Kitchen 9: by Tylor Devereaux with Caden Design Group

Secluded on the edge of East Grand Rapids, this home was a dream project from the moment we pulled in the driveway. The meticulous exterior looked as though it came straight from Palm Springs, CA. Inside, we were surprised by the dreary, cave like feel that greeted us with water- stained wood at every turn. This was a full remodel and the spaces were sad and aching for life. Our client was open-minded and ready to give us creative control. All they asked was for an atmosphere that was inviting and filled with light, while still respecting the original architecture.

It would have been easy to design a predictable “retro” look for this mid-century modern home. Rather, we presented a palette of crisp white, pewter tones and grass green combined with classic modern furniture pieces. Add a sense of humor in artwork and accessories, and you have an interior that feels as though each piece was chosen individually by the homeowner. We love a completed project that looks as though we were never there at all.


As a residential interior design company, we are familiar with kitchen concepts, layouts and selecting finishes. However, with this project we wanted another team member that understood our vision and could truly execute it. The perfect choice was Jodi Caden of Caden Design Group in Birmingham, MI.

From Jodi Caden:

Caden Design Group approached this project with functionality in mind, as well as making contemporary feel warm. A focal wall consisting of a sleek stainless steel blower flawlessly ascends into the pitched ceiling creating emphasis on the space’s lateral height. Blower flanked by frosted glass cabinetry creates lightness along with added interest with silhouettes of serving ware peeking through. Stainless steel counter tops near the gas cook top and custom sink area make for easy cleanup and juxtapose the durable white quartz counter top that delineates bar height seating and prep. The custom sink is seamlessly integrated into the counter top which creates a functional yet beautiful detail, along with using reveals instead of handles to create a sleek, uninterrupted aesthetic. All of these details atop cabinetry done in grey rift oak anchors the kitchens overall feel.

Surrounding the focal wall are tall walls done in Caden Design Group’s custom white slab doors adorned with sleek polished chrome handles. Ample storage hidden behind vertical cabinetry is broken up with a fully integrated espesso maker that is flanked between two stainless steel appliance garage.

Appliance garages allow the homeowner to make coffee with ease having mugs in one, and condiments in the other. Breaking up the continuous verticality is also done on the opposite wall with a full height appliance garage equipped with outlets for a blender or toaster. An integrated double oven adds another level of function to this area along with more storage space for various sized pots and pans. Caden Design Group's fine details and use of custom cabinetry make for a beautiful yet functional space for the homeowners.