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Here is proof positive that classic, contemporary and rustic can all live together in perfect harmony. Inset cabinetry and a mixed-metal custom hood are firmly planted in traditional style. An iconic mid-century Saarinen-like “Tulip” pedestal table is paired with Lucite dining chairs and sleek brass bar stools for a surprising modern counterpoint. The unique island seating is a literal reference to the beautiful backyard landscaping.
What an ingenious and breathtaking way to bring the outdoors in. This isn’t just a reminder of a tree, it is a tree. A 48” diameter live-edge slice of a twin maple is perched on the edge of the island’s stone countertop, with additional support provided by bundled branches. Stunning!
Pale green perimeter cabinetry and a deep eggplant-colored island announce immediately that is not a cookie cutter kitchen. But when executed on timeless inset cabinetry and an island with furniture legs, it becomes grounded in enduring elegance. A shapely brass-trimmed stainless-steel hood harkens back to another era and ties together the range, the nickel faucets and the brushed brass decorative hardware. The variegated stone backsplash offers a fresh take on the ubiquitous subway tile, and the handles and knobs are all rendered in clean minimalist shapes.
Be brave! Be bold! If you love something, go ahead and use it.
This space speaks to the confidence of its owners and perfectly reflects their personalities. They possess a clear sense of individual style with an appreciation for color and the artistic value of objects, regardless of their stylistic origins. What results is an approachable and comfortable home, perfect for welcoming family and friends.
Photography by Phillip Ennis.
Post written by Paulette Gambacorta.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This project was a renovation of an existing 30-year-old maple kitchen in Rye, NY. Designer, Randy O’Kane of Bilotta Kitchens worked with interior designer Gina Eastman and architect Clark Neuringer. The backyard is the client’s favorite space, with a pool and beautiful landscaping; from where it’s situated it’s the sunniest part of the house. They wanted to be able to enjoy the view and natural light all year long, so the space was opened up and a wall of windows added. Randy laid out the kitchen to complement their desired view. She selected colors and materials that were fresh, natural, and unique – a soft greenish-grey with a contrasting deep purple by Benjamin Moore, Caponata. Gina coordinated all fabrics and finishes to complement the palette in the kitchen. The most unique feature is the table off the island. Custom-made by Brooks Custom, the top is a burled wood slice from a large tree with a natural stain and live edge; the base is hand-made from real tree limbs. They wanted it to remain completely natural, with the look and feel of the tree, so they didn’t add any sort of sealant. The client also wanted touches of antique gold which the team integrated into the hardware, hood detailing, the backsplash, and in the Bendheim glass inserts in the butler’s pantry which is glass with glittery gold fabric sandwiched in between. With the kitchen and living room essentially one large open space, Randy and Gina worked together to continue the palette throughout, from the color of the cabinets, to the banquette pillows, to the fireplace stone. The family room’s old built-in around the fireplace was removed and the floor-to-ceiling stone enclosure was added with a gas fireplace and flat screen TV, flanked by contemporary artwork.Categories: Brass Hardware | custom cabinetry | Live Edge Table | Purple Cabinets | Traditional Kitchen