From Dated Cherry Cabinets to a Modern High-Contrast Kitchen

When a neighbor becomes your design client, the stakes are high. So high, in fact, that only a seasoned pro like Peggy Haddad could pull it off without breaking a sweat. As an e-designer based in Denver, Peggy has worked with clients all across the country, but this remodel just so happened to be much closer to home.

The scope of work included designing a modern high-contrast kitchen, all while keeping the general layout and original cabinetry intact. Statement lighting, brass accents, woven stools, and a black kitchen island transformed the space, working to convey the client’s sleek yet organic style vision.

Woven counter stool with modern iron kitchen pendant, design by Peggy Haddad

A High-Contrast Kitchen Remodel


Location: Denver, Colorado

Year Built: 1983

Project Timeline: 6 months

Scope of Work: Kitchen, living, and dining room remodel

Original abstract art in living room with painted black fireplace, design by Peggy Haddad

Tell us more about this project and the scope of work involved.

The project included the living room and dining room, as well as a kitchen remodel. My clients have a contemporary style, but also wanted a laid-back, organic California vibe. They are a wonderful couple with amazing style and good friends of ours who also live down the street.

Talk to us about the initial inspiration and the process of honing your vision?

One spouse loves the relaxed and organic Amber Interiors style, while the other prefers clean lines and contemporary pieces. Mixing their two style preferences was a fun challenge. In the living room, I was thrilled to incorporate my clients’ authentic Hans Wegner Chairs. They also served as a great jumping-off point for the design.

For the kitchen remodel, everything was replaced except for the cabinets, which were painted. The island features a dramatic black color tone with quartzite countertops, and the slab we selected is gorgeous.


The before kitchen remodel with cherry cabinets


The before living room remodel with stone fireplace, design by Peggy Haddad
Abstract living room art by Kader Boly, design by Peggy Haddad

What were some of the major pain points, and how did you problem-solve with design?

The living room layout was a pain point because of the sunroom doors in the back corner. The previous layout felt small and cramped, and my clients wanted to maximize seating as their primary entertaining space. By changing the layout, and pushing everything back, the room was able to handle two sofas nicely. 

Also, my clients are huge dog lovers, so they wanted furniture and decor that could handle their lifestyle. The white sofa and counter stools have high-performance Crypton upholstery. We also wanted pet-friendly rugs for the living and dining room. Although the rugs have an authentic vintage feel, they are at a great price point and very durable!

My clients have a contemporary style, but they also wanted a laid-back, organic California vibe.

White geometric tile backsplash, design by Peggy Haddad

Any favorite design features you can share?

We are all about statement lighting, and this kitchen is no exception. The oversized iron pendants, along with the rope, teak, and rattan counter stools are my favorite furniture and decor features. 


Design: Peggy Haddad Interiors

Photography: Kara DeYoung

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