Sarah Stacey Turned a Texas Kitchen From Drab to Dramatic—Mid-Pandemic

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Written By Jim J Neal

Avery Nicole Photography Like many others during the pandemics, the designer used Zoom extensively to communicate with her client and show off this large-scale renovation.


Sarah Stacey
Stacey tells House Beautiful that she used Zoom to present her ideas, inspiration photos, 3D renderings and finalize cabinet elevations. FaceTimed during construction also helped to reduce the need for site meetings. Stacey confined the in-person decisions to the most important ones, such as materials selection and paint colors.
Stacey explained that the client wanted dramatic accents so she concentrated her efforts on using contrasting colors throughout the kitchen. She says that she decided to panelize the entire wall to give it a more luxurious look. Stacey immediately elevated the space, replacing the previous version with a glossy black wall and a dramatic black marbled island. ).
However, the space is functional. The designer chose a leathered finish to cover the black marbled top of the island. This will help conceal fingerprints and smudges.
The drama is balanced by the warmth of a vintage rugs and natural elements such as the floors and cabinets, which are covered in organic, textural wood. Stacey originally planned to paint the island and cabinetry on the three remaining walls white. However, she decided to go with the mid-tone oak to soften the contrast.
With their black frames, neutral backs, and cushions, the counter stools are the bridge between them. The designer says that she loved the counter stools because of their natural element of cane and black frame. This worked well with the kitchen’s color scheme. ).

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Stacey used metallic touches throughout to keep the dichotomy from becoming too extreme. The mixed-metal roof draws the eye up, and the fluted pendant lights which Stacey calls “cute, elegant” are both a great example of this balance.

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