Double the Pleasure


A Solana Beach couple wanted their cookie-cutter kitchen transformed into a high-end cook’s space with gorgeous detailing, but they weren’t sure whether to go Cape Cod or country French — two styles they adored. Interior designer Lisa Hoyt gave them both.

“The breezy Cape Cod look was created with wicker area rugs and window treatments, linen slipcovers on the chairs, distressed off-white paint on the cabinetry, a tad of bead boarding and the use of glass on some of the cabinet door fronts,” Lisa says. “The French touch shows up with the use of curvy corbels, wrought-iron cabinet handles and drawer pulls, and the fabulous antique chandelier and lantern lights.”

Instead of switching out cabinetry, Lisa switched out the cabinet fronts with trim and details. “We wanted them to have plenty of ridges so we could paint them a cream color, then glaze over that with a brown stain,” Lisa says. “That way the wash could get into the crevices and give the cabinets depth and interest.” 

Dark wood used for flooring, the island countertop and a wine cooler provide contrast for the kitchen’s soft yellow, tan, caramel and cream color scheme. Two French doors conveniently lead to the barbecue area in the back yard, which also is home to a fireplace, lap pool and putting green.

“This kitchen has French and Cape Cod design features,” Lisa says, “but it also epitomizes Southern California living.

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