Isabelle Chauffeton knew just what she wanted her dream kitchen to look like. Armed with very specific photos, Isabelle called on PSG Construction to convert her non-descript 70's kitchen into a charming French-inspired gathering spot.
Isabelle was happy with the efficiency and configuration of the existing L-shaped 12 foot x 24 foot space, so she focused on creating a space that reminded her of home--her native France.
Isabelle chose the lavender-blue and yellow color scheme for very specific reasons. "It was important to me to bring a little of the atmosphere and tradition of the South of France into my home here in the United States," Isabelle explains. "The South of France--more specifically, the Provence area, near the Riviera--has a reputation among the French of always being sunny and warm. The homes there always look warm and happy because of the colors that are traditionally used--yellow for the sun and a purple-blue for the fields of lavender."
Using their in-house design/build services, PSG Construction was able to create a design for the remodel as well as carry it out to completion. PSG gutted the kitchen of the Altamonte Springs ranch--leaving only the ceramic tile floor which was in good shape--and had the remodel completed in two months.
Lending immediate personality to the kitchen are the painted and faux-finished wood cabinets in the unique blue shade specified by Isabelle. A checkerboard ceramic tile backsplash and faux border over the cook top repeat the refreshing blue and yellow-accented cabinetry.
Details like painted murals, niches above the refrigerator and microwave, and a dish rack convey charm. To top off the French look, the walls are plastered with a heavy textured finish. "Most of the homes in the South of France are finished in stucco painted a warm color," Isabelle points out. A storage cabinet and wine cooler replace an existing storage closet. Isabelle chose a laminate countertop in a natural finish but splurged on stainless steel appliances.
To balance the bright colors and bring in a bit of the stained wood often present in southern France homes, Isabelle chose a Shaker style table with a mix of benches and chairs that were custom made for the kitchen. "The table could easily pass for a French farm table," says Isabelle.
Yearning for an update, the former kitchen possessed a layout that definitely outshined its design. Authentic French inspiration, however, introduced a makeover with a decidedly sunny disposition--sunny France rather than sunny Florida. "It feels like the house has a soul now," Isabelle says. "It feels like it's my 'home away from home.' "
Appliances - Southeast Steel
Interior Trim & Doors - Residential Building Supply
Drywall - R.K. Edwards, Inc.
Plumbing - Modern Plumbing
Electrical - J.D. Electrical Contractors, Inc.