As an online design consultant, Homepolish designer Chelsea Mayo is used to working with constraints. For one of her recent projects, Chelsea says, “my clients really wanted to brighten up and modernize their existing space, focusing on giving new life to their dated kitchen.” Kitchen remodels can be notoriously costly, so Chelsea kept a close eye on the bottom line.

The striking blue kitchen island was what first caused us to swoon, but in the original version of the kitchen the island stood out for all the wrong reasons. “Originally the island was two different levels that closed off the kitchen and made it feel smaller. By lowering the island to be one height it really opened the kitchen up and made it feel larger. I also love the pop of color the blue provides in an all otherwise white kitchen.”

Another of Chelsea’s favorite elements are the window treatments. “The sheers add a nice softness to the room, and really filter the afternoon sunlight beautifully. Lastly I love the architecture of the space. The ceiling was originally brown, by painting it white it really highlighted its bones, and made the whole space feel a lot bigger.”