The initial idea was pretty much the same as the end result. This is our summer home as we now live about 6 months per year in Miami (over the Winter). That is also why we downsized from our larger home in Larchmont and found this little jewel on the Guion Creek. Although it is a very old Victorian house, there were not many details from that era left and it had become an old wreck with not much character. So I decided to flip it into a modern, practical beach house, with no fuzz and clutter. The concept meant all white, very minimalistic, but with a touch of soft colors that would blend into the yard and water. When you enter the house, you immediately see the kitchen island with the view behind it, so it was key to respect that. The concept was to use the kitchen as a smooth and stylish transition from the street to the creek.
I have always known Leicht, as I lived and worked in Switzerland for 20 years and was thrilled to discover that they were based in NY. It was my first stop when shopping for kitchens and also the last one :)
I immediately had a good working relationship with my designer from Leicht and the kitchen was designed in a heartbeat, as I knew exactly what I wanted and could visualize it somehow. We only redid the floor plan once. It was a little tricky as the space is pretty small, the layout not perfect and we had the back of the chimney in the way. Ripping out walls was also out of the question as I actually prefer a separate kitchen vs. a completely open space. So I used the niche behind the fireplace for a lighted shelf to display art, with a tiny cabinet for glasses under it and used the deeper wall space on the left and right in the best possible way. We also raised the ceiling, which provided a lot of additional space to the cabinet wall. Thus, every inch was used:) To stay with the minimalistic approach, I only chose cabinets without handles and also hid the fridge and freezer into the cabinet wall. Although the kitchen is on the smaller side, it was important to integrate a small center island where we love to have breakfast and/or sit around to chitchat while I am cooking. It also provides a lot of additional countertop space and, specifically for that reason I left it a real table (countertop height though) and put the sink and cooktop on the other side of the kitchen. The flow around the island is perfect and the decision to remove the doors on both sides of the kitchen makes it very inviting to enter it, but also to keep going into the dining room from which the water views are even closer.
The modern chandelier (imported from Miami) gives it a cozy and festive feeling, not to mention excellent light.
For choosing the countertop color on the center island I brought a stone from Miami. I used the same color and material for the backsplash behind the cooktop. On my wish list were two things: 1) the roller cabinet to hide the coffee machine and everything that goes with it and 2) white appliances as I did not want to disturb the white cabinet wall with stainless steel appliances.
The countertop around the sink and cooktop is in white Caesarstone and blends in perfectly with the white cabinets. The top cabinet with the integrated hood over the cooktop is in ash, as well as the lighted shelf, the frame of the roller cabinet and the back of the center island where we sit. So each section of the kitchen has a wooden element, and light greenish glass element. With all white cabinets, it gives it the perfect harmony, softness and texture.
I decided to do the same floors in the kitchen as the rest of the house, thus not breaking the flow and giving it this feeling of the breezy, airy and light Summer home.