Classical KitchenTraditional Kitchen, New York

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Sue Walter,

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suehertzberg wrote:Dec 19, 2012
  • subeeskitchen

    The island was Calacatta Gold marble. In my new kitchen I went with 2" thick Carrara marble (white with gray veining throughout) throughout. Love both, and both etch like crazy. After a year of etches, they flow together and become part of the patina. I do not intend to get them buffed out. Marble is NOT for everyone. See pictures on my blog ( "Kitchen Design" category):

  • jesse108

    I've had polished Calacatta Gold for 7 years. It was sealed during installation so I have not had any issues with staining, but it etches very easily. If you leave a glass on it with a little water on the bottom, it leaves a ring. You cannot put anything hot on it. I put a very hot cup of tea on mine and it left a ring. It chips fairly easily around the edges and sink cut outs. It's easy to hit the edge while washing pots and pans. I do think honed would be more forgiving as far as seeing the etch marks. I've never seen anything I like nearly as much as this marble, so would do it again, but honed. You need to consider how you and your family feel about the extra care of a marble top and how much imperfections like etching would bother you. Quartzite is a natural stone that has many characteristics of marble, but not sure what is currently available in white.

sbriglio wrote:Mar 17, 2013
  • sbriglio
    Hi can you tell me paint colors you used in your house besides edge comb grey. I love your kitchen curious to know what other colors you chose?
  • sbriglio
    Oops sorry didn't realize it posted twice
denisecarleton wrote:Aug 17, 2012
  • evettehiggins
    This kitchen is quite beautiful. If only I could afford the countertops. And I must say I am in love with the window seat.
  • Bernadette Nicholson

    What color is on the wall. I love the contrast with the white counters, crown molding. I am having the same floor installed in my remodel and think this is a wonderful contrast.

cmorda1 wrote:Jan 3, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    I would offset it so that you have usable space to one side.
  • amendelson

    How wide are your chandeliers over the island? Thanks!

riley53 wrote:Oct 23, 2012
  • Joe Wirtz
    That's old school thinking. Marble is the prettiest stone available and the problem associated with marble was solved years ago. Acid-etching is caused when acidic products come in contact with marble. Clearstone prevents anything acidic from coming in contact with the stone by coating it with a layer of protection - a coating. It's safe to use in a kitchen and provides at least a 15 year warranty. It can be either highly polished or honed look. Locate trained applicators at Now, go take a look at the beautiful marble choices out there!
  • Rene' Moses

    Quartzite is the way to go.

slekle wrote:Aug 14, 2012
  • Rachel Henley

    Was the question answered on what the size of the island is? I saw the question, but couldn't find an answer.

  • HU-705500790

    what are the dimensions of the island and length of counter with range?

sixfinns wrote:Feb 12, 2013
Joan Bartingale wrote:Jan 3, 2013
  • Kristan Sands

    What color white cabinets did you do?

  • E Wild

    Suebee, what are the dimensions of your beautiful island?


crash6563 wrote:Mar 2, 2013
  • lauriebtown
    Joychanter, you're right, it's technically a quartzite but when I have said that to some people in the past, they naturally think quartz, a man made material which it is not. I was told that a quartzite is technically a granite with a higher level of quartz in it. This one was on the higher price range, I'm not sure how it compared to marble because I didn't price that knowing I would be looking for every stain and etch mark. I negotiated the price down with my distributor and paid $6k total for two slabs which included install, plumbing hook up and ogee edge. I'm in the dc metro so prices tend to be a bit higher out here. Also, my white macaubus has more swirl pattern but some have very linear straight lines giving it a much more contemporary look. The base color of mine has a touch of gray as apposed to a clean white base on a gray veined marble. Good luck and keep us posted on your selection!
  • paw9753
    Hi can you tell me who you bought you white macumbaus from... I'm shopping for it now in the DC area.. Thanks
nansanders wrote:Aug 18, 2012
  • kbangs
    Love the color and look of the Pietra Cardosa, especially against the white cabinetry.
    How does it hold up with kids and the inevitable spills?
    I am trying to decide between the Jet Mist granite and the Pietra Cardosa.
  • Judy Bumbles
    Lovely kitchen but the really winner here is the windows and the shape of the room.
nkhanna1 wrote:Mar 30, 2013
  • ejbmom
    Thanks Subee! Your kitchen is beautiful. Glad to hear someone saying good things about marble as that is the way I want to go. Do you find it etches easily and if so, from what and do they bother you?
  • subeeskitchen
    Any acid in direct contact w/the marble will etch it almost instantly: lemon juice, vinegar, etc. You can only see the etch marks if you look at the slab at almost eye level. I've got a lot now (not about to give up citrus!) so it's part of the patina. I love that about marble - it's "living". It's not for everyone, thought.
lovlyspirit wrote:Feb 6, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    No seam. You do not want a seam on an island! (especially with marble)
  • eleanorcurry

    I have a seam in my island with carerra marble and am completely fine with it. It gave us an extra 18 inches of island length.

christinwelsh wrote:Feb 28, 2013
  • 14271600
    Do you have more pictures of this space? love the color on the walls.
  • subeeskitchen
    There are several photos of the kitchen on this site - they'll come up if you search for "subeeskitchen" from the home page. There are also kitchen shots scattered throughout my blog, (try the post titled "Inside the Kitchen")
afmartin4000 wrote:Aug 19, 2012
finleygo wrote:Jan 23, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Dear Houzz-ers - Apologies, but since learning that at least one dubious designer (in IL) has been passing off my kitchen as her work, I've decided not to answer/post additional spec questions.
  • shirinjoone
    You have been more than generous with your answers, thank you .
Debbie Erickson wrote:Oct 24, 2012
  • sweetisabelle

    do you find edgcomb gray more beige or gray? May I aslo inquire what direction these windows face?

  • sweetisabelle

    thank you!

hbhwatkins wrote:Mar 13, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    There is a picture of the mudroom on this site (search for "subeeskitchen" and it should come up). Doesn't show much, though. The laundry alcove is to the left of the sink that's shown; to the right are cabinets, shelves, boot storage, etc. The pantry is in a hallway that connects the mudroom/laundry to the door we go in and out of most of the time. (Yes - ideally the mudroom would've been located off that door, but it didn't work with the old part of the house.) Right now I'm not planning to post additional photos on Houzz, though I may do a pantry feature on my blog at some point soon.
  • hbhwatkins
    Sounds great!! Much appreciated!
betsyestrada wrote:Feb 8, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    It's a personal preference. I think it works very well.
  • Lenka
    marble does stain much more easily and it is softer than granite or quartz ... looks good but not practical at all
johnson6family wrote:Jan 17, 2013
  • kljohnston
    I love these!! How far apart are they spaced?
  • subeeskitchen
    Approx. 54" center to center
sbriglio wrote:Jan 17, 2013
  • Annie
    Thanks. Must be my eyes.. i can't make it out. I'm curious what the finish is. Is it white? Nickel?
  • subeeskitchen
    Antique brass
Erin Chang wrote:Aug 21, 2012
  • erinblackhurst1
    Your wood floor looks fabulous, but if you were to do a tile floor instead, what color/style of tile would you recommend that would still look good with all the cabinetry, countertops, etc?
  • subeeskitchen
    I have large (12x24) dark gray slate tiles in my mudroom and really like them. Belgian bluestone is a great look, but it's expensive and I don't know how it would hold up for kitchen usage (etching from acids, etc. ) Maybe there's a dark brown or charcoal veining in your countertops that could be tied into a floor color? Best bet is to get a bunch of samples from a tile showroom and see what you like best.
Terri wrote:Apr 8, 2013
maryschoenherr wrote:Mar 3, 2013
  • saw10128
    also, where did you get the wooden table in background?
  • subeeskitchen
    The farm-style table is vintage, but Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have similar models. The hardware is Restoration Hardware ("Bistro" pulls, "Aubrey" knobs, in brushed/satin finish).
daneddy wrote:Jan 22, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    I use the range ovens most of the time - plenty of room I think. You could go 50" if you're concerned.
  • daneddy
    I agonized, lost sleep over this...45" is perfect in a modest kitchen, I suppose if you have a very large kitchen you could go wider than that. We ended up doing ours 46" and is is great too, but our old kitchen in a big "u" required that extra step and it was tiring. This is incredibly important to your future happiness in working in your kitchen. I suggest you lay some card tables out and mimic working in the kitchen, from sink to counter to fridge etc. and see how it feels. My kitchen man with 30 years experience to,d me 42 to 48, yet I still agonized between 45 and 46, but that's just my OCD side I think..our whole kitchen is 13.5x24, with the island down the middle, and it looks quite proportionate with the 46" separation. Good luck!
loritate wrote:Oct 20, 2012
tracyrs14 wrote:Sep 12, 2012
  • Joe Wirtz
    Clearstone can be applied anywhere in the country. If we don't have a trained applicator in your city Clearstone trainers will come do the application.
  • juanita007
    Clearstone LLC are you in Canada too?
penny7712 wrote:Sep 11, 2012
  • sandyheinz
    is the island counter top granite and if so what color?
  • Jean Thompson

    Beautiful kitchen!

rmpuppin wrote:Sep 4, 2012
  • PRO
    Oak & Broad
    Bona makes a great product. +1
  • rmpuppin
    thank you all!
sherkelsey wrote:Feb 28, 2013
  • schepke
    I was curious about your recessed lighting. I'm installing the smaller ones (3"). Do you like them? Are they LED? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I only have experience with the 6" and I feel they are too big for the space. Thx!
  • subeeskitchen
    I love the smaller ones. (Ours are not LED, but they're on a dimmer switch to save a little electricity). There are some comments on other Houzz questions regarding the lights & placement. Ours are spaced about 4' apart on centers. (You'll need more of the smaller ones to light the same area, and the smaller ones cost more, but I think they're worth it.)
Susan Schroder wrote:Feb 25, 2013
Jennifer Purdue wrote:Jan 17, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The cabinets and trim most closely match Benjamin Moore Super White.
  • Jessie G
    You've done a beautiful job here... I'm very envious!
glitterboots wrote:Dec 3, 2012
  • nedajazbi

    What color are the walls?

  • petrinamatonis

    What brand chandelier is over the table. Can you please tag it

call23 wrote:Mar 24, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The bench was custom built for the space.
  • Lynda Liptak-Zadeskey
    Love it but not sure it would work for me. I currently have a heating vent under the window. What could I do about the vent without rerouting the heating ducts?
therman wrote:Feb 12, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The fir or the Minwax?? Minwax is everywhere -- HomeDepot, paint stores, etc. I honestly wouldn't go with fir unless you already have it in the house and are trying to match it. (Way too soft.)
  • Amy K
    ok, thanks,beautiful kitchen!
beehale wrote:Jan 13, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Some manufacturers call the finished "satin" and some call it "brushed". It's basically the same, as in "not shiny".
  • rogerpowell
    where can i get the pendant light
shannonstewart_99 wrote:Jan 4, 2013
  • clem9
    What type of countertops?
  • subeeskitchen
    Perimeter is pietra cardosa; island is calcutta gold marble.
hiensch wrote:Dec 10, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    That's a tough one -- I've found that with all the pillows, people aren't really leaning back against the windows.
  • sdooyema


glitterboots wrote:Dec 3, 2012
  • PRO
    Travis Robert Renovations
    Great space and looks like the kitchen has a nice flow with lots of natural light.
  • subeeskitchen
    The natural light is key. On most days we don't even need to turn on the lights. The cabinets and trim are pure white/ white white.
nmcasa wrote:Oct 4, 2012
  • PRO
    Can you please tell me what the name of your discontinued chandelier is? I am thinking about having a custom chandelier made and would love to find a good picture of your discontinued model online to reference. Thanks .
  • subeeskitchen
    If I can find the invoice with the model name or number I'll post it. The lighting showroom where we bought it has gone out of business.
sillysquares wrote:Sep 9, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The floors are fir, to match the rest of the old house. I'm pretty sure we ended up with Puritan Pine from Minwax for the stain.
  • mollyjohnson
    Benjamin Moore Bright White?
Paige Wilson wrote:Aug 19, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The pendants are Hudson Valley 7315 in satin nickel. The chandelier over the table is a Preciosa (model discontinued). Hope this helps.
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nansanders wrote:Aug 18, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Faucets are Dornbracht ("Tara" model)
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21south wrote:Mar 20, 2013
  • Caroline Michel
    I like it......
  • irises23
    Calcutta gold honed granite on island
Finnished Homes LLC wrote:Jan 23, 2013
Barbara Tied wrote:Oct 21, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Hi - I'm pretty sure the stain we used was Minwax Puritan Pine. The wood is fir, which had a redish cast. (We were trying to match the old fir floors throughout the rest of the house.)
  • Barbara Tied
    Thank you!!'
Uzma Javed wrote:Oct 14, 2012
  • schepke
    what pattern of Sunbrella did you use? it blends so beautifully.
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks - it's taupe/antique beige rib.
jamiemarek wrote:Sep 27, 2012
  • lorageller
    Can you tell me where you got the table from and it's dimensions. I'm looking for a table just like this. Thanks
  • darleneashley
    Where did you find the table and what are the measurements?
morrisusc wrote:Aug 20, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks - these are cuttings from my native dogwood tree.
  • babykitty
    Twigs are from a curly willow tree and are usually available in 4 to 5 ft. length, either from finding a tree and, or yhey may be purchased at any wholesale flower mart.
kitkat555 wrote:Feb 3, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks - the hood is a ProLine (with remote blower) and the floating shelf is from Danver.
  • kitkat555
    Thank you!
Staging Concepts & Designs, LLC wrote:Feb 2, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Thank you! This outcome was the result of a successful collaboration among architect, designer, cabinet maker and homeowner/cook (me!).
  • juanita007
    I loved this kitchen and took the pic in to my countertop supplier and installer. I saw a few and everyone of them, I mean -100% said no way to marble in the kitchen, and even worse feedback I received was no honed marble. It too porous, soft and stains no matter what sealant you use. Unless you have lots of money to have it polished out every six months. Again polished out if you've polished it. It was a big disappointment but I've got a kitchen that's used by kids, teens and a husband I just couldn't chance putting so much $$$ into a kitchen I couldn't really "use". Almost like those couches that grandma had with plastic on them. It's just not a material that anyone I spoke to who installed as well as fixed problems with these types of countertops, hmm plastic on the counters?? Guess it could work lol. Hope your kitchen has stayed looking lovely. I went with a quartz (not man made) for my island. Honed granite, which I was warned will have fingerprint issues ect...) I decided I could still work with it. Hope I have no troubles! Lol
heidimvt wrote:Jan 28, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The chandelier is a Preciosa; this model has been discontinued.
  • heidimvt
    Thank you so very much for your prompt response!
    Best, Heidi
janie62 wrote:Jan 23, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The cabinets were custom-built, but are a traditional inset/simple panel design. A long island has benefits (work space, storage) if it works with the scale of the room(s), but it can also make it a little hard to get from one side to the other.
  • janie62
    Thank you so much!!
arlene0111 wrote:Jan 6, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Pure white. White white.
  • billndeb
    Like the white white
lesliesilverkaye wrote:Dec 9, 2012
janie62 wrote:Oct 20, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Bench is about 22" deep; the back of the bench is built at a slight incline for comfort.
  • Meg Bartz

    Who made the bench?

kels22 wrote:Oct 8, 2012
  • Lora Niazov
    Ditto please, would also like to know the dimensions of the kitchen
  • subeeskitchen
    Hi - I don't have the architect's plans in front of me, but it's approx. 15'x23'
rayrum wrote:Oct 6, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Hi - thanks -- they are from Restoration Hardware. ("Bistro")
  • jlsanders68

    What finish are the cabinet pulls?

bguseth wrote:Oct 5, 2012
misladycatherine wrote:Oct 3, 2012
  • finch_jenny
    Where can the pendant lights in the kitchen be purchased?
  • subeeskitchen
    The pendants are Hudson Valley's Haverhill; chandelier in the bay is a Preciosa model that's been discontinued.
Jeanne Exner wrote:Sep 29, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The mud room flooring is black slate.
  • Jeanne Exner
    Thanks it looks great!
Kelly Cugino wrote:Sep 5, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The backsplash is just basic subway tile, with "Silverado" grout to add some contrast and "age".
  • Caroline Corr

    Is that a quartz countertop or soapstone?

izzie2 wrote:Sep 4, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Island is Calcutta Gold marble and perimeter counters are pietra cardoza.
  • cjseubert
    is it honed pietra cardoza?
w5mon wrote:Sep 3, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Yes - custom-made is the way to go for a perfect fit. The fabric is Sunbrella outdoor fabric, so they clean up very easily (usually with just a damp sponge).
  • jekisil
    What color/style of sunbrella fabric is this? I want to achieve the exact look if possible! Thanks.
leosweeney wrote:Mar 30, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Lots of discussion in previously posted questions. The pendants are Hudson Valley "Haverhill" - available through lighting showrooms or online.
tacomahome wrote:Mar 29, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    No - not Super White but I don't remember what it was. Some basic ceiling white that the painter chose.
Artigues Construction wrote:Mar 27, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    2 large steps back and to the left of where this photo was taken
Nina Copley wrote:Mar 26, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The same wood flooring is under all the cabinetry. (It's just not finished.)
sbriglio wrote:Mar 17, 2013
Pam Kronenberg wrote:Mar 2, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The 60" pine (?) farm-style table is vintage. However, I think Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware carry similar styles. I would actually prefer a pedestal-style for this banquette because the current legs make it hard to slide in around the table.
lissree wrote:Feb 25, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The island pendants are Hudson Valley "Haverhill".
Aimee wrote:Feb 16, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Please refer to previous comments for kitchen dimensions, island dimensions, bench dimensions, etc.
Anne Way wrote:Feb 10, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks - this flooring is long-board fir (from Russia), to match the rest of the house. It had a reddish tint to it even before staining. The stain is MinWax Puritan Pine. Note, however, that new fir is VERY soft, and I don't think I'd recommend it unless you had an open floor plan and were trying to match existing floors. It "patinas" very quickly.
jillespinola wrote:Jan 27, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray (eggshell)
kerry_redican wrote:Jan 26, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The range hood is 18" high and it's 36" above the range. The chandelier is all glass (or crystal) - no dangling crystals. It's about 30" in diameter (8 arms). Preciosa brand, discontinued model.
maracaibo wrote:Jan 25, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Island is honed Calcutta gold marble.
yvonneqh wrote:Jan 22, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Check out for authorized dealers.
sbriglio wrote:Jan 14, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Benjamin Moore Super White is the trim color throughout the house (in a satin finish - we used Impervo oil-based). However, the cabinetmaker used his own special cabinet paint/epoxy finish -- not a Benjamin Moore paint. It's a satin finish, and matches Super White perfectly, however.
donnatyner wrote:Jan 11, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    To the left and the right of the range, and to the right of the sink. And electrical strips on each end of the island. And basically all over the kitchen because of building code.
acr71 wrote:Jan 7, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Dimensions are roughly 16'x24'; it's mostly open (to the family room) on one side.
kivett500 wrote:Jan 7, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    The right side of the kitchen is open to a family room of about the same size, minus the bay window extension. There is a smaller entry to the kitchen just behind where this photo was taken. The mudroom is outside this smaller entry, to the left, and there's a pantry to the right. We don't have immediate plans to post detailed layouts on this site. (Some approximate dimensions have been posted in earlier comments.)
vwood99 wrote:Jan 3, 2013
  • subeeskitchen
    Kitchen width is approx. 16'; the back window side of the bay is 8' and the banquette is 22" deep. The banquette/bench base is 16" high, which is maybe 1" too tall because I wanted thick cushions (these are 4" with foam and batting) so it's overall a little high for table seating. (OK for kids, though)
janeann99 wrote:Dec 2, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The cabinets were custom-built by Darren Edsall of NJ.
esinozc wrote:Oct 29, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Ceiling is 9 feet; The crown is about 9" total -- several pieces were used together to beef it up.
scapr wrote:Oct 14, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    The perimeter countertops are pietra cardosa in a honed finish.
rayrum wrote:Oct 10, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Cabinet hardware is from Restoration Hardware.
kfmideas wrote:Oct 5, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Desk is 45". Would've liked a few inches wider, to accommodate wider/file folder drawers below.
ljgk wrote:Sep 30, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Hardware is from Restoration Hardware. Pulls are "Bistro".
ajland wrote:Sep 27, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Printed pillows are from Restoration Hardware.
builderpat wrote:Sep 24, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks - The ceilings are 9'. Windows are 62" high (excluding trim).
Natalie A. Lewis wrote:Sep 22, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Hi - sorry for the delay. I'm the homeowner collaborated on much of the kitchen design. The 48" floating stainless shelf is from Danver; I ordered it online (available through many retailers).
jfranq01 wrote:Sep 3, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Thanks! Cabinets were custom-made (Darren Edsall of NJ); he put a crown and trim together to take it all the way up to the ceiling. (9') Moulding sprayed to match cabinetry.
Sandy mcgwire wrote:Aug 31, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Very functional! The pendants are Hudson Valley 7315 in satin nickel.
ukriscc wrote:Aug 29, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Range is a 48", 8-burner Blue Star -- very powerful but I love it. Unused burners make a great place to set hot pans from the oven. Hood is 48" ProLine with a powerful remote blower (blower is in the attic). I found the Danver stainless floating shelf online.
Stephanie Biorn wrote:Aug 21, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Both sink fixtures are Dornbracht (Tara)
abbyajames wrote:Aug 20, 2012
  • subeeskitchen
    Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray
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