Kitchen Island

The kitchen has a sense of transparency thanks to tall windows that line the breakfast nook and flank the range from countertop to ceiling. To maximize light, kitchen designer Mick De Giulio added reflective surfaces such as glass, stainless steel, and antique French mirror panels on the refrigerator.

Kitchen Island Detail

Insider tips from Mick De Giulio: “Picture-framing elements of stone is an ideal use for countertops to make them more artful. The border is created by cutting narrow pieces of the stone and laminating them around the perimeter with an opposing grain direction.”

Kitchen Island Sink

“Stone can be honed to a matte finish or flamed [roughened] to give it more texture. Mixing honed, flamed, and polished stone in the same kitchen can be wonderful,” says designer De Giulio.

Cooking Range

“I pay particular attention to range hoods,” De Giulio says. “A custom-designed hood is a relatively small financial investment compared to the visual return it can provide. A unique hood creates an artful composition around the cooking area.”

Glass Door Detail

Mick De Giulio: “Glass can contribute to a spacious feeling. Clear or opaque glass-fronted doors on cabinets, sanded glass backsplashes and tabletops, and even glass-fronted or glass-paneled refrigerators are possibilities.”

Countertop Detail

“Stainless steel is never out,” De Giulio says. “It is practical—wipes clean, does not burn—and beautiful. It does scratch, but I consider that patina. Stainless also is the consummate neutral and an exemplary mixer. It pairs beautifully with other materials.”

Hideaway Spice Rack

“A kitchen needs to work,” De Giulio says. “That is the one hard-and-fast rule of good kitchen design. Each material, each object, each work zone must function extremely well, and the materials, in particular, must be durable.” In the range area, sliding panels reveal handy spices. When closed, it’s a sleek marble-tile backsplash.

Family Portrait

Cindy and Andrew Razeghi with Ainslie, 2, and sons Matthew, 4, and Charlie, 8.

Butler’s Pantry

“I rarely install kitchen cabinets all the way up to the ceiling,” De Giulio says, “even in this butler’s pantry. It allows for some nice uplighting, and when the entire outline of a room (where the ceiling meets the wall) can be seen, the space feels airier and the cabinets appear sculptural.”

Table Detail

The breakfast table has a top made of a colored and fired terra-cotta that is finished with beeswax. “It has great texture and mixes well with other materials in the kitchen. The whole idea is to create warmth, personality, and mood,” says De Giulio.

Secondary Sink Station

Mick De Giulio: “The secondary sink zone is what I call the ‘la mattina’ [morning] area, which serves as a cleanup station so you can go directly from the table to the dishwasher and the sink. It’s the same idea you’ll find in commercial kitchens: Food prep never takes place in the same area as cleanup does.”

Glass Cabinet

According to De Giulio, “Varying the shades of white within a kitchen gives depth and richness to the all white. I like playing with the variables—the walls, ceiling, floors, countertops—and making some or all of them white. An all-white kitchen with white cabinets and marble countertops is fantastic. The whiteness becomes dreamlike. Everything white sculpts together, which makes everything that is not white pop.”

Mixing Mediums

De Giulio says, “I often use many types of woods, finishes, and countertop materials in one kitchen. I am frequently asked for the magic number: How much mixing is right? It is not about a number or mixing for the sake of mixing. It is about creating visual texture, and there is no formula for that but rather a feeling—one kitchen at a time.”

Light Fixture Detail

“A lot of this kitchen’s concept was built on the idea of transparency,” De Giulio says. “You can see the windows reflect off the range hood. Polished stainless steel melts into adjacent spaces. It’s not an added element, but rather it takes on its surroundings. The space itself has a real lightness.”

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Written by Amy Elbert
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