Contemporary Kitchen with Rustic Charm: Before & After Transformation

Combining contemporary with rustic, these kitchen cabinets are more than just housing for dishes and cookware.

Creating a work of art was Paul and Marcee’s vision. Together with designer Amy Dillon, they worked a masterpiece on the vintage brick canvas, creating a fashionable and functional kitchen workspace. The square frame of AyA’s Arlington Pitch Black door fronts and the continuous use of two-drawer base cabinets, were the perfect candidates to create a seamless flow for the base cabinets.

Appearing as more of a bold architectural massing rather than a fridge and storage system, the use of the Manhattan, Pitch Black doors for the fully integrated fridge and tall pantry, spanning the full ten foot ceiling, perfectly frame the kitchen.

Repurposed metal shelving units with wooden planks for shelves replace the tradition of upper cabinets.

With the challenge of a solid brick wall for a backsplash and not wanting a fully exposed outlet conduit, Paul, an innovator for Umbra, contributed to the design with the idea to continue the countertop slightly up the wall to house the outlets. The extended countertop doubles as a ledge for trinkets and accents.


This sleek, urban design accommodates the everyday needs of a kitchen, while maintaining the charm and comfort of a home. Watch video of the full transformation as designer Amy and home owners Paul and Marcee describe their vision and AyA experience.



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