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New York: All About Kitchens

Provided to KLAFFS exclusively by Luxe

Luxe asked New York-area kitchen experts to share their inspiring ideas for making one of the busiest places in the home both modern and timeless.

Whether it’s a farmhouse-inspired retreat accented with copper cookware or a modern chef’s kitchen complete with sleek marble countertops and stainless-steel fixtures, today there are more options than ever for creating a functional and beautiful space for cooking and entertaining. With an endless variation of materials, island shapes and sizes, paint colors for cabinetry and backsplash designs, there are numerous ways to make a distinctive mark on the home’s foremost gathering place. Here, we turn to experts who share their inspiring ideas for making one of the busiest places in the home both modern and timeless.

Designers Lydia Marks and Lisa Frantz were charged with bringing a more open, inviting atmosphere to their client’s Greenwich home. In the kitchen, the backsplash is covered in Ann Sacks’ Beau Monde Vivian glass tile. Baldwin’s polished-nickel knobs adorn clean white cabinetry.

To give the kitchen of this apartment in the Chelsea Mercantile a loft-like feel, interior designer Jenny Wolf added faux brick, distressing it to create an aged look. The La Cornue range is paired with a custom hood from RangeCraft, designed by Jenny Wolf Interiors.

In this light-filled kitchen of a 90-year-old Greenwich home, designer Lynne Scalo incorporated oversize industrial pendants in a polished nickel to create a visual balance with a brushed-stainless-steel island featuring a sleek Carrara marble top.

While a 100-year-old East Coast cedar shake house held a plethora of charm, the kitchen was too small for the bustling family. Architect and builder Ernst Hofmann removed the entire back wall of the house and extended the kitchen by 12 feet, adding several large windows and French doors. Bistro chairs from TK Collections pull up to the island, which is painted in Benjamin Moore‘s Woodland Hills Green.

For the design of this downtown penthouse, interior designer Havilande Whitcomb took her cues from the past. In the kitchen, the painted-wood cabinetry with walnut butcher-block countertops complement the original ash flooring, which was given a gray stain. The stainless-steel backsplash reflects the light coming from the Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort glass pendants hanging over the island.

Designer Joe Nahem loves the flexibility that comes with Corian. For the kitchen of this Southampton rebuild, he created an island with horizontal ribbing punched out of the material. Three 1960s Brutalist brass pendant lights by Tom Greene add a heavy dose of drama.

Architect Kate Johns fulfilled her clients’ dream of connecting their Colonial-era stone home with a restored barn. The renovation yielded an open kitchen with a marble island and a custom black walnut dining table complete with vintage Nakashima captain’s chairs to seat a crowd.

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