After living in her home for close to a decade and working as an assistant designer and project manager with Obelisk Home for a handful of years, the time finally came for Toni Echols to work on a very special space: her own kitchen.
“The kitchen was original from the 1950s, and not in a good way,” Echols says. “The goal was to fully update it aesthetically and function-wise. I needed all-new everything because there was nothing in the kitchen that was worth keeping.”
A kitchen island was high on her wishlist. With a small footprint, fitting an island in this galley kitchen while still maintaining enough walking space wasn’t an easy feat. However, she was able to make it work by choosing a long and narrow one and by putting her own spin on the golden triangle design rule.
This kitchen design theory suggests that the position of your oven, fridge and sink should form a triangle shape to create an efficient workspace. In her kitchen, Echols positioned these appliances in close proximity to one another in a straight line and situated the kitchen island across from these features to complete the triangle.
In terms of the design direction, she knew she wanted to honor the midcentury nature of her home but at the same time wanted to add in some modern and fun touches.