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Light + Airy

A contemporary kitchen in Oakton, Virginia, makes the most of a bucolic locale

A dark, outdated Oakton, Virginia, kitchen got a new lease on life after a makeover by Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath. “Though the home is traditional,” relates project designer Marie-Josée Parisi, “the goal was to make the kitchen reflect its owners’ more modern style.”

A wall dividing the kitchen and family room was razed to create an open plan with plenty of light. Two islands dominate the space: One for prep houses the main sink and two dishwashers while the other is kid-centered, with room for homework and snacks; an attached band of wenge serves as a table. A column contains wine storage and glassware while a coffee bar and prep sink line a passage to the new mudroom, also part of Parisi’s plan.

A wall of windows overlooks the home’s wooded lot, so Parisi selected sleek cabinetry in a wood-look, gray-and-taupe laminate “that brings the outdoors in,” she explains. Accent cabinets are painted in pale-gray Cumulus Cloud from Benjamin Moore. Countertops in Calacatta Gold Silestone complement both finishes.

The range wall, clad in a stone-look, dimensional porcelain-tile backsplash, showcases a hood designed by Parisi. “It has a traditional form but is made of brushed metal with a polished-strap detail,” she says. “It bridges styles and warms the space.”


Kitchen Design: Marie-Josée Parisi, Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath. Renovation Architecture: Paola One Design. Renovation Contractor: Hayes Construction Corp.

CABINETRY: qcci.com. COUNTERTOPS: silestoneusa.com through unitedgranitemd.com. WOOD SURFACES: glumber.com. BACKSPLASH: porcelanosa.com. APPLIANCES: subzero-wolf.com, mieleusa.com through abwappliances.com. HOOD INSERT: amoredesignfactory.com. SINKS: kohler.com. FAUCETS: grohe.com, newportbrass.com. CABINET HARDWARE: pushpullhardware.com, lisa-jarvis.com, omniaindustries.com.

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