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Get this look! Susan Mayer


A few years ago in 2016, I re-watched the whole season of Desperate Housewives from Season 1 to 8. Yup! Binge-watching was one of the things I used to do and made a Blog about them as my appreciation of the series. 

One thing that captured me was the interiors of the house, after all its about housewives. Basically, their house is mostly featured or shown. 

For those who are no longer familiar with them, let me give you a re-fresh about them, They are a group of 4 friends, In Filipino slang, The Marites Group (circa 2002), who knows what going on around the neighborhood and their life is full of life's drama mostly involving their lives and talking about them.

Kitchen Interior of Susan Mayer from desperate housewifes
Susan Mayer's Kitchen Production Set-Up in 2002.

Client - Character Overview:

Client Name: Susan Mayer in her early 40's (in 2002)

Personality: She’s klutzy and quirky; her offbeat personality reflects her creative side and being a hopeless romantic.

Background: She is an illustrator for children’s books. A recent divorcee in the first season and is up for a fresh start. Who then fell in love with Mike Delfino.

Interior Style: Eclectic Mix-matched American country 

It reflects her creative, shabby chic, and romantic flair. Her home features bright, crisp white, and green colors that reflect her story in the first season. The style can be seen through the use of assorted fabric and upholstery in ginghams, paisleys, and florals to reflect her personality.

Area / Room: Open Area Kitchen- Dining

Here's the area of her concern.

The House Needed to be updated since it has been in the same look since it was built in 2002. 20+ years had gone by and the kitchen needed an updated look to meet its needs and be functional. 

She loves having a Dining Area around the Kitchen and at the same time a Breakfast nook where she enjoys her lone time that also serves as her preparation look.

She got a grown child and teenage grandchildren. She loves everything to be clean as possible without worrying about who and how it will be fixed.

She wanted to keep those feminine touches but in a subtle way. 

Get this look

Color Scheme of Susan MayerMood board of Susan Mayer

Shop the Look

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to achieve an Open Plan Kitchen Space in Shabby Chic Design

  • Start by having a Rough Sketch Floor Plan of your kitchen area and indicate the dimension on all sides and include your Ceiling Height.

Here is a guide on how to take your measurements

  • Create a Folder where you have 3-5 Images of your ideal kitchen look. In this way, you are able to communicate your ideas to your kitchen designer and your kitchen cabinet maker.

  • Select a Color Palette of your choice in Whites with Grey or Brown Undertones using Pantone Colors or Benjamine Moore Paints.

Check our Pinterest Moodboards to get Inspired

  • If you are planning to use an existing Flooring Material, Match it with your color palette and if you are planning to replace your flooring materials, It is best that you use Laminated Flooring or Wood Plank in Light to Medium Tone Brown this will make the overall look of your Kitchen.

  • Select a Door Knob or Handle of your choice to Match, It could be a vintage or bronze color or even a Gold Plated handle.

Here are some unique handmade doorknobs I found that you'll love:
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  • One Key factor in achieving a Shabby Chic Kitchen is to Use a Transitional Design Cabinetry or Classic Cabinet or What we commonly term a Shaker Design Door.

Here are some unique handmade doorknobs I found that you'll love:
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  • Hire a Kitchen Designer to help you visualize your Space before you contact any Cabinet Maker who can do the Cabinetry Works for you. Where you would see the overall look of the Kitchen before it will be quoted to your preferred Kitchen Cabinet Maker. You can either hire them for Visualization or include Technical or Working Drawings or Kitchen Elevations Designs for your Kitchen.

Here's how we can help you visualize your kitchen

  • Hire a Kitchen Cabinet Maker who is familiar with creating this kind of design as you would like to avoid costly mistakes during the process and after the kitchen had been installed.

Designer Tip: Check out their Workshop or Showroom to ensure that you know what you are expecting.

Check out Lily Ann Kitchen Cabinets, it fits perfectly to Susan Mayer's Desired look. See the photo on our Top Most Page, That's her work.

  • It has also to be clear to the maker how you wanted the finish or the outcome of the kitchen would look. Either you wanted it Spray Painted (Laquered Paint Finish) to Achieve the Desired White Kitchen Design Look in Plain Paint to Look more Modern Look or a Distressed Finish to Look Shabby and Chic. There are various ways to achieve this look

Designer Tip: Ask for 2 Paint Samples on each look, design, or even color and sign which one you selected in this way you have a reference to what you will be expecting as a color.

  • Choose a Countert Top the best suited for you, as for Susan Mayer's Kitchen used a Butcher Block Type of Wood for her countertop. As an Interior Designer - I would recommend you use Quartz or Solid Surface Countertop for your kitchen as it has an Anti-bacterial Capacity and also the longevity of the product. Read  - The Best Countertop to Use. 

  • Choose a Backsplash in White Subway Tile Design. There are different patterns you can use from Staked to Key Style or in Chevron. The Choice is yours. 

  • Kitchen Upgrades you will be needing. There are many kitchen accessories and mechanisms that can make your kitchen fit your current lifestyle and also make your life easier. Each varies based on cabinet sizes. 

Here are essential checklists you needed for your kitchen accessories that you might find useful.

Editors Note: This was originally posted last September 5, 2016. This article has been updated for the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the topic. 



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