The air intake grate on an ice maker or beverage fridge typically interrupts the cabinetry toe kick, but here, they are replaced with a seamless custom grille. An under-sink drawer stores large cutting boards, serving trays and platters. A full-height 32-gallon trash pull-out accommodates large gatherings. Open shelving allows extended family members and friends to easily assist in the kitchen.
Power runs up one leg of the table to a central grommet, creating an additional desking area. The paneled ceiling in the pop-out includes a recess for drapery and automated blinds. Sliding doors maximize space and automatically lock at night.
A double-griddle – for large yields of pancakes, bacon and eggs – is fitted with a custom cutting board. The brass, copper and nickel pot rack from Ann Morris holds pans by Mauviel. Pulls from Classic Brass have polished arms, satin grips and diamond knurled bands. The edges of the pulls were eased by hand for a worn, traditional feel.
An unlacquered brass coat rack by Ann Morris more than makes up for the elimination of a neglected coat closet. Standoffs allow the coat rack to span the paneling without interfering with raised moldings.
An expanded window allows views to extend through the breakfast nook into the garden. Discreet paneled doors and matching ceiling frame the passageway and provide privacy.
Multiple layers of pearlized Venetian plaster glow under skylights that were carefully integrated into the ceiling design. Automated shades filter light and provide privacy on schedules and voice commands. Frosted art lights and diffused wall sconces, also automated, bathe the room in the evening hours.
Vintage Italian mirrored console under artwork by Morgan Coleman.
Illuminated medicine cabinets with interior mirrors are seamlessly integrated above the vanity to provide pretty and practical access to personal care items. The pale pink marble vanity top is reflected in the horizontal veining of the marble walls.
All furniture and accessories in the living room transform into a 20 person dining table. All seating is 20” high, upholstered and designed to be upright enough for dining and comfortable enough for conversation. Fabrics are indoor/outdoor, bleachable and tested for easy cleanup. Accessories are selected for utility in any configuration.
A free-standing banquette provides a social gathering place without the visual weight of a built-in. The low-slung arm creates a refined profile while still allowing easy access. Inlaid brass accents and ferrules dress up the 13-step antiqued paint finish. Altalux original design.
The raised panelling on the walls is designed to hold the coffered ceiling as if resting on classical architecture columns, without the bulk. Angled channels are carved into the coffer moldings to accommodate subtle ceiling uplighting. Projectors hidden in the ceiling illuminate the art.
Flared jambs on the second story window reflect light throughout the entryway. Air returns are integrated into the paneled walls and the floor joist cavity below acts as the duct in order to maximize the height of the basement ceiling. An antique Chinese red lacquer bench accommodates bags and shoes.
Raised paneling creates a portal to the outside spaces. The elevated porch becomes an extension of the kitchen from which the garden can be viewed. Automated blinds descend from the ceiling to maximize headroom and views.
The counter height table is a natural gathering spot. Low backed stools are comfortable enough for long conversation but still tuck completely out of the way, allowing the table double as a second island or worktop. The table’s trestle base allows knees and chairs to move freely around it.
Paper-backed linen wall coverings absorb sound in a busy room and create a casual backdrop for original art sketches and studies. Undyed wool cut-and-loop carpeting adds an additional layer of warmth and texture. A dining table with an integrated leaf quickly accommodates a crowd, with chairs upholstered in a heavyweight, bleachable fabric.
A former linen closet was repurposed as a vestibule and focal point for a busy bunk room. Fibrous wall-paper, deep-pile wool carpets and foam insulation in the floor dampen the noise.
Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker hang on blush striped wallpaper by Schumacher. Hand knit dolls by Cuddle+Kind sit at a table and chairs by Poppie. Vintage gathering basket.