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These 3 remodeled kitchens in NoVA bring style to necessity

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The ceramic backsplash and range wall tiles are from the Stellar Collection of Sonoma Tilemakers through Architectural Ceramics. (Photo by Robert Radifera)
Art and Craft

When architect and interior designer Charles Almonte remodeled a dated Vienna kitchen for Eben and Jen Darling—and their two little boys—his primary goal was to create a functional, comfortable kitchen for the whole family. “I wanted to design a welcoming space for them to gather as a family, an inviting kitchen where they could enjoy cooking, eating and spending time together,” he says.

The home’s prior kitchen had an impractical U-shaped layout, with a cumbersome peninsula cutting into the space; it was also sealed off from the adjacent dining room.

This post was originally published in our September 2019 issue. For more Home & Design content, subscribe to our monthly print magazine and weekly e-newsletters.

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Inset paneled cabinets are from Mouser Cabinetry. Their aged bronze hardware complements a stainless-steel apron sink from Signature Hardware fitted with a Kohler faucet. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“It was very difficult for us to be together in the kitchen,” says Eben. “There was ‘dead space’ in the middle of the room and limited counter space around the edges. It was impossible to make more than one dish at a time, much less space to eat in.” He pauses and adds, “The kitchen was literally walled off from the rest of our house. With a toddler and preschooler in our home, this arrangement was simply not practical for our lifestyle.”

Almonte began by rearranging the floor plan around a large multipurpose island for food prep and other uses, including a breakfast bar and appliance storage. He also opened up the dining room to the kitchen, with a short hall between them, containing a wall of built-in china cabinets to one side.

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Jen’s father handcrafted the beautiful bar chairs, which pull up to the new island. The matte black finish metal chandelier above the island is ‘Fainlight’ by Currey & Co. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“Jen’s father is a skilled woodworker, so the family leans toward the artisanal arts and crafts style, so I opted to design the kitchen in a transitional style, with detailed and crafted touches,” adds Almonte.

Throughout the process, he collaborated closely with builder Jason Denny of Denny & Gardner, who helped with the installation of everything, including a full-height ceramic-tiled range backsplash, as well as a wall of tall cabinets, serving as dish storage, food pantry and wine refrigeration.

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The built-in china cabinet has large, glass upper cupboards for display, and lower closed cabinetry for storage. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

The counters blend a moodier gray-green ‘Taj Mahal’ quartzite for the island top with a lighter, brighter quartz for the peripheral countertops. Hardware is oil-rubbed bronze on two shades of cabinetry.

“We now have everything we need. Space, storage and clean sight lines,” adds Eben. “Jen and I can cook together, while having sufficient counter space for the boys to eat at, or do art projects, without getting underfoot.”

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The island base features Shrock Cabinets in a darker gray ‘Forest Floor’ finish. Triple pendants from Pottery Barn work well with the new stainless appliances. Maple perimeter cabinetry from Decora Cabinets in ‘Confection Twilight’ finish goes up to the ceiling to maximize storage. (Photo by Robert Radifera)
Found in Transition

The wish list was in place when Vienna-based interior designer Andrea Maaseide of Studio 320 came on board to remodel a small, dark, builder-grade kitchen in a suburban home in Herndon.

“We wanted to expand the kitchen by removing a wall between the living room and the old kitchen,” says the homeowner, who shares the 15-year-old house with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. “We also wanted to update the colors, finishes and appliances in favor of a modern, softer, clean look.”

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A Bernhardt dining table and two Lazar dining chairs upholstered in a treated Kravet fabric pair well with a blue tufted settee in the eat-in area. The drum-shade chandelier is from Visual Comfort. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

For three busy months in 2018, Maaseide collaborated rapid-fire on the project with her colleague Phillippa Baker, as well as with Chris Ham of Stonegate Remodeling. Efficiency is tantamount when renovating such an important room.

“Taking down that wall opened everything up, allowing us to increase the kitchen’s footprint, improve storage and add a larger island,” says the homeowner.

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“I had really wanted a larger and lower sink to make dishwashing easier,” says the homeowner. An undermount apron sink by Kohler does the trick, with a Newport Brass faucet. The Tortora ceramic tiles in a glossy finish add a soft palette and reflective quality to the backsplash. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

New inset-paneled cabinetry in a creamy hue replaced dark cherry wood ones, and in place of black granite countertops, there are now warm, white quartz ones. Though the sink’s location remained the same, the new bank of larger windows increased the flow of natural light into the room. Dated tiles gave way to hardwood floors finished to blend with existing flooring in the now-great-room’s sitting area.

“Being able to do a larger island was key for the family,” says Maaseide, “not only because it provided the extra storage beneath that the family wished for, but it’s also the perfect spot for entertaining, working and eating casual family meals.”

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A bar area was created in a dead space, with plenty of storage. Glass-fronted cabinets provide display space. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

The great room also has access to the grill and patio outside, which was created via an added door.

“We use the kitchen daily for breakfast and dinner, as we love to cook on our new gas stove,” says the homeowner. “It’s really become the gathering place it should always have been.”

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A mix of solid and striped linen pillows in soft neutrals provide comfort on the banquette. (Photo by Robert Radifera)
European Gem

Our galley kitchen was so tight and cramped before the remodel,” says homeowner Christina Ledbetter, who loves to cook for her husband, Jared, and three children, ages 4 to 11, and hated her dated galley kitchen in the Burke home. “The backside of the hall closet took up half its footprint, storage was limited and there was only one dim overhead light in the whole space!”

Also based in Burke, interior designer Alison Giese embraced the challenge of updating the kitchen in 2018, enlisting the help of Jason Holsey at Bedrock Remodeling.

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The new L-shaped banquette provides plenty of seating at the marble-topped dining table. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

In addition to reclaiming the hall closet’s space, Giese replaced a small single window above the sink with a large double one, which not only brought more natural light into the kitchen, but also added visual balance to the existing bay window in the eat-in area. The latter is now home to a custom-designed eat-in banquette.

“Our overall concept was to maintain the galley footprint, but make it feel more visually open and European in style,” says Giese of eliminating all the crowded upper cabinets, except for a custom counter-height hutch designed for large appliances and everyday dish storage.

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An enlarged double casement window above the sink brings in natural light, while a pair of scones provides additional task lighting. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“I love the look and function of the new marble ledge that runs across the top of the new backsplash,” says the homeowner of the beautifully veined Calacutta Vagli marble that makes up the double feature.

Brand-new, mostly below-the-counter cabinetry from Unique Kitchens & Bath are finished in greige with aged brass hardware. This collaboration was so successful that Giese is now curating a line of custom colors and stains for UK & B. Counters are practical quartz throughout in a high-contrast charcoal hue.

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An enlarged double casement window above the sink brings in natural light, while a pair of scones provides additional task lighting. (Photo by Robert Radifera)

“It’s a highly personalized space that isn’t cookie-cutter,” adds Giese.

Another special feature is the plaster hood that is finished in a lime wash, imparting an aged ‘Old World’ vibe. Though the sink’s location stayed the same, overlooking the backyard, the new apron sink is larger and deeper.

“I get my greatest sense of accomplishment daily from making a scrumptious healthy meal for my family. The kitchen is the heart of our home and the remodel allows us to use it to its fullest potential,” says Ledbetter.

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How to get your home ready for entertaining this fall

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Kjos suggests staying away from the traditional orange and navy tones of fall, and adding something new with a similar feeling, like an accented lavender. (Photo by Christy Kosnic for Grey Hunt Interiors)

The way we dress ourselves tends to reflect the seasons. In the summer, it’s all about shorts, tank tops and sun dresses, whereas when the weather cools down, jeans and flannels become the new go-to. 

Our houses aren’t much different. When the weather changes, it’s important to feel comfortable in your space—much like feeling comfortable in the clothes on your back—and decorating for the colder months is an important aspect of that overall aura of your home. 

“When you’re going into fall, you really want to create a feeling of warmth,” says Sallie Kjos, owner of Grey Hunt Interiors, a design company with clientele throughout Northern Virginia. “You’re creating a hibernation cave, so your home is hugging you visually.” 

Transitioning the interior design of your home doesn’t have to be drastic, rather it can be done quickly and cost-efficiently. We spoke to Kjos; Sara Raak of Alexandria-based company SKG designs; and Asha Maxey of Asha-Maía Design to find out their tips and tricks for curating a fall-ready home. 

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Photo courtesy of Sara Raak

It’s all in the details
Transitioning the feel of a room isn’t as hard as it may sound. Instead of swapping out pieces of furniture, our experts suggest changing the little things, such as candles, throw pillows or coffee table books, to match the darker theme of fall and winter.

“If you compare it to a human with style, you wear the same outfits a lot but you can change little things, like the color of your jewelry or add a scarf,” says Maxey. “That’s what this transition is like, too.”

Maxey also suggests going even further by purchasing candles that radiate iconic fall scents, such as pumpkin spice or magnolia, which ultimately creates a feeling of relaxation throughout the space. 

Not looking to purchase new accessories? According to Kjos, the best add-on for your dining room or coffee table can come from your front yard. 

“Get outside and cut some branches off your trees and throw them in water,” Kjos explains. “It’s an effective and beautiful centerpiece that is not expensive.” 

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Photo by Christy Kosnic for Grey Hunt Interiors

Bring in the warmer tones
While summer is bright and light, autumn and winter reflect a darker, cooler feeling, which should be accentuated throughout your home.

“I think bringing the colors you see outside into your home is really key,” explains Raak. “I tend to go with oranges, navy blue and different shades of yellow. You can incorporate those through things like plates or candlesticks to bring your eye to all the other fall colors that are incorporated throughout each room.”

According to Maxey, even if you enjoy a brighter aesthetic, you can still add warmer tones like deep purples or burnt oranges to embody fall and change the mood of the space.

And while the typical trend in home goods retail reflects orange pumpkins, green trees or other traditional elements of both fall and Halloween, Kjos suggests trying an atypical approach. 

“You don’t have to turn your house into an orange pumpkin, so long as you stick to color gradation,” Kjos explains. “So if you’re working with taupes and purples, you could add pumpkins or other thematic patterns in those colors.”

Throw on another layer
According to all three experts, adding texture to your home through layering is an essential aspect of interior design, especially in fall. 

Simply adding a throw rug to a larger carpet within a living room, for example, can serve as a base for the new color palette you are going to experiment with, Raak explains.

The layering extends beyond the floor, too. 

“To create that warm feeling, you really want to layer up by using thicker fabrics like velvet chenille or fur with your throw blankets and pillows,” says Kjos. “One trick I do is drape really thick, long scarves on either the corner of a bed or over a chair in the dining room. It’s a good cheat because it adds visual interest and comfort to a room with little to no cost.”

As this summer fades into the past, it’s time to look ahead and think of the mood you want to portray this fall. 

“Fashion and the home always go hand-and-hand,” says Kjos. “Layer up and think outside the box.”

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