The kitchen's nine-foot ceilings enabled Rosen to install two levels of above-counter cabinetry for extra storage.
A breakfast bar seats three for casual meals.
The kitchen addition opens to the backyard and patio.

5 Cool Kitchens: Class Act

Larry Rosen designs a classic white kitchen for a traditional home


After completing an addition to their traditional Chevy Chase, Maryland, home, the owners approached Larry Rosen to help them design a new kitchen in the space that opens to their backyard. They expressed a desire for a classic, transitional style. “They wanted something nice and clean looking,” Rosen recalls, “but didn’t want it to be boring.” 

Rosen worked closely with his clients to help them realize their vision. They selected white Elmwood cabinets with profiled doors, and marble countertops. By breaking the cabinets into two rows that reach ceiling height, Rosen made sure they did not appear too massive. Dark-stained wood floors add contrast. “The dark floors help bring out some of the colors in the marble countertop and make the cabinets pop,” Rosen says. A prep sink near the refrigerator and range makes for an efficient work triangle, while a wall perpendicular to the stainless-steel fridge (not pictured) houses an oven, microwave and warming drawer. 

A large island with a breakfast bar is a perfect spot for casual meals, and an adjacent sitting area provides a reading nook overlooking the garden. 

Rosen credits his client with selecting some of the details, such as squared-off cabinet knobs and pulls that echo the cabinet profile. “She definitely had a style she was looking for,” Rosen recalls. “I gave suggestions but ultimately the choices were hers.”

Rosen believes that all-white kitchens such as this one have staying power. “There will always be a place for white kitchens in traditional, transitional and contemporary homes,” he says. “There are some trends that come and go, but white kitchens are a constant.” 

Photographer Stacy Zarin Goldberg is based in Olney, Maryland.

ARCHITECTURE: MICHAEL FOX, Fox Architects, Bethesda, Maryland.  KITCHEN DESIGN: LARRY ROSEN, CKD, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens Inc., Rockville, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: STACY ZARIN GOLDBERG, Olney, Maryland.

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