Kitchen from Breakfast Area

The sleek island—with a marble sink, a sliding teak cutting board, and a graceful Kallista faucet—looks toward a new dining area and family room with a vaulted ceiling and multiple French doors. The double refrigerator with bottom freezers has mirror-and-wood panel fronts for furniture styling. Windows on each side of the range and transoms above the hood invite sunlight.

Island cabinetry (“SieMatic BeauxArts”/Amaranth); perimeter cabinetry (“SieMatic SC10”/Dark Oak): SieMatic Corp., 888/316-2665, siematic.com
Refrigerator (by Sub-Zero); range (by Wolf): Sub-ZeroWolf, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com
Refrigerator armoire (sable on walnut, De Giulio Collection); polished stainless steel hood (custom); stainless linen chest at end of island (custom, De Giulio Collection); mosaic top on chest (by SieMatic Corp); crystal knobs on chest (by SieMatic): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Pot rack with light fixtures and hooks (polished nickel); cabinetry pulls (by SieMatic): through De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Main sink in island (custom stone sink with stainless base and sliding teak cutting board); prep sink to right of range (custom stainless steel sink): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Fixtures for main sink (“Vir Stil Minimal Faucet with Sidespray”/polished nickel #P23069-00, by Laura Kirar): Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com
Fixtures for prep sink (“Elio Faucet with Pullouot Sprayhead”/platinum polished): Dornbracht, 800/774-1181, dornbracht.com
Integrated dishwashers: Miele, 800/843-7231, mieleusa.com
Countertops (Calacatta gold marble); backsplash (Calacatta honed marble): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Counter stools (“Madigan Backless Counter Stool”); leather counter-stool fabric (“Vacuna”/Linen); dining chairs (“Sebastian”): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com
Wall paint (“Creamy White” #OC-7); trim paint (“Cloud White” #967): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com
Roman shades (“Knot Again”): Gretchen Bellinger Inc., 518/445-2400, gretchenbellinger.com

Bar

Glass and barware are displayed in nickel-silver upper cabinets. The nickel-silver countertop and sink and mirrored backsplash give the area a hint of glamour.

Lacquer cabinets and glass front upper cabinets (gloss walnut, De Giulio Collection); sink (custom nickel sink); countertop (custom, nickel silver): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Mirrored backsplash (antique nickel); cabinetry hardware (polished nickel): through De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Sink fixtures (“Vir Stil Minimal Faucet with Side Spray”/polished nickel): Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com
Wine refrigerator: Sub-Zero Inc, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com

Homeowners

Dave and Kappy Trott and children—Courtney, 16 (seated), Taylor, 20, and Duke, 21 (standing), with Annie, a Daisy Dog.

Kitchen

Generously sized Hickory Chair stools at the island provide counter seating for quick meals or conversation with the cooks. Modern and traditional come together in the SieMatic cabinets in a mix of wood finishes and materials.

Range Backsplash

A sliding marble backsplash on the range wall conceals a small television and bottles of oils and spices.

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Range Backsplash

“They wanted some edge to the design—some snap, without being over the top,” says kitchen designer Mick De Giulio.

Classic Sconces

Polished-nickel sconces with square black shades hang on walls near the range, dressing up the work zone and giving the kitchen a “living room” feel. While the kitchen is grounded in traditional style, the mix of metal finishes—from soft satin to highly polished—provides an updated and modern vibe for the space.

Sconces: De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com

Clever Storage

Countertop appliances and food containers are concealed behind motorized “garage” doors that raise and lower at the flip of a switch. “We probably have 10 feet of storage behind those motorized doors,” says designer Mick De Giulio. The kitchen cleans up in minutes—an important feature when the work zone is so visible from the living areas.

Lighted Pot Rack

Function and style combine in the polished- nickel light fixture and a pot rack that displays shiny pots and pans above the island. “I tend to keep the pots I use more often in the drawers by the range,” says Kappy. The utilitarian design—heavy-duty hooks and glass light shades—doesn’t compete with the area’s dressier elements.

Wired for Work

Sockets under kitchen countertops are plentiful but inconspicuous, making it easy for multiple cooks to use appliances without draping electrical cords over traffic and work areas. Installing socket strips, such as this one on the island, is a style plus, too—eliminating the need to clutter pretty tile backsplashes with wall outlets.

Jewel-like Chest

Mick De Giulio designed an elegant chest with apothecary drawers and a mosaic tile top for the end of the island near the dining area. The chest is handcrafted of polished nickel and German silver (a copper-nickel alloy that is not actual silver). Used to store linens and other tableware, the chest makes a stylish transition from work zone to dining area.

Party Place

A nickel-silver countertop and sink, mirrored backsplash, and masculine chunky hardware on the lacquer-finished walnut cabinets lend a sophisticated 1930s air to the area, the designer says. Guests can comfortably gather at the bar in the kitchen rather than crowd into a separate butler’s pantry as the previous layout dictated.

De Giulio Kitchen

To see another beautiful kitchen designed by Mick De Giulio—and just as full of great design ideas—check out this presentation of a Light and Lovely Marble Kitchen.

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Bar

Glass and barware are displayed in nickel-silver upper cabinets. The nickel-silver countertop and sink and mirrored backsplash give the area a hint of glamour.

Lacquer cabinets and glass front upper cabinets (gloss walnut, De Giulio Collection); sink (custom nickel sink); countertop (custom, nickel silver): De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Mirrored backsplash (antique nickel); cabinetry hardware (polished nickel): through De Giulio Kitchen Design, 847/256-8833, degiuliodesign.com
Sink fixtures (“Vir Stil Minimal Faucet with Side Spray”/polished nickel): Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com
Wine refrigerator: Sub-Zero Inc, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com

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