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The client had recently moved into this charming Brookside home with a recently renovated kitchen. Unfortunately, as they used the space to entertain, they found it to be dysfunctional. The existing space had little unobstructed wall space and it served as a high-traffic area from the back door to the rest of the living spaces. The dining room—although stunning—was too large and felt unwelcoming, while  the living room was separated from the kitchen by the dining space and felt disconnected. They also needed a mudroom at the back entrance to hang coats and stash shoes. 

The designers determined the best solution was to swap spaces. By moving the kitchen to the dining room, the design gained the space needed to incorporate a large island that houses the sink and dishwasher and accommodates five counter stools. The mudroom solution needed minor modifications. They added a wall to hide any disarray from the rest of the first floor, which gave them a wall area to add a closet cabinet and bench. 

With the perfect new layout, they had to nail the finishes. A Wolf range serves as the centerpiece of the kitchen, and a large Sub-Zero refrigerator was paneled to disappear into the cabinetry. The cabinets were painted a stunning blue-green in the kitchen and a deeper green in the mudroom; the countertops are a warm Taj Mahal quartzite. The existing hardwoods were retained throughout the spaces, and when new millwork was needed, special care was taken to match the original trim details throughout the home. 


Orion Design


MSC Enterprises

Photos by

Jennifer Wetzel


Appliances: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Asko  Cabinets: Parks Cabinets  Countertops: MSI Surfaces, Taj Mahal Quartzite  Flooring: SVB Flooring  Fabrication Company: Summit Stone Works  Showrooms: Virginia Tile, Grandview Winnelson  Hardware: Top Knobs  Plumbing Fixtures: Brizo, Orca  Lighting Fixtures: Burke Decor, Lightology  Paint: Sherwin Williams

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