A brightly hued kitchen by Mary Drysdale incorporates painted cabinetry and two islands, both topped with Caesarstone.

Dream Kitchens: A Crucial Connection

Mary Douglas Drysdale revives a Bethesda kitchen with vibrant color and a new floor plan

Long-time clients with a home in Bethesda turned to Mary Douglas Drysdale to design a whole-house renovation for them. The kitchen, which is central to the traffic flow of the house, was outdated, inconvenient and needed an overhaul. “The kitchen is sort of the L joint between the family room/breakfast area and the living room,” explains Drysdale. “The way it was, it just didn’t work with how my clients wanted to use the space.”

The designer developed a floor plan that linked these spaces via the kitchen while creating a beautiful new breakfast area and modern family room. The clients had requested separate islands for cooking and casual dining, so Drysdale designed a furniture-like island for gathering at one end of the kitchen and a larger one in the center that provides plenty of space to work and also holds the sink. An existing professional-grade Wolf range that the homeowners wished to retain was relocated to a wall opposite the sink. Countertops and the backsplash behind the range are Caesarstone, while the remaining backsplash is wood paneling.

Color was an important decorative element for Drysdale, who selected a dark teal hue from Sherwin Williams and applied it in varying shades in a striped pattern on the walls. The cabinets were painted to match. “In a project where there is a desire for design at a reasonable price, I often develop a striped paint pattern on the drywall and coordinate it with the paint color of the millwork,” Drysdale explains. “It’s a custom look without a high cost.”

 • DETAILS •
Cabinetry: Lewistown Cabinet Center; lewistowncabinetcenter.com. Countertops: Caesarstone; caesarstoneus.com. Appliances: Wolf, Sub-Zero, Bosch. Paint: Custom by Sherwin Williams; sherwin-williams.com

INTERIOR & KITCHEN DESIGN: Mary Douglas Drysdale, Drysdale Design Associates, Washington, DC. CONTRACTOR: Jim Gibson, Gibson Builders, LLC, Washington, DC. PHOTOGRAPHY: John Cole.


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