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Donna Gilliam Interiors
The idea for the satin brass accents came from this exquisite satin brass faucet that the homeowner had spied in another one of the designer’s projects. It became an absolute must-have for her. “But at $1,100, this faucet was way out of the budget range for a $35,000 to $40,000 kitchen,” Gilliam says. Her client scoured the internet and found a designer on eBay who had bought the faucet for a project but had not used it; she scored it for $386. A standard undermount sink was another cost saver. “Because we’d saved on the appliances and the faucet, I said, ‘Let’s go all out with the jewelry,’” Gilliam says. In this case, “jewelry” refers to the beautiful backsplash tile, which was handmade in England. “It’s very iridescent, picks up the colors around it and elevates the design,” she says.Faucet: East Linear, Newport Brass; tile: 12-by-3-inch subway in Pumice, Renaissance Tile and Bath; counters: White Spring granite; undercabinet lighting: Xenon Before Photo
BEFORE: At first, her clients thought they should open up the wall behind the refrigerator between the kitchen and the dining room. But Gilliam wasn’t persuaded that making the kitchen huge was the answer or would fit with the style of the 1950s bungalow.