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Tinkham Traditional

We were very excited to work with such a wonderful couple on our Tinkham Traditional project. It was so gratifying to see them extremely happy in their gorgeous brand new space. And what a transformation! Amazing work, Tena!

Here is an email we received after the project was completed:

We can't thank you all enough for our beautiful kitchen.  
Tena really took the time to understand our priorities, style and budget.  Her design was incredible and she guided us through the maze of  available choices in colors, cabinets, counter tops, organizers, etc. and helped us select the right upgrades to match our vision.
Jill you were absolutely amazing on the appliance end, I couldn't be more happy with the induction stove top, Wolf ovens, and the Sub Zero refrigerator.  You made sure that the appliances were here when they were needed and handle the few minor  issues that came up with such ease that we were stress free.
Kathy was there through the whole installation insuring that everything went as planned and eliminating any potential problems.  She was so supportive and cheered us on to the finish line.
The whole process went so smoothly.  It speaks to your knowledge, attention to detail and how much you care about your customers.  I would have no hesitation in recommending the Kitchen and Bath Details team to anyone looking to upgrade their kitchen.
Now that we have been using the kitchen for a few months, we realize just how pleased we are with the results and would not change a thing.
 

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Westport Retreat

Every now and then, our Project Manager, Kathy, goes back to her roots as a kitchen designer.  She had the great pleasure of working with a wonderful couple on their Westport home.

Here's what Kathy had to say about the project: 

Without question, the greatest challenge with this year-round family retreat was the limited space.   By eliminating two small rooms, a pantry and powder room, we enlarged the kitchen 40% to a total of 171 square feet.  Additionally, multiple traffic runs intersect the room, complicating the design.

The homeowners, a couple with three adult children, are passionate about entertaining at their numerous gatherings.   With a long list of cooking and food storage needs, and an eagerness to invest in the best quality, it became apparent that Wolf and SubZero appliances were the perfect solution.

Every inch of the kitchen had to be scrutinized in the design.  The custom cabinetry with inset construction was selected to compliment the stately coffered ceilings.  The beaded openings frame the flush inset Wolf oven and microwave.  Tandem installation of the fully integrated 700 Series SubZero refrigerator and wine storage unit added to the custom detailing we needed to create this elegant kitchen.

This lovely home has a 270 degree vista of Buzzards Bay.  The driftwood finish on the pantry and wet bar adds a contrasting rustic charm with a design nod to the sea, and ties in perfectly with the sleek stainless steel of the appliances.

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Ship Street Serenity

We are very excited to share the great kitchen transformation at our ‘Ship Street Serenity’ project. Tena turned a completely dysfunctional and dated kitchen into a fully functional dream come true for our clients.

The main goal was to create a space for our clients to enjoy life in a serene atmosphere. We selected a beautiful Praa Sands Cambria countertop for the island and the pantry to bring in calming colors of sea glass. This countertop was our key in tying in all of the other elements in the room.  

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Photography by Phil Mello of Big Fish Studio

Photography by Phil Mello of Big Fish Studio

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Kitchen Design Ideas for Display Space

Tena’s thoughts on display spaces…..How much is too much?

Display space is an important factor to consider while designing a new kitchen.  A knowledgeable Designer should always recall the old adage “to each His own” while contemplating display spaces within a kitchen plan.

There’s a multitude of reasons why people might choose open / glass covered display spaces. 

Display Open shelving or glass fronted cabinetry can provide space for someone to display their pottery collections, artwork or cookbooks.  Keeping these items in clear sight can provide easy access as well as an artful pop of color.

Ambiance Lighting Glass fronted cabinetry is a great place to add some accent lighting.  Interior lights can add “sparkle” to crystal stemware, provide a soft “night-light” effect, or with a soft blue hued two-tone interior- a glow reminiscent of sea glass.

Visual Minimization Kitchen spaces have been gradually getting larger and I have found that simply filling the entire space with solid front cabinet doors can become overwhelming.  One way to “break-up and lighten” these visually cumbersome areas would be to inject the appropriate amount of display spaces.  For example, flanking a large window or range area with glass fronted cabinetry or lining the back of an island with open bookcases can soften the space.

Visibility Sometimes the amount of open display space strictly depends on a Client’s need for function.  Some Clients do a great amount of entertaining friends and family (especially in summer homes) and the thought of having everything easily identified behind glass doors is appealing. When designing my own kitchen I chose to make all of my wall cabinetry glass. Although, having all glass doors has its pitfalls. If you’re like me keeping these cabinets neat and tidy could become a full-time-job. It could also mean a trip to Crate and Barrel for some new (matching) dinnerware. It would be a shame to be displaying those “worlds greatest golfer” mugs for the world to see.

Restoration-Renovation Open display spaces are frequently found in older homes. Historically, display spaces could appear as open shelving in a walk-in pantry or functional kitchen, counter-to-ceiling sliding glass doors in a formal Butler’s pantry, or corner cupboards in a Dining area. I tend to include many of these design elements while designing a new space in an antique restoration project. These elements help  reflect the period of the home and showcase the original architectural character.

Just remember, whether you like to hide (most of your stuff) behind closed doors or flaunt-it-if-you’ve-got-it, display spaces can definitely enhance an overall kitchen space……”To each His own”!

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