Navy & White Kitchen

WOW, what a difference having a wonderfully thought out kitchen in your life can make!  After they found us on we helped this Haddon Heights couple infuse more style, functionality, beauty, color and sunshine into the heart of this home.  See all the details below about how we created this timeless navy & white kitchen…or jump right to the pictures of the gorgeous end result HERE!

Distinctive Interior Designs received a call after they moved from Maryland to an expanded 1940s home that had some really odd elements, including a big box type cabinet that divided the kitchen from what was originally the family room.  We bounced many inspiration pictures back and forth and came to a wonderful conclusion–create one large kitchen by converting the family room to a dinette area, demo existing cabinets/ box and install white and navy cabinets with loads of deep drawers and gold fixtures/ hardware, add expansive island, all new flooring and backsplash of crackle glass subway tile, beef up the fireplace with a built-out and new white-washed brick with a barn beam mantel.

…start of initial demo to finish, DONE in just 3 weeks time!

Before and After

Navy Kitchen South Jersey | Haddonfield NJ | Distinctive Interior Designs

Inspiration comes in all shapes and sizes.  After finding online inspiration pictures to create the concept, the end result is finally unvailed on the right above.  But the real inspiration came in the form of Barb’s LOVE of color.    It’s so much fun to work with someone who isn’t afraid to be BOLD!  Lime green, bright happy yellow, and red all marry well on a ground work of navy and white.  Mixing great textures together also adds visual interest.  Take a look at the path we followed below.

Structural Elements First

Creating an expansive space was first and foremost in the initial decisions. After our client decided to convert the family room space to a dinette area, the next big things to determine were the core structural elements:  kitchen cabinet layout and colors, new flooring and rustic brick selection.   Note, the flooring was selected for its rustic look and the fact that it has a 25 year commercial grade warranty, plus it can soak in water for years and years and never swell.

Beyond the above, we took this design one step further than we have in the past by adding, shifting, and completely redesigning the windows.  The existing windows were small, and lack of light was a real problem.   As well, the original windows were oddly set up with a big 10″ wide divider right down the middle of view of the backyard.   To address these issues, an extra window was added and we decided to lengthen them to counter top level.  Additionally, grids were removed from the lower windows to open up the view even more.   By doing these modifications, we addressed key things our clients knew they needed–an open view of their grandbabies playing in the yard and loads of more sunshine.

Function is also a needed part of any design process, so we recommended a Blanco ‘granite’ sink in a mid-tone grey. The color will work best over the long haul of years of use.

Adding The Happy!

The new kitchen will not be just a white and navy space…no, no, NO!  Happy is what it’s all about!  Take a look at these colorful elements to get a feel for all the joy that will be added, or, if you want to leap ahead, click here to see the finished project.

The first item is a fabric that Barb had been holding onto for years–she just loved it!  We actually plan to use it to upholster parson end chairs for the dinette area.  Seating on each side of the rustic farm house style pedestal table will actually be lucite with gold metal legs to create an eclectic mix of old and new.

The splashy lime green counter stools will pop big time against the navy blue island.  As well, we had to make sure to take into account little fingers and smudgy hands–metal and lucite chairs will ensure everything the grandbabies sit on is easily wipable.  Form, pizzazz, and function!

Barb also intends to use some of her blue and white porcelain collection along with lime green elements on the new kitchen counter.  All of these will have an understated backdrop of crackle glass white subway tile.


From the beginning, we knew there would be satin gold elements throughout this new space.  Sometimes things come easy–like these fantastic pendant lights which we found within 10 minutes of starting the search for lighting.  Sometimes it’s a little harder–like the chandelier which took several hours of research by both Barb & Nicole, our lead designer.  The faucet had to have a sleek look and a pull-out spray, plus we didn’t want to break the bank.

All things combined, we’re so excited to show you the end result of this fabulous bright and happy new space!

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