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Functional & Stylish Dallas Kitchen
The classic white kitchen goes glam with metallic accents and a dash of color
Smartphone pointed skyward, Monica Eastin shot for the stars—or what would turn out to be an unexpected star in her new kitchen—capturing the glimmer of Tom Dixon mirror ball pendants shining down the stairway at the Dallas flagship Neiman Marcus store.
“When I saw that photo, I knew I had been playing it too safe,” designer Morgan Farrow says. “The lights were so modern, and I hadn’t been going there. But then I saw they would bring in a little sparkle, a touch of feminine glam to Monica’s kitchen.”
Farrow started out with the goal of creating a kitchen functional enough for a Dallas couple with three young kids and stylish enough for serious entertaining. “I was thinking rustic Mediterranean meets contemporary, with a fresh palette,” she says. “Monica’s previous kitchen was very Tuscan, and I knew she wanted the opposite of that—light and bright.”
Farrow brought in the bright with white walls and custom cabinetry painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Seapearl” with a lacquer finish. That creamy white continues on the waterfall island top, backsplash, and perimeter countertops, which look like elegant Calacatta marble but are actually Neolith, a compressed natural stone surface that shrugs off pretty much everything, even bleach and scrubby pads.
Reclaimed beams and white-oak flooring lend earthy undertones to Monica Eastin’s Dallas kitchen. The elegance of a marble-look backsplash meshes with feminine sparkle conveyed by Tom Dixon pendants, a brass-banded range hood by Modern-Aire, bar stools by Gabby Home, and hardware custom-plated by local artisans.
Photography: Nathan Schroder
Produced by Jenny O’Connor
Architect: Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects, 4514 Travis St., Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75205; 214/252-3830, shmarchitects.com.
Interior designer: Morgan Farrow, Morgan Farrow Interiors, 5924 Royal Lane, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75230; 214/532-0426, morganfarrow.com.
Builder: Tatum Brown Custom Homes, 5924 Royal Lane, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75230; 214/361-4877, tatumbrown.com.
Beauty in Brass
An all-white kitchen, though, wasn’t the end goal for Farrow. “I think it makes a kitchen feel too floaty,” she says. So she brought in earthy elements—reclaimed Douglas-fir ceiling beams and white-oak floors—and rich color.
“I wanted a punch,” the designer says. “I flipped open a paint deck and boom—I saw the navy blue I knew would be perfect on the perimeter cabinets.”
She had big cards painted with Sherwin-Williams “Outerspace” and left them hanging in the kitchen until she and Monica were sure the color looked good at all times of day.
The final layer of pizzazz comes from a mélange of brass, from the pendants to bar stools—and a showstopping La Cornue range.
“I saw Monica eyeing it in the showroom,” Farrow says. “She told me, ‘That’s what I want. It’s so pretty.’ I couldn’t argue with that. Holy cow—it’s beautiful!”
All the head-turning beauty could make it easy to overlook the kitchen’s function, but it’s there—in spades.
“I wanted the space to flow so we didn’t have the problem of people gathering in the kitchen and blocking the way to the refrigerator or oven,” Monica says.
Island seating is convenient to the Miele refrigerator, built into pretty blue cabinetry.
Cabinetry (custom design by Morgan Farrow Interiors): Douglas Custom Cabinets, douglascustomcabinets.com.
Cabinet paint, light (“Seapearl” #961, lacquer finish): Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com.
Cabinet paint, gray (“Outerspace” #SW 6251, semi-gloss): Sherwin-Williams, sherwin-williams.com.
Painting: by David Jennings Painters Inc., davidjenningspainters.com.
Cabinetry hardware (tab pulls from Europa Collection by Top Knobs; pulls #9006 by Omnia): Pierce Hardware, Dallas, piercehardware.com.
Hardware finish (custom plated in satin brass finish): Noles-Davis Antique Restoration, noles-davis.com.
Countertops: Neolith Estatuario.
Fabricator: IL Granito, il-granito.com.
Wood windows: CG Serramenti, cgserramenti.it.
Steel windows: Rehme Steel Windows & Doors, rehmesteel.com.
Ceiling beams (reclaimed douglas fir): Heritage Restorations, heritagebarns.com.
Flooring (7.5-inch engineered classic grade European white oak in random lengths with Bona Natural finish): through French-Brown Floors, french-brown.com.
Range (60-inch range in Stainless Steel and Satin Brass): La Cornue, lacornueusa.com.
Hood (custom): Modern-Aire Ventilation, modernaire.com.
Refrigerator/freezer (36 inches); steam oven; microwave; oven; dishwashers: Miele, mieleusa.com.
Warming drawers: Wolf, subzero-wolf.com.
Appliance distributor: Capital Distributing, capitaldistributing.com.
Faucet (“Modern Architectural Side Lever Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet”/Polished Nickel, #LS59, by Rohl); pot filler (“Modern Architectural Pot Filler”/Polished Nickel #QL66, by Rohl); soap pump (“Modern Luxury Soap/Lotion Dispenser”/Polished Nickel #LS2150, by Rohl); hot water (“Perrin & Rowe Contemporary Filter Faucet”/Polished Nickel #U.1601): Ferguson, ferguson.com.
Lights over island (“Mirror Ball Pendant Light”/Gold, 15.7 inches, by Tom Dixon): Y Lighting, ylighting.com.
Bar stools (“King Counter Stool” #SCH151140): Gabby Home, gabbyhome.com.
A smart floor plan moves traffic to the adjacent family room as it also establishes distinct zones in the kitchen. A galley-style work area includes the range, ovens, and main sink. On the opposite side of the room, a breakfast area is serviced by a second sink and dishwasher. A cold-storage wall made beautiful by blue, furniture-style cabinets bridges the two spaces and keeps beverages handy for anyone at the island.
“The kids like to sit there and do their homework or have a snack,” Monica says, “so it’s really convenient.”
A second blue “tower” near the showpiece range keeps necessities at hand.
Cabinets built into the island hold her baking pans, panini press, and party supplies. Other cabinets boast pullout drawers with pegs that keep essentials in place and at hand. “I’m never digging in the back of a cabinet,” Monica says. Built-in electrical outlets mean the toaster and coffeemaker can stay in their home cabinets rather than take up counter space. There are even built-in bins for trash and recyclables.
“I have to be organized for my brain to work,” Monica says. “I love how everything in this kitchen is thought-out. That makes it work perfectly for the way we live.”
An RH table extends to seat 12. More of the leather chairs can be easily pulled in—they’re also used in the study.
Dining table (“1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Table”/Salvaged Grey): Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
Dining chairs (“Bella,” by Frag): Ultramodern, umodern.com.
Green bowl on table: Mecox, mecox.com. Art (by Kristen Dowd): Gypsy Soul Interiors, gypsysoulinteriors.com.
Flowing from the kitchen, the family room beckons with great views and comfortable furniture, including rolling ottomans that pull out for game night. Glass art on the walls adds a playful punch.
Wall paint (“Cloud Cover” #OC-25): Benjamn Moore, benjaminmoore.com.
Area rug (custom): Interior Resources, intre.biz.
Sofa (“Egan Sofa with Tapered Leg”): Bright Chair, brightchair.com.
Sofa fabric (“Lauren”/Steel #L8919-08, by Larsen): Cowtan & Tout, cowtan.com.
Pillows on sofa, at back (“Meriden”/Pebble #6737-2200): Opuzen, opuzen.com.
Pillows on sofa, at front (from Bunglo by Shay Spaniola); acrylic table by lounge chair: through Laura Lee Clark Showroom, lauraleeclark.com.
Sofa end tables (“Marble-Topped Pedestal Side Table”/Marble, Antique Brass): West Elm, westelm.com.
Lounge chairs (“Belgian Classic Slope Arm Upholstered Chair”); chair fabric (“Perennials Classic Linen Weave”/Sand): Restoration Hardware, rh.com.
Throw: Mecox Dallas, 214/580-3800.
Commodes flanking window (“Pierre Dresser”); coffee table (custom-sized “Sorin”/Off-White Faux Shagreen): Made Goods, madegoods.com.
Lamps on commodes (“Flanders”): Mr. Brown London, mrbrownhome.com.
Art pieces on wall behind commodes (“Catch,” by SkLO Studios, discontinued); ottomans by coffee table (“Patina,” by DellaRobbia, modified to fit under coffee table): through Contempo Designs, contempodesigns.com.
Floor lamp by lounge chair (“Brompton Swing Arm Floor Lamp”/Natural Brass with Linen Shade #RL1500, by Ralph Lauren): Circa Lighting, circalighting.com.
Ottoman fabric (“VO-Veluce”/Blue Mist #05VE-8358-B): Rodolph, rodolph.com.
Fire screen (discontinued): Arteriors, arteriorshome.com.
Television on fireplace: Samsung, samsung.com/us.
Fireplace stone: rough-cut Texas Lueders Limestone.
Mantel: smooth-cut Texas Lueders Limestone.
A kid-friendly zone near the kitchen features a chalkboard wall, ample storage, and playful furnishings.
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