Here at KBB, we love finding new designers. They range anywhere from a newly discovered artist to an up-and-coming firm. Recently I ran across one of the latter – a Chicago-based design firm Sarah Whit design.
Founded by two sisters, Sarah and Whitney Vaile, the firm focuses on clients with young families and produces a classic aesthetic. The firm has also been named “One to Watch” by the Chicago Merchandise Mart and was listed on INC 500’s 2015 Fastest Growing Company.
We spoke with Sarah about her recent kitchen design to find out more about her design process.
KBB: What were your client’s goals?
SV: They wanted to have a more efficient use of the space, add more storage (specifically a larger island and pantry), create a more open floorpan/better flow and fit in a banquette.
KBB: What was your biggest challenge in this project?SV: The biggest design challenge we faced was the layout of the eating space. We didn’t feel the kitchen flowed properly but there were limitations as to what we could do without overspending to move plumbing, pipelines etc.
The eating space was originally configured with a breakfast table in front of the windows – making the surrounding corners dead space; one corner with a desk and the other was a door to the backyard. The clients both worked outside of the home so they did not need additional work/desk space. The corner with a door leading to the backyard was redundant to doors in adjacent sunroom.
KBB: How did you solve these problems?
SV: We decided to remove the door and make the corner a cozy breakfast nook with a lovely banquette. The previous desk space we removed and opened up into the sunroom. The larger and open space allowed for us to make an even bigger island with seating.
KBB: What was your favorite part?
SV: The reclaimed wood open shelving since it’s unique, and the new island – particularly the stone waterfall down the side.