A T-shaped island combines workspace with a custom dining table.
A cozy seating area overlooks the South River.
The darker cabinetry wraps around into a passage to the dining room.
A sculptural light fixture by Marc Sadler for Foscarini makes a bold statement.
The darker cabinetry wraps around into a passage to the dining room.
A sculptural light fixture by Marc Sadler for Foscarini makes a bold statement.

Miami On the Bay

A sleek, sophisticated kitchen in Annapolis conjures another waterfront locale

An Annapolis couple embarked on a kitchen makeover as part of a renovation by interior designer Katalin Farnady. “Their mission was to have a house that could easily be placed in Miami,” Farnady explains. They also requested an oversized island for casual meals and lounge seating.

By gutting and bumping out the kitchen, which overlooks the South River, Farnady and kitchen designer Tracy McGuinness started with a large, blank slate. “The flexibility was a luxury, but also a challenge,” McGuinness recalls. They devised a T-shaped island that combines workspace with a custom dining table. Along with a sculptural light fixture, the island delineates cooking, dining and seating zones without blocking views.

High-gloss white cabinetry and marble floors convey a Miami vibe, while dark wood cabinets anchored by a wine tower on one side and a refrigerator on the other provide contrast. The cabinetry wraps around to a pantry in a passageway to the dining room.

“The charcoal, taupe and white are reminiscent of the colors you see out the window on a cloudy day,” says McGuinness. “And they’re a neutral foil to the owner’s modern art.”

Farnady warmed the space with textural backsplash tile and crushed velvet-covered chairs in the seating area. Thrilled with the new look, the owners recently threw a party in the kitchen to celebrate its debut. The theme, of course, was “Miami white.”

INTERIOR DESIGN: KATALIN FARNADY, Allied ASID, Farnady Interiors, Annapolis, Maryland. KITCHEN DESIGN: TRACY MCGUINNESS, AKBD, Kitchen Encounters, Annapolis, Maryland. CONTRACTOR: CitySpace Solutions, Annapolis, Maryland.

All the Details
Cabinetry: Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry. Corian & Cambria Countertops: In-Home Stone. Wolf Cooktop, Z-Line Hood, Miele Ovens, Thermador Wine Tower: The Appliance Source. Sofa & Lounge Chairs: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. Flooring: Porcelanosa. Backsplash: Daltile.