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SPECIAL PROJECT FEATURE: Lively and Lighthearted

Transitional White Kitchen

Lively and Lighthearted

Once you cross the threshold of this traditional home, it’s apparent that you can’t judge a book by its colonial cover. The homeowners have an impressive collection of pop and modern art that harmonizes perfectly with their contemporary furnishings; they wanted to infuse the same clean and playful esthetic into their dated kitchen space. Bilotta Collection’s transitional cabinetry sets the tone, while polished stainless steel and chrome accents in the glass doors, corner shelves, custom hood, island pendants and decorative hardware provide plenty of sparkle.

Transitional White Kitchen

 

Fanciful Feathers

Yes, that’s a feathered chandelier centered over the mid-century style tulip table and Lucite chairs! Amping up the fun factor is a colorful print of the iconic Marilyn Monroe Bubblegum image. The peninsula was designed with serious entertaining in mind. The sink faces outwards toward the table, and sits next to the beverage refrigerator, announcing that this area was not meant for food prep!

Butler's Pantry

At Your Service

Ah, the coveted Butler’s Pantry: a versatile space between the kitchen and dining room that can be a wet bar, a serving counter for hors d’oeuvres or dessert, or simply a staging area for more formal sit-down entertaining. It may provide storage for wine and liquor, stemware, serving pieces and table linens. Most customers want a slightly dressier version of their kitchen here, and glass doors are practically a requisite.  But these homeowners resisted that trend and took a whimsical approach. Instead of glass, they chose silver-toned embossed “alumasteel” door inserts that resemble a woven surface. Although the kitchen’s door style, paint color and countertop marble were repeated, they decided on a completely different backsplash: a jazzy glass mosaic of randomly-placed and sized squares and rectangles in textured silver, white and cream.

Transitional White Kitchen

A Cook’s Dream

Some kitchens are renovated just for looks, but this couple really cooks and entertains. The newest 48” Miele dual fuel “smart” range may at first glance appear to have one large door, but it’s actually two ovens and a warming drawer. (Take a closer look at the break in the frame on the left side!) Because “White Diamond” marble was chosen for their countertops and backsplashes, they opted for a custom-made tempered glass mosaic behind the range and hood. Not only is it easy to maintain, but it injects an interesting pop of patten into the room.

Transitional White & Grey Kitchen

Soft Coloration

What you can’t see in the photos is that this is not your typical smooth-as-silk cabinetry paint; it’s a custom brushed effect that yields the subtle texture of a hand-painted finish, yet maintains the legendary durability of factory-applied coatings. Benjamin Moore’s “Super white” was used on the perimeter and peninsula, while their “Wall Street” neutral gray hue covers the island cabinets. That gray tone then re-appears in the mosaic behind the hood. For a worry-free flooring surface, the owners selected porcelain tiles in a cream-and-white limestone pattern that disguises spills and provides tonal contrast to the sea of bright white cabinets.

Transitional White Kitchen

Kitchen designed by Danielle Florie, Senior Designer. Post written by Paulette Gambacorta.

About the Project

From the outside of this very traditional home in Harrison, New York, you would never expect the contemporary styling and pops of color throughout the interior, including the white feather chandelier and oversized painting of Marilyn Monroe with pink bubblegum, both of which accent the dinner table. When the client first came into meet with Bilotta designer, Danielle Florie, they had an idea of what they wanted, and what they didn’t want. They have modern/transitional taste and wanted both an aesthetically “wow” kitchen that was also very functional. Danielle made it come to life. They had been collecting photos for ten years before they decided to pull the trigger. They opted for Bilotta’s private cabinetry line, the Bilotta Collection, and selected a frameless, stepped door with double tiered wall cabinets, all accented by polished chrome rectangular pulls and square knobs. Instead of a deep corner cabinet they went with thick alumasteel shelves in the corner of the kitchen. At the peninsula they added some “bling” with the polished chrome and glass doors above the appliance garage. Also at the peninsula they decided to face their secondary, “prep” sink out towards the dinner table primarily so the kids could wash their hands before eating. There is also an undercounter beverage center to the right of that sink for easy access to drinks. Instead of going with a smooth painted finish they opted for a hand-brushed finish for a little texture. The perimeter and peninsula are in Benjamin Moore’s Super White; the island and wall unit near the dinner table are Benjamin Moore’s Wall Street. All appliances are Miele including their brand new 48” duel fuel range, smart enough on its own to tell you how to cook! The backsplash behind the range is the Stone Fox Collection from Ellen Blakeley of Ellen Blakely Studio in Santa Rosa, CA. It is a custom made tempered glass mosaic. The countertops and rest of the backsplash are White Diamond marble from Rye Marble, and the flooring is a porcelain Tile from Terra Tile.

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