A Traditional Kitchen Gets a Contemporary Makeover

Built in 1999, this beautiful Lansing Island home recently saw its living room and kitchen made over by Brian Ellison of Brian Ellison Designs, who swept in and worked his creative magic throughout the two rooms.

A former corporate designer with Restoration Hardware in San Francisco for seven years, Brian has been reinventing living spaces on Florida’s Space Coast for four years.

The homeowner of this ongoing project, Lisa Bernick, is a confirmed foodie and mother of four who loves creating culinary delights, so we wanted to capture her kitchen for you.

Here, Brian took out a few walls, added wraparound soffit for lighting using gold fixtures, and incorporated a stunning blue agate countertop, a charcoal glass backsplash, and a scene-stealing copper faucet with matching sink to complete the overall look and feel.

Brian enjoys mixing and matching metals and colors. He also enjoys finding unique materials to work with, such as the captivating blue countertop handmade in Israel from hand-cut agate painstakingly assembled by craftsmen to produce the dazzling one-of-a-kind finish. 

The island it sits on is made of wenge (pronounced “wayne-gay”), a gorgeous naturally dark hardwood from Africa known for its durability and ebony-like appearance. Its hue perfectly complements the adjoining platinum faux leather banquette seating area.

The rounded half wall features agate glass tiles in teal and blue hung vertically to cover the expanse and includes three recessed lights to highlight the metal vases showcased. The cabinets were specially fitted to accommodate the curved stretch.

If you’d like to emulate the artful design, here’s where you’ll need to begin to capture the look: tabletop from Restoration Hardware, barstools from Scan Design, chandelier by ET2, lighting fixtures via LightStyle in Winter Park, white countertops by Cambria, cabinets by Cabinet Design, and appliances by Sub-Zero and Jenn-Air.