 AM

      Carla is a dear friend of mine. And, yes, she does fabulous work! I recommend her highly.ReplyCancel

  • Deborah von Donop - April 9, 2020 - 5:02 PM

    Dear Laurel,
    ok, my talented and witty friend. This project is full of great resources and ideas. I especially love the after images ( and the peak at the grownup room)
    most of all, I can’t thank you enough for the kind shout out in the beginning of this article. big virtual hug.
    Kitchens are my passion, and working online more often now has really allowed for me to meet more people and have more to share with people who are decor enthusiasts. Yours in design, DeborahReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 12, 2020 - 1:24 AM

      Virtual hugs back atcha! One day, we’ll be able to hug for real!ReplyCancel

  • HeidiP - April 9, 2020 - 11:54 AM

    Really beautiful kitchen! Laurel I too designed my kitchen virtually… and I want to say 95% of my decisions were guided by your blog. I absolutely LOVE my kitchen/family room. Thank you for opening my eyes to so many possibilities and gorgeous, timeless style.ReplyCancel

  • PAB - April 9, 2020 - 9:55 AM

    Thank you for the inspiring and beautiful post – I love your blog. I would like to hire a virtual designer for my main living spaces so that they all coordinate, but do not know where to start. Do you have any recommendations?ReplyCancel

  • Karen G - April 8, 2020 - 9:46 PM

    Laurel…thanks for being so amazingly talented and for always putting a smile on my face. You are so incredibly generous with everything you share and I love having a window into your process.ReplyCancel

  • MM - April 8, 2020 - 8:32 PM

    So you can have the sideboard sticking up over the window? Is that “allowed”?

    The kitchen is beautiful. Are the counter tops marble? I can’t tell if there’s a gray vein in them or if it is just a shadow.ReplyCancel

  • Beverly Largent - April 8, 2020 - 5:55 PM

    I have done an entire kitchen, torn down to the studs, entirely by e-mail. It was a wonderful experience, and I LOVE my kitchenReplyCancel

  • Mrs. F. - April 8, 2020 - 3:44 PM

    Having Laurel has been life changing, truly. I can only imagine the state of my house and the bad, expensive decisions I would have made without her.

    The Chinoiserie panels were from Chairish by Simon Paul Scott. I credit Laurel for introducing me to this type of art. The cabinets were Alec Crosas from Designer Kitchen & Bath of NY. He was amazing to work with!

    I giggled when I saw the grotesque couches! The hubs talked me into them by saying the kids could spill on them. He has been banned from all home purchases!

    A million thanks to Laurel 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 12, 2020 - 1:27 AM

      Always a delight Mrs. F! Wishing you many years of enjoyment in your lovely home!ReplyCancel

  • Beth A - April 8, 2020 - 2:15 PM

    I enjoy your blog so much! I pore over it every time I’m choosing something for my home- thanks for all you do.
    This is such a fun post and lovely to see! Would love to know where she found her Chinoserie panels if she reads this. Many thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Scott - April 8, 2020 - 12:46 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    Could you share who made the cabinets and if you’ve had good experience with them please?ReplyCancel

  • val - April 8, 2020 - 9:54 AM

    Fabulous work, Laurel! I bought the ballet course and can read your blog posts all day, don’t get me wrong, but social isolation with your teaching ideas is my favorite thing. Nothing is more educational than before and after pics. I think that the future of interior design is exactly this concept as you wrote. I’d like to hire someone to have a pair of eyes remotely on my kitchen, advice needed often especially…when I run out of ideas and lost hahaha. One suggestion: bathroom design blog post. Beautiful concepts, something beautiful, best ideas. Something with budget friendly Gracie wallpaper and marble. Especially tile layout options. Dreamy options. Color schemes!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 12, 2020 - 1:28 AM

      I’m so happy that whatever I’m sharing and doing is giving you joy, Val! Hearing that makes my day!ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Gervais - April 8, 2020 - 9:50 AM

    I love when a kitchen feels like a complete room like this! I think persimmon velvet is now my favorite color..ReplyCancel

  • pat - April 8, 2020 - 8:18 AM

    This is a FABULOUS kitchen/home – great job Laurel !! Keep safe and healthy ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Gail Caryn - April 8, 2020 - 1:15 AM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful home Mrs F. Of course, made all the more fabulous by your talent and generosity, Laurel. Like Katherine, I too have been inspired and supported to create a home far more wonderful than I could have imagined without your blog. I’m forever grateful. Stay well.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Burnett D.V.M. - April 7, 2020 - 11:51 PM

    Dear Laurel

    You are so talented, kind, witty and generous in your teachings. I am just a home owner, but my husband and I built our dream home 2 years ago. I love interior design, and you have taught me so much. I hope you and yours stay safe and healthy. And thanks for helping me design the home of my dreams.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - April 12, 2020 - 1:30 AM

      Oh, I’m so happy to hear that Katherine. Blessings to you too!ReplyCancel

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