Streamlined design, including appliances and cabinetry, makes for a sleek urban nest.
Most people who have two homes live in the hectic city during the week and get out to the soothing country on the weekend. These homeowners do the opposite. On the weekends they escape suburban New Jersey for their New York City loft. Clearly, urban inspiration is at work.
The homeowners never liked the loft's original kitchen, saying that it was too dark and not entertaining-friendly. So they called on designer Shelly McClure to help them create a clean, sleek, modern look for their new kitchen.
The No. 1 rule in designing a New York City loft is to not overdue any one element. The homeowners selected beautiful dark wood for the lower and upper, top cabinets. The upper cabinets are 37 inches tall, reaching all the way up to the ceiling. The height of the cabinets really enhances the entire apartment and provides plenty of storage.
One of the big differences in the new kitchen layout is the refrigerator. The homeowners moved their new glass-door refrigerator over so it was more in the kitchen. They added a secondary sink on the side to make entertaining a lot easier.
The centerpiece of the kitchen is this gorgeous marble island. The giant slab is nine feet long, almost three inches thick and weighs more than 1,000 pounds. When it came time to deliver the slab to the ninth-floor apartment, it wouldn't fit into the elevator.The marble had to be taken back to the supplier and made shorter in order to get it into the apartment. To complete the look, glass panels that match the cabinetry are incorporated onto the island's base.