A 1980s Kitchen Gets a Stunning Makeover

Designer Lindsay Chambers Transforms a Dark and Outdated Space Into the Heart of This Family's Home

A Fresh Take on Modern for a 1980's Kitchen | Interior Design by Lindsay Chambers | Photography by Lu Tapp | Modern Sanctuary | Kitchen Inspiration | Transitional Kitchen | White Kitchen | Kitchen Backsplash | Shelving Inspiration | Floating Shelves | Kitchen Hardware | Brass Hardware | Countertop Inspiration | Marble Counters | Lighting Inspiration | Transitional Lighting
Photo by:
Lu Tapp
06/22/2017

Called one of “today’s most talented designers” by USA Today, Lindsay Chambers is a woman in demand. One of her favorite rooms to design? The kitchen, because it represents the heart and soul of the home. Lindsay loves the challenge of creating beautiful spaces that are functional for 21st century families.

This project was a remodel of a house built in 1982. Lindsay describes the extensive renovation required to update the kitchen: “The clients wanted the space to feel light, bright and airy, but it was in a dark corner and cut off from the rest of the house. We brought in light by bringing down a wall and opening up the space to a second dining area which has all glass (both windows and door) on one of the walls which leads to the porch. This allowed the family to socialize with each other and friends as they cooked. They view the kitchen as the center of the home. 

“It also needed a complete overhaul because everything was dated. The ceilings are pretty short (8′) and we could not raise them because of structural reasons. We wanted to make the space feel unique and special but couldn’t apply any pronounced woodwork because that would make the ceilings feel even shorter. So we extended the cabinets to the ceiling trim and painted the ceilings the color of the walls to give it that cozy warm feel where you don’t feel the height of the room as a detractor. It feels extended. We made the space feel bright by using white on the cabinets and backsplash.”

A Fresh Take on Modern for a 1980's Kitchen | Interior Design by Lindsay Chambers | Photography by Lu Tapp | Modern Sanctuary | Kitchen Inspiration | Transitional Kitchen | White Kitchen | Kitchen Backsplash | Shelving Inspiration | Floating Shelves | Kitchen Hardware | Brass Hardware | Countertop Inspiration | Marble Counters | Lighting Inspiration | Transitional Lighting
Photo by:
Lu Tapp

A furniture-style island is the perfect gathering place in the renovated kitchen.

Photo by:
Roger Davies
Pendant Lights: Paul Ferrante

The gorgeous La Cornue range represents the ideal balance between form and function.

Photo by:
Roger Davies
Marble Countertops: Stoneland USA | Tile Backsplash and cabinet pulls: Waterworks

“The client wanted to incorporate brass, but keep it somewhat understated and not too blingy, so I mixed in bronze metals with the brass to tone the ‘blinginess’ of polished brass down a little and make it more interesting.” 

Photo by:
Lu Tapp
Wood Shelve Brackets: Rejuvenation

An airy custom table and chairs anchor the dining area, while custom shelving provides ample storage and maintains the open feeling of the space.

I try to create transitional or traditional spaces that have a fresh, clean look to them. I also love designing kitchens because they are the heart of the modern home, and they should feel special — not a place of chores, but a place where you want to spend all your time.  Lindsay Chambers

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Meet the designer Lindsay Chambers
Bio:

Designer Lindsay Chambers incorporates contemporary elements with classic design to create an elevated, transitional aesthetic that is one of both understated elegance and contemporary refinement. Her firm specializes in residential and commercial projects, all which integrate clean lines and carefully considered details.

With offices in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Lindsay Chambers Design projects blend southern California cool with northern California’s understated elegance. Her keen eye for polished details within all of her projects has garnered attention from numerous publications including Architectural DigestHouse Beautiful, Better Homes & GardensNew York Times, USA Today, California Home + Design, and LUXE Interiors. She has acquired such accolades as California Home + Design Magazine’s Emerging Designer of the Year and Viking’s Kitchen Designer of Distinction. She is also a recipient of Gentry Home’s Design Excellence Awards, and has been listed as one of the Top Five designers shaping Bay Area design by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Copy by
Cynthia Baxter
Share this story

Join the discussion

Disclaimer
We encourage Sanctuary Seekers to join the conversation. Please treat others the way you would like to be treated and be willing to take responsibility for the impact your words may have on others. Differences of opinion and open discussion are welcome, but comments that do not have a mature approach and content will be removed. Please note that our community members deserve the same rights as you, and your comments may be responded to or disagreed with. Modern Sanctuary reserves the right to delete comments containing profanity, personal attacks, hate speech or promoting a personal or unrelated business. We review all comments with great care and do not restrict or delete any lightly. These guidelines help us maintain a safe space and work toward our goal of building a community of respect and support for Sanctuary Seekers who want to nurture their Space. Life. Soul.

Related Stories