Fresh Berkshire FarmhouseFarmhouse Kitchen, Boston
Custom kitchen with Danby Marble and Pietra Cardosa Counters
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4. Farmhouse RebootDesigner Jess Cooney of Jess Cooney Interiors incorporated antique reclaimed beams and plaster walls in this Massachusetts kitchen to give it a rustic, aged style. The perimeter countertops and backsplash are made from Danby marble, sourced from nearby Vermont. The island countertop and the apron-front sink on the left wall are made from Pietra Cardosa, which resembles soapstone but is more durable. The island base is more reclaimed wood. Iron lanterns above the island add to the aged look. The flooring is reclaimed oak, with planks that range from about 8 to 15 inches wide.
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A Kitchen for Entertaining and a Budding BakerMore beams and plaster continue in the kitchen. Cooney used only a few key upper cabinets to give the kitchen an antique look. The perimeter countertops and the backsplash are Danby marble, from the neighboring state of Vermont. The island, its prep sink and the apron-front sink are Pietra Cardosa, a gray-blue stone that resembles soapstone but is harder and more durable. Another material Cooney used consistently throughout the house to get an aged look is iron, seen on the lanterns. She used dark paint on the window trim to pick up on the lanterns’ dark finish.With all the straight lines, the room needed some soft touches. The upholstered counter stools, the edge of the range backsplash and the coarse linen Roman shades with fabric tape accents soften the space. Behind the range is a baker’s pantry and a workstation for the youngest daughter, an avid baker. It includes its own sink, countertop space and a stand mixer, as well as plenty of room to stash ingredients and other baking necessities.Shop for black lantern pendant lights on Houzz
On an extra work surface: The main benefit of a kitchen island is the additional countertop space that can be used for prepping and staging meals. Working on an island can sometimes be more pleasant than working on a perimeter countertop where you’re facing a wall. An island work area allows you to face guests or family members while you prep, or feel connected to people in adjacent rooms if you have an open floor plan, Cannell says. The extra surface also can be used for eating or doing homework, depending on the clearances. Find a kitchen designer near you on Houzz