Christie Leu worked with an eco-conscious client wishing to overhaul her dated kitchen with sustainable materials and a chic, mid-century aesthetic that would reflect the rest of her home. “We aimed for simplicity, which is a signature of mid-century style,” the designer says. Slab-fronted cabinets and stainless-steel appliances contribute to a seamless look, while a stainless-steel farmhouse sink optimizes basin space. A masonry opening behind the range admits additional light.
|The kitchen was poorly laid out, with an odd peninsula interrupting its flow. There was a shortage of storage and the grab-bag assortment of appliances was awkwardly placed.||The peninsula was replaced with a central island containing deep storage drawers. The appliances—in uniform stainless steel—have been shifted to more convenient locations.|
|The run-down cabinetry had become an eyesore and the dated Formica counters were drab. There was no backsplash.||Sustainable bamboo cabinetry complements crisp, white-quartz countertops and a stone-tile backsplash. Wood-look porcelain floors are pretty and practical.|
|An ugly ceiling fan dominated the room.||A bold orange fixture from Rejuvenation Lighting above the island conveys a mid-century look while adding playful personality. Orange Calligaris stools complete the picture.|
Kitchen Design: Christie Leu, Christie Leu Interiors, LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Contractor: Herb Olshin Custom Carpentry, Laurel, Maryland. Photography: Stacy Zarin Goldberg.