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Before and after: Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt lets in the light

Elizabeth Mercer Aurandt of Mercer Interior no less, was asked to make full use of her talents on the kitchen you see before you. The client wanted all of those things we all want in our kitchens, better appliances, better organisations, an incredibly attractive cook or chef. Oh, sorry, that wasn’t the client that was…, well anyway. The other thing the client wanted for her corner of Brooklyn was for it to be brighter and a spot of color. And did she ever get it! Thanks to slightly off-white cabinetry, cool greys on floor and counter tops and a fun punch of color in the back-splash tiles and accent wall color. Also, by moving the cook top to the island the client now no longer has to turn her back to friends and family when  she’s cooking.

The grey worktop works beautifully with the cheerful yellow walls and green tiles from Porcelanosa who also make the floor tiles. And these simple white and rather European looking cabinets are from Ultracraft.

All that fruit and veg in its own bowls rather scares me. I hope someone is going to make a nice hollandaise sauce for the globe artichokes before they start to go brown.  And I think there may be start of a good Pimms cup in the others. Not sure about the avocados, maybe there is some bacon somewhere they could share a sandwich with.  And how about the lemon on the table? Is that about to be squeezed gently into my gin and tonic?

But enough of all that. For now lets give credit to Elizabeth and Mercer Interiors for bringing the sunshine back into this kitchen and turning the cook around to see her friends and family. Incidentally, we have heard word that Elizabeth is planning a range of furniture and accessories which will draw on her early days as a metalworker. We’re looking forward to it!

All photos: Emily Gilbert


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