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A Coastal Kitchen Renovation with Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets with blogger, Helen of Style Inherited

August 20, 2020

Hi friends!

Today I have a guest post from one of my lovely clients and pals, Helen of the New England lifestyle blog, Style Inherited. She had me over to photograph her stunning new kitchen (I’m obsessed with it!) in Rye, New York. It’s always so fun photographing Helen – she’s the sweetest and so much fun! If you like pups, she also has the cutest little Maltipoo named, Ranger. 🙂 All that being said, I’m sharing Helen’s post from her beautiful blog below in her own words on her stunning kitchen renovation…Helen, take it away!

Today’s Cozy Coastal Inspired Kitchen Blog Post is in partnership with
County TV & Appliance, located in Stamford, CT. If you’re local to Fairfield &
Westchester County and in the market for new appliances,
this is your place! *All photography credit belongs to Mindy Briar

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Guys! I can’t believe today is finally here! I’ve been dreaming of sharing my kitchen reveal with you all for what has felt like an eternity and now, here we are! If you’re new around here or just want a refresher on what the BEFORE looked like, then click here. Without further ado, let’s check out my cozy, coastal inspired kitchen!


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As far as dream kitchens go, this one comes pretty darn close to being mine! Everything I disliked about the kitchen prior to the renovation is like a distant memory and honestly, I love everything about this one! A huge part of why I love this kitchen so much is thanks to my Café Appliances from County TV & Appliance.

Funny story time: All growing up I always dreamed of having a Sub-Zero fridge. No, seriously though, when my mom or sister would ask what I was saving up for, I would always say “A Sub-Zero!” Gosh, I was a weird kid… anyway! I used to dream of having one until I discovered Café Appliances. If my personality were an appliance package, it would be these white and gold Café Appliances!

It’s no secret that I had no idea what I was doing coming into this renovation. The idea of appliance shopping was pretty darn overwhelming for this girl right here. At first I didn’t think I was actually going to be able to make the Café Appliances work in this space, but thanks to the team over at County TV & Appliance in Stamford they were able to figure out a way to make my dream appliances a reality!

This is a little bit of a tangent, but the reason why Café Appliances weren’t going to work at first is because the location of the range & microwave used to be flipped prior to the renovation. I absolutely did not want a huge hood coming down from the ceiling in the middle of my new open concept kitchen & living room. We needed to find another solution to venting the range, but Café Appliances don’t have a downdraft venting option that go behind the range. Gosh, I know way more about venting than I ever thought I would. Ha!

Long story short, Jason (my amazingly helpful salesperson) at County TV & Appliance came up with the idea to swap the location of the range with the dishwasher and voila! Now the range would be vented by the microwave. Problem. Solved. Thanks, Jason!

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Truth be told, the plan was to do subway tile in the kitchen because I really wanted to have my own Joanna Gaines moment. However, we had tons of this scalloped tile leftover from another project (will be revealed soon!) and couldn’t return it so instead of letting it go to waste, we used it as our backsplash. Everything happens for a reason because I couldn’t imagine this kitchen now without my scalloped tile! It adds a subtle coastal vibe and every time I look at it, it makes my heart happy.


two toned white kitchen renovation

two toned white kitchen renovation

I really stepped out of my comfort zone here with these charcoal grey cabinets. The plan originally was to do all white. Of course. But again, Jason at County TV & Appliance brought up a great point that all white cabinets wouldn’t really allow my white Café Appliances to stand out like I wanted them to. Again, Jason = genius!

Other options that crossed my mind were doing light blue, emerald, or navy blue bottom cabinets, but that would have been a lot more money & time. Ultimately I love that I went with the charcoal grey cabinets, they go really well with the color of our hardwood floors and they’re still mainstream enough not to turn off any future buyers!


two toned white kitchen renovation

Who cares if I live right next to the beach, I wanted my farmhouse sink! It’s really hard to say what exactly I love most about this kitchen, but this sink is up there! Of course I went all out with the white & gold theme and ended up with this gorgeous faucet. Also, how adorable are the little cabinets underneath the sink?

Keeping in line with my coastal town, I had to give a nod to my love for all things nautical, which is why my kitchen was the perfect spot to hang this acrylic beach print. I’ll link Mary Wade’s artwork here for you guys to shop! & I’ll link my exact piece here! I love how her artwork is inspired by all things coastal!


two toned white kitchen renovation

It’s safe to say Ranger is a huge fan of our barstools. Their oversized cushion seats are the perfect place for her to nap away the afternoon or to help act as my sous-chef while I’m cooking. I originally had my heart set on bamboo-inspired bar stools, but I ended up with these very similar looking ones that just made a little more sense. I love the Chippendale styling and I actually think they help blend the two spaces together rather than act as a divider. That’s a win in my book!two toned white kitchen renovation

two toned white kitchen renovation

Each morning now I come downstairs and can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to call this place my home. And also, I’m pretty darn proud that I dreamed up this kitchen almost entirely on my own. It’s a little slice of heaven and it 100% lives up to being the “heart of the home.” I definitely couldn’t have handled the appliance shopping without County TV & Appliance though!!

If you have any questions about the renovation at all, please feel free to reach out via email ( ) OR send me a DM on Instagram! I always love hearing from you guys!!


The best news – this beautiful condo is currently on the market! Head to Helen’s blog to learn more here!

Thank you again, Helen for having me over to photograph you and your beautiful kitchen. Do you have a home renovation that you would like photographed? I would love to send you my lifestyle branding packages – please feel free to email me at to learn more! 
Cheers, friends!
  1. Helen says:

    Thanks for sharing Mindy! And for the amazing photos as always 🙂

  2. Brandee says:

    What is the color of you lower cabinets?

  3. Amy says:

    Where is the gold hardware from? Looks perfect!

  4. Deisy says:

    Love this kitchen. What is the color of your bottom cabinets?

  5. Melissa says:

    What is the name of the backsplash?

  6. Leta Wiley says:

    Beautiful – what are the cabinet colors ?

  7. Lea says:

    What is the color of bottom cabinets

  8. Ali says:

    Would love to know the color of the bottom cabinets please. Thank you!

  9. Elza says:

    I would like to know where did you buy the sink. Love it!

  10. Maureen Henderson says:

    What is the color of your bottom cabinets?
    Thank you

  11. Lisa Costin says:

    Color of bottom cabinets?

  12. Stephanie Christina says:

    HI What colors did you paint the cabinets ?

  13. Stacey Neal says:

    What brand paint and color gray did you use?

  14. Tammy says:

    Beautiful kitchen! What color are the lower cabinets?

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