HOMEWORK At Home with
Jay and Melanie Valk of Classic Kitchens of Charleston After living in their Mt. Pleasant home for about four years, Jay and Melanie declared it was high time to update their dysfunctional kitchen area to a space that worked for their young family. With Jay’s background in kitchen
It was important for Melanie and Jay to have an open, functional kitchen in order for their busy lifestyle and young family to work through their daily routines efficiently. While designing their new kitchen, they chose to remove the wall that separated it from the living room, and take advantage of some of the unused areas by moving the range and adding simple, beautiful white shaker-style cabinetry.
In the original kitchen, there was no island and, therefore, severely limited countertop space to work with, so the Valks designed a graypainted, furniture-style island with a black walnut countertop to contrast the sparkling, white “London Sky” Zodiaq quartz countertops on the rest of the cabinetry.
Another feature that helps complete the whole picture is how Jay and Melanie took the upper cabinetry up to the ceiling and added trim details along the top. Add in the new pendant lights over the bar and sink area, the new recessed lighting, and the Valks finally have a stunning, functional kitchen for productive everyday life. For more information, call Classic Kitchens of Charleston at (843) 991-4207 or visit classickitchensofcharleston.com.
CH+D • Summer 2018
Jay and Melanie Valk of Classic Kitchens of Charleston
Photography by Patrick Brickman
design and Melanie’s background in interior design, they were able to join forces to create their ideal kitchen.
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