Mise En Place

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An outdated kitchen gets ready to cook, thanks to a strategic makeover.  Allison Hersh samples the results.  Photography by Angela Hopper.

When interior designer Gwyn Duggan was tapped to help an Ardsley Park couple update and expand their ‘90s-era kitchen, she started with a detailed wish list.

The pair of avid entertainers knew they wanted an oversized island with enough room to eat, a professional range, two sinks, ample storage and a convertible work station that could double as attractive cabinetry when guests arrive.  Duggan opted for a custom-crafted solution combining sleek, Calcutta Gold marble countertops with warm, artisan touches.

“My philosophy for this kitchen was to create a personalized and functional space that would serve the client well,” she recalls.  “I want my clients to walk in that room every day and smile because we got it right.”

Duggan and her team began by knocking down walls between the kitchen and the adjacent family room, reconfiguring a nearby staircase and eliminating extra doors to create an open, inviting layout.  Today, a soothing gray-and-white color palette serves as the foundation for a state-of-the-art space where this busy couple can cook, gather and entertain.

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  1. Paint the interior of glass-front cabinets a slightly darker color than the exterior of the cabinets to make white china pop, rather than disappear.
  2. Incorporate rustic touches such as hand-made wood chairs and farmhouse-inspired hardware to contrast with contemporary design elements and add warmth to interiors.
  3. Create a disappearing work station by incorporating customized cabinets that can accommodate a desk, computer and printer.  When guests come over, simply close the pocket doors to tidy up.
  4. Add a dedicated spice drawer as a sleek, convenient organizing tool, putting go-to flavor boosters such as basil, oregano, thyme and sea salt within easy reach without all the clutter.
  5. Get creative with artistic, sculptural lighting fixtures that provide a touch of whimsy and create points of visual interest, like No. Four Eleven’s Juliska art glass pendants with their illusion of motion.

Kitchen Design:  Gwyn Duggan, Gwyn Duggan Design Associates Inc.

Architect:  John Deering, Greenline Architecture

Contractor:  Ralph Anderson, Savannah Restoration

Cabinets:  Harley Ashbaugh, AWD of Savannah

Countertops:  AGM Imports

Lighting:  No. Four Eleven