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A Charming Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover
A nearly 50-year-old Maryland cottage undergoes a stunning farmhouse kitchen transformation.
Farmhouse kitchen style wasn’t exactly a trend back in 1970, and if it was, it wasn’t done on purpose. Back then, most homes fell in line with the suburban look, outfitted with dark woods and compartmental floor plans. That was the original state of this Bethesda, Maryland kitchen. Until it was made over top-to-bottom through the... Keep Scrolling
Written by SHELBY DEERING
Photography by STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG


Farmhouse kitchen style wasn’t exactly a trend back in 1970, and if it was, it wasn’t done on purpose. Back then, most homes fell in line with the suburban look, outfitted with dark woods and compartmental floor plans. That was the original state of this Bethesda, Maryland kitchen. Until it was made over top-to-bottom through the imagination of Colleen Shaut, Director of Project Development at Case Design.

White modern farmhouse kitchen with custom free standing island.
WARM & WELCOMING. “Thoughtful” is a perfect descriptive word for this kitchen. The modern farmhouse look is made complete through carefully chosen details. For example, the subtle, marble-like backsplash, made of low-maintenance quartz, pairs beautifully with the custom-made hood in a sun-washed gray stain. As in the rest of the kitchen, these elements were picked out with care.

With the help of Project Manager Stefan Eising and Lead Carpenter Drew Davis, the team got to work remodeling this kitchen. Homeowners, Christy and Michael MacCormack, wished for a kitchen where they could look out and view their adult children and dogs enjoying one another’s company. Christy dreamed of a modern farmhouse kitchen that was white, bright and inviting.

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Custom designed island with turned wooden legs and all white kitchen counter and cabinetry in the background.
SENTIMENTAL PIECES. The heartfelt accents in this kitchen are abundant, like the antique cookbooks that belonged to Christy’s grandmother and now reside next to the stove. Old cutting boards and other vintage finds imbue the remodel with period flavor.

OPEN & BREEZY

In 2016, Christy and Michael approached Case Design to remodel several spaces throughout the home, and in 2017, they made the decision to tackle the kitchen. “They wanted to transform their linoleum-clad, dark and dingy kitchen and dining room into the open farmhouse kitchen it is today,” Colleen says.

We set out to bring the outside in and get the best possible views of the expansive parkland their property backs up to.

Starting with inspiration from Pinterest, the design team embarked on two months of design and four months of construction. This entailed removing walls and adding windows to accomplish the open-concept floor plan the homeowners envisioned.

Remodeled white kitchen with freestanding island, looking over the counter into a living area with a large white dog resting on the floor.
FAMILY MEMORIES. We can picture Christy and Michael’s family congregating in the kitchen and surrounding living areas. Christy says, “I didn’t even know how much we needed a hang-out area exactly like this until Colleen suggested using the space this way.” The couple’s pup, Lucy, approves as well.

Colleen says, “We set out to bring the outside in and get the best possible views of the expansive parkland their property backed up to. We added five windows that extend from the countertop to about a foot from the ceiling. Now natural light pours into the space, [giving] the feeling of being out on the patio while working from the kitchen.”

My new kitchen space is so functional that it makes me feel so much more functional as a person.

White kitchen with modern farmhouse lights above the sink and a custom wooden range hood.
SUN-SOAKED SPACE. The five windows added to this kitchen allow copious amounts of sunlight to enter the space.

A TRUE LIVING SPACE

Christy had a goal for this farmhouse kitchen: to create a “crowd-pleasing space” instead of a “crowded space,” she says. She wanted to make the kitchen all about living, not just about cooking, and the design team more than achieved this goal. They chose to turn the extra square-footage from the dining room into a casual sitting area with a computer desk, bookshelves and TV, all right off the kitchen.

White kitchen with chrome farmhouse sink, chef's faucet and cutting board with fresh fruit.
ROOM WITH A VIEW. “The view from the kitchen into the protected parkland is amazing,” Colleen says. These scenes are visible while standing in front of the stainless-steel farmhouse sink.

COTTAGE ACCENTS TO INPSIRE

Cottage style shines in this modern farmhouse kitchen. Here are the best and brightest cottage accents from this kitchen that you can take away for your own space:

– Light color palette
– Rustic elements
– Shiplap walls
– Barn-style door
– Farmhouse sink
– Weathered wood hood
– Turned furniture legs on the island

Custom white built-in with shelving, desk and small stool to sit at the computer.
CUSTOM OFFICE. A well thought-out space that allows the homeowner to blog while she lives life her family in the heart of her home.

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN WITH PURPOSE

This kitchen does a lot more than serve as a place for preparing meals. With the neighboring sitting area, workstation and seating for watching TV, it’s a place where the homeowners can cook and live their lives with their family. “The kitchen is the heart of the home, so keeping the kitchen open to its surrounding rooms will allow for more gathering space,” Colleen says. She adds, “Planning out how you will use the adjacent rooms will save stress down the road. For example, we integrated a desk for Christy in the family lounge area where she could do her blogging.”

Today, Christy and Michael are thoroughly enjoying their open-concept kitchen and the lifestyle it symbolizes: a place where the couple and their family can talk, play board games, read, knit, listen to music and watch football games. It’s a space that has simply made this family’s life better.

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