Three Elegant Kitchens in Shades of Blue and Green
Saying ciao to a rustic Tuscan-looking kitchen was the final chapter of a whole-house renovation at a home known as Green Isle in Westport. Challenges faced by kitchen designer Veronica Campbell of Deane and project manager/designer Mar Jennings included creating a level floor, replacing cabinets, updating appliances and reworking a fireplace and old staircase. “And all of it had to come together beautifully to create one fantastic room,” says Jennings.
“The homeowners had been updating the entire house a room at a time, and they wanted to bring color and gloss into the space,” says Campbell. Jennings and Campbell delivered with a blue La Cornue range, glossy cabinetry in a custom Sea Mist color and a blue macuba stone backsplash from Artistic Tile. The staircase renovation even included a special space for Ivy, a mini Schnauzer who joined the family during construction.
Jennings’ core design principles came into play, from representing Mother Nature with the topiaries and the Juliska tabletop arrangement to “embracing light and reflection” through an absence of window treatments, lots of lighting, mirrors, glass countertops and silver accessories. “Natural materials and colors are shown in the soft green cabinets and the wood-grain ceramic floor,” notes Jennings. “And we repurposed the fireplace, staircase and barnwood table.”
“I really enjoyed the relationship that blossomed from room to room, taking a 1908 historical house to an updated 21st-century home, while paying homage to history and the character of the original house,” says Jennings.
“I love the arch-shaped doors in the kitchen, the X mullions in the bar, and the fact that it’s one color base and a different color upper—love that!” says Campbell.
Brooks & Falotico and Pimlico
In a photographer's historic in-town cottage, the focus is on light and symmetry.
Having a photographer as a client meant paying special attention to light and symmetry in this storybook cottage. “Jane photographs incredible interiors on almost a daily basis. She was confident about the vibe and aesthetic she wanted to create, and we worked to carefully select the ideal furnishings and finishes,” says Melissa Lindsay of Pimlico. “Jane wanted the interiors to reflect a more modern and less ‘country’ aesthetic, which included moving walls and opening up spaces.”
Enter architect Louise Brooks of Brooks & Falotico, who devised a plan to open up the spaces yet still respect the history of the home. “This adorable cottage is 75 years old,” says Brooks. “The first floor was very closed with small door openings and dark brown floors.” Windows were reworked for symmetry. “The windows on each side of the range were adjusted slightly to make them on axis with the kitchen range/island and new large opening to the dining room,” says Brooks. And an existing curved window gained prominence: “We moved the main prep sink area to this window, which faces west and offers great light,” she adds.
While introducing modern elements, Lindsay was careful not to overshadow the home’s traditional characteristics. “We painted the walls bright white, which make the over-scale windows come to life,” she says. “And we designed a geometric floor pattern painted by local artist Shelly Denning in a beige and gray palette. This adds modern flare without overtaking the stage.”
For that balance between contemporary cool and cottage charm, “we chose modern, sleek elements, like white Glassos countertops, white glass backsplash and stainless steel appliances,” says Lindsay. “We juxtaposed those elements with warmer textures—weathered-zinc light fixtures, counter stools in warm oak finishes. It was important to Jane that we brought in wood tones to her spaces—not only do they balance the modern elements of the home, but they also provide a strong pop against the all-white walls and floors.”
Michelle Morgan Harrison
Sound inspiration delivers new life to a waterfront home.
When Hurricane Sandy flooded the entire first floor of this Rowayton home, “the homeowner, Kim Walin, hired myself, architect James Schettino and Fox Hill Builders to raise the house. We took the opportunity to improve the first-floor flow and layout, including the kitchen,” says designer Michelle Morgan Harrison. “A beautiful terrace was added in conjunction with a new sea wall. And all of the kitchen appliances and cabinets had to be replaced due to water damage. Kim loves to throw dinner parties, so we added a warming drawer, wall oven, speed oven and a French-door fridge to accommodate catering trays.”
Limited space added to the design challenge. “I wanted to maximize the flow and the view, so losing the existing peninsula was key,” says Harrison. “But it offered great storage and counter space, so I had to deliver an island that worked and didn’t make the space too tight.” To capitalize on water views, trifold doors were added. “The new kitchen flows toward the terrace, which is perfect for entertaining,” says Harrison. “We filled it with a dining table and an outdoor sectional overlooking the water.”
The new palette is a sand and sea combination. “Tones of blues and sea foam greens are mixed with sands and whites throughout the house,” says Harrison. “We went with a paler, beach-glass tone, Benjamin Moore’s Quiet Moments, to coordinate with existing rooms.” AKDO glass tile shines as the backsplash. “I added horizontal white paneling in the breakfast area and mudroom. The bright white walls neutralize the cabinet color. The blend of whites, greens and blue against backdrop makes it stunning.” And the homeowner is thrilled: “The color of the cabinetry is so soothing and special and complements the great views. It’s the prettiest room in the house!”
A version of this article appeared in the January 2016 issue of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Pretty Please.