Transitional Chic Kitchen Design in Rio Verde, AZ

Kitchen Remodel Reveal: Transitional Chic

We’re so excited to be sharing our Transitional Chic project. Designer Danielle Lardani worked with her clients in Rio Verde, AZ to redesign the kitchen and bar in their getaway home.


The clients had recently purchased a vacation home in Arizona and wanted to do some renovations. They wanted to create a more open space as well as update the kitchen layout and cabinetry. As you see in the three “before” photos below, the space was divided by many walls that prevented a natural flow, blocked the beautiful desert views, and made the home feel dark.


This 3D rendering shows how Danielle’s design will dramatically improve the clients’ space by opening it up and creating a beautifully fresh and functional kitchen.

Cabinet Design 3D Rendering by Studio M Kitchen & Bath


Thanks to our photographer, Cole Horchler, for these beautiful photos of the completed project and for being a joy to work with.

Transitional Chic Kitchen Design in Rio Verde, AZ Custom Cabinetry Design for Kitchen Remodel in Arizona

When it came to creating a kitchen design that reflected their lifestyle, Danielle asked her clients many questions about how they wanted their space to function. She found that the main walkway to and from the pool area was between the island and the sink wall. This walkway needed to be sufficiently wide and clear of hazards such as protruding cabinets or countertops. Danielle followed the contour of the exterior wall and angled the island countertop and the sink base cabinets to ensure adequate width.  With the large windows facing the backyard, there was no space for upper cabinets along the sink wall. Danielle solved this problem by adding wall cabinets on each side of the range hood and used glass inserts to make the space feel more open.

When it came time to select cabinets for their new space, Danielle’s clients told her that they desired something warmer than white to tie in with the Arizona vibe and the overall style of the home. Danielle selected two Wynnbrooke Cabinetry finishes, Stone in a Rustic Beech wood species for the island and a painted taupe finish for the perimeter. The clients’ loved the selection of two finishes because it added character and interest to the home.

Warm Custom Cabinet Design in Transitional Kitchen

Transitional Chic Arizona Kitchen Design and Remodel

A few other notable design details:

  • The sink was centered under the window to look out onto the back pool area.
  • The clients selected a black finish for the window trim and lighting
  • The base cabinets flanking the induction cooktop & electric wall oven were designed with roll-out drawers for easy access to pots and pans.
  • The hood panel was detailed with a custom inlay using the island’s rustic beech finish, adding a nice element of cohesion.
  • To keep with the overall minimalist design approach, the bar area was designed in the same finish as the island, with one single floating shelf and wall splash (a wall-sized backsplash)
  • The center section of the bar cabinetry was designed to resemble a furniture piece, with a bump out, knobs, and tapered bun feet on the front

Bar Cabinetry Wood Stain Design

The clients truly enjoy their new space, and Designer Danielle is happy she was able to be a part of redesigning this home for a lovely family.

Stay tuned for an upcoming blog in which we talk about designing cabinetry for an out-of-state project.

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Jeanie Manser says

Thank you for sharing these ideas! We’re undergoing our kitchen remodel and just got our cabinets refinished, so now we’re onto appliances and countertops. I love seeing so many examples and possibilities, so thank you for sharing!

Chris Dewey says

Wow! What great changes in kitchen remodeling. Thanks for this article. It reminds me of my kitchen place.

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