Kitchen Karma: Jewel in the Crown

Hedy Shashaani goes modern with a touch of glam in a Potomac kitchen

Kitchen Karma: Jewel in the CrownA huge addition to their contemporary-style home enabled its owners to update the kitchen and making it a large kitchen. They asked Hedy Shashaani of Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens to spearhead the redesign. Architect Thomas Manion designed the addition and interior designer Sue Torin collaborated with Shashaani on materials and finishes.

“Large-scale entertaining was the first requirement, so they needed a kitchen that really worked for them,” Shashaani says. The wife requested two fridges, dishwashers, and sinks. A double oven occupies one wall with a steam oven and microwave (one of two) on another. Copious storage leaves counters uncluttered.

The initial plan was to center the kitchen around a long island, but Shashaani persuaded her clients to go with two parallel islands instead—one for food prep and one for casual meals. A shiny glass-tile backsplash and open shelves frame the Viking cooktop and custom hood, and appliances are strategically positioned for visual balance and convenience.

The designers juxtaposed shiny and matte finishes: Two-toned perimeter cabinets sport a matte, textured laminate and honed-quartz countertops while the islands are a strong-grained, high-gloss laminate topped by glossy quartz. “The islands are the jewel,” Shashaani notes.

Reflective accents—antiqued-mirror strips on the bar island, bands of shiny steel on the hood and built-in display cabinet, and crystal light fixtures—add a final touch of glam.

Addition Architecture: Thomas Manion, AIA, Manion + Associates Architects, Bethesda, Maryland. Kitchen Design: Hedy Shashaani, CKD, Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, Rockville, Maryland. Interior Design: Susan Torin, Interior Touch, Inc., Gaithersburg, Maryland. Builder: Trevor Voglmayr, Washington Landmark Construction, Washington, DC.


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