If you have seen the 2010 movie Life as We Know It, then you might recognize the inspiration for this kitchen. But while the original colonial house in the film is in Atlanta, this home is in Owasso. The two-story, nearly-5,000-square-foot home was built by Cedar Rock Homes and is nestled on a wooded lot in the Clear Brook neighborhood.
The rock exterior implies an Old World French Country theme, but the owners wanted the interior to have a cleaner, simplified feel.
“(The homeowner) really liked the kitchen in the movie, so that provided a starting point for the design,” says Weldon Bowman of W Design. “The open cabinet at the top was a detail she particularly wanted to use from the film.”
After the layout was finalized, Teel Creek fabricated the custom white cabinets. Seeded glass was selected for the upper cabinets to create a vintage look with tons of texture. Hardware is from the Martha Stewart kitchen cabinet line available from Home Depot. The black pearl granite countertops are three centimeters thick, and the beveled white tile backsplash is from Adex Tiles’ Neri Series.
The black painted island, topped with Carrara marble, was custom made to look like a piece of furniture with a series of drawers and open shelves. “We wanted open shelves so we can see the items we need without searching,” say the homeowners. Plus, the island sink makes a perfect place to prep for meals.
They chose a Rohl farm sink with Kohler faucets. Appliances include a Wolf pro-style range and stacked Electrolux Icon Pro microwave and oven. The built-in refrigerator and freezer are also Electrolux Pro Series.
“And we have a hidden pantry that you can walk into and easily find what you need,” the couple adds. The door to the pantry looks like a cabinet and when the door is pushed the lights turn on. The toaster and other small appliances are housed here keeping the countertops clear.
Benjamin Moore Galveston Gray flat wall paint throughout the space contrasts with the bright white trim and cabinets. The flooring, five-inch walnut planks with a coffee color stain, and the barstools are from Pottery Barn.
“Our goal was to create a working, open kitchen,” says Bowman. And the busy family is thrilled with the results.