About the Project
Customers routinely bring us photos for inspiration. But this couple carried in an actual driftwood chair with the challenge to design a kitchen to match. The home is a standout stone and wood contemporary in a sea of colonials, dramatically sited on a hilltop overlooking a pond. The wooded lot has beautiful landscaping, spread among rock outcroppings. Walls of windows deliver light and views, which the homeowners wanted to emphasize. Clerestory windows were added above the cabinets for a glimpse of the treetops. Wide-rail Shaker cabinetry was chosen for its enduring appeal, with a weathered driftwood stain and glaze on quarter-sawn oak. Matching molding on window trim supplies a cohesive look. Practical Caesarstone countertops in a muted hue blend seamlessly with the cabinetry finish. While the floor tiles suggest a continuation of the boulders outside, the wood-grained porcelain backsplash, set horizontally, extends all the way to the ceiling for a timbered plank effect. Additional organic sensibility is provided by the stone-covered interior wall.
Stainless steel appliances (including a built-in coffee maker), decorative pulls, and farmhouse sink contribute shine against all the nature-driven surfaces. For visual interest, there’s even a few open nooks to house cookbooks, serving pieces, and some wine bottles.