Hedy Shashaani reconfigured the once-cramped kitchen, which now features Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry.
Interior designer Kristin Peake worked with Shashaani to create the kitchens gray-and-white color palette.
A large center island doubles as work and dining space.
A large center island doubles as work and dining space.

Dream Kitchens: Timeless White

Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens designs one for the ages in chic, transitional style

Homeowners in Potomac’s Avenel community asked Hedy Shashaani of Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens to redesign their cramped kitchen while also working with interior designer Kristin Peake to give the space a clean-lined, timeless aesthetic.

The original kitchen “was very congested,” recalls Shashaani. “It was average-sized, but it had an island with a cooktop and a kitchen table both crowded into it.” First, she shifted the door to the dining room from the center of one wall to the corner, freeing the wall up for a Wolf cooktop and custom hood by AK Metal, as well as a built-in hutch displaying dishes and glassware. In place of the existing island and table, a longer island—perpendicular to the original one—offers an eating area at one end.

A concealed refrigerator column, freezer and pantry cupboard are tucked away on the wall by the door to the dining room to ensure that “people can get to the fridge without being in the cook’s way,” Shashaani explains. Another wall features double ovens, more pantry cupboards and a convenient beverage counter with a wine fridge beneath it.

Peake and Shashaani selected transitional cabinetry in crisp white, with the hutch and island painted gray for “a pop of color,” says Shashaani. Peake chose Calacatta Gold marble for the countertops and backsplash, and finished the room with a trio of Visual Comfort pendants and low-profile wood-and-wicker counter stools.

Kitchen Design: Hedy Shashaani, CKD, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, Rockville, Maryland. Interior Design: Kristin Peake, Kristin Peake Interiors, Rockville, Maryland. Builder: Terry Hipkins, Terry’s Kitchen Concepts, Rockville, Maryland. Cabinetry: Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry. Countertops: Washington Marble. Appliances: Wolf, Miele, Sub-Zero, Sharp. Farmhouse Sink: Franke. Backsplash: Mosaic Tile. Flooring: Sullivan Floor Design. Lighting: Visual Comfort.