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Traditional dining room with upholstered dining chairs, crown mouldings, paneling and good connections

A kitchen can connect to its surroundings in everything from door profiles to a color scheme. However, for a traditional interior it may be the almost intangible factors of poise and lightness that closely marry a design to its wider setting.

Such was the case for this project by builder Holly Erotas, architect Jeff Murphy and interior designer Maureen Haggerty. Erotas says the kitchen was a priority for the owners and took precedence within the greater layout.

"We became involved early on, before the house was designed. This meant I could plan for spacious, functional work triangles and a balanced, airy feel, as well as create easy connections with the adjoining living spaces. The U-shaped kitchen is open to the great room and the dining room."

Several elements tie the kitchen back to the classic-look interiors. The ceiling-height wall cabinetry continues the crown mouldings seen in the great room and throughout the home. All cabinet doors have subtle panel mouldings and the surfaces have been lightly rubbed to further evoke an old-world charm.


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Light and airy traditional kitchen with white walls, storage, granite countertops, and oak floors

"We painted the perimeter cabinets white, an extension of the use of this color on most millwork and ceilings through the home."

In contrast, the designers and owners opted for a near-black stain for the island cabinetry. This connects visually with the bank of cabinets on the wall opposite in the great room. Erotas says the high-contrast theme is a popular feature of traditional interiors.

"The owners chose granite countertops, for durability, and they liked this dappled Alaska White, which picks up on both cabinet colors."

With the refrigerator and dishwasher fully integrated and an appliance garage keeping the countertops clutter-free, the stainless steel wall ovens and substantial range top are the only contemporary items left on show.

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Classic kitchen with white walls, storage, granite countertops, art nouveau pendant lamp, and oak floors

"The hood is a prominent feature within the design. We specified this custom element in a dark bronze-pewter finish that ties in with the stainless steel of the ovens and the green-gray hues of the Stingray subway tiles," says Erotas.

While the kitchen reflects a classic charm in almost every detail, the exuberance of the young owners is seen in some inclusions.

"Maureen sourced the swirling Art Nouveau pendants for over the island and prep sink. The couple fell in love with these vibrant elements."

Story by: Trendsideas

30 May, 2014

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