Planning a kitchen remodel can be a lot of work, so many homeowners hand the project over to professional designers—like principal designer and founder of Alma Homes Kirsten Erickson—to get the job done.
Erickson’s motto is, “Design around the way you want to live.” That’s exactly what her clients at The Tonka House did. After purchasing their home in Minnetonka, the homeowners researched exactly how they could make the old-fashioned home match their style.
“The kitchen was all maple and outdated,” Erickson says. “They wanted it to be bright and fresh. Since they like their home to have a bit of personality, we added a pop of blue on the island.”
In addition, Alma Homes ripped out the old cabinets and replaced them with white cabinetry that extends to the ceiling to help the room look and feel taller. The navy island provides contrast to the renovated space.
A hot button for Erickson’s clients was nicer, newer appliances. They wanted a Sub-Zero refrigerator and a steam oven. The chimney-style Zephyr range replaced an over-the-range microwave and serves as a major focal point in the updated kitchen. The dinette area, off to the side, boasts a gorgeous lake view. And the chairs match the blue from the island.
Erickson loves a lot about this kitchen—from the marble backsplash and white Cambria quartz countertops to the clear pendant lights—but her favorite part is the view. Located on Lake Minnetonka, the Tonka House lets in an abundance of light, making the kitchen feel like an extension of the outdoors.
Erickson says the end result perfectly captures the homeowners’ style. “It has an elegant feel but is still approachable. You can cook in it and live in it.”
If you are planning a kitchen remodel, Erickson recommends bucking the trends and finding a partner who truly understands your style. “Ultimately, you are the one who has to live there,” she says. “You don’t need a 60-inch range if you’re not a gourmet cook. Design a kitchen that reflects your lifestyle.”