When this couple retired, they got in touch with their artistic side and brought a little modern flair to their downtown Boston kitchen. They wanted a tranquil place they could come home to, but also a space that was functional and conducive to entertaining. With the help of kitchen designer Rosemary Porto, they were able to create this minimalist, clean look, with a warm and welcoming feel — a perfect getaway for an urban lifestyle.
The one feature the homeowners couldn't do without in their kitchen was dual sinks. Their design started with two sinks with the dishwasher in the middle so that they could be cleaning up and prepping as they cook. To keep the design clean and modern looking, the countertops, table and even backsplash were constructed using a white solid-surface material.
Deciding on a ventilation hood for the cooktop was not easy. Because it is in the center of the space the challenge was to find something that would light and ventilate the area, but not have a hood that was hanging in their faces. They needed something that looked as good as it worked, so they installed a customized hood that reflects the mirrored kitchen cabinets and has hidden lighting beneath glass panels.
An aluminum finish covers the appliances and kitchen drawers. It is very luminescent when natural light comes into the room. Also, unlike stainless steel, aluminum doesn't show fingerprints. They chose bamboo, an economical, environmentally friendly and easy to clean option, for flooring.
The upper wall cabinets were designed to give reflection without showing what's inside. The cabinets are made from mirrors draped in stained glass that give the kitchen a dramatic shine.
The homeowners had to find a way to put a dining-room table into a very tight space and still have plenty of room for entertaining. The solution was a movable table. The table actually expands from underneath the island; casters allow the table to easily roll out to accommodate seating for up to eight people.