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When Washington DC-based designer Martha Vicas of MS Vicas Interiors was enlisted to transform a 1916 DuPont Circle Victorian into a “contemporary classic”, she focused on one specific priority to drive the project: making it work and giving it rhythm. Nowhere was this more important than in the kitchen with dining area. In the primary gathering space of a busy family of five doing everything from cooking and eating to catching up on homework and emails, Vicas set out to showcase the architectural beauty of the space Beaux -Brick and stucco arts while updating it to meet their needs. modern needs and lifestyles.
The family occupying the home – a couple who work in the tech industry and their three children – also added another goal to their wish list for the renovation process: to create a cozy retreat in the middle of a city. lively that feels like home. This meant layering warm textures, using fun colors but with restraint, making sure nothing is too precious and everything serves a purpose while introducing a touch of beauty.
Ahead, take a closer look inside the food that does it all.
Dining room counter
The neutral palette in the great room kitchen area aims to create an atmosphere of accessible luxury through the use of layered textures and finishes inspired by nature. Perimeter cabinetry is finished in a custom oak stain, designed to contrast slightly with the pre-existing white oak hardwood floors, which have been brought back to their original turn of the century glory.
Smart kitchen island design
High-quality, durable materials and a strategic layout are both essential to a busy family kitchen. Take the island, for example: not only does it offer above-ground prep and catering for more casual dining, it also features sleek, understated built-in appliances and storage that isn’t visible from the dining area. All you see on the other side of the island are nice surfaces and nice fixtures and hardware.
“The kitchen is small,” says Vicas, “but the ceilings are eleven feet high, so we wanted to make good use of the vertical space. The ladder allows easy access to the often-used upper cabinet.” If you, too, have limited usable square footage but very high ceilings, take advantage of that vertical space with plenty of upper cabinetry and add a bookcase ladder to reach stored goods while giving the room more depth. The countertops and backsplash, both in Calcutta marble made by US Marble Beltsville, speak to the layers of nature-inspired materials, like the flooring, but feel decidedly dressier and also brighten up the room.
Dressed dining area
“The house doesn’t have a formal dining room, so we wanted to create a comfortable and stylish place for family meals and entertaining,” says Vicas. The original moldings and ornate features of the fireplace mantle were exciting when she was brought onto the project, so it lent itself well to a more formal dining experience. Monochromatic designs, like upholstered dining chairs, add richness to the dining room.
Smooth entry transition
The dining part of the kitchen with dining area opens onto the main entrance of the house. The deep jewel tones of the rug make a strong first impression, while the mirrored fireplace front in the dining room and kitchen reflect a similar vibe.
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