The homeowners of this 1920s-dated home in Birmingham, Ala., include not only a family of five, but also a college professor who loves to have her students over for meals and study groups. Designer Cyndy Cantley of Birmingham, Ala.-based Cantley and Company worked to bring this kitchen up to date while also honoring its past.
After taking down the walls dividing the kitchen, dining room and butler’s pantry, there was a lot of center space and not much wall space. Cantley was able to still provide adequate storage by providing two islands and extending the cabinetry all to way up the 10-ft. ceilings.
These sconces with antique mirrors tie into the exterior leaded glass windows, many of which are original to the home.
“My favorite part of this kitchen was in the beginning of the design process, when I saw the most beautiful onyx I had ever seen,” said the designer. “I knew immediately that I wanted it for their kitchen.”
In addition to the cabinet storage, there is a custom–polished silver pot rack above the island to keep cookware close by and neat.
This china cabinet was designed to not only feature the owner’s china but also to be a division between the gathering and cooking spaces.