Light-Flooded Kitchen with Flow
The project started a few years after Susan and Bob relocated from New York to their traditional-style house in the Hollywood Hills, where they often host family and large groups of guests. “I love to cook, and I love to entertain,” enthuses Susan.
The couple paid their dues, making do with a small utilitarian kitchen with ubiquitous white cabinets. “It was fine,” says Susan, revealing her good-sport attitude, but it was clear that efficiency and flow were lacking. Both Susan and Bob were ready for an expanded space that would work efficiently, blend with the rest of the house, and connect outside to a new deck.
“Coming from Manhattan apartment living, I wanted to max out every square inch of space,” says Susan. To make that happen, the Feldmans and Smith put heads together to evaluate how Susan and Bob used the kitchen. Smith asked detailed questions, including where they entered the home; where they fed their dog, Maggie; where they put keys and bags; and where they charged their phones. “Flow is really important,” the designer explains. Based on those discussions, she separated the work zone from the eating and landing areas around the table and bar to allow for easy movement.
Perimeter cabinetry (custom); wire mesh in cabinets (custom); island (custom): Hub of the House, 310/652-2332, hubofthehouse.com.
Cabinetry finish (“Gettysburg Gray” #HC-107): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Apron sink (“Shaws Original 11/2 Bowl Fireclay Apron Kitchen Sink” #RC4019); island sink; faucets for apron sink (“Bridge Kitchen Faucet” #U.4751L, by Perrin & Rowe); island faucets (discontinued, for similar, “Single Lever Single Hole Kitchen Faucet” #U.4741, by Perrin & Rowe): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com.
Perimeter countertops and backsplash: marble.
Island countertop: limestone.
Perimeter cabinet pulls; perimeter cabinet knobs: Liz’s Antique Hardware, 323/939-4403, lahardware.com.
Architectural hardware: Baldwin, 877/315-7853, baldwinhardware.com.
Chandelier: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com.
Bar stools (“French Bistro Barstool”): Maison Midi, 323/935-3157, maison-midi.com.
Sconces at window (“Elkins Sconce” #TOB2067, by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Range (“48-inch Dual Fuel Range” #DF486G, by Wolf); range hood (“Pro Wall Hood” #PW482418, by Wolf): Sub-Zero/Wolf, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com.
Refrigerator drawers (#2275DWRC): U-Line, 800/779-2547, u-line.com.
Convection steam oven (#DG4082); microwave and convection oven (#H4082BM, Master Chef Series): Miele, 800/463-0260, mieleusa.com.