When Stacey & Daniel Fitzpatrick decided to remodel their kitchen, maximizing functionality was crucial with three youngsters constantly in and out, looking for their next snack or meal. They, like many of us, use their kitchen as the hub of their family and thoughtfully utilize a few of our ‘Keys to a Functional and Organized Kitchen’ with their new design. 

Whereas a U-shaped kitchen would have felt a bit restrictive for the Fitzpatricks, a simple oversized rectangle island is perfect for their space and needs. The dark-stained island is topped in an earthy, but fair-colored, traditionally polished granite which contrasts tastefully with a darker version of leather granite on the perimeter countertops. This large island provides ample seating with light-colored bar stools and tons of storage for small appliances and countless other kitchen tools that are too bulky for the overhead cabinetry. 

With everything neatly stored away, the countertops and backsplash shine. Even though she waffled between a subway tile and the white arabesque tile she chose for the backsplash, Stacey couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The white tiles pair perfectly with the off-white Merillat cabinetry with rubbed bronze hardware and white apron-front farmhouse sink, creating a crisp, monochromatic look. A pair of decorative, seeded, glass-front cabinets on either side of the kitchen sink and window help lighten the look even further. The view from the window is a sprawling lot with a pair of curious pygmy goats meandering in the shade of a nearby shed.

Floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinets help the family keep organized in the kitchen. Plus, she added even more storage by utilizing the wall for a pair of hanging baskets at the end of the cabinetry. During the remodel, the Fitzpatricks also took advantage of the opportunity to switch to a gas range, giving them more versatility.

Overhead, ample lighting helps this kitchen glow. Three brushed steel pendants hang above the island, while recessed ceiling lights are assisted by under cabinet lights for extra illumination on the countertop work surfaces.

Now, while Stacey considers herself a “hobby designer,” she and Daniel, with the help of a few talented suppliers, brought to life a bright and beautiful farmhouse kitchen with maximum functionality for this family of five.


MR Midwest Renovations, LLC

LaBelle Cabinetry & Lighting

Mid Missouri Surfaces