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A masonry opening behind the range admits additional light.

Slab-fronted cabinets and stainless-steel appliances contribute to a seamless look.

Before

Sustainable bamboo cabinetry complements crisp, white-quartz countertops and a stone-tile backsplash.

Before + After: Kitchen+Bath

Fresh color and a mid-century vibe take a Chevy Chase kitchen from faded to fabulous

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.

Then Now
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.

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