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How a Sunroom Turns into a Super Functional Kitchen?

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Call it extreme, but sometimes, the only way to get what you want from the kitchen is to move it completely to another room in your home. This is exactly what designer Rachel Halvorson (Rachel Halvorson) did to help a family in Nashville get the bright, powerful kitchen they wanted.

The Belle Meade home’s original kitchen existed at its center. Halvorson worked with architect Ron Farris and builder Phipps Construction to convert the family’s sunroom into the kitchen and family room and turn the old kitchen into a TV room-slash-den. “The kitchen was too small and felt dark and cramped,” the designer says. “The clients wanted a more open kitchen with a bump-out breakfast room nook, so they could cook, eat, and entertain all in one space.”



Natural sunlight and easy-to-access hidden storage space are absolute must-haves. Renovating the former solarium meant that there was plenty of light to use, but tall casement windows were added at both ends of the kitchen to amplify natural light-so they can be lifted up to easily sweep away dirt on the outside.

The original brick floor-Halvorson's favorite overall design aspect-is the driving force behind the new kitchen palette. It features stained ceiling beams, plaster covers, marble countertops, and a mix of white oak and neutral green cabinets painted with Treron by Farrow and Ball. "It's rustic and sophisticated, and it's a place where more formal gatherings and children's football parties can be held," Halvorson said.

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As far as hidden storage is concerned, the kitchen is full of it, and the kitchen can hardly be felt. Next to the hidden refrigerator is a full-size storage room with functional storage space. Halvorson added two towers-one to store utensils and the other to store handicrafts and practical items to "hide all the trash brought by the two children." Not to mention, there is another one enclosed by two doors. Hidden coffee bar.

Neutral accents add to the room’s overall charm, including the kitchen island stools from Hollywood at Home and Bobo Intriguing Objects. The bronze pendants from Paul Ferrante over the island were one of the last selections to be made and serve as Halvorson’s “mic-drop moment” as they tie the whole space together.


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Other notable pieces include the custom Tritter Feefer table in the breakfast nook, blue Janus et Cie chairs, a white vintage hanging lantern from Chairish, and fabrics by Perennials. In such a traditional home, Halvorson didn’t want the space to feel too rustic. “There was a lot of restraint involved in picking materials so that the addition struck that perfect balance between casual and elegant,” she says.