Tour a Sleek Kitchen With Room to Entertain

A reno got a Washington, DC, exec into her kitchen again. Now she's cooking!

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September 29, 2022
Sleek Black and White Kitchen

Modern Glam Kitchen in DC

This sleek black-and-white kitchen features a large island, modern light and a marble backsplash and counters.

Photo by: Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

By: Erin Zammett Ruddy
Modern Glam Black and White Kitchen

Modern Black and White Kitchen With a Marble Island

This sleek kitchen features a marble island and open shelves.

Photo by: Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Pamela Gibbs admits she wasn’t much of a cook — until she overhauled her Washington, DC, kitchen. “It’s amazing how much more you want to make things when you have a nice place to do it!” says the homeowner, who went from eating Chinese takeout nightly to searing her own halibut and hosting dinner parties.

She bought the house in 2013 from the original owners, but it didn’t look like anything had been updated since the 1960s. “It was hard to move around the kitchen because of the choppy layout,” she says. She hired designer Kristen Mendoza to reimagine the space, which involved ditching the dining area in favor of an island big enough to accommodate all her friends, including her entire book club. Now Pamela, who leads a diversity, equity and inclusion program for a federal government agency, will happily spend her whole day in the space she once avoided. “I never wanted to be in my kitchen before,” she says, “and now I never want to leave.”

Modern Kitchen With Glam Accents

Sleek Black and White Kitchen

This modern kitchen features luxe accents like chic counter stools and marble countertops.

Photo by: Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

All Set for Guests

The nine-foot island gives Pamela plenty of room to prep, eat and entertain. Plus, floor-to-ceiling cabinets from Elmwood provide tons of storage. “There are places to stash everything so that if last-minute company pops over, I can tuck away my clutter,” Pamela says. A Monogram wine fridge holds more than 50 bottles. “I keep it stocked because my friends love wine, but I’m a Champagne girl,” says Pamela. “Luckily that fits, too!”

Streamlined Design

"I wanted to keep things clean and simple so it felt relaxing to be in here," says Pamela. The designer used the same Carrara marble on the counters and backsplash — and continued it to the ceiling — to give the illusion of a larger space. Instead of choosing typical pendants, Pamela opted for a single two-light fixture from Lambert & Fils.

Marble Kitchen Shelves With Art

Open Shelving in a Modern Kitchen

This modern white kitchen features marble countertops and open shelves.

Photo by: Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Liz Daly; Styling: Eddie Ross

Glam Accessories

Marble open shelves in the bar area create a luxe background for art and stylish glassware. “I need art everywhere,” says Pamela. She outfitted the nook with a picture light from RH, then added some of her favorite pieces, like a collage from a local artist in the shape of Washington, DC. Another chic detail: the brass backs on the Arhaus barstools. “They were a splurge and worth it!” she says.

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