HOME TOUR: Kitchen Goals | Providence Media

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By Elyse Major

This is the story of a family of five who found their dream home in Providence—a beautiful brick home with Spanish Colonial details—and that rare and coveted East Side feature: a garden. Inside, the 1929 property features a large tiled central hall with a sweeping staircase, arched French doors and a rear sitting room with a fireplace leading to the conservatory. Everything was perfect except for one room.

“It was all wrong,” says Craig Couture, design manager at Cypress Design Co., an East Providence-based boutique interior design firm that focuses on kitchens and bathrooms. He refers to the mystery that was the existing kitchen. “It was a large room with a layout that didn’t work well for the new family of this house. The original kitchen was long and had everything tucked into a small rectangle. In order to get a bigger kitchen, we had to change the focus to a larger rectangle.”

After the shape change plans were confirmed, renovations ensued and soon the odd kitchen layout was revised. To conceal a drainpipe, coffered ceilings were mandated, adding to the architectural interest, which includes moldings, charming multi-pane windows, and arched doorways.

Knowing that its clients prefer a minimalist approach while respecting the character of the house, Couture chose a calming palette of custom white with grey-on-grey. “The cabinets are white, the island is gray and the walls are a shade lighter than the island. It’s timeless yet modern, and very calming.” A luminous Daltile glass backsplash was installed alongside Bianco Calacatta Silestone Quartz countertops, which are white with a thick gray veining, adding to the classic-modern aesthetic.

Taking advantage of the narrow floor space at one end of the kitchen, a custom bench with storage space serves as the basis for a breakfast nook. Furnished with cushions and a mix of chairs, it adds to the casual vibe that’s settled into the stately home. Brass hardware and wood accents tie visually with the hardwood floor and others
room in sight.

“Clients should love their spaces,” says Couture. “Our goal is to provide homeowners with sophisticated designs and to guide them through the renovation or new construction process.” And when it comes to adding your own stamp: “Introduce personality through artwork, furniture, color, window treatments and accessories. These elements can easily change over time, and if you keep the solid architectural elements of the home consistent, you can’t go wrong.”


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