Nature and Nuance
Before its redesign, this colorless kitchen in Great Falls, Va., did not match up with the home’s dramatic landscaping and collection of contemporary art.
To brighten the space, designer Meghan Browne of Chevy Chase, Md.-based Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen and Bath and Washington, D.C.-based Treacy & Eagleburger Architects eliminated cabinetry on the back wall and installed floor-to-ceiling windows.
After taking down a load-bearing wall, the team covered the supportive posts with wood veneer to blend in with the rest of the architecture.
Attached to one of the posts, the island was made larger and turned so the seating faces the koi pond through the window.
“The homeowners display their wonderful contemporary art collection throughout the house and wanted to include it in the new kitchen,” said Browne. “We took inspiration from their artwork and sculptures to create a layered and nuanced space that flows into adjacent rooms.”