A Scandi-Style Kitchen with Mid-Century & Italian Cues in Brooklyn

A homeowner brings sunlightand love of traditional and 70’s designinto her Scandi-style kitchen

Wood topped kitchen peninsula with bar seating

  • Homeowner: Melissa posted her kitchen renovation project on Sweeten
  • Where: Clinton Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York
  • Primary renovation: Opening up and brightening a corner unit apartment’s kitchen, and infusing it with European design influences, from Scandi to mid-century modern, to ’70s Italian design
  • With: Sweeten general contractor
  • Homeowner’s quote: “[Our Sweeten contractor] provided a detailed breakdown of the job, budget, and timeline, and ‘stuck to it.'”

Written in partnership with homeowner Melissa. “After” photos by Kate Glicksberg.

A closed-off Brooklyn kitchen with potential

A beautiful neighborhood, an optimal layout, and a lot of natural light led Melissa to purchase her corner apartment in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill Co-ops. The literary agent planned to renovate the kitchen and remove walls to take advantage of the light from the living area. Melissa also wanted to reflect the building’s mid-century style in her own space. “I wanted mid-century-Scandi-style-kitchen-meets-’70s-Italian-modern with warmer accents in the textiles and color,” she shared. Nearly 14 years after she bought her apartment, Melissa posted her renovation project on Sweeten. She was matched with a contractor who helped her bring her kitchen dreams to life. The wait was worth it. (Even Apartment Therapy thought so, as they covered the transformation as well!)

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Removing walls to create space in the kitchen

Melissa worked with her interior designer, Danielle Herman of Persephone’s Spring, and a Sweeten general contractor to establish a kitchen plan and open up the space. The walls blocking the kitchen off from the living area were the first to go. Fortunately, the impact was instant: the room immediately brightened up. To take advantage of the newfound light, she chose a mix of materials, including matte concrete floor and counters, to balance out the stainless steel appliances. “The goal was to reflect and refract the natural light,” Melissa shared. White Ikea cabinets and floating shelves contribute to the airy and spacious look.

A new peninsula offers additional seating while a built-in nook holds mugs, trinkets, and books. The location of the appliances remained as-is, but without the walls, the cook space revealed a better flow.

Kitchen peninsula with wooden countertop and seating

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White built-in storage cabinet within the kitchen peninsula

Kitchen with white Ikea cabinets and tile and stainless steel appliances

White kitchen peninsula with wooden table top and wood shelving

The team brings a Scandi-style kitchen to life

Melissa’s designer worked hand-in-hand with her Sweeten contractor executing the vision and selecting finishes, paint colors, and other details. Her contractor also had worked on many apartments in the Clinton Hill Co-ops, so he knew what to expect in terms of plumbing and support walls. “He knew ahead of time where the bodies were buried, so to speak,” Melissa said. He provided a detailed breakdown of the job, budget, and timeline, and “stuck to it.”

Her only regret of the project? Not doing it sooner. Melissa wakes up every day excited “and delighted to return to cook dinner.”

Open plan kitchen and living area
Kitchen with matte concrete counters, white tile backsplash, and wood shelving

Melissa wakes up every day excited “and delighted to return to cook dinner.”

Kitchen sink with matte concrete counters and white tile backsplash

White kitchen storage cabinet with drawers opening and closing

Thank you, Melissa, for sharing your beautiful new mid-century modern kitchen with us!

Renovation materials:

  • Cabinets: Ikea
  • Ash 24×24 floor tile: TileBar
  • Custom open shelves: Ethan Abramson
  • Matte concrete countertops: Caesarstone
  • Bertazzoni range hood: Bertazzoni
  • Lighting: Blu Dot
  • Faucet: Delta Faucet
  • Lucy stool: Bend Goods

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