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Lacey Project

Lacey Project

Mid-Century Modern Kitchen/Laundry Remodel: Merging Style with Precision

This creative project was charged with the task of remodeling a kitchen and laundry area for a client with a keen eye for design and a deep appreciation for mid-century details. With the client at the helm of a successful graphics design company, attention to detail was paramount, demanding a precise and thoughtful approach to every element of the project.

Cohesive Mid-Century Aesthetic with a Modern Twist

The design challenge was to respect and revitalize the mid-century modern motif while integrating modern appliances and technologies. To that end, the project featured black pewter appliances that harmonized with the vintage appeal yet offered the latest in culinary performance.

A striking cantilever design was implemented on the wall and ceiling above the cooking area. This architectural choice not only enhanced the mid-century vibe but also cleverly concealed state-of-the-art LED lighting, maintaining clean lines and eliminating visual clutter.

Function Meets Vintage Charm with Advanced Utilities

The culinary space was elevated with the installation of a vintage-style popup downdraft situated on the cooktop. This merges the functionality of modern ventilation with the retro design aesthetic, ensuring that practical requirements do not compromise style cohesion.

Cabinetry and millwork were meticulously crafted from walnut veneer, playing into the rich textures and warm tones characteristic of mid-century design. These elements provided both ample storage and an air of sophistication in keeping with the client’s precise standards.

Period-Perfect Design Accents

No detail was too small, and design accents were meticulously chosen to reinforce the authenticity of the space. Period-specific acorn-shaped light pendants were selected, serving as focal points that echo the mid-50s decor. These pendants added a touch of historical elegance and complemented the overall design narrative.

Conclusion: A Tailored Space for a Design-Conscious Client

The remodeled kitchen and laundry area emerged as a testament to the fusion of form, function, and historical accuracy. For a client whose career revolves around design and detail, the project was not just a renovation; it was a personal expression of their professional ethos and aesthetic preferences. The result was a space that not only met the client’s exacting standards but also celebrated the timeless allure of mid-century design, equipped with modern-day conveniences.


Kitchen, Laundry, Breakfast Room Remodel


James Lacey


Spring 2019


October 29, 2019



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