A Rolling Hills Estates Interior Designer Transforms a Dated Kitchen with a Fresh Blend of Color and Warm, Rustic Touches

Kitchen duty.

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    Jennie Nunn
  • Photographed by
    Mark Tanner

Robert and Griselda Bogdanovich, owners of a 1950s California ranch-style home in Rolling Hills, knew they needed a kitchen that was both functional and fit for entertaining and cooking. Though the house had previously been renovated over the years, the kitchen and adjacent wing was in need of a complete overhaul. For design expertise, the couple turned to longtime friend and interior designer Anna Hackathorn of Anna Hackathorn Interior Design.

“It was very chopped up into small spaces that didn’t make the most of the amazing view and outdoor space,” says Anna. “We gutted it to unite the small spaces, reoriented the main prep area of the island to take advantage of the sweeping views of the harbor, and added skylights to brighten the space.”

The refreshed, inviting kitchen now includes an island made with reclaimed wood (inspired by a photo of a vintage wood piece Anna found on Pinterest); a Wolf six-burner range and stove; a vintage Persian runner; and cabinets painted a rich navy blue hue, Benjamin Moore’s Gentleman’s Gray. “We used some casual and rustic materials to give it a warm and comfortable feeling, but mixed in enough polished elements so it is still sophisticated,” explains Anna. “I’m so glad they can cook and entertain here so graciously now.”

Get the Look: Anna’s Picks

Avalon swivel counter stool, $598
Serena & Lilly  | 

“I’m always a fan of anything rattan. The clients wanted to bring in a little bit of the beach, so these stools were the perfect fit.”

Cherie vintage Persian runner, $948
Pull & Thread in Torrance  | 

“I love adding a vintage element to a room like a kitchen. This runner has such a beautiful patina.”

Eugene medium pendant lamp by Visual Comfort Co., $549
Lightopia in Manhattan Beach  | 

“These pendants are a great shape and size for this room. The brass finish also adds a slight nautical hint to complement some of the other pieces throughout the house.”