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The kitchen's chic design creates a mid-century feel.

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A revamped kitchen marries convenience and a vintage vibe

Mid-century style and a beloved collection of Heath Ceramics tableware drove the redesign of a dated kitchen in Bethesda. The existing space, walled off from the family and dining rooms, lacked flow, function and panache. After a few years, the owners tapped Erika Jayne Design + Build for an overhaul. “We removed the dividing wall to open up traffic flow,” explains principal Erika Chaudhuri. The structural change also made room for a large central island with seating.

In the reimagined kitchen, marble-look quartz counters top beige, Shaker-style Eclipse cabinetry, offset by a row of sleek cabinets in horizontal-grain, reconstituted white oak. A hood concealed above the range and minimal hardware reinforce a streamlined aesthetic.

Chaudhuri’s clients requested a mid-century sensibility to fit the 1963 home’s provenance, so she selected period-style walnut sconces and green-blue clay backsplash tile—by Heath Ceramics, of course. Open shelving displays the couple’s Heath Ceramics tableware, with its earthy colors and simple forms. Black-finished pendants, ceiling lights, hardware and plumbing fixtures unify the look.

Kitchen Design & Contracting: Erika Chaudhuri, Erika Jayne Design + Build, Bethesda, Maryland.

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