When Christopher Patrick was tapped to overhaul an outdated kitchen in Northwest DC for a homeowner who enjoys entertaining, he worked within the existing layout—yet managed to completely transform the space, which had last been updated in the early 2000s.
“None of the locations of the major functions changed,” says the designer. But he upped the design quotient considerably to create a stylish sensibility that is reflected in crisp white-painted peripheral cabinets, polished-chrome hardware and gleaming subway tile that clads the walls. Previously, the center of the room was dead space; Patrick installed a custom island with a walnut top and blue-painted base that has deep drawers for storage. Gilded quatrefoil light fixtures hang above it. “The island is multi-functional,” explains Patrick. “It creates seating options and serves as a casual buffet when the homeowner hosts parties.”
Patrick bumped the sink and surrounding marble countertop out about three inches to give the area spatial definition and made a statement above the new stove with a decorative-tile panel. “We opted for open shelving to keep the space airy and light,” he says of the decision to dispense with upper cabinetry. By claiming part of a wide stairway previously leading down to the kitchen from the living room, he was also able to accommodate a built-in bar, completing the redesign.
All The Details
Cabinetry: Stuart Kitchens. Marble Countertops: Marmara Corporation. Wood Countertop: Maryland Wood Countertops. Backsplash: Architectural Ceramics. Appliances: GE Monogram. Sconces: Visual Comfort. Pendants: Currey & Company. Faucet: Danze.