This week, we are featuring Garden City project, which is the product of collaborative work between Showcase CEO/President John Starck, Todd Mitchell of Mitco Associates Inc. and Karen Arpino of Karen Arpino Interiors. Our Long Island Kitchen Design Team frequently works with many esteemed professionals in the area. Check out more of our Traditional Kitchen, Transitional Kitchen and Contemporary Kitchen projects.
The previous, very traditional kitchen was done by the same design team 12 years earlier. In 2014, the homeowner was ready for a new look. Lead by John Starck’s space planning, a staircase was relocated, a wall moved creating a pantry and laundry room, and space borrowed from the family room was used to enlarge the kitchen and eating areas. Gone are the dark cherry cabinets and L-shaped center island – in came a bigger and cleaner, brighter look to seamlessly coordinate with the also redesigned adjoining great room. Together they designed a kitchen the homeowner refers to as ‘eclectic traditional.’ To add interest, Starck designed various cabinet depths into the perimeter cabinetry, topped with a crown molding that is the exact height of the connecting hallway for visual continuation. While decreasing the size of the island to allow for greater movement around the space, additional storage both concealed as well as the decorative behind the lit, mullioned glass doors. Arpino’s use of aqua and soft green accents adds elegance juxtaposed with the white cabinets, polished Carrara marble countertop and light oak floor. Having already created the skylights and beams in the earlier renovation, Todd Mitchell updated the beams and deftly recreated Starck and Arpino’s vision. Unique to the design are the glass windows inserted at the rear of the 2 cabinets flanking the range - essentially creating windowed cabinets.
- Cabinets flanking the Wolf range have windowed backs letting nature stream through the eye-catching decorative ceramic pieces on glass shelving. Counters are polished Carrera marble and backsplash is mixed glass tiling and Carrera marble in honeycombed pattern designed by Arpino for the backsplash.
- Polished chrome industrial-style pendants on beams under a vaulted ceiling hang over the center island. Starck designed mullioned-glass corner cabinets framed with custom posts.
- Detail of cabinets with windows in the rear, allow for the outdoors to stream into the space. Countertops are Carerra marble, also integrated into the backsplash along with with the glass tiling in honeycombed pattern with a hint of green was designed by Arpino for the backsplash.
- Most important to the client was having a family area that flows seamlessly to the kitchen. Stair was restructured as was the two areas behind the side by side Sub Zero refrigerator/freezer to accommodate a gracious walk-in pantry and laundry room. Note how the crown molding visually maintains the same line from the hallway.
- Looking into family room. The light oak flooring and 3 skylights add a great deal of brightness to this expansive space. The fireplace surround uses the same Carrera marble as the countertops in the kitchen.
- Mullioned glass end cabinets flanked by corner posts of the center island beautifully display objets d’art.