Sydney and Charlie Jerabek tapped the talents of their daughter, Molly Frey, a residential designer in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to help them build a new vacation house in Naples, Florida. The kitchen had to be geared for entertaining. "The goal for the house was to create a very sophisticated yet relaxed cottage," Molly says. "It needed to be large enough for a house full of people, but not so big that it felt overwhelming when they were by themselves."
A six-burner range with a stainless-steel backsplash, vent hood, and chimney is centered on the back wall of the kitchen. Substantial open shelves supported by hefty brackets on each side of the range hood keep things handy when Sydney is cooking and make it easy for guests to help out with food prep or find dishes to serve themselves. The two-tiered center island also allows people to gather in the kitchen without crowding the cook. The sink and dishwasher are backed by a short wall that conceals dirty dishes and meal-prep messes from those seated on the other side of the island.
Interior designer: Molly Frey, Molly Frey Design, 37 Nanepashemet St., Marblehead, MA 01945; 978/270-2220, mollyfreydesign.com.
Architectural consultation: Mario LaMendola, LaMendola Architects, 3550 Westview Dr., Naples, FL 34104; 239/262-4788.
Photographs by Michael Partenio
Text by Amy Elbert
Produced by Stacy Kunstel
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