Highland Remodel Pt. 1: The Kitchen
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Highland Remodel Pt. 1: The Kitchen

A dark kitchen that just needed a bright update!

Introducing...the Highland Remodel!  Our client's kitchen was a nice kitchen to begin with, but they were ready for a big change. They asked us to create space that felt bright, open, and traditional. Oh, and they wanted a blue island! Our clients' personal style is more glam than our clients usually request, so it was really fun for our team to design this project. We also did the master bathroom!




Let's start with the layout. The footprint stayed the same, but there was some appliance shifting. Our client went to a large range instead of wall ovens which allowed the size of the refrigerator to increase. Instead of having an island with legs and seating on three sides, they changed to seating on one side with closed end panels. This gave the island a more substantial, yet streamlined look. The cabinet maker did a beautiful job. The paint color is Normandy by Benjamin Moore.  


Let's talk about that hood!!! It is definitely the focal point in this kitchen. What we love most about it is the curvy shape paired with an aged finish. Our clients knew they wanted a metal hood and we sampled quite a few different metals to find the perfect combination. The result is everything we all hoped for. We didn’t want the lighting to block or compete with the range hood, so a simple globe pendant (similar) was an easy choice.

The added beams/tongue + groove in white gave the kitchen a higher-end look as well as the bright look our client was after. Instead of just doing flat beams, you'll see the bead detail that takes it to a more traditional place.


Functionality is always a must. They needed an area where everyone could sit and do homework while hanging out. You know we're all about juxtaposition and our Kate Bar Stools are the perfect modern contrast in the space. Our clients also loved the half back on the stools - great for a low profile look that still provides support.


You can never go wrong with a hand-formed tile backsplash! The light reflects off the texture so beautifully. 

Although there are no open shelves in this kitchen, the glass cabinetry in this nook is a great spot for displaying pretty things.


Glass fronts on the upper cabinets are a great way to add visual interest in a mostly white kitchen.

What is there to say about the bridge faucet? It's just really freaking pretty. 


A Seville Rug has antique charm you just can't beat. Its muted tones complimented the tradtional, neutral vibe in the kitchen. 



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Studio McGee
  1. This is beautiful! I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for leaving the paper towels in some of your photos!!! lol. I know its a small thing but everyone needs them, well all have them on our counters and yet – you never see them in a fully designed kitchen! The under the cabinet hook for them is so awesome!

    I too have a (navy) blue island and white cabinets with chrome accents so this kitchen is just my style. Love it 🙂

    1. We’re so glad you like it, and we’re thrilled about the paper towels! Haha! Thanks so much for the comment, xoxo.

  2. Hi! This is so gorgeous! Would you please share the name and manufacturer of the faucet and countertops?! Thanks!

  3. This is SO incredibly gorgeous! I love how it’s fresh and bright, but more traditional instead of modern. I grew up in New England and this remind me of a house on the Cape.
    Are you able to share the white cabinet color and hardware source? I understand you’re not always able to share sources/finishes, but if you are would really love to know 🙂

  4. Random question…but do you have a source for the paper towel rod that’s mounted under the cabinet? I have been on the hunt for a sleek one! Thanks in advance

  5. Ditto on sharing the counters if you don’t mind!!! Are they quartz? I’m replacing mine and this looks like exactly what I’m hunting for from the pictures.

  6. Question: Is there anything in the uppermost glass cabinets? I can’t see anything, but maybe it was just the shot? Lovely re-do.

    1. Hi, thank you! We had just finished the product when we took these shots, so the owners haven’t put their things in the cabinets yet.

        1. I think there’s confusion. I painted mine Normandy by Benjamin Moore and it looks nothing like this. Normandy is much much more gray.

  7. I’m confused! The link to the Maude stool is not actually the same as the stools used in this kitchen? Similar but definitely not these stools pictured. Who makes the stool used in this kitchen? Thank you!

  8. Wow. I have been following your blog since the beginning and have loved watching it evolve.
    You have always been one step ahead of the curve, but I am loving this Scandinavian/coastal flair(that’s my favorite style?)
    I live, breathe and sleep my love for homes, and am like a kid at Christmas Everytime I see a new post from you.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful and inspirational designs, it’s one of the best parts of my day?

  9. This is such a sweet comment, thank you so much! We’re so grateful you read the blog and so thrilled you love the Sunday 7. Your kitchen sounds beautiful!!!! Xoxo

  10. I love this kitchen! Can you share the where the blinds are from? I have been looking for something similar for my new kitchen.

  11. Gorgeous! What's the brand of the range they have? Looking for one larger one to replace a double wall oven and not sure what brand to go with. says:

    Gorgeous! What’s the brand of the range they have? Looking for one larger one to replace a double wall oven and not sure what brand to go with.

  12. What is the white paint color on the cabinets and walls?


  13. Just gorgeous Studio Mcgee— you never cease to amaze! Would you mind sharing the wall color? ?

  14. I love this kitchen. For 9′ ceilings, what sizes do you recommend for stacked cabinets.? I’m torn between 30" and 18" or 33" and 15".

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