When Michelle and Dale approached Heidi Piron from Heidi Piron Design & Cabinetry about renovating the kitchen in their center hall Colonial in Summit, NJ, they wanted to open it into a family room and breakfast area. With three children — a son in college, a daughter in high school and a son in middle school — the household is a whirl of activity. As with the other more public spaces in the house, they wanted the kitchen to be quiet and minimal in feeling as a counterpoint to their busy, “gear-and-stuff-filled lives,” as Michelle described it. Michelle’s design aesthetic is a blend of traditional and contemporary. She gravitates towards the antique and the artisanal, which Heidi incorporated in this custom gray kitchen.
Color & Paint Finish: It is a custom gray similar to Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. It is a light gray with warm undertones and was chosen as a traditional alternative to white. Rather than having the color factory sprayed, the interior designer used a milk paint finish, since it is hand-applied and the brush strokes give the color more depth and texture.
Handmade 4″x6″ Backsplash Tile Extends to Ceiling: The beauty of handmade tile is in its imperfections. Its wavy and uneven edges provide a more visually interesting effect than the standard, machine-made tile in the typical 3″x6″ subway size. Adding to its attractiveness is the thick glaze that adds a soft luminosity to the room as it stretches toward the ceiling. The grout is a light gray for contrast with the tile.
Cabinetry Glass: The glass cabinetry features antique German glass, the textured glass with its appealing irregularities within adds a beautiful watercolor effect to objects stowed within. Notice in this picture, the beautiful paint texture on the cabinets.
The tall cabinet to the right of the sink, which was created for tableware in close proximity to the dishwasher, is wrapped in marble to protect the wood from water.
Cabinetry: Premier Custom Built, Inc.
Floor is oak with custom stain.
Open Shelves Between Cabinets
Open Shelves: Functioning as a feature element to the kitchen, the open shelves pick up design elements in the family room and breakfast areas thereby, better integrating the kitchen into the design as a whole.
Two separate work zones were created, prep/cooking and clean up area, so that two people can work in the space without bumping into each other.
Sink is a Rohl Fireclay Undermount.
Kitchen Pendants & Stools
Vintage-Inspired Light Fixtures over the Island: From Visual Comfort, the pendant lights were chosen to complement the homeowner’s crystal collection.
Ghost Stools: Bring a light, contemporary feeling to the kitchen and are a lovely juxtaposition with the vintage-inspired lights.
The refrigerator was placed out of the work center for easy access by family and friends and close proximity to the kitchen table.
Imperial Danby Marble Countertops: It has all the sparkle and movement of the more commonly used Calcatta, but Danby’s veining is more blurred and restful to the eye.
Satin Brass Cabinet Hardware: The brass is not lacquered so that it will patina over time adding an antiqued look to the room. Brass hardware is from Rejuvenation.
The traditional dining room furniture adds warmth to the gray cabinetry.
The beverage center is close to the kitchen table and accessible tot he dining room for more formal entertaining.
A wall gallery creates a focus point in the dining room. Notice the beautiful hardwood flooring.
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