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Fresh Look

Designer Melissa Broffman breathes new life into a tired kitchen via transitional style and an open plan

Hired to renovate a dated Arlington kitchen, designer Melissa Broffman ended up starting from scratch. “The kitchen hadn’t had any attention since the 1990s,” she says. “It was dominated by an oversized U-shaped island that only one person at a time could use. It invaded the breakfast area, limiting seating to a round table for four.”

Collaborating with Judy Bracht of Stuart Kitchens, which supplied the cabinetry, Broffman created a layout centered around an island with room for three stools and enough workspace for more than one person to do food prep. The new plan meant the breakfast area could accommodate an extendable farmhouse table that seats eight to 12, along with a cozy banquette.

Clean lines and a fresh, transitional palette animate the remodeled space. White-painted Greenfield cabinetry is paired with a stone-and-porcelain mosaic-tile backsplash and countertops in eye-catching, white-veined Jolie Gray marble that’s “the crowning jewel,” Broffman enthuses. Hudson Valley Lighting pendants illuminate the island and Atlas hardware in a warm brass-and-honey finish completes the look.

Kitchen & Interior Design: Melissa Broffman, Melissa Broffman Interior Design, Arlington, Virginia. Kitchen Design & Cabinetry: Judy Bracht, CKD, Stuart Kitchens, McLean, Virginia. Contractor: K. Quality Services, LLC, Vienna, Virginia.  Styling: Pursuing Vintage.

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