Date: August 18, 2016 | Story: Susan Darcey | Photography: Rett Peek |
Jonesboro designer Sean Shrum creates a stunning kitchen that is naturally appealing
Single level homes are not easy to find, especially on the golf course, but that’s exactly the type of home this homeowner and her husband had been hoping for, so when the only single-level home in their neighborhood went up for sale, they didn’t waste any time purchasing it.
A Natural Direction
The homeowner worked with Sean Shrum of Sean Shrum Studio in Jonesboro to help transform the darker décor throughout the home into lighter shades complemented with natural elements. “The kitchen started off with a very contemporary feel,” Shrum says, even though it was outfitted with traditional elements such as the cabinets and granite counter tops. “Since her taste is more organic, and natural, we shifted gears.”
Aged and Timeless
Leaving the cabinets in place, Shrum took the existing oven hood down and redesigned it by rebuilding the mantle on it and then raising the hood up to the ceiling to accommodate the new gas cooktop. In contrast to the cabinets, the metal hood was fabricated to be reminiscent of weathered zinc patina and accented with antique wood corbels dating back to the 1800s. The hood, which takes center stage in this kitchen, is set off by the backsplash of marble tile in a herringbone pattern behind the range. “The marble has a mirrored effect of the island and the surrounding countertops are a weathered quartzite and give a soft feel in contrast to the dark black accents that were in the house,” Shrum adds.
Shrum chose a darker shade for the island, painted in Sherwin Williams Griffin, and flanked it with matching antique wood corbels from the 1800s, painted with a dark finish to better complement the island. A trio of hanging lamps centered above the island adds an aged aesthetic to the kitchen. “I wanted it to look as if it had been there for a long time so I went with the antique brass rod and the black and bronze finish,” Shrum notes. The open island houses three sling back counter stools with distinctive features of cowhide and Kilim rug cushions by Lee Industries, which add a rustic element to the kitchen and offer a relaxed area for dining. “We really wanted to keep an indoor/outdoor relationship,” Shrum concludes.
Interior design Sean Shrum, Sean Shrum Studio, Jonesboro, (870) 926-7326
Contractor Rick Foreman, Foreman Construction, Bono, AR
Accessories Blu D’or Interiors, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435, Memphis, (901) 207-4392, bludorinteriors.com
Appliances Metro Appliances & More, Jonesboro, (870) 933-7800, North Little Rock, (501) 758-1988, Springdale, (479)750- 2200, metroappliancesandmore.com
Cabinetry Gilmore’s Custom Kitchen, Jonesboro, (870) 932-7638, gilmoreskitchens.com
Countertops Schmidt Countertops, Bay, AR, (870) 781-9429, schmidtcountertops.com
Furniture-barstools Blu D’or Interiors, Jonesboro, (870) 336-1435, Memphis, (901) 207-4392, bludorinteriors.com
Lighting Sean Shrum, Sean Shrum Studio, Jonesboro, (870) 926-7326
Paint Sherwin-Williams, locations statewide, sherwin-williams.com
Painting Guerra’s Painting, Jonesboro (870) 810-1503
Tile-floors Laws Abbey Flooring, Jonesboro, (870) 932-5297, jonesboro.abbeycarpet.com