Designer Jocelyn Chiappone knew up front that the house she’d found in the seaside community of Matunuck, Rhode Island, to accommodate her family—nine deep during summer breaks and holidays—would need some fine-tuning. Her mission? “To take the house from '???'—that was the text message my mother sent after seeing pictures online—and turn it into our forever home,” she says. First on the docket: converting a series of dark, back-of-house rooms into a bright, multifunctional kitchen. With distinct zones that easily transition from breakfast hour to cocktail hour, there’s enough space for everyone to pitch in when cooking up a sizable family celebration.
1. Casting a Glow
Natural light was one of the most important elements of this redesign. “I knew I wanted east- and west- facing light so that the room was constantly illuminated,” Chiappone says. Adding dormers allowed even more light to pour in throughout the day. Exterior doors on either side of the kitchen lead out to a private space for afternoon catch-ups with her husband, Mike; on the other side is a covered portico for alfresco meals with friends. The Colombier chandelier is by Vaughan.
2. Counter Intelligence
福彩便民中心开机号“My husband discovered the Calacatta Bluette marble,” Chiappone says. “It reminded him of the ocean down the street, with bits of blue and gray.” Since Chiappone, a self-described purist, could not cover the nearly eight-foot-square island in natural stone without a seam showing (marble isn’t typically available in slabs wider than six feet), she and her husband did some research and chose an end-grain butcher block to complement the stone. “It’s so beautiful, but I admit I don’t want anyone cutting on it!” Chiappone says of the surface.
3. Fully Loaded
At first glance, this kitchen appears to have only a few standard appliances, but there are actually 14, including four dishwasher drawers and six refrigeration options, mostly hidden behind cabinet fronts. “It reached the point where I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s throw in that Miele coffee machine too!’ ” Chiappone says. “And the crazy thing is, we use them all. Even the Wolf steam oven gets used daily—it’s great for cooking vegetables quickly.”
4. Fireside Chats
福彩便民中心开机号There was only one idea from the previous kitchen worth keeping: the fireplace. The former space had a huge hearth that overwhelmed the room; Chiappone looked for a smaller, more modern style sized for a counter-top. “This is one of my favorite elements in the room,” she says. “It adds so much coziness. We spend tons of time at the kitchen table—having coffee, working, doing homework, or just talking—so it’s great to flick on that fireplace anytime, and even better during the winter months.”
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