Retro-Modern Kitchen Makeover

Men laying new hardwood flooring

Photos by Ashley Fehr

Every Tuesday, I’ll be featuring an Atlanta-area home makeover story here on our blog, and I’m happy to kick off this new routine by showcasing a design-build company with projects that always pique my interest: Brian Patterson Designs Inc.

For this particular project, owner Brian Patterson, with the help of Domain Construction Inc., renovated the kitchen of a1940s Decatur home. The goal was to make the most of the available space while maintaining the owner’s already-established-and-fabulous Art Deco style.

Here’s the canvas Patterson was working with:

1. East side- before

5. Stove wall- before

15. West View- Before

To expand the space, the washer and dryer were relocated, the two-top cafe table was replaced with a four-top in the sunroom and a functional pantry was added, along with an island for additional counter space and storage.



Breakfast table in sunroom


Island with storage and additional counter space


Pantry behind island

Patterson wanted the kitchen to complement the rest of the home’s style, so he used bold color, graphic tile patterns and retro fixtures. Floating stainless steel shelves added modern flair to the space, and the Johnathan Adler chandelier is now a sriking focal point.

Floating shelves above sink

Floating shelves above sink

Tile backsplash above stove

Tile backsplash above stove

Jonathan Adler chandelier

Jonathan Adler chandelier

The end result is a kitchen that packs a punch of personality and optimizes functionality!

Love it!

Love it!


Cabinets: Custom-made drawer fronts by Domain Construction
Pantry Cabinet: IKEA, Pax in Black-Brown
Appliances: Kenmore Elite
Flooring: Cork by Just Floors
Kitchen Shelves by window: IKEA, Ekby Mossby
Countertops: Statuary marble by Stone Solutions
Backsplash tile: Specialty tile
Island: IKEA, Utby with Statuary marble top
Faucet: IKEA, Hovskar Single Lever in chrome
Chandelier: Robert Abbey Inc., Johnathan Adler, Maurice in polished nickel
Sconces: Circa Lighting, Bryant Sconce in polished nickel
Paint: Walls, Sherwin Williams, SW6629 Jalapeno; ceiling/trim, Sherwin Williams SW6381 Anjou Pear Satin

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