Collection by Emily Shapiro

Bright Kitchen Remodel Contrasts Bright White and Dark Wood


By adding natural light and circulation to Frederic and Sally Pla's existing kitchen, designer Sol Quintana Wagoner achieved a comfortable atmosphere ideal for entertaining house guests.

Well-traveled homeowners Frederic and Sally Pla knew they wanted their Encinitas, California space to be a reflection of their unique lifestyle and a spa-like retreat for their frequent houseguests. The couple, who live with their son and a giant golden doodle named Leo, chose to partner with Sol Quintana Wagoner, an Argentinian-born designer for Jackson Design and Remodeling, to help them remodel their existing kitchen. The collaboration resulted in an open-plan kitchen that incorporates the couple's worldly style style into a spacious, well-lit space. The kitchen’s new windows and glass doors reflect off white walls, countertops, and cabinetry, making light and circulation the main event, while accents of rosewood and Brazilian cherry add visual interest. The dark rosewood ceiling beams help connect the kitchen to an adjoining dining and living space.

The most impressive aspect of the renovated kitchen is the radiant natural light.
Behind sliding doors lies a full-sized pantry, complete with wine storage, open shelving, and a second sink.
The designers handmade the custom table with meticulous attention to detail.
The custom table was inspired by a piece of wood the clients discovered themselves.
The kitchen’s open concept allows for free-flow of movement through the space.
Instead of a typical backsplash above the oven, the designer opted for a row of windows to bring in additional natural...
The clean white of the cabinets, walls, and countertops is offset by the dark woods of the table, trim, upper shelves,...