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A design team revives a dated McLean kitchen in vibrant, transitional style

Homeowners who were renovating their house worked with Colin Sonnenday of Sonnenday Custom Builders on an overhaul that included the drab, mushroom-colored kitchen. Sonnenday enlisted Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath for cabinetry and finishes. “The goal was to update the kitchen, improve its function and make it reflect their style,” notes Cornerstone’s Heather Blelloch, who worked on the project. “They wanted to give it personality.”

The first step was to establish a connection between the kitchen and adjacent family room by removing a peninsula that separated the spaces. Sonnenday and Blelloch replaced a walk-in pantry with oversized, easy-to-access cupboards and repositioned appliances to make the food-prep area more functional. A bank of cabinets housing a beverage bar was tucked into the breakfast area.

Against a backdrop of white cabinetry and walls covered in crisp-white subway tile, a cherry-stained wood hood and navy-blue island pop; the breakfast area cabinets are also stained cherry “to unify the kitchen spaces,” Blelloch explains. “The owners wanted a white kitchen but were not afraid to mix color in too.” Countertops in two types of Silestone create a marble look on the island and a soapstone look on the periphery.

Eye-catching Visual Comfort pendants over the island complement a favorite chandelier, also from Visual Comfort, that hangs in the breakfast area. Mullions and millwork surrounding the windows are painted the same Hale Navy paint color as the island; gleaming brass accents and hardware complete the look.

Kitchen Design: Heather Blelloch, Cornerstone Kitchen & Bath, Chantilly, Virginia. Contractor: Colin Sonnenday, Sonnenday Custom Builders, Purcellville, Virginia.


Countertops: silestoneusa.com through unitedgranite.us. Subway Tile: mosaictileco.com. Appliances: subzero-wolf.com, zephyronline.com through abwappliances.com. Cabinetry: greenfieldcabinetry.com through ckbva.com. Hardware: rh.com. Sinks: kohler.com. Faucets: newportbrass faucets.com. Lighting: visual comfortlightinglights.com. Blue Paint: benjaminmoore.com. Stools: cb2.com.

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