Blended Open Concept Kitchen in Lino lakes

Blending family farm heirlooms with modern surfaces

This Lino Lakes couple recently inherited a host of family heirlooms that needed to be blended with the desire for more functional, modern open kitchen design and a converted dining room space. Since the project also involved repair of water damage in the adjacent lower level, additional upgrades were brought into play resulting in a built-in wall-size bookcase integrated with a fireplace surround and mounted TV. In the end, this couple was happy to eliminate the unused formal living room, transitioning it into a much larger contiguous dining room with space to decorate with family heirlooms and furniture.

Design/Build Consultant — Nadia Glynn

Photography — Alyssa Lee

Honoring the Old

From a designers point of view we looked at the existing elements the homeowner wanted to keep and use in the new space.I suggested that painting the island instead of finishing it with a similar darker stain would match or compliment the existing farm furniture.

Often material selections can help tell the ambience story. I chose knotty alder because it shows a lot of character in grain and tone instead of a more contemporary bright white. It all has to work together of course, but he single biggest material choice for character was the luxury vinyl plank (LVP) Grand Teton. It has such as great rustic charm and character. Precious keepsakes need to be seen to be appreciated, so we made sure there was plenty of open shelving in the design to showcase these heirlooms.

Updating to New

Today’s modern designs currently emphasize clean lines, white or grey schemes. So, simple clean lines for our cabinetry and bright, simple patterned countertops & backsplash—nothing heavy or busy to distract the eye. Understated pulls on stained cabinets against the painted island give contrast or counterpoint. The contemporary white subway tile perimeter also helped carry the modern perspective forward.


Flooring — Grand Teton Timberland Engineered Luxury Vinyl Plank.

Afternoon light baths the new kitchen showing off the dynamic flooring pattern and custom cabinet finish. Since the couple had just purchased the refrigerator prior to the remodel it was not considered for a replacement to match the new cooktop. Note small kitchen TV that used to take us countertop space is now mounted on the cabinet back with a sound stick speaker. And yes, had they not just purchased a new refrigerator prior to the decision to remodel, that might be a stainless steel to match the ovens.


Fortunately, the wall to be removed was not load-bearing, which saved engineering costs on the project.

The floating floor was replaced with a luxury vinyl, with more interest, motion in pattern and color variation, and much lower maintenance. The original raised panel cabinets were functional but dated and were replaced with shaker style custom cabinets in a much darker shade.


Reverse angle of kitchen showing the new dining space and featuring island cabinet color Hirshfields 0442 Dowager.


Before the remodel—small 90s entertainment center with inadequate storage. Not exactly an inviting corner to watch your favorite Hallmark movie. And, of course, nothing like the back of a couch for that "what else are we going to do with this?" ambience.


New fireplace and dry-stacked stone surround, custom mantel and build-in book shelves and cabinet storage.


                    • Peremiter Countertops — Cambria 3cm Torquay
                    • Island countertops — Silestone Alpina White standard edge profile
                    • Kitchen perimeter countertops — Silestone quartz Countertops:Alpine White (3cm) Undennount Sink Finishing
                    • Custom cabinets stain — Valspar Brusnwick
                    • Backsplash — subway tile Imperial Bianco Gls 7.5x15cm
                    • Flooring — Grand Teton Timberland
                    • Island color — H/F 0442 Dowager





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