Arlene and Dan Fox's kitchen in their Idaho home. They found inspiration for the plaid tile floor in their newly renovated kitchen from a post Arlene saw on Cococozy!(above)
Above, is the adorable kitchen that Arlene from Idaho designed herself for her family home and had her husband Dan build by hand...right down to the stunning plaid floor.
Below, is the high style kitchen in the stately Los Angeles Hancock Park home of designer Tom Newman and his partner Ricky Strauss that inspired her.
Newman & Wolen Design for his own home. It features an eco-friendly black, white and grey terrazzo tile plaid floor...the very clever design statement in this high style gourmet kitchen! (above)
Two very different homes in two very different cities. Design inspiration, can successfully translate, it seems, from a chic Los Angeles high style home directly to a small town comfortable family house.
Here is the story behind Arlene and Dan's brilliant kitchen remodel and what inspired them...
Before remodel, Arlene and Dan's kitchen was outdated and cluttered.(above)
A little over a month ago, I got this very sweet note from a Arlene, a reader from Idaho...
"Hi, Coco. I have been viewing your site all along as I piece together my new kitchen in our 1906 house that I have longed for 30 years. I duplicated this floor (below) to a tee and it looks fabulous in my kitchen, also. I also am doing a shabby-chic chandelier from your ideas.Sweet note...right?
The reason why I am writing is that I thought this was some professional designer magazine. I only just now read where you are not a pro but just like helping out others. I want to thank you for all the help you have given this stranger in Idaho!
I'll send you a picture when we are completed. My poor husband is doing most of the work when I say "Honey, look how cool this is. Can you do it?" And he does.
Thanks again for your fabulous eye for decor!
Just last week, Arlene wowed me when she sent in these awesome photos of her kitchen remodel. Arlene, like me, is not an interior designer...she just had an eye for something she liked (in this case the plaid floor) and a nice husband who spent his weekend and nights making her vision come true.
During the remodel, Arlene laid out the kitchen floor she saw on this blog and Dan, her husband, installed it! (above)
Besides the plaid floor, Arlene chose white lower cabinets with recessed panels and glass upper cabinets. She also chose a black sparkling quartz for the countertops...Silestone, Stellar Night. (above)
Upper cabinets are flush to the ceiling. Top row of cabinets have reeded glass fronts and accent cabinet lighting inside!(above)
Classic ceiling mount lighting is from Schoolhouse Electric...these wonderful fixtures help illuminate the fantastic pressed tin ceiling in the kitchen that Arlene and Dan tore out of an old building...the ceiling is also in their living room and cost them about $200 because of the fact that it was reclaimed (eco-friendly designing!).(above)
The crystal chandelier was found from a store on eBay that uses crystals from old lighting to make up new designs. (above)
Arlene made the stained glass accent piece that sits in the over-the-sink kitchen window. It adds a wonderful pop of color to the space.
Arlene and Dan have lived in their Idaho home for 31 years...and this is the first time they have had room for a kitchen table! The breakfast nook includes a great table with a black inset that matches the kitchen color scheme and a wonderful bench window seat. (above)
The sparkle of the kitchen continues in the backsplash...with a fabulous Diamond Tech-Metal Series Mosaic, Octagon Dots pattern. (above)
With all of the fabulous design bells and whistles in this kitchen, Arlene still says her favorite part is the floor. She thanks Tom for showing off his own kitchen remodel and for the incredible design inspiration!
Great kitchen Arlene and Dan! Thank you SOOOOOOO much for sending in the photos and for your lovely note. You were inspired by Tom's design...now your design will inspire others!! Thank you!
Just a note to readers for further inspiration...Arlene and Dan did this remodel themselves...neither are contractors or designers...they just found something they loved and did what they had to do to make it their own! Maybe you can do the same