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"This is a cook's kitchen," says Verbridge. The family loves cooking and has a friend who is a chef who also enjoys using the kitchen to prepare meals.
While the kitchen has classic elements like white cabinets and gray counters, the clients felt no need for their kitchen to look like everyone else's, so they asked Verbridge for her advice on making a big, unexpected move. "My impulsive first instinct was to go with the cobalt blue range and hood," she says. "It kind of came out of nowhere, except that I was inspired by their love for a Scandinavian aesthetic."
Another custom element tailored to the couple is the bookshelves at the end of the island. It holds cookbooks and children's books close at hand, so that visiting grandchildren can make a pick and read with their grandmother.
Range: 48-inch RNB series with Pro-Line Hood, Bluestar; pendant lights: Slender Glass Cylinder, DK Living; kitchen island paint: Graystone 1475, Benjamin Moore; countertop material: Bianco Carrara
This part of the living room provides another cozy space for the wife to nestle in when she's home alone. To the left you can see the beginning of the passage to the sitting room/library, pantry and kitchen.
This sitting bay is right off the front entryway at the end of the library. "If someone stops by and wants to chat, they'll head straight for these chairs," says Verbridge. It's also yet another intimate reading area that carves a snug space out of the large house.
On the top floor, the husband's office enjoys ocean views and transforms into an extra guest room when necessary. Just out of view to the left are built-in shelves and a desk for him. In the foreground, two chaises can transform into twin beds for sleepover guests. "We added the drapery so that overnight guests can pull it for a sense of privacy," says Verbridge.
"These clients were great about letting things go for their home's new look," says Verbridge. "While we used a few of their existing pieces, they let about 90 percent of it go, because rather than hanging onto the past, they wanted to have a great future."
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