Sydney and Charlie Jerabek tapped the talents of their daughter, Molly Frey, a residential designer in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to help them build a new vacation house in Naples, Florida. The kitchen had to be geared for entertaining. "The goal for the house was to create a very sophisticated yet relaxed cottage," Molly says. "It needed to be large enough for a house full of people, but not so big that it felt overwhelming when they were by themselves."
A six-burner range with a stainless-steel backsplash, vent hood, and chimney is centered on the back wall of the kitchen. Substantial open shelves supported by hefty brackets on each side of the range hood keep things handy when Sydney is cooking and make it easy for guests to help out with food prep or find dishes to serve themselves. The two-tiered center island also allows people to gather in the kitchen without crowding the cook. The sink and dishwasher are backed by a short wall that conceals dirty dishes and meal-prep messes from those seated on the other side of the island.
Interior designer: Molly Frey, Molly Frey Design, 37 Nanepashemet St., Marblehead, MA 01945; 978/270-2220, mollyfreydesign.com.
Architectural consultation: Mario LaMendola, LaMendola Architects, 3550 Westview Dr., Naples, FL 34104; 239/262-4788.
Photographs by Michael Partenio
Text by Amy Elbert
Produced by Stacy Kunstel
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How does one design a kitchen with open shelves and no upper cabinets? Include a walk-in pantry. (See next slide.)
Backsplash tile ("Tribeca Mesh-Mounted Petite Brick''): Walker Zanger, 877/611-0199, walkerzanger.com.
Cabinetry (Downsview Cabinets): through Elite Kitchens, 239/262-1144.
Drawer pulls: Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836.
Paint on wall and wood island countertop ("Conservative Gray'' #SW6183): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794, sherwinwilliams.com.
Paint on trim, oak floor and island base ("White Dove''): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Range and hood; refrigerator; microwave: Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com. Drink drawers: Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
Bar stools (discontinued): Arhaus Furniture, 239/435-3569, arhaus.com.
Fabric: Jay's Fabric & Upholstery, 239/435-7222.
Legs on island: Antiques on Nine, 207/967-0626.
Sink: Herbeau Creations of America, 800/547-1608, herbeau.com.
Faucet: Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.
Marble countertop (white Carrara): Classic Stone, 239/566-8040, classicstoneonline.com.
Striped bowls: HomeGoods, 800/614-4663, tjx.com.
Rug: Ralph Lauren Home, 888/475-7674, ralphlaurenhome.com.
Painting (by Alexander Zamin): Gallery Elite, 831/625-2233, galleryelite.net.
Dining table: Cargo Unlimited Warehouse Showroom, 978/232-9255, cargounlimited.com.
Dining chairs: owner's collection.
Vases: Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com.
Blue plates: HomeGoods, 800/614-4663.
One of Sydney's favorite features is the 9x8-foot walk-in pantry that keeps the main kitchen virtually clutter-free. "It holds all the staples, which eliminated the need for cabinets in the kitchen," Molly says.
The pantry also acts as a handy breakfast zone, with the coffeemaker, toaster, and other supplies stored there. "Because the kitchen is so visible from the other rooms, we need the pantry to hide all those things you don't want out all the time," Molly adds. French doors with mirrored panes rather than glass conceal the pantry's contents while adding a dash of sparkle to the room. On the other side of the refrigerator is a storage cupboard with identical mirrored French doors.
Transoms above twin French doors are bridged by a high shelf where Sydney displays vintage and new bottles and vases.
Antique balusters that Sydney found in a Maine shop serve as sturdy supports for the kitchen island. "This is a big room, and we needed something beefy," she says.
An antique hutch from New England was converted to a wet bar adjacent to the kitchen.
Bar cabinetry: Antiques on Nine, 207/967-0626. Sink: Herbeau Creations of America, 800/547-1608.
Faucet: Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.
Painting (by Christopher Castelli): Maine Art Gallery, 207/967-2803, maine-art.com.
Next to the wet bar, the Jerabeks added a small climate-controlled room for storing wines. Although the antique French bottle corker does work, it is for display only.
Floor plan of the Jerabeks' kitchen.
Sydney Jerabek and her daughter, residential designer Molly Frey.