When it comes to interiors, Anastasia Casey knows what she’s doing. As the founder of IDCO Studio, a creative agency that offers web design, branding, and content creation for interior designers, she’s an expert on what works visually and what doesn’t. Originally from San Francisco, Anastasia moved to Austin to build her company, and purchased a newly built home with faux Tuscan vibes. Coming from a 600 square foot bungalow in her previous town, her new 2400 square foot home felt like a dream. But it needed some adjustments.

When they first moved in they immediately changed the mocha chip colored walls by painting it Benjamin Moore’s Super White. “This small change amplified the gorgeous floor to ceiling windows and instantly made things feel more fresh and modern,” she shared. The kitchen, while well taken care of, was stylistically dated, unfunctional, and felt like “a dark cave” in comparison to the rest of the space. When her parents were going through their own home transformation with Austin’s Home Renovation, contractors that Anastasia immediately clicked with, she soon realized that creating her dream kitchen was feasible. “We had saved up for about a year to really make it happen,” she said. “The deciding factor was when we found a contractor we really loved and trusted.”

To maximize the overall result, Anastasia kept the layout the same. “Typically, the largest cost in a kitchen remodel is moving gas and plumbing lines,” she explained. They even kept the lower cabinet boxes, switching out the door fronts with shaker options from Cabinet Door World. “We were really impressed with the quality, especially when they weren’t custom made,” she said. “They fit right on our existing cabinet boxes, shipped quickly and were super affordable.” The other major change that she made was to take out the original pony wall that separated the kitchen from the dining area and created a peninsula adding 12 square feet of usable counter space. Sliding interior racks were added to the lower cabinets to make it easier for her to access items stored away.

The finishes, though, made the biggest difference in the overall feel of the kitchen. An inexpensive yet luxurious matte black range with brass details from Hallman Industries added not just more functionality with an extra burner than their previous 30″ range but elevated the space’s look. She chose Carrara marble for the countertops with a leather finish to hide any wear and tear that might occur over time. Sustainably sourced eucalyptus shiplap was applied vertically, rather than horizontally along the back wall and hood to draw the eye upwards and give off a more English country rather than farmhouse modern vibe.

To complete her vision, Anastasia carefully styled her new kitchen, being mindful of displaying everyday items in a beautiful way. “We have an eclectic collection of modern serveware, vintage Heath ceramics from my grandmother, and recycled glasses that I really wanted to display,” she said. “I put the black stoneware pieces in a zig-zag pattern to keep the shelves well balanced. It’s important to limit your overall color palette to three colors – I chose black, white and brown.”

“We really live in this space,” she explained. “While I have an office downtown, I love working from home which means I often spend the majority of my day here. I host team meetings and content photoshoots for clients all the time. Additionally, we host family at our house frequently and have house guests more often than not. Since the kitchen was completed, we’ve been cooking nightly!”