Rooms We Love Kitchen

Old World charm meets modern convenience in a McLean kitchen

Rooms We Love Kitchen A McLean family tapped architect Mark Sullenberger to design a home that would blend an Old World aesthetic with their modern lifestyle. Builder Patrick Latessa collaborated with designer Kristin Peake to bring the design to life—including a kitchen that beautifully reflects that special blend of old and new.

Latessa added charm and character by embellishing the vaulted ceiling above the kitchen and the dome over the breakfast area with salvaged-oak beams. “They are hand-hewn, rough-cut wood with a rustic sensibility,” observes Peake. “They connect the two areas of the kitchen visually.” The floor, made of reclaimed antique limestone sourced from France, contributes to the Old World feel.

Peake worked with Lobkovich Kitchens to select custom white cabinetry and a massive furniture-style island. Counters are of Calacatta marble hand-selected at a quarry in Italy, and a Visual Comfort chandelier made of distressed wood and iron hangs above the island. “It’s elegant without being ostentatious,” Peake explains. “And it’s huge, to complement the island.”

In the octagonal breakfast area, chairs from JANUS et Cie with indoor/outdoor fabric and a custom banquette pull up to a Lillian August table made of wood and metal. A carved-wood chandelier from Currey & Company matches the light-hued furniture.

The wife stressed the importance of hiding clutter, so Latessa created a walk-in pantry for additional storage. Sub-Zero refrigerators, flanking a Rohl sink beneath the window, are paneled, while the Wolf range is paired with a paneled hood to match the cabinets. An adjoining mudroom even keeps the pets’ clutter at bay: Custom cabinets conceal a cat litter box as well as the dog’s water and food bowls.

Architecture: Mark R. Sullenberger, AIA, Custom Design Concepts, McLean, Virginia. Interior Design: Kristin Peake, Kristin Peake Interiors, LLC, Rockville, Maryland. Kitchen Design: J. Paul Lobkovich, Lobkovich Kitchen Designs, Tysons Corner, Virginia. Builder: Patrick Latessa, The Galileo Group, McLean, Virginia. Photography: Geoffrey Hodgdon.

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