Brooklyn Heights Brownstone: The Kitchen and Dining Room
Where does the inspiration come from when designing a new kitchen? In the case of this 18 month renovation, it was a hand painted terracotta tile. The homeowners, who love to travel, fell in love with the idea of having a Moorish inspired tile, and we all agreed that it would make a stunning backsplash, particularly in a kitchen with oversized ceiling height. The tile colors led us to select Benjamin Moore’s Seapearl for the upper cabinets with After Midnight for the lower cabinets. A bold move, but once taken, felt like it had always been that way. The industrial pendants vintage from the Czech Republic were chosen for their unexpected industrial sensibility. All of the modern amenities of today are included in the updated kitchen, including a Lacanche range. The microwave and beverage refrigerator are hidden from view in the oversized island.
The kitchen came together just in the nick of time. Click play to take a mini tour.
Hand painted terra cotta tiles are imperfect by nature. We love specifying materials with a natural, artisanal aesthetic. It adds instant character!
Once we landed on the hand painted tile, we started to scheme the rest of the materials. We recommended an indestructible gray quartzite material for the countertops, where most of the cooking prep takes place, and a beautiful oversized slab of calcatta gold for the island. Have a look at the 3-D renderings we created to help imagine not only the scale of the space but also how each of the materials would work together.
One of the first items we purchased for the expanded space was a 19th Century French painted cabinet. We loved the antique glass in the doors, and saw it as an opportunity to showcase beautiful objects and bring warmth to what was (post renovation), a very large room. The height and grand scale balanced the tall kitchen cabinets on the opposite side of the room perfectly.
With such a large kitchen/dining area there was plenty of room for a soft seating area. A traditional bridgewater sofa upholstered in a geranium-red indoor/outdoor fabric helps define this space creating a cozy nook in an expansive room. Custom paper lamp shades trimmed in black subtly speak to the black and white color scheme of the kitchen.
We commissioned our friend and artist Susan Hable to make the pen and ink drawings above the sofa. They’re so wonderfully livable.