In a bit of a departure, Gorrivan opted against including a dining table in his great room. He had something else in mind. Barstools at one kitchen counter and chairs at another suffice, tipping the scales toward informality -- exactly right for the designer's no-worries objective.
"I also wanted to convey a sense of age," the designer says. "I wanted the finishes to play off the ocean, but also to create a patina with a European feel." A Smallbone kitchen is just the ticket. The British company's bespoke cabinetry features the exquisite attention to detail that's generally associated with old-world craftsmanship. "The cabinets introduce the high level of quality that I wanted to bring to the design."
The pale-colored kitchen cabinets contrast with darker design elements. "I finished the floors in a dark walnut as a very grounding element," Gorrivan explains.
Cabinetry and wall shelves (Original Handpainted Collection with Mandarin cornice detail; Light Pewter, satin impervo finish, with walnut accents); handles ("Whales Tales''): Smallbone of Devizes.
Countertops and backsplash (Taupe White Granite, polished finish): Innovative Stone.
Cooktop (#KM342G); hood (#DA279-4): Miele Inc.
Wall oven (30-inch #TS030): TurboChef.
Cutting board (#K3140-NA); faucet ("Simplice'' in Stainless #K649-VS): Kohler.
Teak bowls on shelf under counter: Sylvester & Co. At Home.
Bar stools (1950s American Sculptural bar stools with revolving seats): Lobel Modern.
Dinnerware ("Cargo White,'' Calvin Klein Collection); espresso maker ("Café Roma'' #ESP8XL by Breville); flatware ("Bolo'' by Yamazaki); glassware ("Bergen'' by Calvin Klein): Macy's.