Kitchen Over 500 Square Feet – First Place –

Firm: Martha O’Hara Interiors
Designer(s): Gabriela LaBoy, Allied ASID and Kate Adamcsek, ASID
Project Name: Kitchen Cascade

Project Statement

After a major move from a dense urban city, our clients were excited to settle into their sprawling two-story in the suburbs. The only problem? Though spacious, the kitchen was disconnected from the rest of the house and much too traditional and gaudy for their modern-leaning tastes. They sought our help to design a chef’s kitchen that would fit the home while creatively solving their lifestyle and aesthetic needs.

Removing two existing walls helped to connect the nearby dining and living spaces. This created an open layout that was better suited for family time; and with the convenience of being able to watch their three tween girls from the kitchen.
Connecting these three rooms, each one longer than it is wide, created a particular challenge. Without the barrier wall that once separated the dining room, the kitchen’s south wall ran the danger of feeling too long. Stark white kitchen cabinets wouldn’t work here, so we instead embraced a bold navy hue with subtle turquoise undertones as a statement-making selection.

The design allows the cascading wall of bright built-in-cabinets to remain closed and tidy; or open with cabinet doors tucking into the walls. Each interior cabinet serves a special need–storing large gadgets; a place for coffee and watching the morning news; even a craft cubby with paper reel–and each is topped with a quartz surface to provides extra countertop space. For those hard-to-reach upper cabinets, an unforgettable sliding library ladder adds charm and function.

The bold blue is balanced by crisp white cabinets and warm brass finishes. A hand-selected marble slab dazzles above the stovetop on one side and extends to the ceiling above the sink on the other. The dining furnishings and mid-century-inspired chandelier push the style more modern, while kitchen lantern pendants look classic with a traditional medallion motif that’s reflective of other areas in the home. A herringbone wood floor completes the space, in a rich espresso-colored stain that complements it all.

Now our suburb-dwelling clients can enjoy their spacious new kitchen that suits them perfectly in style, function, and personality.