2011 CH+D Award for Kitchen + Bath Design

Tineke Triggs
Artistic Designs for Living, 
San Francisco
Bush Street Kitchen

A kitchen renovation is no piece of cake, but designer Tineke Triggs might beg to differ. Tasked with transforming the awkward, dark kitchen of a 1,000-square-foot Lower Pacific Heights apartment into an open and inviting space, Triggs found her muse in the sweetest of places. “My client had a postcard of Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes, which she loved, and it ended up inspiring the palette for the entire project.”

Whether used as a prep station or a breakfast bar, the streamlined metal table is less bulky than a solid island and offers the same amount of counter space.

Triggs started by switching out the room’s tiny window for a taller one, and then opening up the doorway to the dining area to bring in some of the kitchen’s new light. An original 
Thiebaud painting would have blown the $75,000 budget, so Triggs had the postcard’s image enlarged instead. Frosting-white paint was chosen for the cabinets, while the gray-blue background of the painting is mirrored in the kitchen’s subway tile backsplash.

The palette was inspired by the adjacent dining area and Wayne Thiebaud’s Cakes painting.

To keep the room open and fresh, a clunky island was nixed for a slim stainless steel table on casters that doubles as a casual dining spot. An antique armchair scored on eBay got a fresh coat of paint and new upholstery to fit the palette. The round shape of the cakes in the inspiration artwork is echoed in the arches above the sink and the curves of the chandelier. Yellow accents dot both the kitchen and dining areas like icing.

The finished product was just what the client, a single woman who works in public relations, had hoped for. “Kitchens tend to be very masculine,” Triggs says. “Being able to tweak that and create a room that’s feminine and glam was a lot of fun.” Sounds like sweet success.

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