After teasing her 269,000 Instagram followers for months about her kitchen redesign, fashion blogger Emily Jackson is finally lifting the curtain on her stunning new space, and we got the exclusive first look. When the mom of two moved into their new family home in Utah's Country French Estates, she called upon the help of designers Jessica Bennet and Alice Lane Home's Kendra Stephenson to revamp her heart-of-the-home kitchen. We chatted with the designers behind the project to get all the details behind the project.
Get ready for some serious kitchen envy.
It all started with a Kelly Wearstler wallpaper with deep plum brushstrokes. "We had Emily show us some of her favorite pieces in her closet, and we were inspired by her merlot, over-the-knee Stuart Weitzman boots that had been her go-tos this past season," says Stephenson. Adding them to the back of the glass-paneled cabinets was the perfect way to give this all-white kitchen some life.
Emily Jackson is no stranger to style and fashion, so it was easy for the designers to study her carefully curated blog for inspiration. "When we came across a beautiful ombré linen fabric in plum and pink, we knew it was the natural companion piece to bridge the contrast [with the wallpaper]," says Stephenson. "The color scheme evolved from there—we studied Emily's curated looks and incorporated navy and some crisp black-and-white moments to make the space feel modern and tidy."
The eat-in dining area was transformed into a more formal entertaining space so that the whole family could spend time together and also host gatherings in one central space. "We changed out the dining light fixture for a more glamorous silhouette that would allow the eat-in dining space to also function as their formal dining area (something the home previously lacked)," says Stephenson.
Not one but two kitchen islands anchor the space, making it all the family-friendlier and leaving plenty of cooking space. With an uplifted décor, the space has become multipurpose and a true crowd-pleaser among Jackson's family, friends, and readers.
The geometric lines in the range hood were repeated in the set of large brass pendants hanging above the kitchen islands, providing continuity and drawing the eye in.
The design duo created three different zones in the kitchen to make the large space feel more usable. "The first zone has a cookbook library with a unique easel lamp to keep recipes at her fingertips," says Stephenson. "Zone two is a bake center where she and her daughter can spend time making treats together. The last zone is the butler's pantry, where items used for entertaining can be stored and displayed." As a seasoned entertainer, Jackson needed a serious prep station where she could also store all her serveware essentials.
Jackson is no stranger to plaid, as evidenced by her closet, so the counter stools were a natural match for the young mom. The colors in the fabric play off the veins in the countertops and backsplash, creating a smart, put-together look.
"We wanted to create a fashionable, high-end aesthetic that looks exclusive to Emily's personal style and profession while also using pieces that would relate well with her readers," says Stephenson. "We wanted it to be a space that not only Emily would love, but they could love as well—and that's a large crowd to please!"