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Tweaking and Updating in Kingwood

Newly renovated Kitchen Sparkles With Designer Touches

By Susan Fox • Photography by Miro Dvorscak

A remodel is successful when it fits the personality of the homeowners.

This pretty Kingwood kitchen is one perfect example.

“It is so much like the homeowner who is soft and quiet,” says Carla Aston, principal of Aston Design Studio.

The antique brass and crystal chandelier that sparkles above the new custom-made island topped with a creamy Taj Mahal quartzite served as a starting point.

“The chandelier once belonged to her mother, so Ticia Lynn knew she wanted it placed prominently for daily enjoyment. She and her husband, Dave, had already lovingly restored it.

At first the couple wanted to make a few updates. But in the end, they gave Aston the green light to do more – but without changing the footprint, and keeping the look and style traditional.

“Basically, it began as a white kitchen and today it remains one – except the impact of it is now greater with a focus on better storage and overall quality,” says Aston.

On the cooking wall, “we moved the oven down a bit to make room for a grander hood and more room for the cooktop,” explains Aston.

She opted to paint the hood a glossy white, as well as the cabinetry, to impart a lustrous look.
Before, the Lynn’s backsplash featured more than a little of a good thing.  Portuguese painted figures on tiles wrapped the entire room.

Recognizing how much Tricia Lynn loved them, the designer guided her to embrace a less is more approach.

The old backsplash was removed and new, imported Portuguese tiles were then placed both strategically and sporadically among more plentiful white square tiles.

“All three of us placed them (temporarily for placement) on the wall so that the tile guy knew exactly where they would go,” says Aston.

The previous kitchen layout featured a desk that no one really used. So, in order to gain a more functional and practical space, the couple chose to have it moved and downscaled.

The desk was replaced with a smaller niche at the end of the newly customized furniture-style cabinetry to house a phone and other related accessories.

Another important change entailed the pantry.  It was redesigned into a cabinet wall to provide improved access and increased storage, according to Aston.

“I had remodeled their master bath, so I was excited that they asked to return to help with the kitchen.”



Carla Aston
Aston Design Studios

Jason Rueby
Rueby Custom Homes

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