“They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” Jamie said. “I guess that’s one of the main things that became clear to me during 2020. Until I couldn’t go out to the little market, or the street fair, or any of the local shops right here in Hopkinton, I never knew how much these places meant to me.”
A kitchen upgrade had been part of Jamie and Nick’s plans from the moment they bought their home, eight years ago. “But other things took priority, and I guess I didn’t really have a vision for what I wanted our new kitchen to look like,” Jamie said. “But now, when we met with the Hopkinton kitchen remodeling company, I knew what I wanted. I wanted a kitchen that captured everything I love about our little neighborhood and brought that home.”
When you’re passionate about something, incorporating it into your home decor makes sense. In terms of kitchen design, aesthetics has to balance with functionality. Designing a room that worked well for preparing, eating and cleaning up after meals as well as capturing the look and feel you want to enjoy on a daily basis is what an experienced kitchen designer does best.
Jamie’s love of the local coffee shop inspired a small pop out nook with windows, a TV, and a table just large enough for hot beverages and a lap top. “I get some fantastic writing done there in the mornings,” Jamie said. “The TV is just the right amount of background noise for me.” Other locally inspired features include a large watercolor painting from a local artist displayed on the wall so it can be seen easily from the kitchen island, and open shelving to display a collection of mugs and other earthenware pieces Jamie’s collected over the years. “There’s no one big thing that defines the room for me,” she explained. “It’s the combination of all the little things I love about being here that makes my new kitchen perfect.”