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A luxurious McLean kitchen epitomizes efficiency + style

While revamping a traditional McLean abode, interior designer Tracy Morris prepared to tackle the massive new kitchen, housed in a modern rear addition. She teamed with kitchen design firm Lobkovich to make sense of the open, 35-by-25-foot space.

“It was such a big room, we decided to create four distinct, task-oriented zones within it” for optimal functionality, recounts Lobkovich’s Emily Neifeld. These zones include primary and catering kitchens and two desk areas—one for kids and one for adults. A wall was constructed to separate the kitchens. One side holds the room’s focal point: a wide niche showcasing the range and a custom, blackened-steel-and-gold hood surrounded by Fantasy Macaubas quartzite. Tucked behind the wall, the catering kitchen boasts glass-fronted cabinetry for display. A breakfast table and bar on the center island offer plenty of seating.

The kitchen strikes a transitional note, with cabinets painted in Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy offset by an island with a hickory base; hickory also dominates the catering kitchen. “We wanted a rustic element to connect with the more traditional existing house,” explains Morris, who added reclaimed-oak ceiling beams. Wood-veneer wall covering in the catering kitchen, a beveled, ceramic-tile backsplash and understated transitional lighting complete the look.


Interior & Kitchen Design: Tracy Morris, Tracy Morris Design. Kitchen Design: Emily Neifeld, Lobkovich. Architecture: WCRA. Builder: Thorsen Construction.

CABINETRY: signaturecustomcabinetry.com through lobkovich.com. QUARTZITE: marblesystems.com. COUNTERTOPS: caesarstoneus.com. TILE BACKSPLASH: jeffreycourt.com through marblesystems.com. APPLIANCES: subzero-wolf.com through build.com. HOOD FABRICATION: akmetalfab.com. SINKS: franke.com, kohler.com. FAUCETS: kohler.com. HARDWARE: topknobs.com. PENDANTS: urbanelectric.com. STOOLS: TMD Private Label.
WALL COVERING: phillipjeffries.com.

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