Home: Beautiful Kitchen, Unconventional Design

This all-white kitchen is great for both cooking and entertaining.

Photo by Timothy Gormley

“White on white on white on white”—that’s the look the owners of this Ken Caryl Valley home wanted in their renovated kitchen.

They also wanted more functionality. “They had done some cosmetic updates to the space, but the kitchen was still original to the house (circa 1995), and it had a large single island containing the cooktop and sink that was really far away from the refrigerator, which made cooking difficult,” says kitchen designer Heather Radliff of Christopher’s Kitchen & Bath. “When they entertained, they found that everyone would gather right in the middle of the workspace; they wanted something that was still open but that would keep guests separate from the cooking area.”

Radliff’s solution: create two islands, one where guests can sit and have a glass of wine, and one that served as the homeowners’ cooking island.

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The homeowners loved the look of an all-white kitchen—and got it in the sleek Hallmark Custom Cabinetry cabinets with Cambria quartz countertops—but Radliff added texture with the whitewashed walnut ceiling (which matches the walnut floors), the hammered-stainless stove hood (by Berlin Foods Inc.), and three hammered-stainless sinks.

She also made the functional cabinet interiors out of walnut or walnut melamine to add contrast, added a little inset dog bowl area, and included a wet bar area with separate wine and soda refrigerators. A Wolf range (sitting under a custom stone-and-glass mosaic detail), double ovens, a Miele coffeemaker station, and SubZero refrigerator complete the space. Radliff also added layers of light throughout, including in the glass-fronted upper cabinets, around the crown molding, and in the toe-kicks.

“They both love to cook, so now, particularly with the addition of the desk area with views out over the Ken Caryl Valley, there’s enough space for them both to function well in their day-to-day lives as well as while entertaining,” says Radliff. “Overall, we wanted to create a sophisticated elegance that takes a white-on-white kitchen and adds texture and life.”

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