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Hamptons Kitchen Great for Entertaining
A pretty palette, easy-flow floor plan, and durable materials make this vacation house kitchen a popular hangout
On any given summer weekend, as many as a dozen people might overnight at Susie and Rob Koltun’s Westhampton, New York, vacation home—and the kitchen is generally the hub of activity.
Architect Stuart Disston provided for that steady stream of hungry guests, centering the kitchen on a large worktable-inspired island. Traffic easily moves around the granite-topped island to the refrigerator on one side of the space and to a breakfast room on the other.
Glass lamp shades salvaged from a factory were repurposed on a light fixture. “Dorchester” stools are from Ballard.
Photography: Tria Giovan
Produced by Bonnie Maharam
Architect: Stuart Disston, Austin Patterson Disston Architects, 376 Pequot Ave., P.O. Box 61, Southport, CT 06890; 203/255-4031, apdarchitects.com.
Interior designer: Douglas Graneto, Douglas Graneto Design, 61 Ridgeview Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830; 203/622-8383, douglasgraneto.com.
Cabinetry finish (“Linen White” #OC-146): Benjamin Moore, benjaminmoore.com.
Countertop (Juparana granite): ABC Stone, abcworldwidestone.com.
Cooktop (FiveStar Cooktop, 6 burners with griddle): US Appliance, www.us-appliance/fistco.html.
Backsplash (Honed Multi Green Marble “Bullets”, 3/8x3/8-inch Honed Thassos Mosaic, 1/2x12-inch Honed Thassos Pencil Liner): Greenwich Tile & Marble, greenwichtileandmarblect.com.
Pot-filler faucet (“Italian Country Wall Mount Pot Filler with Swing Arm”/Satin Nickel #A1451-2); bar faucet (“Italian Country Pull-Out Bar Faucet”/Satin Nickel #R77V3); island faucets (“Italian Country Side Lever Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet”/Satin Nickel #R7903 and “Country Kitchen C-Spout Filter Faucet”/Satin Nickel #A1635LM-2); soap dispenser (“Country Soap Dispenser” #LS650C): Rohl, rohlhome.com.
Window shades (“Zarnia”/Marigold #1280, discontinued): Pindler & Pindler, pindler.com.
Stools (“Dorchester”): Ballard Designs, ballarddesigns.com.
Seat-cushion fabric (Green Check/Moss): Chelsea Editions, chelseatextiles.com.
Fabrication: Classic Upholstery, 203/845-8776.
Island light fixture (antique, customized): Ann-Morris, ann-morris.com.
Decorative painting: Andrea Torrens, andreatorrens.com.
Sliding doors in the breakfast room allow people to spill out to the window-lined three-season porch and the outdoor terrace and pool areas beyond.
“Even when I’m working in the kitchen, I feel part of everything else going on,” Susie says. “I can see people in the living room watching TV, and I can look outside to the pool. I’m part of it all.”
Disston walked a fine line between openness and separation. A pass-through counter crowned by a paneled arch opens the kitchen to the dining and living rooms—but not too much. “Susie wanted the -kitchen to be somewhat separate from the living areas,” Disston says. After all, Susie points out, who wants to look at dirty dishes when you’re dining with guests?
“The pass-through allows people in the kitchen to communicate with guests in other rooms but the kitchen isn’t front and center,” Disston explains.
Beamed ceilings define the eating and work areas and repeat ceiling treatments in other main-level living areas of the new Shingle-style house.
Double arches—one above the pass-through and another above the cooktop—are centered on the hearth-style cooking niche with marble tile backsplash. Moss-green Juparana granite with a honed finish complements the home’s green-and-gold palette. Sink faucets and the pot-filler above the cooktop are from Rohl.
A green-and-gold palette that Susie and interior designer Douglas Graneto chose for the house inspired their kitchen selections as well, including a mossy-hued Juparana granite countertop and marble mosaic backsplash in earthy tones.
The durability and stain-resistance of granite and other materials—important qualities in a vacation home—factored into the choices, Graneto says. Kitchen chair seats and stool cushions are covered with fabrics that were laminated with a matte-finish vinyl, making them easy to wipe clean. Indoor-outdoor fabrics were used to upholster seating pieces on the porch.
“This is where we go to put our feet up and relax,” says Susie. “I don’t want anyone to worry about wet bathing suits or spilled food and drink.”
Pullout racks take advantage of narrow, deep spaces. Vintage cookie jars are displayed in glass-front cabinets.
An antique table that Susie and Graneto found buried under other furnishings at an antiques store anchors the breakfast room. “We saw the base and were imediately intrigued,” Susie recalls, adding the table may be the work of early-20th-century French designer Charles Dudouyt.
The sculptural wood chandelier above the table is an 18th-century European candelabra that Graneto had electrified.
A vintage European chandelier was electrified and hangs above the antique table and 1940s French chairs. Roman shades hang from metal rods.
Dining chairs (by Maurice Pré, French, 1940s); dining table (by Maurice Pré, oak): R.E. Steele Antiques, 631/324-7812.
Light fixture (antique, electrified, Amy Perlin Antiques): owner’s collection.
To ensure the kitchen is as functional as it is attractive, Susie and Rob selected high-performing appliances, including double wall ovens and a large cooktop with griddle. The ovens are often in use simultaneously, Susie says, as she treats guests to warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies.
Homeowner and architect Susie Koltun and Stuart Disston.
When Susie Koltun was in high school, her father packed her lunches and decorated the bags with drawings. “Some were quite elaborate,” Susie says. “Somehow I had the presence of mind to save them.” Susie and designer Douglas Graneto selected their favorites and mounted the sacks in matching frames. “They are an amazing reminder of my loving and happy relationship with my dad, and of what a talented artist he was.”