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Before & After: A Bold Kitchen to Match an Artist’s Blooming Home

by Sofia Tuovinen

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Back when we first toured artist ’s home in Scottsdale, AZ last year, she shared with us a dream about eventually updating her family’s kitchen. There wasn’t anything disastrously wrong with it, but it was 22 years old and not exactly Bari — if you’ve seen the rest of her house you’ll get the gist. The space simply longed for a few practical updates and needed to represent its fun, energetic and color-loving owners. With that in mind, Bari set out to design the kitchen she had longed for.

To kick off the design process, Bari began freely pinning anything and everything she liked or felt drawn to. She then went back to her pinboard to find the through-line, to identify the style, items, and ideas that she had pinned over and over. She then deleted anything that didn’t quite fit the bill — what was left was the backbone of the new kitchen design, bursting of personality and bold charm.

Bari’s design research quickly revealed that the kitchen was going to include black, white and green with a touch of warm wood tones. Black became the cabinet color and white was incorporated as thick marble countertops and a large farmhouse sink. As for green, Bari shares, “I’m so glad I didn’t listen to all the naysayers about green herringbone [tiles]. I knew from almost the beginning that’s what I wanted.” The deep green tiles, covering all walls and wrapping into the windowsill in a herringbone pattern — perfectly matched up in each corner — have become the ultimate highlight of Bari’s kitchen.

As Bari was her own general contractor from start to finish, she also learned a thing or two during the renovation. “My best suggestions for anyone being their own contractor is [to] pick out your appliances and read the specs backward and forward,” she says, having experienced some bumps in the road during the process. “Make sure cabinet and countertop people are on the same page,” she adds. When asked about her takeaways from the experience, Bari answers without hesitating, “It taught me to stick with my vision even when others are telling you that you are a bit [out there].” Scroll down to see how Bari transformed her kitchen into a striking space that she and her family can enjoy to the max! —

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Image above: Bari describes her family’s new kitchen as “modern-vintage, colorful and bold.” Her favorite detail is the green herringbone tilework that covers the kitchen walls from counter to ceiling. 

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The old kitchen was workable, but it was 22 years old and simply not Bari and her family’s style. “I insist ‘beige is not a color.’ And this was all beige,” Bari describes the original look. 

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The typical 1990s desert style kitchen gave way to a bolder palette in-line with the rest of the house. “One thing that I love now is the placement of the microwave. I rarely use it, and it had been taking up precious cabinet space. Moving it to the island, it opened up a whole area next to the refrigerator,” Bari explains. 

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Bari selected a 2″x6″ handmade tile in Bluegrass by for the kitchen walls.

“I’m so glad I didn’t listen to all the naysayers about green herringbone. I knew from almost the beginning that’s what I wanted.”

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Open shelves in natural wood create a lighter feel compared to the old corner cabinets.

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When selecting countertops there was a big debate over natural marble vs. quartz. “We ended up going with natural marble,” Bari notes. “We like patina and don’t expect everything to stay perfect forever.”

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Vintage amber glasses and placemats using  fabrics create a blooming table setting in Bari’s new kitchen.

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Bari swapped the more traditional knobs for modern hardware from the 

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This is our new beverage center. It used to be a planning desk that just collected junk. The new setup left more room in the refrigerator and the main counters. This is one of our favorite changes,” Bari shares.

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The fireclay farmhouse sink is from

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Comments

  • What a wonderfully rich, vibrant kitchen. I love the tiles and the way the orange touches play against them. This room will look great with any hot warm colours as counterpoints.

  • All of my favorite saturated colors. Very bold. Very beautiful. To be honest, the before kitchen was perfectly fine, functional and banal. That herringbone green tile — to die for. Well done.

  • I’ve been watching the progression of this project on Bari’s Instagram account. The result is lovely with such a rich, vibrant palette. I love the idea of converting the old kitchen desk (junk-catcher) into a beverage center. I think I’ll borrow that!

  • The green herringbone really makes this space. Bravo on injecting your home with some personality. I always remember what a naysayers home looks like before I seriously consider stepping away. It’s those risks that truly make a home YOUR home.

  • Ooo… I really like this. The tile is the best part… but I do wish that the upper cabinets were white to highlight both the grout (and make that green pop) and the countertops. But then again, I love two-toned cabinets.

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