The lure of a kitchen is undeniable. No matter the occasion or time of day--from tempting aromas of coffee in the morning to fresh-baked bruschetta before a dinner party--it's the room that seems to have a magnetic pull. And while attracting people may be no problem, interior designer Denyse Rinfret prefers to create kitchens where people will linger. That motivation drove her interior design for the Hampton Designer Showhouse in Bridgehampton, New York. "I wanted a kitchen where people would gather and stay, not just a place to grab a bite and leave," says the Manhasset, New York, designer. "I like the kitchen to be a communal room where people sit with family and friends to eat, converse, read, or just relax."
Interior designer: Denyse Rinfret, Rinfret Interiors LLC, 99 Bourndale Rd. N., Manhasset, NY 11030; 516/365-7234, rinfretinteriors.com.
Builder; kitchen design: George Gavalas, Gavalas Builders, P.O. Box 1821, 9 West Pond Drive, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; 631/537-8955, gavalasbuilders.com.
Photographs by Bruce Buck
Text by Amy Elbert
Produced by Bonnie Maharam